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Behaviour Interviews - A CV Centre Guide
Behaviour Interviews are becoming increasingly popular with recruiters as the fairest and most effective means of selecting the most suitable candidate for a position. Also called Competency Based Interviews, they seek to establish how, in the past, you have demonstrated the key competencies required for the position in order to judge your potential to fulfil the job role.
How do Behaviour Interviews work?
Behaviour Interviews are structured interviews that will generally follow a set pattern for each candidate. The interviewer will pose a series of questions asking you to explain your involvement in a given situation. Examples of the type of question you may be asked include:
Your responses should draw on examples from your employment, your studies and even from your personal life, and it is important to avoid using the same example over and over again.
The type of questions you are asked may vary according to the industry sector you are applying to, just as the skills required for the role will also vary. However, each answer you give should follow the same three steps:
Although this may appear to be rather a rigid format, you should be prepared for the interviewer to interject with questions along the way, perhaps asking you to elaborate more on certain details. So be ready for this.
Do your homework
Preparation is essential for Behaviour Interviews. To help boost your chances of success, you should:
Top tips for success
This type of interview can be rather nerve-wracking but it is important to remember that the other candidates will be asked the same questions so you have just as much chance of success as long as you have done your homework. Other ways of helping you to get through the interview include:
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When it comes to interviews, people often think, "Well, I'll just turn up and be myself." Which is fine, but it won’t get you the job! You need to plan and prepare for an interview as you are still up against many other applicants and this is your key opportunity to make an impact. Your CV may get your foot in the door but you're on your own in the interview – and sometimes the most able candidate on paper can really shoot themselves in the foot when they actually get to the interview.
On average, there's likely to be at least 5 other candidates being interviewed for the same vacancy. So, everything else being equal, that gives you, at the most, a 20% chance of getting the job. But there's so much you can do to improve your odds of success.
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