Will you be able to provide a high-quality response to a recruiter who asks, “Can you tell me about a time when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem?” This kind of question is quite likely to come up during a behavioral interview. Unlike traditional interviews which require candidates to give opinion-based answers to questions like, “Tell me a bit about yourself.” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, acing behavioral interviews requires a bit more than minding your q’s and p’s and appearing knowledgeable.
The underlying principle of this type of interview is that “the most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance in a similar situation.” So, this is precisely what the interviewer will try to do: determine your future professional behavior by getting a glimpse into past behavior. Thus, if you want to ramp up your chances of landing a job, go to every interview prepared to project your potential to add value to the company by referring to your past.
Then, when the interviewer begins a question with anything like: “Can you tell me about a time when you ...”, “Please describe an instance where you ...”, “Could you give me an example of a situation when you ...”, they will be signaling your cue to show them how well you rank against a set of behavioral interviewing criteria. These include your ability to conduct effective analysis of a given opportunity or challenge, address the opportunity or challenge in a creative way which ensures that nothing impedes growth, leverage the right team resources to put solutions into practice and deliver results backed by data.
All in all, to master the behavioral interview, you will have to do your homework as you would normally do on any company you apply to. Your research will give you at least some idea about what is expected from the ideal candidate and whether you embody that. Then, try to guess what kind of behavioral-based questions you might be asked that correlate with what the company seems to value and ensure you have a few anecdotes to refer to. However, always be honest and genuine in your responses. Lying cannot escape the discerning eye of experienced recruiters and if you are dishonest you will be tossed on the spot.