Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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Behavioral-based interviewing (BBI) is based on the premise that past behavior is the best predictor of future performance. Many interviewers of students in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) Department at Iowa State University use BBI to gain detailed job-related examples from a candidate, and to assess past performance and competencies. One technique of preparing for BBI experiences is the STAR method - examples of competency demonstrations that include a situation or task, the specific action taken, and the result of the action. ABE students, starting their freshman year, develop a "library" of STARs that encompass the 14 competencies central to the ABE outcomes assessment program. Students develop, reflect upon, and update these STARs throughout their academic careers and include them in their electronic portfolios. They use their STARs to prepare for career interviews that use BBI. Integrating BBI and STAR into the curriculum helps students focus and reflect upon their past experiences and how those experiences contribute to competency development their success as practicing professionals.
North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
Brumm, Thomas J.; Mickelson, Steven K.; and White, Patricia N., "Integrating Behavioral-Based Interviewing Into the Curricula" (2006). Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications. 9.