Behavioral Questions You May Be Asked In an Interview

Behavioral interview questions are an integral part of the job interview process, used to understand how a candidate has handled specific situations in the past. The fundamental principle behind these questions is that past performance and behaviors are the best predictors of future performance. These questions typically start with phrases such as, “Tell me about a time when…” or “Give me an example of…,” aiming to uncover real-life experiences that demonstrate your skills and abilities relevant to the job.

Here’s a list of common behavioral questions:

  • Tell me about a time you worked effectively under pressure.
  • Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
  • Describe a decision or change that you made that wasn’t favorable amongst others.
  • How do you handle challenges? Please provide an example.
  • Tell me about a time you reached a goal, how did you achieve it?
  • How do you set goals for yourself?
  • Provide me an example of a time you worked on a team.
  • Tell me a time you experienced a difficult situation with a coworker. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me a time you experienced a difficult situation with a supervisor. How did you handle it?
  • Have you ever disagreed with your manager? Explain.
  • Share a time that you were able to motivate employees or coworkers.

These behavioral-based questions can be tricky but with a little preparation and a sample of experiences you will have no trouble answering them quickly and flawlessly.

Stay tuned to our future blog discussing the interviewing technique – STAR.

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