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Behavioral interview questions that focus on your work performance in the past. Behaviors looked at include past failures, handling conflict, leadership, problem-solving, teamwork and the candidate’s work ethic.

 

  1. Can you recall a time when you were less than pleased with your performance?
  2. Can you think of a situation where innovation was required at work?
  3. Describe a major change that occurred in a job that you held.
  4. Describe a recent unpopular decision you made and what the result was.
  5. Describe a situation in which you had to arrive at a compromise or help others to compromise.
  6. Describe a situation in which you were able to effectively “read” another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their individual needs or values.
  7. Describe a situation in which you were able to effectively “read” another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their needs and values.
  8. Describe a situation in which you were able to positively influence the actions of others in a desired direction.
  9. Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  10. Describe a situation that required you to do a number of things at the same time.
  11. Describe a situation when you demonstrated initiative and took action without waiting for direction.
  12. Describe a situation when you had to exercise a significant amount of self-control.
  13. Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others.
  14. Describe a situation when you were able to strengthen a relationship by communicating effectively.
  15. Describe a situation where you felt you had not communicated well.
  16. Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual, and how you dealt with it.
  17. Describe a situation where you had the option to leave the details to others or you could take care of them yourself.
  18. Describe a situation where you had to use conflict management skills. Describe a situation where you had to use confrontation skills.
  19. Describe a situation where you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  20. Describe a team experience you found disappointing.
  21. Describe a team experience you found rewarding.
  22. Describe a time in which you were faced with problems or stresses which tested your coping skills.
  23. Describe a time when you came up with a creative solution/idea/project/report to a problem in your past work.
  24. Describe a time when you facilitated a creative solution to a problem between two employees.
  25. Describe a time when you had to cope with the resentment or hostility of a subordinate or co-worker.
  26. Describe a time when you had to make a difficult choice between your personal and professional life.
  27. Describe a time when you made a suggestion to improve the work in your organization.
  28. Describe a time when you took personal accountability for a conflict and initiated contact with the individual(s) involved to explain your actions.
  29. Describe a time when you were able to convince a skeptical or resistant customer to purchase a project or utilize your services.
  30. Describe a time when you were able to effectively communicate a difficult or unpleasant idea to a superior.
  31. Describe a time when you were asked to keep information confidential.
  32. Describe how you develop a project team’s goals and project plan?
  33. Describe how your position contributes to your organization’s/unit’s goals.
  34. Describe something that you have implemented at work.
  35. Describe the most challenging negotiation in which you were involved.
  36. Describe the most creative work-related project which you have carried out.
  37. Describe the most difficult scheduling problem you have faced.
  38. Describe the most difficult working relationship you’ve had with an individual.
  39. Describe the most significant written document, report or presentation which you had to complete.
  40. Describe the project or situation which best demonstrates your analytical abilities.
  41. Describe the types of teams you’ve been involved with. What were your roles?
  42. Describe what steps/methods you have used to define/identify a vision for your unit/position. How do you see your job relating to the overall goals of the organization?
  43. Describe your leadership style and give an example of a situation when you successfully led a group.
  44. Did you ever develop a strategic plan?
  45. Discuss an important decision you have made regarding a task or project at work.
  46. Do prefer to work with the “big picture” or the “details” of a situation? Give me an example of an experience that illustrates your preference.
  47. Do you consider yourself a macro or micro manager? How do you delegate? How do you make the decision to delegate work?
  48. Give a specific example of a time when you had to address an angry customer.
  49. Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  50. Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and login in solving a problem.
  51. Give a specific example of how you have helped create an environment where differences are valued, encouraged and supported.
  52. Give an example of a problem which you faced on any job that you have had and tell how you went about solving it.
  53. Give an example of a situation where others were intense but you were able to maintain your composure.
  54. Give an example of a time in which you felt you were able to build motivation in your coworkers or subordinates at work.
  55. Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  56. Give an example of a time in which you had to keep from speaking or not finish a task because you did not have enough information to come to a good decision.
  57. Give an example of a time when there was a decision to be made and procedures were not in place?
  58. Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  59. Give an example of a time when you helped a staff member accept change and make the changes
  60. Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
  61. Give an example of a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty.
  62. Give an example of an important goal that you set in the past. Tell about your success in reaching it.
  63. Give an example of how you handle the need for constructive criticism with a subordinate or peer.
  64. Give an example of how you have been successful at empowering a group of people in accomplishing a task.
  65. Give an example of how you worked effectively with people to accomplish an important result. Have you ever been a project leader? Give examples of problems you experienced and how you reacted.
  66. Give an example of when you “went to the source” to address a conflict.
  67. Give an example of your ability to build motivation in your co-workers, classmates, and even if on a volunteer committee.
  68. Give examples of how you have acted with integrity in your job/work relationship.
  69. Give me a specific occasion in which you conformed to a policy with which you did not agree.
  70. Give me an example of a project that best describes your organizational skills.
  71. Give me an example of a situation where you had difficulties with a team member.
  72. Give me an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  73. Give me an example of a time when a company policy or action hurt people.
  74. Give me an example of a time when you had to keep from speaking or making a decision because you did not have enough information.
  75. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty.
  76. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person, even when that individual may not have personally liked you, or vice versa.
  77. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person, even when that individual may not have personally liked you.
  78. Give me an example of an important goal that you h ad set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it.
  79. Give me an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  80. Give me an example of when you took a risk to achieve a goal.
  81. Give me an example of when you were able to meet the personal and professional demands in your life yet still maintained a healthy balance.
  82. Give me an example of when you were responsible for an error or mistake. What, if anything, would you do differently?
  83. Give me examples of projects/tasks you started on your own.
  84. Give some instances in which you anticipated problems and were able to influence a new direction.
  85. Give two examples of things you’ve done in previous jobs that demonstrate your willingness to work hard.
  86. Have the jobs you held in the past required little attention, moderate attention, or a great deal of attention to detail? Give me an example of a situation that illustrates this requirement.
  87. Have you ever been a member of a group where two of the members did not work well together? What did you do to get them to do so?
  88. Have you ever been caught unaware by a problem or obstacles that you had not foreseen?
  89. Have you ever been in a position where you had to lead a group of peers?
  90. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to bargain with someone?
  91. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to settle an argument between two friends (or people you knew)?
  92. Have you ever been overloaded with work? How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
  93. Have you ever dealt with a situation where communications were poor?
  94. Have you ever had a situation where you had a number of alternatives to choose from?
  95. Have you ever had a subordinate whose performance was consistently marginal?
  96. Have you ever had a subordinate whose work was always marginal? How did you deal with that person? What happened?
  97. Have you ever had difficulty getting others to accept your ideas? What was your approach? Did it work?
  98. Have you ever had to “sell” an idea to your co-workers or group? How did you do it? Did they “buy” it?
  99. Have you ever had to introduce a policy change to your work group? How did you do it?
  100. Have you ever had to persuade a group to accept a proposal or idea? How did you go about doing it?
  101. Have you ever had to persuade a peer or manager to accept an idea that you knew they would not like? Describe the resistance you met and how you overcame it.
  102. Have you ever had to settle conflict between two people on the job? What was the situation and
  103. Have you ever met resistance when implementing a new idea or policy to a work group? How did you deal with it? What happened?
  104. Have you ever participated in a task group? What was your role? How did you contribute?
  105. Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear?
  106. Have you had to “sell” an idea to your co-workers, classmates or group? How did you do it? Did they “buy” it?
  107. How did you assemble the information?
  108. How did you assign priorities to jobs?
  109. How did you get work assignments at your most recent employer? What changes did you develop at your most recent employer?
  110. How did you go about deciding what strategy to employ when dealing with a difficult customer?
  111. How did you go about making job assignments?
  112. How did you keep track of delegated assignments?
  113. How did you react when faced with constant time pressure?
  114. How do you coach a subordinate to develop a new skill?
  115. How do you coach an employee in completing a new assignment?
  116. How do you communicate goals to subordinates?
  117. How do you deal with people whose work exceeds your expectations?
  118. How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
  119. How do you determine priorities in scheduling your time?
  120. How do you evaluate the productivity/effectiveness of your subordinates?
  121. How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
  122. How do you get data for performance reviews?
  123. How do you get subordinates to produce at a high level?
  124. How do you get subordinates to work at their peak potential?
  125. How do you go about establishing rapport with a customer?
  126. How do you go about explaining a complex technical problem to a person who does not?
  127. How do you go about setting goals with subordinates?
  128. How do you handle a subordinate whose work is not up to expectations?
  129. How do you handle doing twenty things at once?
  130. How do you handle performance reviews? Tell me about a difficult one.
  131. How do you handle problems with customers?
  132. How do you involve people in developing your unit’s goals?
  133. How do you involve your manager and/or others when you make a decision?
  134. How do you keep subordinates informed about information that affects their jobs?
  135. How do you keep track of what your subordinates are doing?
  136. How do you keep your manager informed about what is being done in your work area?
  137. How do you let subordinates know what you expect of them?
  138. How do you manage cross-functional teams?
  139. How do you manage your time?
  140. How do you prepare for a presentation to a group of technical experts in your field? How would you describe your presentation style?
  141. How do you schedule your time?
  142. How do you schedule your time? Set priorities?
  143. How do you typically deal with conflict?
  144. How do you typically plan your day to manage your time effectively?
  145. How have you adjusted your style when it was not meeting the objectives and/or people were not responding correctly?
  146. How have you demonstrated your learning?
  147. How have you gone about making important decisions?
  148. How have you persuaded people through a document you prepared?
  149. How many hours a day do you put into your work?
  150. How many projects do you work on at once?
  151. How often do you discuss a subordinate’s performance with him/her?
  152. How often do you have to rely on information you have gathered from others when talking to them?
  153. How quickly do you make decisions?
  154. How would you define “success” for someone in your chosen career?
  155. If there were one area you’ve always wanted to improve upon, what would that be?
  156. If you can, tell about a time when you were not able to build a successful relationship with a difficult person.
  157. If you can, tell about a time when your trustworthiness was challenged.
  158. If you were interviewing for this position what would you be looking for in the applicants?
  159. In a current job task, what steps do you go through to ensure your decisions are correct/effective?
  160. In what ways are you trying to improve yourself?
  161. In your current or former position, what were your long and short-term goals?
  162. It is important to maintain a positive attitude at work when you have other things on your mind. Give a specific example of when you were able to do that.
  163. It is very important to build good relationships at work but sometimes it doesn’t always work.
  164. On many occasions, managers have to make tough decisions. What was the most difficult one you have had to make?
  165. On occasion we are confronted by dishonesty in the workplace. Tell about such an occurrence and how you handled it.
  166. People react differently when job demands are constantly changing; how do you react?
  167. Please give your best example of working cooperatively as a team member to accomplish an
  168. Problems occur in almost all work relationships.
  169. Relate a specific instance when you found it necessary to be precise in your in order to complete the job.
  170. Some people consider themselves to be “big picture people” and others are “detail oriented”. Which are you?
  171. Some people work best as part of a group – others prefer the role of individual contributor. How would you describe yourself?
  172. Sometimes it is essential that we break out of the routine, standardized way of doing things in
  173. Sometimes the only way to resolve a defense or conflict is through negotiation and compromise.
  174. Sometimes we need to remain calm on the outside when we are really upset on the inside. Give an example of a time that this happened to you.
  175. Tell about a time when you needed to develop and use a detailed procedure to successfully complete a project.
  176. Tell about a time when you were able to develop a different problem-solving approach.
  177. Tell about a time when you were able to resolve a difficult situation by finding some common ground.
  178. Tell us about a difficult experience you had in working with details.
  179. Tell us about a job or setting where great precision to detail was required to complete a task. How did you handle that situation?
  180. Tell us about a politically complex work situation in which you worked.
  181. Tell us about a problem that you solved in a unique or unusual way.
  182. Tell us about a recent job or experience that you would describe as a real learning experience?
  183. Tell us about a recent success you had with an especially difficult employee/co-worker.
  184. Tell us about a recent successful experience in making a speech or presentation.
  185. Tell us about a situation in which you had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. Describe a project or idea that was implemented primarily because of your efforts.
  186. Tell us about a situation in which you had to separate the person from the issue when working to resolve issues.
  187. Tell us about a situation where attention to detail was either important or unimportant in accomplishing an assigned task.
  188. Tell us about a specific development plan that you created and carried out with one or more of your employees. What was the specific situation?
  189. Tell us about a specific time when you had to handle a tough problem which challenged fairness or ethnical issues.
  190. Tell us about a suggestion you made to improve the way job processes/operations worked.
  191. Tell us about a time that you had to adapt to a difficult situation.
  192. Tell us about a time that you had to work on a team that did not get along. What happened? What role did you take?
  193. Tell us about a time that you successfully adapted to a culturally different environment.
  194. Tell us about a time when a job had to be completed and you were able to focus your attention and efforts to get it done.
  195. Tell us about a time when you and your current/previous supervisor disagreed but you still found a way to get your point across.
  196. Tell us about a time when you anticipated the future and made changes to current responsibilities/operations to meet future needs.
  197. Tell us about a time when you built rapport quickly with someone under difficult conditions.
  198. Tell us about a time when you did something completely different from the plan and/or assignment.
  199. Tell us about a time when you had to adapt to a wide variety of people by accepting/understanding their perspective.
  200. Tell us about a time when you had to analyze information and make a recommendation. What kind of thought process did you go through? What was your reasoning behind your decision?
  201. Tell us about a time when you had to convince someone in authority about your ideas.
  202. Tell us about a time when you had to defend a decision you made even though other important people were opposed to your decision.
  203. Tell us about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  204. Tell us about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  205. Tell us about a time when you had to help two peers settle a dispute. How did you go about identifying the issues?
  206. Tell us about a time when you had to present complex information. How did you ensure that the other person understood?
  207. Tell us about a time when you had to take disciplinary action with someone you supervised. Tell us about a time when you had to tell a staff member that you were dissatisfied with his or her work.
  208. Tell us about a time when you had to use your authority to get something done. Where there any negative consequences?
  209. Tell us about a time when you had to use your verbal communication skills in order to get a point across that was important to you.
  210. Tell us about a time when you identified a potential problem and resolved the situation before it became serious.
  211. Tell us about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role. Using a specific example of a project, tell how you kept those involved informed of the progress.
  212. Tell us about a time when you made an intentional effort to get to know someone from another culture.
  213. Tell us about a time when you organized or planned an event that was very successful. Scheduling
  214. Tell us about a time when you took responsibility for an error and were held personally accountable.
  215. Tell us about a time when you used facts and reason to persuade someone to accept your recommendation.
  216. Tell us about a time when you used your leadership ability to gain support for what initially had strong opposition.
  217. Tell us about a time when you were able to successfully influence another person.
  218. Tell us about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
  219. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective in a talk you gave or a seminar you taught.
  220. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
  221. Tell us about a time when your supervisor criticized your work. How did you respond?
  222. Tell us about a training program that you have developed or enhanced.
  223. Tell us about a work experience where you had to work closely with others.
  224. Tell us about an experience in which you had to speak up in order to be sure that other people knew what you thought or felt.
  225. Tell us about setbacks you have faced. How did you deal with them?
  226. Tell us about some demanding situations in which you managed to remain calm and composed. There are times when we are placed under extreme pressure on the job. Tell about a time when you were under such pressure and how you handled it.
  227. Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  228. Tell us about the last time you had to negotiate with someone. What was the most difficult part?
  229. Tell us about the most difficult challenge you faced in trying to work cooperatively with someone who did not share the same ideas? What was your role in achieving the work objective?
  230. Tell us about the most difficult or frustrating individual that you’ve ever had to work with, and how you managed to work with them.
  231. Tell us about the most difficult situation you have had when leading a team.
  232. Tell us about the most effective contribution you have made as part of a task group or special project team.
  233. Tell us about the most effective presentation you have made.
  234. Tell us about your experience in past jobs that required you to be especially alert to details while doing the task involved.
  235. Tell us how you go about delegating work?
  236. Tell us how you keep your job knowledge current with the ongoing changes in the industry.
  237. Tell us me about a situation when it was important for you to pay attention to details.
  238. Tell us me about a situation when you had to speak up (be assertive) in order to get a point across that was important to you.
  239. Tell us me about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get an important point across.
  240. Tell us me about a time when you demonstrated too much initiative?
  241. Tell us me about an important goal that you set in the past.
  242. There are many jobs in which well-established methods are typically followed. Give a specific example of a time when you tried some other method to do the job.
  243. There are many jobs that require creative or innovative thinking. Give an example of when you had such a job and how you handled it.
  244. There are times when people need extra help. Give an example of when you were able to provide that support to a person with whom you worked.
  245. There is more than one way to solve a problem. Give an example from your recent work experience that would illustrate this.
  246. Think about the times you have been a team leader. What could you have done to be more effective?
  247. Trust requires personal accountability. Can you tell about a time when you chose to trust someone?
  248. We work with a great deal of confidential information. Describe how you would have handled sensitive information in a past work experience. What strategies would you utilize to maintain confidentiality when pressured by others?
  249. What administrative paperwork do you have? Is it useful? Why/why not?
  250. What approach do you take in communicating with people?
  251. What are some of the major decisions you have made over the past (6, 12, 18) months? What kinds of decisions are most difficult for you? Describe one?
  252. What are some of the problems you have faced; such as between business development and project leaders, between one department and another, between you and your peers? How did you recognize that they were there?
  253. What are the most challenging documents you have done? What kinds of proposals have your written?
  254. What challenges have occurred while you were coordinating work with other units, departments, and/or divisions?
  255. What company plans have you developed? Which ones have you reached? How did you reach them? Which have you missed? Why did you miss them?
  256. What do you consider to be your professional strengths?
  257. What do you do to show people that you are listing to them?
  258. What do you do when a subordinate comes to you with a challenge?
  259. What do you do when priorities change quickly?
  260. What do you do when you are faced with an obstacle to an important project?
  261. What do you do when your schedule is suddenly interrupted?
  262. What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
  263. What goal have you set for yourself that you have successfully achieved?
  264. What goals did you miss? Why did you miss them?
  265. What goals have you met? What did you do to meet them?
  266. What has been your major work related disappointment?
  267. What have been some of your most creative ideas?
  268. What have you done in order to be effective with your organization and planning?
  269. What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
  270. What have you done to develop the skills of your staff?
  271. What have you done to develop your subordinates?
  272. What have you done to further your knowledge/understanding about diversity?
  273. What have you done to further your own professional development in the past five years?
  274. What have you done to gain customer confidence?
  275. What have you done to help your subordinates to be more productive?
  276. What have you done to improve relations with your customers?
  277. What have you done to improve the skills of your subordinates?
  278. What have you done to improve your verbal communication skills?
  279. What have you done to make sure that your subordinates can be productive?
  280. What have you done to support diversity in your unit?
  281. What innovative procedures have you developed?
  282. What is the difficult part of being a member, not leader, of a team?
  283. What is the most competitive situation you have experienced?
  284. What is the most competitive work situation you have experienced?
  285. What is the riskiest decision you have made?
  286. What is the toughest group that you have had to get cooperation from?
  287. What is the toughest group that you have had to get cooperation from?
  288. What kind of decisions do you make rapidly? What kind takes more time?
  289. What kind of events cause you stress on the job?
  290. What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job?
  291. What kinds of communication situations cause you difficulty?
  292. What kinds of oral presentations have you made?
  293. What kinds of problems have you had coordinating technical projects?
  294. What kinds of problems have you had?
  295. What kinds of things really get your excited?
  296. What kinds of writing have you done? How do you prepare written communications?
  297. What measures have you taken to make someone feel comfortable in an environment that was obviously uncomfortable with his or her presence?
  298. What new or unusual ideas have you developed on your job?
  299. What performance standards do you have for your unit?
  300. What projects have you started on your own recently? What prompted you to get started?
  301. What role have you typically played as a member of a team? How did you interact with other members of the team?
  302. What sorts of projects did you generate that required you to go beyond your job description?
  303. What sorts of things did you do at school that were beyond expectations?
  304. What sorts of things have you done to become better qualified for your career?
  305. What was the best idea that you came up with in your career? How did you apply it?
  306. What was the biggest mistake you have had when delegating work? The biggest success?
  307. What was the most stressful situation you have faced? How did you deal with it?
  308. What was the most useful criticism you ever received?
  309. What was your biggest mistake in hiring someone?
  310. What was your biggest success in hiring someone?
  311. What was your major disappointment?
  312. What was your most difficult decision in the last 6 months?
  313. What were your annual goals at your most current employer?
  314. What were your long-range plans at your most recent employer?
  315. What were your study patterns at school?
  316. What would your co-workers (or staff) stay is the most frustrating thing about your communications with them?
  317. What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients in guiding and maintaining successful business relationships? Give examples of how you made these work for you.
  318. When all have been over-loaded, how do your people meet job assignments?
  319. When do you give positive feedback to people? Tell me about the last time you did.
  320. When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
  321. When have you had to produce results without sufficient guidelines?
  322. When is listening important on your job? When is listening difficult?
  323. When is the last time you had a disagreement with a peer? How did you resolve the situation?
  324. When is the last time you had to introduce a new idea or procedure to people on this job?
  325. When was the last time something came up in a meeting that was not covered in the plan?
  326. When was the last time that you thought “outside of the box” and how did you do it?
  327. When was the last time you made a key decision on the spur of the moment?
  328. When you disagree with your manager, what do you do?
  329. When you have a lot of work to do, how do you get it all done?
  330. When you have difficulty persuading someone to your point of view, what do you do?
  331. When you have to make a highly technical decision, how do you go about doing it?

 

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