A behavioral interview requires job seekers to relate stories and personal experiences about how they’ve handled challenges in the past. Past behavior is a better predictor of future behavior. It is said to be 55% predictive of future behavior.
Incorporating behavioral interviewing questions in your hiring process has many benefits. You will find that behavioral interview questions are designed to reveal the extent to which a person will behave in a number of different types of situations.
Prepare excellent interview questions or answers to common behavioral questions using these interview questions:
- What is your overall philosophy on dealing with coworkers? Supervisors? Vendors/Internal customers?
- Give me a specific example of a time when you had to work with a difficult employee? What steps did you take to resolve the problem? What was the outcome? What did you learn?
- Describe to me a time when you went out of your way or did something unusual to help a coworker? Why did you do this?
- Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an unexpected event. How did you handle this event along with your other obligations? How did you react to this?
- Tell me about a situation where you had to adjust quickly to a change in priorities? How did you react to the people involved? What did you adjust?
- Have you ever been criticized in regards to your work? How did you react to this?
- Have you ever been in a situation where you have not completed a project or task by the end of the day? Tell me about a specific situation. How did you deal with this?
- Describe to me the most challenging work environment that you have ever worked in? Why was it challenging? Did it ever frustrate you? How did you handle this?
- Give me a specific example of a time when you worked with a difficult customer. What Happened? What steps did you take to deal with the situation/problem, and what was the outcome?
- Describe a situation when you went the “extra mile” to solve a problem, or worked long hours/weekends to reach a goal.
- What are your 3 strongest qualities you can bring to this position? Give me examples of where you used those in the past.
- Describe a time where you had to give up or sacrifice something you wanted to do in order to accomplish a goal or complete a task.
- What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?
- What motivates you?
- What separates you from others interviewing?
- What is a weakness you have, something you need to work on? How are you trying to overcome that?
- What are you looking for in a job/career? What’s most important to you?
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