While the job market and the employment marketplace continue to evolve in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, something else that was evolving before the pandemic even started was the interview process.
For years, companies and organizations used traditional interviewing techniques. These techniques revolved around questions that targeted a candidate’s qualifications in regards to their ability to perform the duties associated with the position.
That’s all fine and good, but organizations are now also employing a different set of criteria for interviews. These are called behavioral-based interviews, and you should definitely be aware of them, if you’re not already.
Companies and organizations use behavioral-based interviews because the behaviors of the job applicants they’re interviewing are important to them. There is a simple reason why this is the case. Past behaviors—and the success or lack thereof associated with those behaviors—are the best indicators of future behaviors.
And, as you might have guessed, the best indicators of future success. (Or lack thereof.)
The bottom line is that what a company wants to know during an interview is whether or not the candidate will be able to help them in the future. In other words, they want to know if the candidate can help them become more productive and more profitable.
Traditional interviewing techniques only go far in that direction. Sure, they help to paint a picture of past success. However, they don’t do much to determine how successful the candidate will be in the position if the company hires that candidate.
The behavioral-based interview method is how hiring managers are better able to predict the future success of job candidates. Or perhaps more specifically, they’re better able to predict how well the candidates will be able to help the organization become more successful.
Instead of evaluating candidates based upon technical skills, they’re attempt to evaluate certain characteristics, such as the following:
- Ability to adapt
- Potential for leadership
- Willingness to learn
These are all important soft skills, and they form the basis of successful behaviors. What you’ve accomplished in the past is important to employers, and they want to find out about them—and your future behaviors.
Because when a company hires you, it’s basically those behaviors that they’re buying.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.