What is Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing?

CBBI – that’s the short name for Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing. What’s the difference between CBBI and normal interviewing? Perhaps the following example will give you an idea.

Interviewer: “I think I mentioned earlier that this is a high stress position. How do you manage stress?”
Job applicant: “My last two positions were high stress. I actually work better under stress. Through experience, I’ve learned how to make stress work for me rather than against me. I think two of the most effective stress management techniques are…..”

What did the interviewer learn?

Nothing much, other than the person knows a few stress management techniques. Whether this person actually uses them or not is up for debate.

What is stressful to this candidate? Your guess is as good as mine.

In a CBBI interview, this would be the question asked:

“Tell me about a time you had to perform a task or project under a lot of stress”

Now you are going to find out how the candidate actually handles stress in a real-life situation and what he/she considers stressful!

Past behavior is the best predicator of current or future behavior.

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