It has become a common practice for recruiters and hiring managers to ask behavioral interview questions. Behavioral interview questions allow them to use a candidate’s past actions to predict their future behavior when facing certain issues/situations on the job. Below we’ve listed 45 of the most commonly asked behavioral interview questions. By taking the time to review these common job interview questions, you will be better prepared for the interview because you will be able to apply true logic and provide evidence of your past accomplishments in your interview process. And these are the type of interviews that make difference in you getting the job or being passed over.
1. Tell me about a situation in which you had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. How did you handle it?
2. Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a colleague’s working style in order to complete a project or achieve your objectives.
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3. What steps do you take to analyze a problem before making a decision? Why?
4. Tell me about a time when you had to analyze information and make a recommendation. What kind of thought process did you go through? Was the recommendation accepted? If not, why?
5. Tell me about a situation where you had to solve a difficult problem. What did you do? What was the outcome? What would you have had done differently?
6. When have you had to deal with an annoyed customer? What did you do? What was the end result?
7. Give an example of a time you went well out of your way to ensure a customer received the best possible service. What was their reaction?
8. Have you ever had to sell an idea to your co-workers? How did you do it?
9. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).
10. What obstacles or difficulties have you ever faced in communicating your ideas to a manager?
11. Tell me about a problem that you’ve solved in a unique or unusual way. What was the outcome? Were you happy or satisfied with it?
12. When have you brought an innovative idea into your team? How was it received?
13. Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed. How did you handle it?
14. Give me an example of a time when you had to be quick in coming to a decision. What obstacles did you face?
15. What is one the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make at work? How did you arrive at your decision? What was the result?
16. Give me an example of a decision you made at work that you later regretted. What happened?
17. Give me an example of an important career goal which you set yourself and tell me how you reached it. What obstacles did you encounter? How did you overcome the obstacles?
18. Tell me about a professional goal that you set that you did not reach. How did it make you feel?
19. How have you gone about setting short-term goals and long-term goals for yourself or your team? What steps did you take along the way to keep yourself accountable?
20. Describe a project or idea (not necessarily your own) that was implemented primarily because of your efforts. What was your role? What was the outcome?
21. Describe a situation in which you recognized a potential problem as an opportunity. What did you do? What was the result? What, if anything, do you wish you had done differently?
22. Tell me about a project you initiated. What did you do? Why? What was the outcome? Were you happy with the result?
23. Tell me about a time when your initiative caused a change to occur.
24. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How/why was this person difficult? How did you handle it? How did the relationship progress?
25. Describe a situation where you found yourself dealing with someone who didn’t like you. How did you handle it?
26. Describe a recent unpopular decision you made. How was it received? How did you handle it?
27. What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients in guiding and maintaining successful professional relationships? Give me examples of how you have made these work for you.
28. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa). How did you handle the situation?
29. Tell me about a team project when you had to take charge of the project? What did you do? What was the result?
30. Describe a leadership role of yours outside of work. Why did you commit your time to it? How did you feel about it?
31. What is the toughest group that you have ever had to lead? What were the obstacles? How did you handle the situation?
32. What has been your greatest leadership achievement in a professional environment? Talk through the steps you took to reach it.
33. What have been the greatest obstacles you have faced in building/growing a team?
34. Describe a time when you have not only been responsible for leading a team of people but for also doing the same job as your team members? How did you juggle/balance your time?
35. Describe a situation that required you to do a number of things at the same time. How did you handle it? What was the result?
36. How do you prioritize projects and tasks when scheduling your time? Give me some examples.
37. Tell me about a project that you planned. How did your organize and schedule the tasks? Tell me about your action plan.
38. When has a project or event you organized not gone according to plan? What happened? Why? How did you feel?
39. Describe a situation where others you were working with on a project disagreed with your ideas. What did you do?
40. Tell me about a time when you worked with a colleague who was not doing their share of the work. How did you handle it?
41. Describe a situation in which you had to arrive at a compromise or help others to compromise. What was your role? What steps did you take? What was the result?
42. Tell me about a time when you had to work on a team that did not get along. What happened? What role did you take? What was the result?
43. What was the biggest mistake you have made when delegating work as part of a team project?
44. Tell me about a time when you had to settle a dispute between team members. How did you go about identifying the issues? What was the result?
45. What have you found to be the difficult part of being a member, not leader, of a team? How did you handle this?