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In part three of our interview series, we look at behavioral based interview questions. 

One of the keys to success in interviewing is practice, so we encourage you to take the time to work out answers to these questions. 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 in responding to each question.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Tell me about a time you had to fire a friend.
  • Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).

What have you done to prepare for a behavioral based interview? Share your tips below.

One Response to “How to Ace Behavioral Based Interview Questions”

  1. Tim Milne

    I attended interview workshops on two occasions earlier this year. The classes were limited to ten students, and the instructor would ask behavioral questions as if we were in a real interview. I came with my paperwork and dressed in suit and tie in order to “get the full effect” of the whole experience. After the mock interviews, each student would get critiqued on their answers, handshake, even their resume. I found these workshops to be very helpful! I’m glad I took the time to take these workshops prior to real-time interviewing.

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