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June 16, 2016



Phrases like "culturally fit" or "in alignment with our values" or "perfectly goes with our mission and vision" are in vogue with companies these days. Recruiters are singing a different tune altogether. Your essential technical skills for the jobs are well fitted into your resumes but that is only half the job done. Comprehensive and impressive resumes can get you a call, and post that, the real battle begins.


Have you been asked questions such as, "Are you a team player? Give me one instance where you had displayed this kind of behaviour?" "You say you always stick to deadlines, tell me one situation where you committed but could not deliver on time?" "I am sure you must have worked with all kinds of people. Can you specifically tell me about the time when you had to deal with an extremely difficult co-worker. How did you make it work with him?"


The above mentioned are some of the questions asked to aspirants these days. Do you realize how many blue chip companies are adopting this type of method to decide upon the future of the job seekers? This method which is popular with the recruiters in today’s time is known as Behavioural Event Interviewing.


Let us get a little familiar with it. What is BEI?

BEI (Behavioural Event Interviewing) is an evidence based interviewing method in which the interviewer tries to dive deep inside you looking for insights which can be beneficial for the job roles you are applying for. The interviewer tries to decipher if you can be aligned to the core belief of the company. Whether you would do justice towards the role you are applying for and your past behaviour will help the interviewer understand your future performance and many associated factors. BEI is one of the most crucial phases of hiring. It is not the sole determiner but indeed quite instrumental towards your selection at your desired organization. BEI forms the important side of the recruitment triangle after the Psychometric Testing and the Technical Interview. You can either face the BEI based on your psychometric results or just a plain BEI based on your past experiences. 


Why this method?