The Behavioral Interview Ready Reference ♦ G-7 CHES Career Services 101 HES, OSU-STW ♦ 405.744.9533 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ hescareers.okstate.edu ♦ Revised 8/2010 The behavioral interview is an increasingly popular style of interview used by employers. Behavioral interviews are designed to focus on an individual’s past experiences and performance with the goal to identify desired behaviors necessary for success on the job. Interviewers seek to predict a candidate’s future behavior by understanding past behavior. Characteristics of a Behavioral Interview There are some subtle and obvious clues to identify when a behavioral question is posed. The traditional interview will include questions related to your skills or how you would handle a situation or task. The behavioral interview, however, will include questions asking you to describe how you handled a situation or task by describing a specific past experience. In a behavioral interview the interviewer
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