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Tips for Behavior-based Interviews

  • Analyze the position.  What skills are required?
  • Analyze your own background.  What skills and qualities have you demonstrated that relate to the position?
  • Identify examples from your experience where you demonstrated these skills.
  • Develop and rehearse brief “stories” about how you used those skills using the STAR formula described below.
  • Use numbers to quantify your results and to help illustrate the scope of your responsibility.
  • Identify three to five top selling points and convey them during the interview.
  • Examples can come from a variety of your experiences: part-time jobs, internships, class projects, volunteer experience, activities, student leadership, life experiences etc.
Sample behavior-based questions
  • Tell me about a time when you worked in a group to accomplish a task.
  • Describe a time you faced a challenge in your last job and how you handled it.
  • Give me an example of a time you set a goal and reached it.
  • Tell me about a situation where you had to persuade someone to accept your idea.
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to keep a positive attitude in a difficult situation.
Sample STAR answer

Question:  Describe a time you demonstrated leadership in a difficult situation.

Situation or Task

All of my fraternity brothers had left for spring break when one brother was involved in an car accident. 

Action

None of our officers were available, so I went to the hospital with him, called his parents in Greensburg, and made arrangements for them to stay at the Hospital Hospitality House.

Result

His parents appreciated my time & efforts.  Our advisor complimented me on keeping a cool head & handling all of the details.  I’ve since decided to run for a chapter office position.