Behavioral Based Interviewing

Behavioral based interviews are the most common type of interviewing. This type of interviewing allows the employer to identify how you’ve handled situations to best showcase your skills and predict how you may handle or improve situations in the future. Check out this brief video to appropriately and accurately answer behavioral based interview questions using the STARR Format.

Many behavioral based questions start with “Tell me about a time when” and the best way to answer those questions is to use specific examples with the STARR method.

  • Situation: Describe the situation
  • Task: Describe what you were trying to achieve
  • Action: Describe the steps YOU took to resolve the situation
  • Result: Discuss what happened or what the result was
  • Reflection: What is the takeaway or what did you learn

Areas you will likely be asked about (those in bold are especially popular):

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Overcoming Failure
  • Customer Service/Difficult People
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving/Analytical Skills
  • Prioritizing/Time Management
  • Adaptability
  • Handling Challenges
  • Motivating/Inspiring Others
  • Goal Setting
  • Dealing with Stress–Delegating