Traditional Interview Questions

Traditional interview questions include such examples as:

  • What are your strengths or limitations?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Why did you leave your last job?

Whilst these questions can help you get to know your candidate and clarify points in their CV, these questions don’t allow candidates to demonstrate how they behave in certain scenarios.

Behavioural Based Interviewing

Asking behavioural interview questions enables an employer to pre-determine whether a candidate possess skills that are specific and relevant to a particular role. These skills can then be measured to evaluate a candidate’s fit. An interviewer may ask questions about particular situations from a candidate’s previous employment. Their responses will demonstrate their problem solving skills and give clues to how they handle stressful situations.

When it comes to designing these types of questions, we recommend taking the STAR approach.

Situation: Describe a situation where you encountered a problem that led to a positive outcome.

Task: Describe the ideas or tasks you engaged to resolve the problem.

Action: Describe the actions you took and any difficulties you had to overcome.

Results: What outcomes followed as a result of your actions.