WHAT IS A BEHAVIOURAL QUESTION?


  • A broad and open-ended question designed so you can discuss a time when you had a similar situation pop up and share how you handled it
  • Feel free to use examples from previous work or your time at university and during extracurricular activities (e.g. volunteering, sport, music)

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN YOUR ANSWERS?


  • The STAR framework is a useful way to provide your answer

    • Situation:  What was the situation or problem being addressed?
    • Target:  What did you have to do or achieve?
    • Action:  What did you do?
    • Result:   What was the outcome?  What did you achieve?  What was the result for your stakeholders?

BEHAVIOURAL QUESTION TIPS


  • To prepare, think about some situations from your past that you can talk through in a meaningful way
  • Stop and think about your best answer before speaking it aloud
  • We don’t need the ‘ideal’ answer, but rather the one that shows us more about you and how you approached a situation
  • Keep your answers focused on what you did as an individual in the situation, rather than what the team did
  • Share how your actions impacted the situation