Four Tips When Prepping for a Behavioral Interview

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Preparing for an upcoming interview? One common means of preparation is by practicing your answers to standard interview questions. Employers, recruiters and hiring managers will ask a variety of questions, and many of these falls into two categories: standard and behavioral. When you understand what an employer is looking for, it will help you prepare the perfect answer.  

What are standard vs. behavioral interview questions? 

Standard interview questions are the types you’ll commonly be asked, such as “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Or “Why do you want to work here?” An interviewer is looking for a straightforward answer that helps them understand your qualifications for the job.  

Behavioral interview questions are those designed to determine how you would behave in a professional situation based on how you’ve handled them in the past. This helps an interviewer understand if you have the right skills to do the job. Behavioral interview questions include: 

  • Describe a difficult coworker and how you approach them.  
  • Tell me about a time when you reached a goal and how you did it.  
  • How do you handle stressful situations at work? 
  • What strategies do you use for working efficiently under pressure? 

Your answers to these questions will showcase your professional qualities and soft skills, which are important to the hiring process. They help an employer understand how you will be in the role and fit within the company culture.  

Four ways to prepare for behavioral interview questions 

Preparation is the key to success! Prepare for behavioral interview questions in the same way you’d prepare for standard interview questions:  

1. Google “common behavioral interview questions.”

Build a list of 10-15. You’ll find that many ask similar types of questions, so by preparing 10-15, you’ll have an idea of how to answer any that are asked that you weren’t prepared for.  

2. Practice your answers.

Write them down. Recite them in front of a mirror. Practice them with a friend or family member.  

3. Answer the right way.

When you can, answer the questions with work situations, not personal situations. Show how you faced a problem, worked through a solution, and grew stronger at a result.  

4. Tell a good story.

Everyone loves a story, and it makes you more memorable to the interviewer. Give details to paint a picture of the situation in your answer to the question.  

Need support?  

Getting ready for an interview can be stressful if you’re not sure how to get started. So, if you’re working with a recruiter, reach out to them for support and guidance. And if you’re in search of a recruiter, contact Inter-Connect. You can also check out our open jobs by visiting our job site.

Ask These Benefits Questions Before You Take the Job

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Looking for a new job? At the top of your list is probably salary. But did you know that other benefits actually account for about 30 percent of your total compensation? It’s true! In fact, when you’re considering your overall well-being, salary is only one part of the equation. Other perks and benefits offered by your potential employer will make a job that much better because you’ll have the resources to take good care of yourself and your family.

When you’re in search of jobs, the following ten benefits are helpful to your overall job satisfaction:

1. Health care benefits.

This can include medical, dental and vision coverage. Usually, you’ll need to elect a medical plan, and then choose to include dental and vision coverage within it. This will help you pay for any visits you may need to the doctor or hospital, prescriptions, clinical lab tests, etc. You may have the choice of different types of plans that might include a copay plan (where you need to meet an annual deductible and then cover a small copay when you visit the doctor) or a high-deductible plan (where you’ll need to meet a larger annual deductible and will then be responsible for a percentage of the cost of your care).

2. Spending accounts.

It depends on the health care plan, but you may have the choice of a Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) or Flexible Spending Account FSA). These are special accounts that either you, your employer, or both will contribute money into. Then, you can use these funds for health-related expenses, as described in the benefits plan.

3. Life insurance.

In the event that something happens to you, it’s important to be sure your family will be taken care of financially. You’ll need to contribute funds to the plan and select “beneficiaries” (the people who will receive money from your life insurance policy).

4. Disability insurance.

If you’re injured (from something that’s not job-related), it helps to know you’ll still have a source of income while you’re unable to work. Disability insurance offers peace of mind that your expenses can be covered while you’re on the mend.

5. 401(k) retirement fund.

You’re working to pay current expenses, but it always helps to save for the future. Your 401(k) is a way to rest assured you’ll have money for your expenses once you’ve completed your career.

6. Paid time off.

It helps to take time to rest and relax now and then. It’s good for your mental and physical health, and important for your overall happiness. Paid time off includes holidays, sick days and vacation time, and it’s an important part of any benefits package.

7. Flexible work options.

Will you be able to work from home? Can you adjust your start time, or make up hours if you have an appointment during the day? Flexible scheduling helps you keep up with personal commitments while fitting in all your work hours.

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