Friday, 12 September 2014

HR Interview – Behavioral HR Interviews

These are the interviewing tools used by HR professionals. Consider using these prepared tools in conjunction with other technical questions you may use.
Behavioral interviews are based on the premise that past performance is the best predictor of future performance. Additionally, the questions in a behavioral interview are designed to reveal the extent to which the candidate possesses core characteristics/competencies (e.g., an orientation towards customer service) espoused by an employer. Effective use of this technique will increase the likelihood that the candidate selected will possess both the skill set and values essential to the success of your team.

Want to know the best way to identify whether a candidate's characteristics and motivations match the behaviors needed for your job? A behavioral interview is the best tool you have to identify candidates who have the behavioral traits and characteristics you believe are essential for success in your open job.
Additionally, in a behavioral interview, you ask the candidate to pinpoint specific instances in which a particular behavior was exhibited in the past. In the best interviews, the candidate is unaware of the behavior the interviewer is verifying.

Preparation for the Potential Behavioral Interview
What's the best way to prepare? It's important to remember that you won't know what type of interview will take place until you are sitting in the interview room. So, prepare answers to traditional interview questions.
Then, since you don't know exactly what situations you will be asked about if it's a behavioral interview, refresh your memory and consider some special situations you have dealt with or projects you have worked on. You may be able to use them to help frame responses. Prepare stories that illustrate times when you have successfully solved problems or performed memorably. The stories will be useful to help you respond meaningfully in a behavioral interview.
Finally, review the job description, if you have it, or the job posting or ad. You may be able to get a sense of what skills and behavioral characteristics the employer is seeking from reading the job description and position requirements.
During the Behavioral Interview
During the interview, if you are not sure how to answer the question, ask for clarification. Then be sure to include these points in your answer:
  • A specific situation
  • The tasks that needed to be done
  • The action you took
  • The results i.e. what happened
It's important to keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers. The interviewer is simply trying to understand how you behaved in a given situation. How you respond will determine if there is a fit between your skills and the position the company is seeking to fill. So, listen carefully, be clear and detailed when you respond and, most importantly, be honest. If your answers aren't what the interviewer is looking for, this position may not be the best job for you anyway.

some of the questions are as below

  1. 1. Describe a time on any job in which you were faced with stresses which tested your coping skills.  What did you do?
  2. 2. Tell me a time in which you had to not finish a task because of a lack of information.  How did you handle it?
  3. 3. Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  4. 4. Relate a time in which you had to use your verbal communication skills in order to get an important point across.
  5. 5. Describe a job experience in which you had to speak up to be sure that other people knew what you thought or felt.
  6. 6. Can you tell me a time in which you felt you were able to build motivation in your co-workers or subordinates?
  7. 7. Give me an example of a specific occasion in which you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
  8. 8. Describe a situation in which you felt it necessary to be very attentive and vigilant to your environment.
  9. 9. Provide an example of a time in which you had to use your fact-finding skills to gain information for solving a problem.
  10. 10. Give me a time in which you had to set an important goal in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it.
  11. 11. Describe the most significant piece of writing which you have had to complete.
  12. 12. Tell me an example of a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.