BEHAVIORAL BASED QUESTIONS

  1. Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  2. Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.
  3. Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  4. Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.
  5. Tell me about a time when you had to use your presentation skills to influence someone’s opinion.
  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 discuss an important written document you were required to complete.
  8. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  9. Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
  10. Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision.
  11. What is a typical way of dealing with conflict?  Give me an example.
  12. Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).
  13. Tell me about a difficult decision you’ve made in the last year.
  14. Give me an example of a time when you tried to accomplish something and failed.
  15. Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.
  16. Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker (or group member).
  17. Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
  18. Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively.
  19. Give me an example of a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem.
  20. Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventative measures.
  21. Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
  22. Please tell me about a time you had to fire a friend.
  23. Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).


STAR Interviewing Technique
One strategy for preparing for behavioral interviews is to use the STAR technique, as outlined below.

Situation or          
Task

Action You Took

Results you
achieved

EXAMPLE:

Situation (S):  Advertising revenue was falling off for my college newspaper, The Beacon, and large numbers of long-term advertisers were not renewing contracts.
Action (A):  I designed a new promotional packet to go with the rate sheet and compared the benefits of The Beacon circulation with other ad media in the area.  I also set up a special training session for the account executives with a School of Business Administration professor who discussed competitive selling strategies.
Result (R):  We signed contracts with 15 former advertisers for daily ads and five for special supplements.  We increased our new advertisers by 20 percent [quantity is always good] over the same period last year.