Performance-Based Interviewing (PBI)
In performance-based interviewing (PBI) the interviewer will asks you questions about your knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) that are important for you to do the job. This method is also referred to as competency-based or behavioral interviewing.
This type of interview includes competency-based (“How would you do this…?”) questions. These questions make you tell the interviewer how you would approach, handle, deal with, solve, etc., a particular situation, problem, project or challenge that is relevant to the job. Keep in mind that your interviewers will be asking you questions that probe deeply how well you have dealt with situations and challenges in the past.
Solid preparation is essential to a successful PBI interview. Follow these steps:
It is very important that your answers be specific and detailed. Listen carefully to the question and ask for clarification, if necessary. You should frame your answers in a three-step process:
Example of a good answer to a PBI interview question:
Notice in the above example how the respondent defined the situation, explained the action she took and the end result. To be successful in a PBI, you always need to include all three components.
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