Behavioral interviews (aka targeted selection interviews) are based on the notion that past performance predicts future behavior. The questions asked in this type of interview assess your accomplishments and measure your potential in critical areas such as leadership, problem solving, initiative, and decision making. In a behavioral interview, you will be asked to cite examples of your past performance in designated areas.
Using the “CAR” method provides you with a framework to use when responding to behavioral interview questions.
Context: Briefly explain the context or circumstance for the event.
Action: Describe what you did to accomplish the task
Result: Describe the outcome of your actions.
Typical Behavioral Questions
- Why did you choose to attend the Kelley School of Business?
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why should I hire you?
- Tell me about a time when you created group commitment to a goal.
- Describe a situation where you drew a conclusion quickly.
- Give me an example of a situation where you influenced a decision without using authority.
- How would someone who knows you well describe you? Tell me both the positive and the negative.
- What has been your greatest failure? What did you learn from it?
- Describe an ethical dilemma you faced and how you dealt with it.
- Walk me through how you accomplished XYZ on your résumé.
- What kind of position are you looking for?
Behavioral Interview Tips
- Determine what skills will be needed for the position for which you are interviewing by:
- Researching the company and industry
- Reviewing the job description
- Attending the company’s presentation and other events
- Talking to others who have interned or worked for the company
- Preparing multiple CAR examples that demonstrate your ability to perform the skills the company is seeking
- Listen carefully to the question and paraphrase the question to ensure you understand what the recruiter is asking (GCS has received feedback in the past from recruiters indicating that Kelley students have good answers but for the wrong question, especially distinguishing a question on teamwork versus leadership).
- CAR responses to behavioral interview questions should be succinct (no longer than 1-2 minutes). The majority of your response time should be spent on describing the results and actions you took with less time given to describing the situation and task.