behavioural interview

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A technique used in selection interviews where candidates are asked to provide an example from their own work experience of how they have demonstrated a particular characteristic relevant to the job they are applying for. For instance, the candidate might be asked to provide an example of how they have demonstrated initiative, or successfully handled conflict, or led a change programme. Typically, the candidates are probed about their example so that the interviewers can get a clear understanding and evaluate it. The technique is based on the assumption that past behaviour is a good indicator of likely future behaviour. The behavioural interview technique is more suited to complex jobs. [See situational interview.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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