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What you should know about behavioral interview?

Going for a job interview is nerve wrecking especially for first timer or for those who have not been interviewed for a long time. When the preliminary interview is completed with the representative from human resources or nurse recruiter, candidates go for the second interview with the manager or administrator that is hiring. More facilities are adapting behavioral interviewing techniques to find the best match for the job.

The behavioral interview is like any other interview except that it is more focused on ones previous experience. The interviewers consists of a group of 4-5 staff members who will ask specific questions using the master match matrix questionaire that reflects motivation competencies, leadership skills, delegation effectiveness, effective communication, team experience, goal setting, staff development, performance and accountability, etc.

The interview team is usually staff from specific service or units and a staff who does not work in the unit but knows the area or specialty, like the educator/clinical nurse specialist or another manager, and a director of patient care services who is the team leader. Each of the interviewers will be given a set of questions to ask and later will turn in their score based on the candidate’s responses (total score is 100%). A post conference of the interviewers will follow the interview of candidate to discuss how they rate the candidate and to tally the scores given. The higher the score, the better the chance that the candidate will be hired.

Behavioral Interview Questions
In a job interview, it is believed that the past performance is the best predicator of the future performance and has been the basis for the use of behavioral interviewing techniques. The behavioral interview questions used are geared to reflect on the past experiences of the candidates, captures reactions in specific situations that will reflect level of knowledge and expertise, and demonstrates critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making. The behavioral interview questions must meet 2 criteria:

Having familiarity with some of these behavioral questions will make one feel at ease during the interview and here are some more calming tips for you:

Good luck and happy job-hunting!

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