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Building Your Own Behavioral Interview Questions | No BS Hiring Advice


Instead of using canned questions, construct ones that might involve your unique work environment.

Summary

Hi I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called The Big Game Hunter because I coach people to play their professional and personal games BIG.

Now, this is a video where I want to help you as an H.R. professional, You as a hiring manager or maybe as a small business owner construct behavioral interview questions. And let me just start off by saying-- what's a behavioral interview question. It's one where you identify experiences that a person has had that might be like your current workplace where they talk with you about the situations that they've faced in their career. Then, you can kind of assess them get more details about them go into more particulars, rather than the quiz question of OK this is the problem and the solution is . . ."

You know instead of doing that here you have a chance to investigate what they've already done. So the typical behavioral interview question starts off with an intro to it. The first part . . . It's kind of like in the fairy stories. "Once upon a time.".

So it might include a beginning to it that says "Tell me about a time when" or "describe a situation where you" or "give me an example of." So it's that kind of language that starts it off.

Then from there you talk about something that's relevant to your business. Tell me about a time where you had to implement or walk me through a situation where you had to influence or give me an example of a situation where you did such and such . . . you know whatever it is make it relevant to your business. And then the final part And this is the cute little one). It's the bar raiser.

Most people just go as far as that "Tell me about a time where you and the situation but you want to go one level deeper. Now think about the problems in the business or your department or in the organization. So you know "tell me about a time where you had to influence people who didn't agree with you AND you didn't have an adequate budget to train them or something about a time where you implemented a particular policy that you didn't agree with.".

Talk about things that are not just simply the story of what they've done but take it a level up that relates to your circumstances.

So the classic one is limited resources or limited budget . . . things along those lines where people face this particularly at a managerial level all the time and you'll get a lot more out of them than just simply "the multiple choice quiz questions" theyill in theor the "fill in the blank quiz questions that so many interviews are all about.

So just to review you have a beginning which is a description of a problem or situation, then a bar raiser at the end.

I'm Jeff Alborn I hope you found this helpful. My website is www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There's a lot there that you can watch listen to read to help you be more effective with your recruiting or staffing..

Hope you have a great day. Take care.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

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Ask Me Anything! Answers to Several Behavioral Interview Questions | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, I explain how to answer a few tough interview questions including:

Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback and how you managed it?
Did you receive any promotions?
Describe a contribution you have made to a team project you worked on?
What was the most important task you ever had?
Explain how your work experience is relevant to this position?
Walk me through the important points on your resume?
Can you summarize the contribution you would make to our organization?
If you were CEO of this company, what would you change?

 

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Why Do Behavioral Interview Questions Work? | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why behavioral interview questions work.

Summary

I was asked why behavioral interviews questions work. What is a behavioral interview? I behavioral interview is a type of interview where questions start off, "tell me about a time when you…" You know questions where you are able to tell stories.

Even the toughest question… You can find the answer on the web. I but some of them on my blog, http://thebiggamehunter.us. Use the categories featuring the Bonhomme to pull up tough interview. I have so many of these questions the job hunters don't spend the time practicing.. You don't spend the time learning how to answer these questions. You don't spend the time and review. Just like you don't spend the time practicing how to answer simple questions like, "Tell me about yourself." You just think that you should walk in and when it. That's why employers use this type of question. So many job hunters are just too lazy to take the time to be a champion.

I'm going to use the metaphor of the athlete. When you think a process football team comes out on the field do you think they haven't practiced repeatedly all the same plays for years? Do you think a baseball player hasn't spent time in the batting cage learning how to hit? Do you think they don't practice defense of plays with cutoffs in order to execute them? Yet you think you can go on an interview and just show up.

Do the smart thing. Start learning how to answer these questions. After all, great athletes are paid millions and millions of dollars to practice how to perform. Entertainers, singers, actors and actresses are paid millions of dollars in order to execute on the stage and allow them to be loved by an audience and make their performance credible. And you shop on an interview. Never having rehearsed your lines. Does that make a lot of sense to you?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Tell Me Something You’ve Learned from Non-Work Related Experiences | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a framework for how to use for this question.

Summary

I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I and referred to as The Big Game Hunter because I hunted leaders and there staff for organizations for more than 40 years.

Let's talk about 1 of those tough interview questions that causes people to sweat bullets, become all nervous and none of them are particularly hard. My thinking is that it might be useful prepare for everything, to hear some the questions, get some ideas of answers, do it in your particular way, but try to work within the framework I am going to offer

So, today's tough question is, “So, tell me what you might've learned from 1 of your non-work experiences that you think is helping you?”

So, this is an invitation to talk about volunteerism that you are involved with. So the ideal way to the frame your answer is, if you are in management, you want to talk about not managing, but just doing and being reminded of how people think from “the doer perspective” and thus how it affects you favorably when you're leading.

If you are a staff level individual and you have an opportunity to lead, it's in appreciation for the effort that goes into leadership. So, the idea is to flip the 2 situations around.

Again, as an is a manager and above, the reminder of what it's like to be a doer. As a doer, you want to then to talk about the things that you learn about being a manager, a director . . . Being In some sort of leadership role that you normally haven't gotten yet at work and are aspiring to.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

The Behavioral Interview Questions Generator | JobSearchTV.com


I found a great tool that I believe will help you prepare for behavioral interview questions . . . and it is free . . . and, if you live in Kansas, your tax dollars helped pay for it for everyone.

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a format for answering those trick behavioral questions.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about the best, most effective way to answer those tricky behavioral interview questions that are asked on job interviews. You can recognize them because what the employer is asking is about how you handled situations in the past. Not what you know, but what you did. The type of situations that you were in and how you handled them.

They are tricky because, so often, because people become modest and understated, or are completely unprepared to answer them. The questions, invariably start off with a scenario.

"Tell me about a time when you…"

"Describe a situation where you…"

Things along those lines. Suddenly, people get this false modesty. They talk about what their group did. They talk about what the manager did. They talk about everyone except using "I" statements. You know, I did this. I did that. I statements.

You don't want to sound boastful but you want to paint a tapestry for them. You want to get the paint on the canvas in a way that describes the situation that you faced. The methodology is called the STAR method.

You describe the situation (that is, the S in star) that you faced and do it with some depth that really paints the picture of the situation that you faced. Then, you start looking at the Task that was ahead of you. Perhaps it was assigned to you; perhaps you looked at the situation and figured out what needed to be done (that is, the "T" in star). The Action that you took. What was the action that you did? Were there any bumps in the road that you had to overcome? It could be difficulties with the user. It could have been colleagues who you had to persuade to get on board with the program. Whatever it was, you talk about the actions that you talk and what the Result was. To me, results are invariably are about outcomes. When I think about outcomes, I think about money saved or money you helped an organization earn. Where that isn't possible, you talk about delivering that fantastic result beyond everyone's expectations that cause you to receive incredible praise.

If you don't really have a situation like that, don't concoct it, but you need to be prepared to talk about situations where you handle the crisis. Perhaps, you need to problem solve in a unique way. Perhaps what you did have a significant financial contribution. Think big picture here.

As you talk about what, again, you can start off, as I always say, with a little bit of theater.

"Wow! That's a great question. There was this time about a year ago when I…" Then you describe the situation that you faced. "My boss asked me to do…" Again, paint the picture of your manager coming to you in describing in detail (or not) what needed to be done. The action that you ultimately took and what the result was of that action, preferably in terms of money saved or money earned for your organization.

Then, if you want to put a cherry on it, talk about what you learned from the situation from the problems that you faced and how you overcame them.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Behavioral Interview Questions to Prepare for | TheBigGameHunterTV


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In this video, I provide you with behavioral interview questions to prepare for that are not difficult but could be if you were unprepared.

Summary

Today, I thought I would do a show about behavioral interview questions. I'm not good offer answers to these; I'm just going to provide questions for you to prepare for. . The idea that I have here is that most of these are pretty straightforward. You don't need me to package an answer for you because I don't think there is a lot of complexity here. I think the question is, what it is and if you hear it in advance, you can start thinking about how you would answer.

The 1st 1 is a problem-solving question. . Describe a difficult problem you had to solve or sort out at your last job..

Then, from there, there's a question about initiative. Describe a new idea or suggestion you made to supervisor recently. I would just asked him what recently means to them. But even if you don't, you can just pick out a question or situation from the past and give them that statement.

With regard to judgment, so me when you had to use your judgment to make a tough decision in previous job. See what I mean? Most of these are things that, if you thought about them in advance, you will be prepared for.

Describe a time where you are faced with a stressful situation and used your coping skills.

Tell me about a time where you receive negative feedback from your manager. How did you handle that? This is a question about resilience.

Adaptability is covered by asking, "tell me about a time when you had to change work priorities to meet changing demands."

Reliability. Tell me about a time when you made a mistake at work and how did you deal with it.

Integrity. Has your manager or supervisor ever is to do something that you are uncomfortable with? How did you handle it?

Your energy. Some people time you had to work at a fast pace for extended period of time. How did you maintain your pace?

Tenacity. Tell me about the longest time it took you to conclude the deal with the customer. Or, describe the situation when you had to overcome a number of obstacles to achieving objective.

Attention to detail. Describe what you do to control mistakes in your work.

Dealing with high standards. Tell me the time we were not satisfied with your work performance. .. What did you do about it?

Organizing and planning. Describe a situation when you had to schedule your activities to meet the work objective.

Like I said, these are not difficult if you hear them in advance but often, what happens is you sit there and the pressure of being in the interview and feeling like you have to have an instant answer starts to weigh heavily upon you. That's when you come up with mediocre answers as opposed to insightful people's.

Take a little time to do some homework with these.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Behavioral Interview Questions to Prepare for | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 956 On today’s show, I provide you with behavioral interview questions to prepare for that are not difficult but could be if you were unprepared.

Summary

Today, I thought I would do a show about behavioral interview questions. I'm not good offer answers to these; I'm just going to provide questions for you to prepare for. . The idea that I have here is that most of these are pretty straightforward. You don't need me to package an answer for you because I don't think there is a lot of complexity here. I think the question is, what it is and if you hear it in advance, you can start thinking about how you would answer.

The 1st 1 is a problem-solving question. . Describe a difficult problem you had to solve or sort out at your last job..

Then, from there, there's a question about initiative. Describe a new idea or suggestion you made to supervisor recently. I would just asked him what recently means to them. But even if you don't, you can just pick out a question or situation from the past and give them that statement.

With regard to judgment, so me when you had to use your judgment to make a tough decision in previous job. See what I mean? Most of these are things that, if you thought about them in advance, you will be prepared for.

Describe a time where you are faced with a stressful situation and used your coping skills.

Tell me about a time where you receive negative feedback from your manager. How did you handle that? This is a question about resilience.

Adaptability is covered by asking, "tell me about a time when you had to change work priorities to meet changing demands."

Reliability. Tell me about a time when you made a mistake at work and how did you deal with it.

Integrity. Has your manager or supervisor ever is to do something that you are uncomfortable with? How did you handle it?

Your energy. Some people time you had to work at a fast pace for extended period of time. How did you maintain your pace?

Tenacity. Tell me about the longest time it took you to conclude the deal with the customer. Or, describe the situation when you had to overcome a number of obstacles to achieving objective.

Attention to detail. Describe what you do to control mistakes in your work.

Dealing with high standards. Tell me the time we were not satisfied with your work performance. .. What did you do about it?

Organizing and planning. Describe a situation when you had to schedule your activities to meet the work objective.

Like I said, these are not difficult if you hear them in advance but often, what happens is you sit there and the pressure of being in the interview and feeling like you have to have an instant answer starts to weigh heavily upon you. That's when you come up with mediocre answers as opposed to insightful people's.

Take a little time to do some homework with these.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Why Do Behavioral Interview Questions Work? | No BS Job Search Advice

Ep 693 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why behavioral interview questions work.

Summary

I was asked why behavioral interviews questions work. What is a behavioral interview? I behavioral interview is a type of interview where questions start off, "tell me about a time when you…" You know questions where you are able to tell stories.

Even the toughest question… You can find the answer on the web. I but some of them on my blog, http://thebiggamehunter.us. Use the categories featuring the Bonhomme to pull up tough interview. I have so many of these questions the job hunters don't spend the time practicing.. You don't spend the time learning how to answer these questions. You don't spend the time and review. Just like you don't spend the time practicing how to answer simple questions like, "Tell me about yourself." You just think that you should walk in and when it. That's why employers use this type of question. So many job hunters are just too lazy to take the time to be a champion.

I'm going to use the metaphor of the athlete. When you think a process football team comes out on the field do you think they haven't practiced repeatedly all the same plays for years? Do you think a baseball player hasn't spent time in the batting cage learning how to hit? Do you think they don't practice defense of plays with cutoffs in order to execute them? Yet you think you can go on an interview and just show up.

Do the smart thing. Start learning how to answer these questions. After all, great athletes are paid millions and millions of dollars to practice how to perform. Entertainers, singers, actors and actresses are paid millions of dollars in order to execute on the stage and allow them to be loved by an audience and make their performance credible. And you shop on an interview. Never having rehearsed your lines. Does that make a lot of sense to you?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

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How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 632 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a format for answering those trick behavioral questions. 

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about the best, most effective way to answer those tricky behavioral interview questions that are asked on job interviews. You can recognize them because what the employer is asking is about how you handled situations in the past. Not what you know, but what you did. The type of situations that you were in and how you handled them.

They are tricky because, so often, because people become modest and understated, or are completely unprepared to answer them. The questions, invariably start off with a scenario.

"Tell me about a time when you…"

"Describe a situation where you…"

Things along those lines. Suddenly, people get this false modesty. They talk about what their group did. They talk about what the manager did. They talk about everyone except using "I" statements. You know, I did this. I did that. I statements.

You don't want to sound boastful but you want to paint a tapestry for them. You want to get the paint on the canvas in a way that describes the situation that you faced. The methodology is called the STAR method.

You describe the situation (that is, the S in star) that you faced and do it with some depth that really paints the picture of the situation that you faced. Then, you start looking at the Task that was ahead of you. Perhaps it was assigned to you; perhaps you looked at the situation and figured out what needed to be done (that is, the "T" in star). The Action that you took. What was the action that you did? Were there any bumps in the road that you had to overcome? It could be difficulties with the user. It could have been colleagues who you had to persuade to get on board with the program. Whatever it was, you talk about the actions that you talk and what the Result was. To me, results are invariably are about outcomes. When I think about outcomes, I think about money saved or money you helped an organization earn. Where that isn't possible, you talk about delivering that fantastic result beyond everyone's expectations that cause you to receive incredible praise.

If you don't really have a situation like that, don't concoct it, but you need to be prepared to talk about situations where you handle the crisis. Perhaps, you need to problem solve in a unique way. Perhaps what you did have a significant financial contribution. Think big picture here.

As you talk about what, again, you can start off, as I always say, with a little bit of theater.

"Wow! That's a great question. There was this time about a year ago when I…" Then you describe the situation that you faced. "My boss asked me to do…" Again, paint the picture of your manager coming to you in describing in detail (or not) what needed to be done. The action that you ultimately took and what the result was of that action, preferably in terms of money saved or money earned for your organization.

Then, if you want to put a cherry on it, talk about what you learned from the situation from the problems that you faced and how you overcame them.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. 

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