Behavioral Interview Skills Part 2

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Continuing our discussion on Part 2,

Third rules: Focus on one particular viewpoint

The cited example often is a large project, which not only reflects one of your particular ability but also reflect many aspects of your ability. But if you are not focus on one particular viewpoint of the project, the interviewer might have the impression on all aspects of your ability, but not have deep impression. In the whole interview process, the interviewer would inspected your ability one by one, so it is not a good strategy of exhibition all the capacity in one example.

The best strategy is: when the interviewer asked you to illustrate one of your particular ability, you should concentrate on the item and activity which could reflect the ability that the interviewer required. You should not to mention other details which even to be of help, otherwise the interviewer could not get the gist of your conversation.

For example: Suppose you have been a team leader and completed a big project with your team, one of your creative ideas solved a problem encountered, then when you were asked to illustrate leadership, that creative idea need not to be mentioned at all. But if the interviewer asked another question, such as: “Please give an example of solving a problem with your creative ability”, you could say: “In the projects just mentioned, we have encountered something like…”. In this way you could concentrate on one particular viewpoint, and left a deep impression on the interviewer, as well as dose not result in a matter of example inadequate because of have mentioned this viewpoint before.

Of course, if you consider this creative idea very excellent and you are look forward to let the interviewer to hear about it, you can also use more pro-active approach: when you finished that example, you could say: “In the project I have mentioned, in addition to illustrate my leadership, It is also a good example to strike a note of my creative ability, I hope to have a chance now to talk about it. ” then pause for a minute, watching the interviewer and waiting for his agreement, in most circumstances the interviewer will permit you to keep telling your story.

Fourth rules: Describe in detail

The reason why details are important is because of details can reproduce the scene of the example, which would let the interviewer understand the circumstance you have been faced with, in order to evaluate your behave and capacity.

Which details should be talked about depend on what kind of example it is. You could adopt the following methods to evaluate whether these details worth to be shared with the interviewer: suppose you as an interviewer, if it is more convenience for you to evaluate the candidates after you have learn about these details, you should talk about these details with the interviewer.

However, there are some kinds of details must to be talk about: when you faced with a problem, how to define the problem, how to find the reasons behind, and what kind of the method you have used to resolve the problem and why this method should be considered as the better one. According to these details, the interviewer could understand what you are thinking about of the time very clearly, and this is also the most concerned fact by the interviewer, even if your idea is not perfectly, but as you have talked about what he want to know, this would let you leave the interviewer a deep impression.

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