Interview Tips from Target's Campus Recruiter, Amy Squire!
What are Behavioral based questions?
Behavioral based questions uncover what you have done in the past – what was the situation, behavior (or action) and outcome (or result).
When answering Behavioral based questions, ensure the following:
the Interviewer learns what the situation was.
· the Interviewer learns what your specific behavior/action was (this is where you should spend most of your time).
· the Interviewer learns what the outcome was.
When answering Behavioral based questions, keep in mind the following:
Scope – what is the significance or impact of the behavior relative to the
· Complexity – were your actions elaborate or simple in nature. Think of behaviors that are more complex and involve greater planning, multiple steps and advanced skills.
· Effort – what was the level of determination demonstrated by your actions taken in response to the challenges you faced.
What are qualities that Target looks for in a successful candidate?
At Target, we are not only interviewing you for the position you apply to, but we are looking for future potential as a Leader. As such, we are always looking for leadership qualities as defined below:
Personal Leadership – Do you demonstrate resilience,
adaptability, accountability and courage.
Team Leadership – Are you collaborative, do you relate to others, are you an effective communicator, do you manage others, do you engage and inspire others.
Though Leadership – How do you solve problems, strategize and innovate.
Results Leadership – Do you drive for results, maximize productivity, manage execution.
Successful candidates provide examples that highlight their leadership qualities in any given situation. Be prepared to share your individual contribution in the situation, even if it did involve a group effort.
Please make sure you are concise and straight to the point. Provide the Interviewer with as much detail as is relevant to the Behavioral question you are asked.
If you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
Would you like to meet Amy? Target is on-campus:
September 26th, 2012 for an Information Session. Visit westerncareercentral.ca for details
September 27th, 2012 for Western’s Career Fair. 11 AM to 4 PM at the Western Student Recreation Centre