15 Common Behavioral Interview Questions

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | BY MICAH

Behavioral interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. You can be asked about anything in your past, and you need to come up with an example that both satisfies the question and answers it in such a way that you will impress the employer and improve your chances of finding a job. The best way to do this is to prepare for as many behavioral interview questions as possible beforehand. Only by preparing answers can you be certain that your response will satisfy both requirements.

Behavioral Interview Question Examples

  • Describe your greatest professional regret.
  • Describe a time that you made a mistake, and what you did afterward.
  • Describe a situation where you had to make a critical decision.
  • Describe a time where you disagreed with a supervisor.
  • Describe a time where you were forced to hastily prioritize tasks.
  • Describe a time that you had to deal with conflict.
  • Tell me about a time you set a goal and how you achieved it.
  • Give me an example of a time that you showed leadership.
  • Describe a situation in which you had to use problem solving skills.
  • Describe a time that you made a critical mistake.
  • Tell me about a time that you gave outstanding customer service.
  • Tell me about a time that you went above and beyond expectations.
  • Describe a situation in which you had to be the mediator of a conflict.
  • Tell me about a time you disagreed with a coworker.
  • Give me an example of a time where you were coming close to a deadline and what occurred.

“Questions” May Be a Little Misleading

Behavioral interview questions are not exactly questions. They are more like mandatory requests. Still, the list above represent a small sample of the unlimited number of behavioral questions you can be asked at a job interview.

To succeed, your best bet is to plan out both answers to specific questions, like the ones above, as well as answers that satisfy some of the types of questions that you may encounter (for example, questions about leadership or decision making). Remember, any time you create an answer for a behavioral interview question, you should:

  • Describe the situation.
  • Remain positive.
  • If asked about something negative, like a mistake, follow it up by what you have done since to ensure it does not happen again.

Take Away Interview Tips

  • Prepare for behavioral interview questions.
  • Try to come up with stock answers to unexpected questions.
  • Always be positive and follow up on mistakes with what you have done to change.

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