Behavioral interviewing is an interviewing technique that helps employers predict how a candidate will perform on the job and fit into the school district. The theory behind these questions is that the most accurate predictor of future performance is past behavior in a similar situation. By finding out what actions you took and/or how you reacted in past situations, the employer gets a sense for how you will probably respond to circumstances in the position they are considering you for.
This technique provides school district representatives with objective information that they don't get from a traditional interview question. For example, if an employer asks, "do you work well with people from diverse cultures?" your response will most likely be "yes". If the employer asks "Tell me about a time when you had to work with people from diverse cultures." you will respond with a story about a situation where this was the case. The employer will then be able to judge for him/herself whether you actually do perform well, according to his/her standards. This also gives you the opportunity to prove by example that you can handle the task at hand.
Refresh your memory about your achievements and highlights of your school and work careers over the past few years.
Written by the staff of the Career Development Center at Buffalo State College.
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