How to determine if a job interview question is a behavioural question?
Behavioural interview questions typically start with “tell me about a time,” “tell me about a situation,” or “give me an example.” The interviewer may also give you a scenario in a question and ask you to describe the steps you took to manage that situation. When they ask each question the interviewer will generally have a competency they want to evaluate. They’ll look at the actions or behaviours you demonstrate when you answer the question.
Off you go and read now, and best of luck with your next interview.
Customer or client orientation job interview questions
- Describe a time where you have gone out of your way to help a customer. What did you do and what was the result?
- In any role you can have people you don’t want to deal with. Describe your worst example of this and how you managed that person.
Communication job interview questions
- Tell me about a time when you needed to persuade someone to do something that they did not want to do? How did you go about this?
- Describe the most difficult communication you have needed to deliver to an inattentive audience. What did you do to prepare for this?
Analytical or problem solving job interview questions
- Describe a time where you needed to research a problem and come up with different alternatives to resolve it. How did you determine the most appropriate solution?
- Tell me about a time where you encountered something new and needed to work backwards from the end point
Leadership job interview questions
- Describe the most challenging group you have needed to manage. What did you do to get the results you needed from the group? What was the result?
- What do you think it takes to be a truly effective leader? Provide an example of where you have demonstrated this.
Goal orientation job interview questions
- Describe a goal that you have achieved that has made you proud. Why was this important to you? What steps did you take to achieve your goal?
- Tell me about a time where you did not succeed at something?
Attention to detail job interview questions
- Describe a time where you made a mistake in your work. How did you find the mistake?
- What tools do you use to check your work? Why do you use these tools? Provide an example of where you have applied these.
Resilience and adaptability job interview questions
- Tell me about the most stressful situation you have found yourself in at work. What did you do in this situation?
- Describe a situation where you believed others were putting pressure on you. What did you do to manage this?
Creativity and initiative job interview questions
- Describe an idea that you have conceived, implemented and evaluated?
- How do you determine whether ideas are worth pursuing? Provide an example.
Honesty and integrity job interview questions
- Describe a time where you saw someone doing something that did not meet company standards. What did you do? What was the outcome?
- What values do you use to guide your work? Describe a time where these were challenged.
Planning and project management job interview questions
- Describe the most challenging project you have planned, where you needed to juggle the needs of multiple stakeholders. What did you do?
- Describe a project you’ve managed where things did not go to plan. How did you handle it? What was the result?
Judgement and decision making job interview questions
- In many cases you need to “make a call” when you have incomplete information. Describe one of these and how you approached it.
- Describe the toughest decision you have needed to make at work. Why was it tough? What did you do to make that decision?
Teamwork job interview questions
- Tell me about a time where others you were working with on a project disagreed with your ideas, yet you needed to work with them all? What did you do?
- Give me an example when you worked with a colleague who was not doing their share of the work. How did you handle it?
That’s the end of my question list. I’d love to hear the questions that made you fumble the most, or if you’re an interviewer, the questions you like to ask.