As a job candidate, you want to present yourself as the most qualified professional, but you also want to be prepared for the behavioral questions that employers ask to see what sort of employee you will be. They are looking to learn how you will work with a team, and with their clients, and the best way to get answers about those soft skills is to ask behavioral questions.
Preparing to answer technical interview questions is relatively straightforward, but when it comes to behavioral questions, it’s as much about how you think through your answer as how you answer it directly. Try to respond to these questions with specific examples of your past work experiences, tailored to show your professionalism and personal skills in a positive light. Remember to be specific and provide details that help bring the situation to life. A generic response will rarely show how good a fit you will be.
Here are several 20 behavioral interview questions that you can practice your responses for.
- How do you define success?
- How have you failed in a previous role?
- Give an example of how you have overcome conflict.
- Give an example of an occasion when you needed to use logic to solve a problem.
- Share a goal you didn’t meet and explain why.
- Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.
- Describe how you work under pressure.
- How do you handle a challenge at work?
- Have you ever made a memorable mistake? How did you handle it?
- Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and how you handled implementation.
- Describe how you handle risk-taking.
- Give an example of how you’ve worked on a team successfully.
- Are you a good listener? Give an example of when you did or when you didn’t listen.
- What do you do if you disagree with your boss?
- How do you handle difficult situations with clients?
- What do you do if you disagree with a co-worker?
- How did you handle meeting a tight deadline?
- What do you do when your schedule is interrupted?
- Share an example of how you were able to motivate employees or co-workers.
- Did you ever postpone making a decision? Why?
Keep in mind that every one of these questions is designed to start a conversation. Engage with your interviewer. Focus on your personal skills and your professional style. Another way to respond to questions like these is called the STAR method. The STAR method breaks down to the Situation, the Task, the Action, and the Result. Prepare by planning a few different scenarios that follow this pattern STAR and you will be more than ready for the questions when they come.
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