What is a BEI?

BEI stands for Behavioral Event Interview. It is a structured interview that is suited to assess behavioral and managerial competencies of candidates in a recruitment or promotion context.

How is the BEI different from conventional interviews?

  • The BEI attempts to overcome many of the well-recognised shortfalls of a conventional interview.
  • Conventional Interviews are usually unstructured or free flowing. The candidate engages with the interviewer in a discussion. The interviewer being in a position of power, the response of the candidate is often, what the interviewer wants to hear. The selection criteria are loosely defined and open to interpretation by the interviewer. The quality of selection thus tends to depend to a great extent on the individual skill and experience of the interviewer.
  • The BEI, on the other hand, is a structured interview process that can be used to assess clearly defined behavioral competencies. The competencies are defined in terms of Behaviorally Anchored Scales. The scoring system of the BEI results in high inters rater reliability. This means that if the interview process is followed, two interviewers are more likely to agree on the assessment of the candidate. What is more, person trained on the BEI can conduct as good an interview as an experienced person.

What are the benefits of conducting a BEI?

  • It is a quick (30 minutes), structured interview that ensures the assessment of behavioral competencies of candidates for recruitment or promotion
  • It has a high (in the range of 0.57 to 0.64) correlation with performance on the job
  • It saves senior management time devoted to interviewing because of high inters rater reliability
  • It is possible to generate an interview report that will help the manager make the first managerial competency development plan for a new recruit or a promotee

What is the process of certification?

    The certification process involves the following steps completed as a part of the training program:

  1. Participating in the training program
  2. Conducting a satisfactory BEI of a fellow participant in the presence of the faculty of the program
  3. Coding and evaluating an interview transcript