Behavioral Interview Questions & Answers Explained

Competency-Based Interview Advice for the Intelligent Job Seeker.

Job Interview coming up? ... you're in the right place! — Bob Firestone shares behavioral interview answer strategies and other thoughtful career advice — making business psychology useful for everyday people.

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The STAR Interview – Try These Action Verbs To Tell Your Story & Impress Them


You can easily set yourself up for interview success if you commit to doing this one simple exercise in advance. Block out an hour for yourself and get this done; it’s one of the smartest things you can do to prepare.

This probably comes as no big surprise, but developing some key statements about your past accomplishments will send you … ⇨ Read more

Behavioral Interview Answers (and How To Prepare)


Give yourself an advantage by learning these little-known facts about the behavioral evaluation methods they’ll use on you not only in your interview — but also to determine who gets a raise, who gets promoted — and who doesn’t.

Here are some key terms and ideas that you need to know to help get yourself hired and advance your career … ⇨ Read more

“Team Player” Defined: Example Interview Answers To Behavior-Based Questions About Teamwork


What is teamwork? … and what does it really mean to be a “team player?” Here are some sample interview questions about teamwork and a formula for delivering answers that will impress them & increase your chances of getting hired.

What I’m trying to help you with is your ability to TALK about your teamwork competencies using examples from your … ⇨ Read more

Step-By-Step How To Apply For A Job With The Federal Government, Right Now. – [VIDEO]


If you’re looking for a job, or just putting your “feelers” out there, here is a video that shows you step-by-step how to search for and then apply to federal jobs in your area.

Background Information:

Over the last 5 years the US Federal Government has made huge strides in human resources modernization; including overhauling and standardizing the hiring process, … ⇨ Read more

What Do You Want It To Say On Your Tombstone?


What will people say about you after you’ve passed away? … Sure, that’s kind of a macabre thought. ☺ But it makes you think about the way you’re living your life right now — How are you being perceived by others?

Think about that, now think about this:

What do you think they’ll say about you at your next performance

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Behavioral Interview Questions on Implementing Change & Change Management


I’d like to make you a promise: In business these days, the only thing you can count on staying the same is constant change. Are you cool with that? … The truth is you don’t really have a choice — but let’s talk about what you CAN do that will help you no matter what the future holds.

What I’m … ⇨ Read more

Job Interview By Phone? – What to Say


10 years later, in 1993, I finally realized the mistake I had made. It wasn’t until I noticed a pattern in some of the weaker candidates I was interviewing that I realized I had been making the same mistake myself.

If you know me, I’m a pretty chipper person. Usually a pretty positive guy. And throughout my career I’ve generally ⇨ Read more

If You Only Have An Hour – Here’s A Cheat Sheet For Last Minute Preparation For An Interview


You’re a busy person. What are the quickest steps you can take to prepare for an interview, with the biggest payback? … Here are 5 things you can do to maximize the benefit of your preparation time if you only have an hour to get ready.

Note: there is a lot more that can be said and done around each … ⇨ Read more

Management Interview Questions


Modern HR people are trained to look for special qualities when they are hiring at the manager level and above. You’ll give better answers in your interview if you understand the psychology behind their questions. Here’s what you need to be thinking about.

How management interview questions are different

Before we take a look at specific interview questions, let’s look … ⇨ Read more