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Prepare for your behavioral-based interview

Prepare for your behavioral-based interview

Follow the steps below to help you prepare to put your best foot forward!

  • Understand the concept of a behavioral-based interview. Behavioral-based interviews focus on past behaviors to predict future performance. We ask questions about specific situations, actions, and outcomes to gain a better understanding of how you manage various scenarios. Familiarize yourself with this concept to better anticipate and respond to interview questions.
  • Research the company and job role. Thoroughly research Wells Fargo and the job role for which you are interviewing. Understand the company culture, values, and mission, as well as the specific skills and qualifications required for the position. By doing so, you can tailor your answers to align with the company's needs and demonstrate your genuine interest and knowledge during the interview.
  • Review the job description. Carefully review the job description to identify the key competencies and skills required. Reflect on your own experiences and identify instances where you have successfully demonstrated these skills.
  • Compile a list of common behavioral questions. Compile a list of common behavioral questions and practice answering them. Consider the key competencies required for the role and formulate responses accordingly. Practice delivering concise and impactful answers that clearly demonstrate your skills and experiences, focusing on results and achievements.
  • Answer questions using the situation, behavior, and outcome (SBO) method, formerly   known as the STAR method (situation, task, action, result). Explain a specific event or situation (not a generalized description) of what you have faced in the past that relates to the question. Describe the action you took to address the situation. Describe the outcome of your actions. What happened? What was the result of your actions? What did you accomplish? Did you learn from the experience? Include positive results.
  • Prepare your elevator speech. Focus on your skills that are applicable to the job for which you are interviewing. Concentrate on your key qualifications. Highlight key accomplishments and brag about yourself!
  • Come prepared for the interview. Be familiar with the job posting and gather as much information as possible about the role, responsibilities, and other details relevant to the position. Recall any information that has shared about the role and how your experience aligns. Use clear and concise communication and listen carefully to each question.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Practice your interview responses with friends or family members. The more you practice, the more comfortable and confident you will become in delivering your answers. Seek feedback on your communication style, body language, and overall presentation.
  • Prepare your own questions. Remember to prepare thoughtful questions to ask at the end of the interview. This demonstrates your interest, initiative, and enthusiasm to learn more about the company and the role.
  • Follow up. Be sure to follow-up with a note thanking the hiring manager and panelists for their time and interest. It demonstrates your professionalism and genuine appreciation for the opportunity.