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Behavioral Job Interviews for College Students: Sample Questions, Answers, and Examples

Updated on June 3, 2017
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FlourishAnyway is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with applied experience in corporate human resources and consulting.

Ace Your Behavioral Job Interview

Learn how to ace the behavioral interview and launch your career.  Employers commonly use this type of assessment.
Learn how to ace the behavioral interview and launch your career. Employers commonly use this type of assessment.

No one said launching your career would be easy. Traditional "tell me about yourself" interviews are being replaced by panel interviews and drill-down questions.

What is a Behavioral Job Interview?

The behavioral job interview is a widely used selection tool. The technique is centered on the notion that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, for example, often use the behavioral interview to predict future success in jobs they are hiring for.

Behavioral interviews follow a more structured format, they're hard to fudge your way through, and they are more predictive of on-the-job performance. To do well, you need to prepare.

If your heart just skipped a beat, relax. I'm an industrial/organizational psychologist who has designed and conducted these interviews professionally, and I've worked in corporate HR for two Fortune 500 companies. Let me help.

Traditional "tell me about yourself" interviews are being replaced by panel interviews and multi-step interviews.  Be ready for anything.
Traditional "tell me about yourself" interviews are being replaced by panel interviews and multi-step interviews. Be ready for anything. | Source

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Companies may use a mixture of traditional and behavior-based interview questions.    Prepare for both.
Companies may use a mixture of traditional and behavior-based interview questions. Prepare for both. | Source

How to Identify a Behavior-Based Interview Question

In a behavioral interview, the interviewer asks you questions about skills or competencies that are necessary for successful on-the-job performance. All candidates typically receive the same questions.

The following phrases often accompany behavior-based interview questions:

  • "Tell me about a time when you ..."
  • "Describe a situation when you faced a problem related to ..."
  • "Tell me how you approached a situation where ..."
  • "Think of a circumstance in which you ..."

Companies often value flexible, adaptable employees who can articulate vivid examples of how they have demonstrated those job-related competencies.  How well can you do that?
Companies often value flexible, adaptable employees who can articulate vivid examples of how they have demonstrated those job-related competencies. How well can you do that? | Source

Describe a Situation When You Demonstrated the Competency Well

In answering behavioral interview questions, use your educational, work-related, and extracurricular experiences to respond. Companies understand that you may not have professional work experience, but they expect college students to draw on other parts of their background to answer the interview questions.

In doing so, consider examples from your

  • classwork
  • campus clubs
  • volunteer activities
  • involvement in sports
  • internships
  • part-time job, or
  • other experience.

Try to avoid religious or overly personal examples and those that occurred more than two years ago. Also avoid describing situations that involve mention of drugs, alcohol, sex, legal problems, etc. (While it seems to be a no-brainer, believe me—college students have used these examples.)

Red Flag Topics

Use discretion in generating your situational examples. Tread carefully if your example involves one of these topics: sex; drugs/alcohol; legal problems; bankruptcy; politics; religion; and controversial "hot button" issues.

Behavioral Interviews Are More Difficult to Fake

Answer the interviewer's question by describing a specific situation that illustrates how you successfully displayed that competency. Your answer should be two to three minutes long and follow the S.T.A.R. format that is described below. Avoid generalizing or hypothesizing, and offer specific information such as first names of the people involved, amount of money saved, time frame of when this took place, etc.

To evaluate you, the interviewer may need to ask follow-up questions, such as:

  • "Tell me what you were thinking at that point ..."
  • "Walk me through your decision process ..."

As a result, behavioral interviews are more difficult to fake. Answering vaguely also won't work. The interviewer uses your description to rate how well you demonstrated that skill or competency.

Your Future Is Looking Up!

Knowing how to "sell" the value of your competencies will set you up for success throughout life.
Knowing how to "sell" the value of your competencies will set you up for success throughout life. | Source

Traditional Interview Questions: You Still Need To Prepare For Them

Traditional interviews use a conversational approach and involve general questions (e.g., "Why do you want to work for this Company?")

Although they allow an interviewer and candidate to build rapport, traditional interviews often involve no pre-set questions.

It is common to see traditional interview questions as warm-ups, followed by behavior-based interview questions during the remainder of the interview.

As a result, there are some traditional questions that you should always be prepared for:

  • What attracted you to our company?
  • What do you know about this company (or this position)?
  • Why are you interested in this job?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

The S.T.A.R. Method: Describing Situation, Task, Action, and Results

Situation: Think of a specific situation in the past in which you successfully demonstrated the skill or competency in question. The situation can come from a previous job, class project, internship, leadership position, sports or volunteer activity.

Task: Describe what goal you were trying to accomplish.

Action(s): Describe the specific steps that you took to complete the task and achieve success. What did you actually do?

Result(s): Describe the outcomes of your actions. (Ideally, provide multiple positive outcomes.) How did it end? What did you achieve or learn?

Bonus Points: The Fifth Step of the S.T.A.R. Method

Although job applicants commonly don't use it, there is a bonus fifth step to the S.T.A.R. method of answering behavior interview questions. (Thus, it becomes the S.T.A.R.T. method, doesn't it?)

You may not always be able to use it, but for especially critical competencies it is an important part of selling the company on why you are right for this job.

Translate: Describe why your results are applicable to the job you are interviewing for. (You'll know this because you've read the job description and researched the company.) How can the company use your experience and achievements on this competency? What is the value for them?

Reach for the S.T.A.R.s

If you know what is required in a behavioral job interview, it's easier to ace that interview.
If you know what is required in a behavioral job interview, it's easier to ace that interview. | Source

Competencies That Are Commonly Assessed Using Behavioral Job Interviews

 
 
 
leadership
customer service
problem solving skills
initiative
integrity
conflict management
planning
communication skills
adaptability
conscientiousness
persuasion/influencing skills
overcoming adversity

Look at Yourself from an Employer's Viewpoint

Look at your experience and education from an employer's perspective.  Describe how they will benefit from your knowledge, skills, and abilities by connecting your results to something they care about.
Look at your experience and education from an employer's perspective. Describe how they will benefit from your knowledge, skills, and abilities by connecting your results to something they care about. | Source

Common Mistakes College Students Make with Corporate Recruiting & Interviewing

COMMON MISTAKE
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Practicing the wrong interview skills
Learn the S.T.A.R. format. Be able to translate your personal education and experience using Situations, Tasks, Actions, and Results.
Providing examples that are vague, dishonest, minimally relevant, or highlight failure
Focus on giving specific examples, as well as those that produced success (e.g., won the game, project was on-time, came in under budget). If providing a failure example, recover by describing lessons learned. Don't make examples up or embellish. Avoid using personal or religious examples.
Listening poorly
Listen. Take a moment to process the question before responding. Ask for repetion of the question, if needed.
Forgetting that it's likely a buyer's employment market
Sell the interviewer on why you are right for this job. Ask specific questions about the company and the job that show you have done your research.
Failing to research the company
Review the job description, the company website, and other materials to understand more about the job's requirements; the company's products/services, competitors and values; challenges of the industry, etc.
Being bashful about your role in achieving results
Don't be afraid to brag some. If giving a team-based Situation and Task, describe what Actions YOU performed that achieved the Result.
Overinvolving parents during the recruiting process
Parents can help you practice for interviews and help with advice, but all communication with the company needs to be directly from you. Parents should not contact the company for you or attend your interview, information session, or company site visit.
Leaving an outgoing voicemail message that is immature, lengthy, or just plain rude
Potential employers may be calling you to set up next-phase interviews. Eliminate music and rude humor and leave just a simple, succinct outgoing message.

Hovercraft: Leave Your Helicopter Parents At Home

Got an overinvolved parent who inserts themselves into you job search?  They make a terrible impression on employers and might just ruin your chances. Tell them to stay in the background and support you.  You've got this!
Got an overinvolved parent who inserts themselves into you job search? They make a terrible impression on employers and might just ruin your chances. Tell them to stay in the background and support you. You've got this! | Source

Do You Have Helicopter Parents?

"Helicopter parents" is a term that's been around for about 40 years. It describes parents who become over-involved in their child's development and education right up through college and into the workforce.

These parents "hover" closely in the background, awaiting any sign of trouble or confusion from their adult child. At a moment's notice, they "swoop down" and try to make everything alright.

Helicopter parenting has been linked to creating anxiety and depression in young adult children who are trying to build their competence and confidence in the world of work. It undermines their growth, as young people learn that they are not trusted to make their own mistakes and explore their own options.

Signs You May Have A Helicopter Parent:

  • Mom or Dad calls you to remind you to go to class (Where's your alarm clock?)
  • Mom or Dad contacts your professor to discuss your performance in their class and/or your class grade.
  • You're required to call, email, text, and/or FaceTime Mom or Dad daily to report progress you've made on that big project or on getting a job.
  • Mom or Dad surprises you with an unannounced dorm room visit to help you clean up and stock you back up on snacks.
  • Mom or Dad inquires about embarrassing details in your social and sexual activities. (You are an adult!)

Helicopter Parenting in the Career Marketplace

Don't let Mom or Dad helicopter parent you into the world of work. It's all about boundaries. Set some limits on their behavior well before you leave college.

I have worked in the corporate HR world that included extensive campus recruiting. Companies are appalled at some of the behavior of over-involved parents. Yet, it is the college student who suffers. The student is perceived as being dependent, less competent, and lacking in initiative and leadership. (This isn't anyone a company would want to hire, is it?)

Here are some of the ways that I've seen parents getting over-involved in college recruiting and their child's career:

  • writing their child's resume and cover letters
  • attending college information sessions or job fairs alongside their children to directly meet recruiters
  • showing up at the interview with their children
  • calling the interviewer to either check on the status of the job or to ask for feedback on how their child performed
  • requesting to tour the company that has offered their child a job, as well as the city where their child will be living
  • attempting to negotiate employment offers on their child's behalf
  • offering explanations as to why the child did not pass the pre-employment drug test
  • joining their children on house hunting trips (or even requesting relocation for themselves as well)
  • calling the child's boss once the child is on the job to discuss a performance issue, vacation request, disciplinary incident, or reason for absence.

If you have a helicopter parent, it is important that you attempt to dial back their over-involvement. (If not now, when?) In the end, helicopter parenting hurts your struggle to become the competent adult you are meant to be.

22 Sample Behavioral Interview Questions

  1. Describe a situation in which you led a team of people who had diverse interests and objectives. (leadership)
  2. Describe a leadership challenge that involved making an unpopular decision. (leadership)
  3. Tell me about a time when you delegated effectively. (delegation)
  4. Tell me about a situation when you took the initiative to achieve a difficult goal. (initiative)
  5. Describe a time when you set a goal and were able to achieve it. (planning)
  6. Think of an example of when you anticipated problems and developed prevention measures. (planning)
  7. Describe a time when you went over and above what was required. (conscientiousness)
  8. Tell me about a time when you felt you needed to act in the greater good even though it was personally detrimental for you. (conscientiousness)
  9. Think of a time when you had to deal with an irate customer. (customer service)
  10. Describe a time when you did not meet a customer's expectations. (customer service)
  11. Tell me about an example of when you missed important details. (conscientiousness)
  12. Think of a situation where you had to work closely with someone who may not have liked you. (interpersonal skills)
  13. Tell me about a situation in which you had to communicate with someone who did not clearly understand your message (communication skills).
  14. Describe a situation that involved persuading someone else to change their mind. (persuasion/influence skills)
  15. Tell me about a time you had to solve a difficult problem. (problem solving skills)
  16. Describe a situation where you used your fact-finding skills to reach a solution. (problem solving skills)
  17. Give me an example of a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem. (problem solving skills)
  18. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with someone in an authority position. (conflict management)
  19. Describe a situation when you disagreed with a coworker or fellow student (conflict management).
  20. Give me an example of a time when you had to adapt to an important change. (adaptability)
  21. Tell me about a time when you didn't have the resources you needed to complete a task. (overcoming adversity)
  22. Describe a time when you struggled with something but overcame the challenge. (overcoming adversity)

How Should You Handle Questions That Ask About Failures?

For many behavioral interview questions, you can generate an example where you succeed, thus demonstrating that you have high levels of the competency being evaluated. However, the interviewer may throw a trick question in there -- one that specifically asks you to identify an example of failure. (For example, #17 above: "Give me an example of a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem.)

For these questions, select an example that doesn't involve large failure but then after you describe your Situation, Task, Action(s), and Result(s), make sure you add a statement about what you learned from the situation. Everyone fails at some point, but not everyone learns from their failure. Show the interviewer that you have.

Helicopter Parents: Their Hovering Does Not Help You

Examples of Behavior Interview Questions and Answers

Example 1:

Behavioral Interview Question: Tell me about a situation that required both big picture thinking and detail orientation.

  • Situation - I was elected to the Campus Visiting Speakers Bureau for the 2014-2015 school year and was responsible for generating a slate of three to five speakers using a total budget of $46,000.
  • Task - My objective was to generate a list of speakers for the Planning Committee that would make the final decision. The speakers needed to 1) appeal to the entire college community, 2) be available within our budget on a date when the auditorium was available, and 3) convey a motivational message consistent with our theme, "Social Responsibility In An Era of Change and Uncertainty."
  • Action(s) - I solicited ideas for speakers from the rest of the Planning committee, students in my dorm, and my Marketing class. Then, I used their suggestions to help identify 15 speakers who would fit within our budget. I researched the speakers' career profiles, reviews of past speaking events, and their blogs. This narrowed my list to nine speakers who were appropriate for our theme and audience. I led three focus groups of a cross-section of 10 university students to generate a prioritized list of the nine speakers. I then reached out to the speakers' agents to check for scheduling availability and to verify fees, travel, and other requirements. From that, I had six names. I submitted the top five to the committee for their decision.
  • Result - The Planning Committee was "wowed" by the slate of speakers I submitted as well as my attention to detail. From my list, they selected motivational speaker Cindy Jones to appear on September 15. We sold all 2,500 tickets, and Channel 9 did a story on her appearance at our event.

Interview panels are typically three people, but this depends on the company.  You can ask about the process in advance of your interview, but don't obsess about the details.
Interview panels are typically three people, but this depends on the company. You can ask about the process in advance of your interview, but don't obsess about the details. | Source

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Example 2:

Behavioral Interview Question: Give me an example on when you disagreed with someone at work.

  • Situation - I work at Smart-Mart during the summer and holidays. Last Christmas season another associate (James) and I were assigned the monumental task of assembling 35 bikes during our 8-hour shift. James told me right up front he did not intend to help put together all of those bikes. He said it wasn't "his thing" and it was too much work.
  • Task - Managers were working the floor because the store was so busy, and it was up to James and I to get the task done. I needed to figure out a way to get him to help me correctly assemble 35 bikes within our 8-hour shift.
  • Action(s) - I appealed first to reason by trying to convince James that it was much easier to work together. I then just asked him to help me out. When he refused, I told him that was okay. As I worked alone on the first few bikes, I cracked some jokes with James and started talking with him. As he loosened up, I asked him to time me as I tried to beat my previous record of how long it took to put one bike together. Then, I'd make small requests such as, "Could you pass me that wrench?" Without me requesting it, James then took the bikes out of the boxes and laid out the pieces in assembly line fashion. I involved him so much that eventually he was working alongside me.
  • Result - James went from a resistant co-worker to a partner. Together, we correctly assembled the 35 bikes during the shift. Management was surprised we were actually able to accomplish the assigned task, and James and I were assigned to work together frequently after that. James and I became good work friends, and I still tease him about the bad attitude he had when I met him.

Make Your Own Luck Using Preparation and A Confident Attitude

People often make their own luck.  How will you make yours?
People often make their own luck. How will you make yours? | Source

Tips For Preparing For A Behavioral Interview

Tip
Read the job description. It typically tells you exactly what the company is looking for in a successful candidate. Pick out key competencies or skills.
Review the company website, looking for statements on corporate mission and values. Look for themes, especially when it comes to "soft skills." Companies frequently proclaim what they find most important in their employees and what sets their employees apart (e.g., innovativeness, integrity, a passion to succeed). For example, a company I worked with based their interviews on their five corporate values.
For each key competency, jog your memory for a situation in which you displayed the competency favorably. Recall key details so you can offer these. Use different parts of your life (e.g., team sports, class projects, leadership positions, part-time job). It's okay if you use one scenario to exemplify two different competencies (e.g., leadership skills and conflict management skills)

Interview Well and Launch that Career!

You've worked hard to prepare for your behavioral interview.  Go get that job!  You've got this!
You've worked hard to prepare for your behavioral interview. Go get that job! You've got this! | Source

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      frozenink 2 years ago

      Wow! When I was choosing between a degree in psychology and other degrees, I did not really understand what those degrees are about. Perhaps you could write a Hub about your journey on psychological studies. I am not sure if it would interests others, but I would be a fan.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      frozenink - Thank you for your enthusiastic endorsement. I loved psychology so much I picked up a Ph.D. It's extraordinarily applicable to nearly every aspect of life.

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      frozenink 2 years ago

      This is so good that I just have to vote up and give it an awesome. This really enlightens me about the whole interview process. Behavioral interviewing, that's really interesting. I like the part you shared about the depicting a failure part. "Everyone fails at some point, but not everyone learns from their failure." This is just so true. Actually, I have always been considering to pick up a psychology degree. But in the end, I ended up differently. Great hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      vespawoolf - You're right about some parents wanting to hang on longer than necessary. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good weekend.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I didn´t realize this was called behavioral interviewing. These are great suggestions to handle this type of questioning. It´s true that parents need to be involved but not overly so--some parents have a hard time letting go.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Orchid Fire - That is a mighty nice compliment. Thank you!

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      Orchid Fire 3 years ago

      This is the best interview advice article I've ever read! I've seen the STAR method before, but they just generalized the steps. Thank you for providing examples of actual questions and walking through each part of the answers. It is easier to see where I need to build my strengths. Your advice is truly invaluable.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Jatinder Joshi - Thanks for your support. I hope it will help those who are less familiar with behavioral job interviews or job candidates who simply need to brush up on their skills prior to that big interview. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

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      Jatinder Joshi 3 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Interviews are always a challenge for novices and pros too. This hub will surely help every one as there is very useful information in this hub, and very down to earth practical too. I am sure this would be of great use to first time interviewees and even professionals too. Thank you for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Crystal - Thanks for the endorsement. I remember being in that situation, although it was awhile ago.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Very thorough and informative and great advice. It's more important than ever to stand out in an interview and you've given some practical ways to do so. The process can be daunting, especially when put on the spot, and this is a good reference to use before the interview. Sharing this one.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rebecca - Thanks for reading and commenting. Helicopter parenting can be tough to watch, tougher I imagine if you're the one being parented. I feel badly for them. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      tobusiness - Thanks for checking in and for sharing. You are absolutely right. Many of them do not know what to expect. Any education and preparation can help them. It's good that your husband is helping shepherd them along.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a great, informative Hub for young people going on job interviews. New terms here for me really make a lot of since, like behavioral job interviews and helicopter parenting. Love that one!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is going right to my fb page. There are so much valuable information here. My husband often gives talks to young people on precisely this subject, the idea is to help prepare them for that first interviews, many of them just haven't got a clue about the real world. Up and sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Neill - Thanks for reading and commenting. Behavioral interviews could be really challenging if you don't know what to expect. Hopefully this reaches kids who are interviewing for internships and their first corporate jobs.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      DzyMsLizzy - Glad you stopped by. It is indeed a competitive job market with lots of bells and whistles for employee selection these days. I've interviewed many a job candidate who has said some of the things you shared. You may not be surprised to know they were not hired, hehe.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Yeeks! This is a tough challenge. I'm so happy to be retired and not dealing with the job market anymore.

      I never did work much--I was pretty much the last of the dying breed of stay-at-home-moms. I did only part time, temp agency work after the kids were in high school, and after they graduated. (One such "temp" assignment lasted 3 years!!)

      I would NOT do well today--for one, even back in my late 40's, trying to find a permanent position, I ran square into age discrimination. Try to prove it, right? But it's there.

      I would not like these questions--I seriously doubt I could be hired by anyone these days, for I speak my mind, and if I think a question is stupid, frivolous or irrelevant, I'm going to say so.

      And, I refuse to play political games. The "research the company" thing...shoot--if I need a job, then the "why do you want to work here?" question is going to get a shoot-from-the-hip answer along the lines of, "Seriously? Everyone needs a job to earn money to live. I don't care where I work, as long as I can earn a living." (Probably phrased a bit more succinctly, but that would be the meaning and intent.

      All of my "experience" and examples I could provide are also over 20 years old! I'm dead! LOL

      All that said, however, this is a GREAT guide for youth just starting out, so voted up interesting and useful.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      This is such a great article and so useful! why didn't they have this when I needed it? lol! voted up and shared, nell

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Vinaya - Glad you found this helpful, and I hope college students will, too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      I wish I had know these things when I was a student. But I think I can still use some of your points.

      Cheers

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox - Thank you! That's exactly what I was going for!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is an amazing article about the interview process. I don't think many new graduates are prepared for their first career interviews. This is exactly the information they need. Voted up and shared!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - I feel sorry for the kids who are "over parented" in that way. One day they will look around and mom and dad will no longer be there to orchestrate every move, and then what happens? Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Beezknees - Glad you got the job! Behavioral interviewing takes practice, and it's important to be able to sell yourself effectively this way. I agree with you on confidence, too. Confidence attracts success.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Flourish, this is one article that needs to get out there for all of the college graduates and those "helicopter" moms ...for sure! It will be most beneficial to many who read, and I hope many do read to get a heads up! Yes, those helicopter moms, are not doing their children any favors. There comes a time when a parent must truly cut the chord as they say : ) I do not believe such parents really understand the damage they are inflicting on their very own child and hindering their child from even obtaining a job.

      Excellent write as always. Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      BEEZKNEEZ 3 years ago

      I wish I would have read this a few days ago. I recently had a behavioral job interview and I got the job. I used the STAR method and I felt like it was very easy to use and really helped me answer any question they would ask. I think that another key thing is just being confident. You need to talk like you got the job. Be confident and don't doubt yourself.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - It is such a competitive market. Whereas it used to be a simple unstructured conversation, now there are more predictive options used by companies that want to hire the best fitting employees for their vacancies -- behavioral interviews, in basket exercises, personality testing, and so much more. They are looking for "can do, will do and will fit" employees. Of course, companies are also concerned about legal defensibility, and adding structure to interviews certainly helps. (It is a litigious world.) Thanks for pinning, reading and commenting.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Yikes, I had no idea the interview process had become so standardized. If that's the case, then all young adults should have access to this information. I'm going to pin this, on my newly created board called "Things You Really Need to Know."

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Eddy - Thanks for reading, voting, and sharing. I hope it will prove useful to college students.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      kidscrafts - Thanks for the thumbs up! The helicopter parenting is something else, huh? Because I've come home with you--wouldn't-believe-this stories from work, my teenaged daughter knows what helicopter parenting is. She accuses me of it in jest, I hope. I joke with her about being her roommate in college, but hopefully she knows I am kidding.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Fantastic article, Flourish! It's a powerful help for anybody facing an interview! You covered everything, even advices on how to avoid common mistakes!

      I just loved also your section on the helicopter parents! If I was trying anything like that with my kids they would send me fly very far away ;-) And they would have the right to do it!

      I hope that people will find your article and read it because it might make the difference between getting a nice job or losing a great opportunity!

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

      Have a wonderful day!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and very useful.

      Voted up and shared.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Crafty - Thanks for reading and commenting. Interviewing is so competitive, and it's such a challenge to sell yourself. Hopefully this gives readers a leg up on the competition.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is superb information for college students, as well as anyone out there looking for a job at the moment. Wonderfully helpful to those needing to prepare for an interview.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Suzanne - Thanks for reading and adding commentary. Confidence is very important in interviews and everyday interactions.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A very comprehensive article with lots of information for everyone to gain something from. I think looking at the bigger picture when going for an interview helps a lot, because if you know which cog you are in the machine then it helps when answering questions in the right context. Of course, if you work on feeling confident, things become much easier in job interviews.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      DDE - Thanks for the visit and votes. I appreciate your support.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Frank - Thanks for reading, voting, and commenting. I hope it is useful to college students and others.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      very good information and very detailed voted useful Flourish

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Behavioral Job Interviews for College Students: Questions, Answers, and Examples this so helpful and useful information. You created such a well researched hub, to the point and and you covered all aspects on this topic. Great hub voted up, useful and interesting

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for the compliment! I hope it helps college students. Behavioral interviews are not something you can usually just "wing" if you want to do well.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      abhijeet4800 - How to tell your story well, using the STAR technique, can help in a variety of situations. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Abhijeet Ganguly 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Article !!! I am an HR professional ans I understand the importance of behavioral interviews. It is gaining momentum as the traditional methods are not effective enough to judge the candidate.

      Keep up the good work and check some of my hubs!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information and advice. My goodness, there are only about a million kids who could use this article. Hopefully some of them will read it. Well done!