Free Sample Behavioral Interview Questions for Jobseekers
Ever heard the expression, “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior?” This precisely described the premise behind behavioral interviewing techniques: the idea that the way you have behaved professionally in the past is a good indicator of how you will perform in the future. Many interviewers believe this to be a more accurate way to measure a candidate than situation interview questions, such as, “What would you do if…”
Research shows that behavioral interviewing is 55% predictive of future on-the-job behavior, while traditional interviewing is only 10% accurate. Behavioral-based interviewing is touted as providing a more objective set of facts to make employment decisions than other interviewing methods.
One of the keys to success in interviewing is practice, so take the time to work out answers to these behavioral interview questions using one of the suggested methods, such as the STAR approach. Be sure not to memorize answers; the key to interviewing success is simply being prepared for the questions and having a mental outline to follow for each question. For more tips, read our article, Behavioral Interviewing Strategies.
Looking for some sample excellent answers to behavioral interview questions? Go to LiveCareer, where we have traditional, behavioral, and mixed interview questions for both experienced jobseekers and those new to the job hunt.
Still not sure what to expect in a behavioral-based interview? We’ve pulled together 24 sample behavioral-based job interview questions to get you started:
- Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
- Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.
- Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
- Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.
- Tell me about a time when you had to use your presentation skills to influence someone’s opinion.
- Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
- Please discuss an important written document you were required to complete.
- Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
- Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
- Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split-second decision.
- What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
- Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).
- Tell me about a difficult decision you’ve made in the last year.
- Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish and failed.
- Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.
- Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
- Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
- Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively.
- Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding skills to solve a problem.
- Tell me about a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem.
- Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures.
- Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
- Please tell me about a time you had to fire a friend.
- Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).
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