Below are some tips to help you prepare.
What to expect
At SGI, we use a standard behavioural interview format. In a behavioural interview, the candidate is asked to describe how they dealt with specific situations in the past. The theory is that past performance is the best predictor of future performance.
During the interview, a panel of interviewers will take turns asking you key questions. We'll ask you 2 to 3 questions for each behavioural qualification relevant to the job. We'll be looking for you to provide very specific information, and may ask follow-up questions if we need additional details.
The examples you give don't all have to be work related. You can draw from all facets of your life and experience, including work, school and extracurricular activities.
Your answer should follow the STAR approach as outlined below:
- Situation/Task: What happened? Briefly describe the situation or task which required you to use a specific skill.
- Action: What did you do? Describe the specific action you took relative to the situation or task.
- Result: What was the result? Describe the result that occurred based on the action you took.
All information is handled in a sensitive and confidential manner.
- Be as specific as possible with your answer.
- Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question.
- Take time to think about your answer - don't be afraid of the silence.
How to prepare
Review the job description and identify the skills that we're looking for. Then, prepare some examples that show how you've demonstrated those skills in the past.
Make notes about your skills and experience that relate to the job and take the notes with you into the interview.
Spend some time reviewing our website so you're familiar with SGI as a company.