How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions

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Gone are the days when you can get past a nervy question with a lie.

More and more hiring offices are realizing that situational questions are not exactly what they needed if they wish to know the true character of the earthling they’re interviewing. Now every applicant must know how to answer behavioral interview questions in order to survive the new trend in the job market.

Even the stinkiest applicants can make up a good answer to “Why should we hire you?” and “How will you handle a nearing deadline?” So, instead of wasting the precious minutes to questions that may not juice out true colors from an interviewee, managers and recruiters are sporting queries about what you have already done instead of what you will do in a given situation. Smells a bit cagey eh?

Or maybe not. With these type of queries tossed in your way, you have no choice but to tell the truth, and that brood, is where we start. Behavioral interview is one pain in the neck to anybody who has an intention of lying. So for once, let us ditch all the attempts to tailor stories. Every expert told that it doesn’t work: in one moment or another, you may be caught up by some probing or follow up question about the details. There. So without any further ado, let’s pore through this list of common things that the devil may ask you:

            1.   “Tell me about a time when you made a risky decision and how it turned out.”

Keep calm and recount. Think about a decision making that turned out well. Ignore the word ‘risky,’ it’s just there to frighten you. Every man is born with some common sense. Of course, you won’t think of telling the interviewer about your choice between wearing a red or a white tie. The fact is that when the query about decisions is tossed, you’ll automatically think of anything that involves risks.

            2.   “When was the last time you got upset in the office and why?”

This definitely hits most applicants’ panic buttons. Why, it reminds you of the gory things you wanted to hide right on the exact moment when you need to forget about it. Perfect, isn’t it? But before you answer, forget all emotions and state things in an objective, as-a-matter-of-fact tone. Don’t incriminate anybody in the story and calmly tell how you managed to resolve it within a short while.

            3.   “Have you ever made a mistake at work? How did you make up to it?”

Wow. It’s like the interrogator asking you to admit your crime. Now what? If you don’t know how to answer this gritty behavioral interview question in the first moment, practice the pause, and let’s look at the interviewer into the eye. This will let them know that you’re not attempting to lie. Then if you’re ready, spill a forgivable mistake and elaborate more on the steps you’ve taken to solve it. Don’t try to explain yourself, and don’t ever blame anybody else. Always keep the answer positive and take some slight humor.

Note that there is always a systematic way of answering these questions: you start by addressing how you thought and felt about the past situation, then you spill how you manage it through, and you top it with the outcome of your actions. Of course, knowing how to answer behavioral interview questions takes a lot of practice; so get a close friend of kin to conduct a mock interview for you.