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Questions: Behavioral Interviewing

Many employers are moving away from a resume-driven style of interviewing to a behavioral format. Behavioral interviews are probing in nature and are based on the concept of “predictable future behavior.” In other words, what you have done in the past strongly suggests what you will do in the future.

Navigating these interviews successfully requires that you know yourself inside and out. This will require a lot of introspection and soul-searching on your part.
You must be able to:

  • Know why you have made the decisions you have made that have brought you to this point in your life
  • Explain and defend your decisions
  • Provide concrete, specific examples of where you have demonstrated the proficiencies employers are seeking

Top 10 Behavioral Interview Question Examples

  1. How have you demonstrated initiative?
  2. How have you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not want to do?
  3. Think about a difficult boss, professor or other person. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
  4. Tell me about the riskiest decision that you have made.
  5. Tell me about a time when you worked with a person who did things very differently from you. How did you get the job done?
  6. Describe your three greatest accomplishments to date.
  7. Tell me about a situation when you had to learn something new in a short time. How did you proceed?
  8. Can you tell me about a complex problem that you solved? Describe the process you utilized.
  9. Summarize a situation where you successfully persuaded others to do something or to see your point of view.
  10. Describe a situation in which you effectively developed a solution to a problem by combining different perspectives or approaches.


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