In today’s marketplace, interviewing requires thorough thought and preparation.
Employers are utilizing the behavioral interview to get to the heart of the matter and perhaps uncover problem areas.
Behavioral-based interview questions are designed to give the interviewer insight as to how you would react in certain situations. Often times these questions will begin with a phrase such as, “Tell me about a time when…” or “What would you do if…”
Be prepared to handle thought provoking questions such as these:
- Describe to me the last time you knew you were not going to be able to meet a promised deadline? What caused the delay and what did you do about it? (Think about company names, how long ago, situation, and all other details.)
- Tell me about a previous position where maintaining detailed records was part of your job. What was the purpose? What type of detail was required? What follow-up system did you use to ensure that all jobs you started were completed? What did you like least about keeping these detailed logs?
- Tell me about a time in your last position when you were dealing with many personality types, all wanting something different and all at the same time.
- When was the last time you were praised for a difficult job well done?
- At one time or another, we all have to deal with difficult people. What has been your experience in this area?
- Sometimes we feel we are never going to be able to complete an assignment because of repeated interruptions. When this was the case in your previous positions, what types of interruptions did you deal with and what were you able to do to lessen them?
- Tell me about the last time you were late for work.
- Describe what you feel is your greatest strength and tell me about a time in your career that you received a compliment because of it. Feel free to brag.
- What do you feel is your greatest weakness, and what problems had this caused in your last position?
- Tell me how your ability to communicate well with others has helped you with a difficult situation in a previous position.
- Sometimes we have to work with co-workers who we just don’t like. When has this been the case for you? How did you handle the situation?
- Occasionally we are given a directive by management that we don’t feel is necessary or we don’t agree with for whatever reason. When was the last time this has happened to you and how did you follow through with it?