Everyone wants to make a good impression during an interview. But did you know that your performance in future interviews might be evaluated based on what you did as well as what you said? No, that doesn’t mean you have to learn to juggle or stand on your head to make a good impression. However, behavioral interviews — in which candidates are expected to talk about their past experiences and how they handled challenges — are becoming increasingly popular among hiring managers. Here are some behavioral interview tips to help you land the job of your dreams:

Use the STAR Process

Want to make sure you answer behavioral interview questions in the most thorough manner possible? Use the STAR method when responding. First, state the Situation or Task in which you were involved. Next, describe the Action you took to resolve the issue. Finally, describe the Result of that action.

Call on All Your Life Experiences

If you are a younger employee or one who has recently made a career switch, being called upon to answer behavior interview questions can be especially intimidating. However, even if you don’t have a great deal of experience in a particular field, you can still succeed in this interview format. For best results, call upon all your available life experiences, including college jobs and time spent volunteering.

Prepare Your Comments in Advance

Think preparing some stories ahead of time is cheating? On the contrary, the savviest job candidates spend some time brainstorming about prior work accomplishments before the big interview. For example, you may want to think up a few anecdotes to back your stated skills and abilities.

Contact InStaff for More Interview Preparation Tips

At InStaff, we lead the pack in industrial staffing and professional placement services. Whether you want to find a new position in your existing field or transition to a new industry, we will work hard to help you achieve your goals. Additionally, we will sit down with you to ensure you are fully prepared for that next big interview. Search available jobs online or call to schedule an appointment with our team.