A behavioral interview is common in job selection processes in the healthcare industry. This kind of interview is based on the principle that past performance best indicates the potential for future performance. As a result, behavioral interviewers often ask candidates to describe specific situations where they demonstrated skills and behaviors that are important for the current position. They want job candidates to cite examples of such behavior, telling about when and how they demonstrated the skill and the result.
It may seem simple, but it is common for job candidates to make really basic mistakes and seriously affect their chances of getting hired. Given below are the most common ones and tips to avoid them.
Not going into enough details
The most typical mistake made by job candidates during behavioral interviews is responding to reply in generalities. When interviews ask for a specific situation where you used a skill, they want a short and concise story that describes the skill, the way you used it, and the result of using it. Remember to give the interviewer a specific and concrete example and not make him ask more questions to get details. Avoid giving one-word and one-sentence answers to such questions.
You could also give examples of how you used your skills in your personal life. This is pretty much universally accepted if you are at the start of your career and lack the professional experience. For example, if you want to explain about a time you managed a project, you can discuss your kitchen remodeling. All you need to do is give an example where you show good judgment to your interviewer.
Going in unprepared
This has happened a lot more recently, especially among nurses who are in high demand these days. Many of them approach their job search in a more casual way and therefore go unprepared for behavioral interviews. This is in spite of the fact that behavioral interviews are not new for nurse jobs; they have been used for more than a decade.
Keep in mind that interviewers prepare a lot for these questions. Many of them receive formal training on asking behavior-based questions to hire the best. These guys are very serious about getting candidates who meet all their requirements, and you should be prepared for them. When an interviewer asks a well-thought out questions, the candidate has to give an equally good answer. Go through all the qualities and abilities the employer wants from the candidate for the position, and take time to think about your answers that demonstrate these qualities. This can demonstrate a thoughtful approach, which is better than just blurting out the first thing you think of.
Appearing too polished
Going unprepared is as bad, but appearing too polished and prepared can be equally bad for your chances of success. Some candidates tend to rehearse their answers so well that they seem scripted and not natural. It is good to come prepared, but do not memorize answers because it comes of as too mechanical and lacking in emotion. Some interviewers may not believe candidates who give such polished stories.