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Behavioral Interviews

Published On: July 2, 2014

In our new Career Services Blog Series, Career Services Coordinator, Tamara Papo will tackle today’s changing job market with advice and tips on how to get ahead.

Tamara Papo is our Career Services Coordinator. Originally from Yugoslavia, she moved to Canada in 1993. She has a B.A. in Psychology and completed a post graduate certificate in Employment Facilitation Work Search Specialist from Yorkville University in August 2013.

Tamara has been working at Ashton since 2011 and has helped countless Ashton students find placements and careers in Vancouver.

In a behavioral job interview, the company has decided what skills are needed in the person they hire and will ask questions to find out if the candidate has those skills.

Behavioral interview questions will be more focused than traditional interview questions and you'll need to respond with special examples of how you handled situations in the workplace. Review examples of the questions you may be asked during a behavioral job interview and think about how you would answer them. That way you'll be prepared ahead of time, rather than having to think of a response on the spot during the interview.

Top 10 Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.
  • How do you handle a challenge? Give an example.
  • Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it.
  • Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
  • Describe a decision you made that wasn't popular and how you handled implementing it.
  • Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.
  • Give an example of how you worked on team.
  • What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?
  • Share an example of how you were able to motivate employees or co-workers.
  • Have you handled a difficult situation? How?

How can you prepare for a Behavioral Event-Based Interview?

During a behavioral interview, always listen carefully to the question, ask for clarification if necessary, and make sure you answer the question completely. Your answer should contain these four steps (Situation, Task, Action, Result or “STAR”) for optimum success.

1.Situation: give an example of a situation you were involved in that resulted in a positive outcome

2.Task: describe the tasks involved in that situation

3.Action: talk about the various actions involved in the situation’s task

4.Results: what results directly followed because of your actions



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