Did you know that an interview with a company starts the MINUTE you apply for a position? Don’t let a question prevent you from sealing the deal, here is a list of 75 commonly asked behavioral questions to help you prepare for your next interview! 

Accomplishments and Challenges

  1. Tell us about a time when you received criticism, how did you handle it?
  2. Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.
  3. Tell me about a time where you felt defeated.
  4. Describe a situation that required you to work under pressure and tell us how you managed the tasks at hand.
  5. Describe a time where you were given a task with little to no instruction. How did you learn to do the job?
  6. How do you define success?
  7. Can you tell me about a problem you solved in a unique way? What happened?
  8. Describe a situation where you found yourself outside your comfort zone.
  9. What was the most satisfying goal you accomplished?
  10. Describe a time when you set your sights too high.
  11. What are some obstacles that you have had to overcome to get where you are today?
  12. Describe a situation when you found yourself challenged. Were you successful? If not, why?
  13. How do you define stress? How do you cope with it?
  14. What do you see as you biggest challenge with this position? How will you handle it?
  15. Tell us about your most difficult decision. What was the outcome?
  16. Give us an example of an important goal you have set, and how you reached it.
  17. If you weren’t satisfied with the work you turned in, what would you do about it?
  18. Can you describe the process you use to set personal goals?
  19. Tell us about a time when you had to learn something brand new in a short time. What steps did you take?
  20. Talk about a time when you presented a new idea to your supervisor. How was it received?

Communication and Conflict

  1. Tell us about a job experience in which you had to speak up and tell other people what you thought or felt.
  2. Tell me about a time you worked on a team with individuals from different cultural backgrounds.
  3. Describe a time when you found it difficult to work with someone from a different background.
  4. Describe a situation that required you to consider a different perspective from your own.
  5. How have you maintained relationships with your co-workers? What skills do you use?
  6. How have you interacted with a difficult boss?
  7. Can you describe a time when you had to work with a remote co-worker? How did you stay in touch?
  8. What do you do if you disagree with a co-worker?
  9. Tell me about a time when you had to work with others who dropped the ball.
  10. Tell me how you were able to communicate successfully with another person in regard to a sensitive situation.
  11. Have you had to make a presentation? What was the goal? What was the outcome?
  12. Have you any experience in sales? Maybe even selling an idea to a supervisor or coworker?
  13. Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet to avoid a difficult situation.
  14. How do you typically deal with conflict? Give an example.
  15. Tell of a time you had to manage a conflict or dispute among direct supports or team members.
  16. Tell us about a time when you recently had to deal with a difficult team member.
  17. Have you worked with a person who did things differently from you? How did you resolve your conflicts?
  18. Think about a difficult boss or other person who has challenged you. What made him or her difficult?
  19. What do you do when your priorities don’t match the priorities of those around you?
  20. How would you handle working at a job where you knew your boss was wrong about something that was affecting the company?

Decision making and Prioritizing

  1. What is most important to you in a job?
  2. Can you describe a decision that you regretted? Why did you regret it?
  3. Tell me about the last time your workday ended before you were able to get everything done.
  4. If you had to undertake multiple projects with tight deadlines, how would you stay on track
  5. How have you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not want to do?
  6. Provide an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  7. Describe a time where you had to make an unpopular decision. How did you handle it?
  8. Describe a time when you had to advocate for your decision. What was the outcome?
  9. How do you go about a problem?
  10. Have you ever been in a business situation that was ethically questionable? What did you do?
  11. Did you ever make a risky decision? Why? How did you handle it?
  12. How do you stay organized?
  13. If you suddenly were given a deadline assignment while you were busy finishing another urgent problem, how would you handle the conflict?
  14. How do you usually delegate/ Prioritize tasks?

Team Player and Leadership

  1. Describe a time when you showed strong initiative.
  2. Give an example of how you’ve worked on a team.
  3. Have you been in a situation where you didn’t have enough work to do?
  4. Give an example of a time you went above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done.
  5. Have you ever performed duties that were beyond the scope of your job description?
  6. How would you describe a leader? Team player?
  7. What personal qualities do you believe define you as a leader?
  8. Have you ever had difficulty getting others to accept your ideas? What was your approach?
  9. Describe a situation when you had to change your leadership style to accomplish the desired impact?
  10. How do you motivate people?
  11. Describe a time when you had to achieve consensus in a group disagreement. What was the outcome?
  12. How would your co-workers describe you?
  13. What do you think is the toughest aspect of being a supervisor?
  14. Can you describe a time when a co-worker made a mistake and you discovered it? What did you do?
  15. Pick three adjectives that best describe yourself and your leadership skills.

About You

  1. Talk about a time when you worked your hardest.
  2. Can you tell me how you handled your transition between different jobs or positions in the past?
  3. What would you do if you were expected to conform to a company policy with which you had a strong disagreement?
  4. Has there ever been a situation where you thought it was better to be dishonest? Why? What did you end up doing?
  5. What do you believe sets you apart from all other candidates?
  6. What question do you wish we had asked? What question would you like to ask us?
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