If you knew the questions in advance, you’d know how to prepare. You can’t possibly know or prepare for every possible interview question. Your interview preparation should focus, though, on common themes you will notice in the structure of interview questions.

Assembling a few in depth stories can check off answers to most of the questions below. You’ll need to go deep. Start by writing them down in an effort to collect your thoughts in one place and stratergize which will apply to which. There will no doubt be crossover.

More effective methods of interviewing include behavioral interview questions.

What is a behavioral interview?

Behavioral interview is a method in job interviews to discover how your job performance in a previous roles can help to implement your future performance.

To conduct behavioral interviews properly, you should follow a STAR analysis as follows:

  • S = name a situation you faced (or describe)
  • T= task you had to complete
  • A= describe what action you took
  • R= results, share the results of your actions

For each skill, ability, you can use a STAR method find out what are best answers to perform the position that you are applying for.

Examples of behavioral interview questions for each skill or trait.

Innovation Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Can you think of a situation where innovation was required at work? What did you do in this situation?
  • Describe a situation when you demonstrated initiative and took action without waiting for direction. What was the outcome?
  • Describe a time when you came up with a creative solution/idea/project/report to a problem in your past work.
  • Describe something that you have implemented at work. What were the steps used to implement this?
  • Describe the most creative work-related project which you have carried out.
  • Give me an example of when you took a risk to achieve a goal. What was the outcome?
  • Give an example of when you were able to successfully develop such a new approach.
  • Tell us about a problem that you solved in a unique or unusual way. What was the outcome? Were you satisfied with it?
  • Tell us about a suggestion you made to improve the way job processes/operations worked. What was the result?
  • There are many jobs in which well-established methods are typically followed. Give a specific example of a time when you tried some other method to do the job.
  • There are many jobs that require creative or innovative thinking. Give an example of when you had such a job and how you handled it.
  • What have been some of your most creative ideas?
  • What innovative procedures have you developed? How did you develop them? Who was involved? Where did the ideas come from?
  • What new or unusual ideas have you developed on your job? How did you develop them? What was the result? Did you implement them?
  • When was the last time that you thought “outside of the box” and how did you do it?

Initiative Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Give me an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Give me examples of projects/tasks you started on your own.
  • Give some instances in which you anticipated problems and were able to influence a new direction.
  • How did you get work assignments at your most recent employer?
  • What changes did you develop at your most recent employer?
  • What kinds of things really get your excited?
  • What sorts of projects did you generate that required you to go beyond your job description?
  • What sorts of things did you do at school that were beyond expectations?

Decisive or Decision Making Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Discuss an important decision you have made regarding a task or project at work. What factors influenced your decision?
  • Everyone has made some poor decisions or has done something that just did not turn out right. Has this happened to you? What happened?
  • Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  • Give an example of a time when there was a decision to be made and procedures were not in place?
  • Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to keep from speaking or making a decision because you did not have enough information.
  • How did you go about deciding what strategy to employ when dealing with a difficult customer?
  • How do you go about developing I information to make a decision? Give an example.
  • How do you involve your manager and/or others when you make a decision?
  • How have you gone about making important decisions?
  • How quickly do you make decisions? Give an example.
  • In a current job task, what steps do you go through to ensure your decisions are correct/effective?
  • Tell us about a time when you had to defend a decision you made even though other important people were opposed to your decision.
  • What kind of decisions do you make rapidly? What kind takes more time? Give examples.
  • What kinds of problems have you had coordinating technical projects? How did you solve them?
  • What was your most difficult decision in the last 6 months? What made it difficult?
  • When you have to make a highly technical decision, how do you go about doing it?

Communication Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Describe a situation in which you were able to effectively “read” another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their individual needs or values
  • Describe a situation when you were able to strengthen a relationship by communicating effectively What made your communication effective?
  • Describe a situation where you felt you had not communicated well How did you correct the situation?
  • Describe a time when you were able to effectively communicate a difficult or unpleasant idea to a superior
  • Describe the most significant written document, report or presentation which you had to complete
  • 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
  • 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
  • Have you ever had to “sell” an idea to your co-workers or group? How did you do it? Did they “buy” it?
  • Have you had to “sell” an idea to your co-workers, classmates or group? How did you do it? Did they “buy” it?
  • How do you keep subordinates informed about information that affects their jobs?
  • How do you keep your manager informed about what is being done in your work area?
  • How do you go about explaining a complex technical problem to a person who does not understand technical jargon?What approach do you take in communicating with people?
  • What challenges have occurred while you were coordinating work with other units, departments, and/or divisions?
  • What have you done to improve your verbal communication skills?
  • How have you persuaded people through a document you prepared?
  • What are the most challenging documents you have done? What kinds of proposals have your written?
  • What kinds of writing have you done? How do you prepare written communications?
  • What kinds of communication situations cause you difficulty? Give an example
  • Tell us about a recent successful experience in making a speech or presentation How did you prepare? What obstacles did you face? How did you handle them?
  • Tell us about a time when you and your current/previous supervisor disagreed but you still found a way to get your point across
  • Tell us about a time when you had to present complex information How did you ensure that the other person understood?
  • Tell us about a time when you had to use your verbal communication skills in order to get a point across that was important to you
  • Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective in a talk you gave or a seminar you taught
  • Tell us about an experience in which you had to speak up in order to be sure that other people knew what you thought or felt
  • Tell us me about a situation when you had to speak up (be assertive) in order to get a point across that was important to you
  • Tell us me about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get an important point across

Teamwork Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Describe a team experience you found rewarding
  • Describe the types of teams you’ve been involved with
  • Describe your leadership style and give an example of a situation when you successfully led a group
  • Give an example of how you have been successful at empowering a group of people in accomplishing a task
  • Give an example of how you worked effectively with people to accomplish an important result
  • Have you ever been a project leader? Give examples of problems you experienced and how you reacted
  • Have you ever been in a position where you had to lead a group of peers? How did you handle it?
  • Have you ever participated in a task group? What was your role? How did you contribute?
  • Please give your best example of working cooperatively as a team member to accomplish an important goal
  • Some people work best as part of a group – others prefer the role of individual contributor
  • Tell us about a time that you had to work on a team that did not get along
  • Tell us about a work experience where you had to work closely with others
  • Tell us about the most difficult challenge you faced in trying to work cooperatively with someone who did not share the same ideas?
  • Tell us about the most difficult situation you have had when leading a team
  • Tell us about the most effective contribution you have made as part of a task group or special project team
  • Think about the times you have been a team leader
  • What is the difficult part of being a member, not leader, of a team? How did you handle this?
  • What role have you typically played as a member of a team? How did you interact with other members of the team?
  • When is the last time you had a disagreement with a peer? How did you resolve the situation?
  • When working on a team project have you ever had an experience where there was strong disagreement among team members? What did you do?

Handling Stress Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Do you consider standing in a line as stressed work?
  • Define stress and when do you get stressed out?
  • Are you able to work under stress?
  • Please give us an example about you work with a team that faced stress from your experience?
  • Why do you think it will conduce stress?
  • What is the worst thing when you faced with stress?
  • Which transaction is not good for your colleagues whom also faced the stress at the same time?
  • How do you handle stress? What is the best thin or work you do when you are stressed
  • Okay, if that’s the best answer you can give me
  • I don’t really feel like your answering the question
  • How do you handle rejection?
  • What is the worst thing that you have heard about our company?
  • Why are manhole covers round?
  • Why did you switch to political science? Is it because you couldn’t handle engineering? Why did you do so poorly on this test?
  • What kinds of people do you find it difficult to work with?
  • What are some of the things that you find difficult to do?

Persuading Others Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Describe a situation in which you were able to positively influence the actions of others in a desired direction
  • Describe a situation where you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way
  • Describe a time when you were able to convince a skeptical or resistant customer to purchase a project or utilize your services
  • Have you ever had to persuade a group to accept a proposal or idea? How did you go about doing it? What was the result?
  • Have you ever had to persuade a peer or manager to accept an idea that you knew they would not like? Describe the resistance you met and how you overcame it
  • How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
  • In selling an idea, it is sometimes useful to use metaphors, analogies, or stories to make your point
  • Tell us about a time when you had to convince someone in authority about your ideas
  • Tell us about a time when you used facts and reason to persuade someone to accept your recommendation
  • Tell us about a time when you used your leadership ability to gain support for what initially had strong opposition
  • Tell us about a time when you were able to successfully influence another person

Ambition or Self Starter Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Give an example of an important goal that you set in the past
  • Give two examples of things you’ve done in previous jobs t hat demonstrate your willingness to work hard
  • How many hours a day do you put into your work? What were your study patterns at school?
  • Tell us about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done
  • Tell us about a time when a job had to be completed and you were able to focus your attention and efforts to get it done
  • Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule
  • Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative
  • Tell us how you keep your job knowledge current with the on going changes in the industry
  • There are times when we work without close supervision or support to get the job done
  • What impact did you have in your last job?
  • What is the most competitive work situation you have experienced? How did you handle it? What was the result?
  • What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?
  • What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job? Give an example of how you handled them
  • What projects have you started on your own recently? What prompted you to get started?
  • What sorts of things have you done to become better qualified for your career?
  • What was the best idea that you came up with in your career? How did you apply it?
  • When you disagree with your manager, what do you do? Give an example
  • When you have a lot of work to do, how do you get it all done? Give an example?
  • Describe a project or idea that was implemented primarily because of your efforts
  • Describe a time when you made a suggestion to improve the work in your organization

Management or Leadership Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Examples of strategic thinking in past situations
  • Have you ever challenged, shaken old work methods
  • How do you make your decisions in general?
  • Tell me about a time when you had a reporting employee who performed very well
  • Describe three components of your philosophy of management that demonstrate what you value and add, as an individual, to an organization’s culture and work environment
  • What factors are crucial within an organization and must be present for you to work most effectively?
  • Tell me about a time when you reorganized a department or significantly changed employee work assignments
  • Tell me how you have managed employee performance in the past
  • When you have entered a new workplace in the past, as a manager or supervisor, describe how you have gone about meeting and developing relationships with your new coworkers, supervisors, and reporting staff
  • As a manager or supervisor, one of your jobs is to provide direction and leadership for a work unit
  • How do you reach a decision if you don’t have all the facts?
  • If I were to interview the people who have reported to you in the past, how would they describe your management style?
  • If I were to interview your reporting staff members, how would they describe your strengths and weaknesses as a manager and supervisor?
  • Rate your management skills on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 representing excellent management skills
  • Describe the work environment or culture and its management style in which you have experienced the most success
  • How do you usually solve problems?
  • Examples of situations when your initiative ideas for improvement have made a significant difference
  • How have you coordinated the work of your team to achieve target goals?
  • Example of adaptation to changes and the difficulties
  • When did you last update your business management education? What are your professional development needs?
  • How do you handle a heavy workload? How do you prioritize day to day tasks?
  • How do you handle failures? Provide examples
  • How do you define your key team members?
  • Describe one experience when you had to lead a team
  • What role does leadership play for a manager? How have you demonstrated this with your managers?
  • Tell me about an innovative solution you developed to a non-traditional problem
  • Tell me about a time when the going got really tough
  • What methods have you used to gain commitment from your team?
  • All leaders have to deal with conflict situations
  • How have you influenced employees to follow your strategic vision for the organization?
  • How have you encouraged learning and development of employees?
  • What was the most significant change you brought about in an organization?
  • How do you keep each member of the team involved and motivated, while keeping morale high? What steps do you need to take to achieve this?
  • In what situations do you prefer to use your leadership skills? Can you give me some examples?
  • Does you like to praise team members in public? How do you express your appreciation of them?
  • Have you ever tried to act as a mentor to a colleague? Was it worth it from a professional point of view?
  • Have you ever tried to do a job for which you were unqualified for? How did you react at that time? Were you able to accomplish your task?
  • Provide an example of a time when you played a key leadership role in: an event/activity, a team work unit, or a project
  • Was there ever a time that you disagreed with your management were you able to prove your conclusion and persuade your superiors?
  • Have you ever had a situation when you had difficulties getting people to accept your ideas? What was your approach to handle these situations?
  • What practices do you implement during conflict situations and are they successful?
  • If we were to ask your superiors (reporting staff) or your teammates to comment about your leadership how would they respond?
  • How would your staff and colleagues describe your leadership style? Give me an example to support your answer
  • What are the most important values and ethics you demonstrate as a leader? Give me an example of these in practice
  • Name some situations in which a leader may fail

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