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Every candidate should know that behavior based interviewing is becoming more common. It is based on the concept that a candidate’s past performance is the best predictor of future performance. Rather than the standard interview questions on your background and experience, you will need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.

The best way to prepare is to think of examples where you have successfully used the skills you’ve acquired. Take the time to compile a list of responses to both types of questions and to itemize your skills, values, and interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Emphasize what you can do to benefit the company rather than just what you are interested in. Also prepare a list of questions you want to ask the interviewer. Interviewing is a two way street and the candidate should ask questions because you are also trying to decide if this employer is a good match for you. If it appears you are looking like you simply want the job and haven’t really assessed the opportunity, we recruiters sense a very passive candidate and aren’t necessarily very motivated to pull the candidate forward. In fact, the best candidates in our experience always have a lot of questions and actively participate in the interviewing process! Good luck to you and practice those interview questions!

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