BEST Behaviors

What is Behavioral Interviewing?

In a traditional executive interview process, the candidate is asked a series of standard questions, which typically have straightforward answers. For example, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” or “What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?” or “Describe a typical workday.” Then the candidate receives a series of standard questions, which typically have straightforward answers. The answers do not necessarily indicate how a candidate performed or behaved during the process but elicit responses that can be scripted or subjective. For example, how many times have you heard “being a perfectionist” or “sometimes I care too much” as answers for “What are your weaknesses?”

We utilize a combination of proven behavioral interviewing tools and custom proprietary tools we have developed over the years of fine-tuning this process. BEST Human Capital and Advisory Group will assess and “scorecard” each candidate based on their personal, professional, and financial goals, along with behaviors and motivations that are important to the client. By aligning your specific needs with this optimized candidate profile, we can pinpoint and elicit mutually beneficial and lasting relationships more accurately. We call this proprietary process of proven executive behavioral interviewing tools, in tandem with specialized assessment tools we have created: BEST BEHAVIORS®.

Executive Search integrated with Candidate Behavioral Interviewing for the position to be filled is an assessment based on discovering how the candidate acted in specific employment-related situations. The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future (past performance predicts future performance). By focusing on behavior and motivations, instead of just skills and experience alone, our proven and customized method (aligned to your culture and values) has led to successful hiring across a variety of industries and platforms.

Here are a few of the steps we employ in determining BEST BEHAVIORS® for your company and position:

  • We work with you to identify behaviors that are necessary to have for the role to be successful. Together, we also determine KPIs expected in the position.
  • We put together a customized Professional Accomplishments Document (PAD) for the specific role and use this to screen candidates (all questions and answers provided to you).
  • We use a combination of behavioral analysis and PADs to identify those candidates who would have the most likelihood of success in the position for interviewing and the next steps, saving you a tremendous amount of interview time, effort, and expense.

By partnering with BEST Human Capital and Advisory Group, and using our BEST BEHAVIORS® interviewing model, you will increase fill rate and retention and lessen the number of candidates interviewed (ideally in the range of 3-5). We make your HR and recruiting manager’s job more manageable, and your speed to hire is increased while time and expense (including costly turnover) decrease.

For further information on how to implement, please contact our BEST Behavioral Interview Practice Leader, Todd Downing via Email.

Qualifying the BEST Candidates

By identifying strong candidates from the outset, we can provide an efficient and precise route to your next middle management, technical and C-level executive, or anyone in between. Every candidate we introduce undergoes a detailed qualification assessment. Beyond the requisite qualifications, we also take your needs analysis, behaviors, and position profile into consideration while assessing what motivates our candidate community before presenting them to our clients.

Delivering the BEST Talent

We go beyond identifying and qualifying candidates to make sure you’re equipped to make the best choice possible. Our support extends to behavioral assessments, client and candidate interview debriefings, reference checking, counteroffer consultation, and final offer preparation and closing. Our BEST Guarantee provides clients with additional support. Should a candidate leave on their own volition or be dismissed due to poor performance before the stipulated time frame – BEST will replace at no additional fee.

BEST Follow-Up & Feedback

Even after the professional starts their new role with your company, we take the time to ensure all parties involved are satisfied with the outcome. We address a critical retention strategy step with the development of an onboard schedule inclusive of a 90-day follow up plan. Following-up proactively not only heads off a potential candidate/client disconnect, but it also helps us rectify any loose ends that may have gone unnoticed along the way. It also helps refine our combined process for continued executive recruiting and human capital projects to assist your company’s growth and success.


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    BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group

    BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group is a retained executive search and business advisory/consulting firm that specializes in small-to-medium sized companies, with an emphasis in the horticultural, hydroponics, consumer products, crisis management and business restructuring categories. BEST serves companies nationwide and globally in an active and evolving market. Through a well-connected network of colleagues and a sophisticated predictive behavioral screening system (that we call “BEST Behaviors”), BEST drives our client’s growth and success through a focused and consultative approach.


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