In last week’s blog, we talked about how we help CMS outplacement program candidates prepare to effectively answer technical interview questions.  This week our focus is on how our coaches help in the preparation for Behavioural Style interview questions. 

Most job seekers will expect to be asked technical questions and will prepare to explain the details of their qualifications.  However, if a job seeker is not aware of them, being asked Behavioural Style interview questions can be very off-putting, induce stress and push our candidates off balance often eliminating them from the competition – not because they don’t qualify for the role, but because they were unaware of the potential of these types of questions and fumble in their responses.

Interviewers use ‘Behavioural Style’ Interviewing techniques specifically to see how one can think on their feet.

They are designed to assess one’s actions and reactions in a given professional setting or situation, and they often help employers determine skills like problem solving, critical thinking and communication.  Behavioural Style questions are general categorized in one of the following areas:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Handling Conflict
  • Problem Solving
  • Biggest Failures
  • Work Ethic
  • Greatest Accomplishments
  • Intercultural Fluency

By recalling a variety of circumstances that speak to their strengths and accomplishments developed throughout their careers, CMS Program Coaches help to prepare our candidates to describe particular situations, the tasks involved, the actions taken and the outcome achieved.  Throughout the CMS program materials, our career transition candidates can practice with sample questions ensuring that their minds are agile and ready for any question an interviewer may throw at them!