What is Behavioural Interviewing?

In a nutshell interviewing tips, skills, questions and techniques are an important skill to acquire.

Behavioural Interviewing is asking a question about a candidates experience to ascertain if the way they behaved in a situation is what you want for your organisation or for the job.

Behaviour in the candidate’s past experience is a good guide for future performance.

An example:

You require someone to work on their own a lot.

The first stage is to name the behaviour.

                  Behaviour named:   Working alone

The second stage is to define ‘working alone’ into how this person needs to behave in a job.


Being very clear about own working priorities.
Able to make decisions without reference to anyone else.

The third stage is to design behavioural questions designed to obtain evidence from the candidate.

Suggested Behavioural questions for ‘Working Alone’:

  • Can you think of a time recently when you needed to ask someone else’s advice before you could complete a piece of work?
  • Describe the most important decision you have made recently.
  • Talk me through a project which you managed yourself over the past 12 months.
  • Can you think of a time when you struggled with a decision and needed someone else’s help?
  • Have you ever forgotten to do something for someone?
  • Describe a deadline you have missed recently.
  • Can you think of a day when you already had a lot to do, yet you were asked to do something else?

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