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Behavioral Interview Questions

1.

Describe a situation in which you used persuasion to convince someone to see things your way.

2.

Describe a time when you faced a stressful work situation that tested your ability to cope.

3.

Please provide an example of a time when you used critical thinking to solve a problem.

4.

Give an example of a time when you set a goal and achieved it.

5.

How have you influenced a colleague or employee that resulted in a better outcome for them?

6.

Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not
agree.

7.

Please describe an important written document you were required to complete.

8.

Tell me about a time when you had to go above & beyond to complete a critical assignment.

9.

Tell me about a time when you had many tasks and had to prioritize them.

10.

Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision.

11.

What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.

12.

Tell us about a time when a projects outcome hinged on your collaboration with a colleague(s) you
disliked. How did you handle it?

13.

Tell me about a difficult decision you've made in the last year.

14.

Please provide an example of a failure. Did you learn anything? If so, what?

15.

What is an example of your personal leadership?

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17.

Tell me about a work situation in which you had to deal with an angry or disappointed (internal/external)
customer, employee, or co-worker. How did you respond? What did you learn?
How do you inspire others?

18.

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being Extremely Comfortable, please indicate your comfort level around
admitting mistakes. Please provide an example.

19.

Scenario: Your boss or someone more senior than you is maligning the character of a colleague. How
would you feel and react?

20.
21.

Provide an example of a time when you used your research skills to solve a problem.
You notice employees from another department engaging in behavior that you feel is extremely
inappropriate or offensive. How would you respond?

22.

Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures.

23.

Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.

24.

Please describe a time when you had to confront or discipline a friend at work. If you never experienced
this, tell me how you would handle this situation?

25.

Tell me about a situation in which you had to achieve results through collaboration while working in a
highly political and even toxic environment. What did you learn?

Sources: quintcareers.com/sample_behavioral.html & Joe Ryan

Traditional Interview Questions


Sources: J. Ryan & M. J. DeLuca 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

1. Please tell me about yourself.


2. What interests you in this position?
3. What can you tell me about our company?
4. How do you handle conflict? Please give some examples.
5. Do you think conflict is bad? Please explain.
6. Whats one of your strengths? How did you develop it? Please give examples of your success in using it.
7. Tell me about your greatest weakness. How does or did it impact you? What have you done about it?
8. Whats your biggest mistake?
9. Whats your greatest success?
10. In what sort of environment(s) do you thrive? Why? When did you last experience that?
11. What type of work environment do you dislike? Why?
12. Please describe the best boss you ever had. What made them special?
13. What qualities in a leader do you admire?
14. How much travel are you willing to do?
15. How many hours are you prepared to work on a weekly average?
16. How do you handle change? Please provide examples.
17. Are you biased? How?
18. How do you like to be managed?
19. Where do you want to be in five years? Why?
20. What makes a successful business like ours?
21. What sort of work culture do you prefer? Why?
22. Whats your view on workplace diversity?
23. How do you handle stress?
24. What will you do if we do not hire you?
25. If we offered you this position and you accepted, how would you prepare?
26. What are two of your biggest pet peeves?
27. Do prefer working alone or on a team? Why?
28. Lets say I gave you multiple tasks to complete within a limited time. How would you prioritize them?
29. How organized are you? Please give examples.
30. What are your thoughts on multitasking?
31.Why should we hire you?