Point of behavioral inrerview?

Oct 9, 2019 20 Comments

I’ve been nailing behavioral questions in all interviews though I’m a difficult person to be around. I can pretend to be friendly and charismatic for one hour. what does it check actually, that I can bullshit my way in? why do companies have it, I just want to concentrate on LC instead of making up situations at work that never happened and right “solutions” to them.


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  • Google / Eng CN-
    They know you can at least pretend it. Some people cannot even pretend they are friendly
    Oct 9, 2019 1
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    • Microsoft pjncseyi
      That’s lit yo!
      Oct 10, 2019
    • Google jkLy05
      LC and behavioral are basically iq and eq tests.
      Oct 10, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng

    Facebook Eng

    They are best tools other than doing deep reference check which are not feasible below executive rank.

    Most people are terrible actors and can’t really fake behavior interview and experienced interviewer will see right thru. Imagine working with somebody who can’t even pretend to be friendly? Also behavior interview is good tool to figure out lies in resume.

    Also majority of people who can fake for one hour, can fake it for workday - at which point company does not really care about your true self. Cases where people are shocked that always polite, friendly and excellent coworker committed domestic violence are plenty.
    Oct 9, 2019 2
    • New ex-MSM
      What would be the way to do it as t the executive level?
      Oct 10, 2019
    • Microsoft civuhebwnd
      Great explanation.
      Oct 10, 2019
  • It is very hard to coherently bullshit on past experiences, if you can you are mgmt material, if you notice most behavioural questions will be about past experiences and not hypotheticals, any interviewer worth his/her salt can easily smell bs answers...
    Oct 10, 2019 3
    • The Trust for Public Land / Data GhostBeef
      I feel like I am bad at mining my past experience for answers. Maybe I just don't have the experience yet. I wish I could bs with the confidence that OP claims.
      Oct 10, 2019
    • @axxa, try that yourself with a fake story, interviews probe for depth, i think you are over estimating your lying skills or you are Keyser Soze
      Oct 10, 2019
  • Billups / Eng EVDD84
    Whenever a relatively-common practice appears to lack any actually-good justification, the answer is usually legal liability. If you wind up doing or saying something that creates a public embarrassment for your employer, they can sharply mitigate the blowback on themselves by demonstrating that they did “due diligence” and strive to hire well-behaved employees with good soft skills, and it’s not their fault they were deceived in this one isolated incident.

    Until and unless it gets to that point though, pretty much nobody cares. They just want to reserve the right to pretend they did.
    Oct 9, 2019 0
  • Intel / Eng Feetcode
    Employeers hype up the role sometimes so it seems like we r trying to sell bs to each other, and see who drinks the kool-aid first
    Oct 10, 2019 0
  • New wPxU37
    Good interviewers use them to see how you act at work. You may not know what the correct approach is. And then probe with follow on questions. "Tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager?"

    Maybe they want to hear you being respectful. Maybe they want to see you have backbone and stand up for yourself. Maybe they want to see how you presented yourself and resolve conflict, and maybe the approach you think is what they want to hear is not actually what they want.. Making shit up can work, sure, but it can also backfire big time if they keep probing for more out of the initial question.
    Oct 10, 2019 0
  • Microsoft civuhebwnd
    If you can fake it for an hour to get a job, you would probably fake it at the job to get a promotion and good review as well. That is good enough for the company. They want good coworkers. Whether you are a terrible person outside work should not matter to them as long as you don’t commit a crime.
    Oct 10, 2019 0
  • Indeed youre
    I have to be honest - you sound like a psychopath. acting unethically without any remorse of your behaviors and blaming others for it. I could totally see how you are a difficult person to be around. Didn’t you see you are the one who is lying here and you have a choice? The whole point of having behavioral questions is for the company to see how you are like at work
    Oct 10, 2019 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Because there is more to being a good developer than memorizing algorithms.
    Oct 10, 2019 0


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