During job interviews we ask all candidates several behavioural interview questions (also known as situational interview questions):
And it's not just us who do this.
Behavioural Interviewing is becoming increasingly common and is used by most large companies, especially in the financial sector, so it pays to be prepared.
Behavioural or situational interview questions are simply questions that ask you to give a real life example as evidence of a skill, knowledge or experience.
So instead of asking you:
In other words, behavioural interview questions are simply open-ended questions about your behaviour in past situations. They will relate directly to the requirements of the job you're applying for, so your clue is in the advertisement!
For example, if the job ad calls for someone who can handle difficult customers, you might well be asked a situational question about this. If it asks for influencing skills, expect a question asking you to give an example of when you have successfully influenced.
We ask behavioral interview questions because we believe that how you actually performed in a situation is more of an indication of how you will perform than a theoretical answer!
In fact research we've carried out suggests that behavioural interviewing is FIVE times more accurate than traditional interviewing techniques.
If you want to practice with some real situational interview questions, or are just looking for that extra edge over the competition, you may find the Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Answers helps.
The Guide has over 99 answers to tough interview questions including 38 behavioral interview questions and suggested answers. Click here to read our full review of this Job Interview Answers Guide.
If you'd like more tips on what interviewers look for in a good answer, read our behavioral interview tips.
And if you'd like advice on behavioral interview answers click here.