Behavioral Interviews

Use these prompts to brainstorm ideas for your response.

  1. Present: Who are you? What are you currently doing that is relevant to this position?
  2. Past: What experiences have you had that have prepared you for this position? What skills do you want to highlight?

Tell me about yourself… Pick which details from above you want to include in your introduction, and outline how you want to piece them together.

 Needs ImprovementAcceptableExcellent
Highlights important experiences and qualificationsMentions experiences but they are not relevant to the employerDemonstrates important backgroundDemonstrates your best qualifications and what makes you a unique candidate; sets up opportunities for follow-up questions
Why you are interested in this field, industry, organization, and role Includes details unimportant to the position or not understood by interviewerIncludes some detail relevant to the positionTailors to that specific industry, organization, and role
Why are you changing from your current field into this new field? (if applicable)Mentions changing fields and your inexperience in this new field is evidentAcknowledges changing fieldsExplains why you are changing fields and why this opportunity is better aligned to your skills, interests, and values
OrganizationAnswer is difficult to followFollows a clear storyline, perhaps with a detail clarified or out of placeFollows a clear storyline, is organized to emphasize the task/conflict and your action/skills
Concise>120 second response with many non-essential details included~90-120 second response with a couple non-essential details included~60-90 second response focused on essential details
ConcernsResponse raises major concerns about candidate’s ability to handle the positionA minor concern is raised and only partially resolvedNo concerns raised or minor concern raised and quickly resolved

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