Here are 20 situational job interview questions, designed to draw out more of your analytical and problem-solving skills. Practice answering these questions — and get sample excellent responses for each one — by going to our Situational Interview Practice Questions.
- What would you do if the work of a subordinate or team member was not up to expectations?
- A co-worker tells you in confidence that she plans to call in sick while actually taking a week’s vacation. What would you do and why?
- Describe how you would handle the situation if you met resistance when introducing a new idea or policy to a team or work group.
- What would you do if the priorities on a project you were working on changed suddenly?
- How would you handle it if you believed strongly in a recommendation you made in a meeting, but most of your co-workers shot it down?
- In a training session, you find that the trainer has a thick accent, and you can’t understand what’s being said. What would you do?
- List the steps that you would take to make an important decision on the job.
- What would you do if you realized at deadline time that a report you wrote for your boss or professor was not up to par?
- How would you deal with a colleague at work with whom you seem to be unable to build a successful working relationship?
- You disagree with the way your supervisor says to handle a problem. What would you do?
- Who would you talk to if you discovered that a co-worker was disclosing confidential information that should not be divulged?
- When would it be appropriate to bring in your supervisor while dealing with an angry customer?
- How would you attempt to make changes in the process if you felt a policy of your organization was hurting its members/workers?
- What would a good manager do to build team spirit?
- How would you organize the steps or methods you’d take to define/identify a vision for your team or your personal job function?
- How would you react if two teammates were embroiled in a conflict that kept the team from completing its task?
- You don’t have the information you need to prioritize your projects. Your co-workers and supervisor are unavailable for you to ask for assistance. How do you handle the situation?
- As a supervisor, you’ve made an unpopular decision. What action would you take so that morale in the department is not negatively affected?
- In a team-leadership role, you discover that a team member has gone “over your head” to propose an idea or complain about an issue without talking to you first. How do you handle the situation?
- You been placed in charge of a project team for a new project. What are your first steps to get the team going and complete the project?
[For assistance in developing answers to these questions, please refer to our article, Situational Interviews and Stress Interviews: What to Make of Them and How to Succeed in Them.]
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