Behavioral interviewing is a common practice for hiring managers.
It’s characterized by questions that begin with, “tell me about a time when you…”
These are great questions that help interviewers get beyond the opinions and aspirations of an interviewee to understand their actual experience doing a job.
And guess what… As a candidate you’re interviewing a company too, and you can flip this approach around.
Instead of asking generic questions about culture, ask the person who’s interviewing you behavioral questions.
(The culture of a company is defined by how its people actually *behave*).
Here are a few examples:
Tell me about a time when…
- an idea brought forward by a front line team member was implemented.
- you (hiring manager) coached someone through a performance issue.
- executives met with customers to help their team solve a problem.
What do you care about in an employer?
And, what behavioral questions can you think of to help you understand how much the company cares about those things, too?
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