Today, more employers are using behavior interview questions to gauge potential employees as to how well they will react when in certain situations.
Given that many potential employees will have similar backgrounds, education and experiences, employers are looking for the intangibles through behavior interview questions.
Here are some of the more typical behavior interview questions that many employers will ask. Knowing the general direction that these questions will cover, you can be better prepared to answer them appropriately.
- Tell me of an occasion when you used your logic to solve problems: Generally speaking, this means a specific incident that you used your talents to contribute to the solution.
- Tell me of an example of a goal you reached and how did you do it: Similar to the previous question in that you need a specific example that you can refer.
- Tell me of a decision you made that was unpopular and how did you handle it: This may be difficult as the perception of what is “unpopular” may be something you were not aware.
- Have you gone above and beyond your job description: Again, this is a specific incident oriented, so you need one that shows that you are willing to do what it takes to get something important done.
- If your schedule gets disrupted, what would you do: Show an example of your schedule getting delayed or interrupted and the steps you took to get it back on track.
- Show an example of motivating your team members when tackling an unpopular project: There are certainly some things you had to convince your teammates to do that they were not up for it.
- Describe a difficult situation you had to deal with in terms of employee relations: This may mean telling your potential employer about something less that light and fun, but it will help show your character.
- Tell me an example of working under pressure: Again, this could be a project that fell behind or needed extra effort to get completed.
- Have you made a risky decision: They will want to know why you made this decision which is actually more important than how it turned out.
- Did you ever delay making a decision: Delaying making a decision often means you don’t want to face the consequences.
- Did you ever deal with company policy you didn’t agree with: Employers are looking for employees who understand and carry out policy based not on their feelings, but on loyalty.
- How did you prioritize multiple projects: How you multitask is an important ability, understanding what is more important is vital to being part of a business.
- How did you meet a tight deadline: Understanding what is needed to make a deadline is vital to getting the job done.
- How do you set your Goals: This shows your prioritizing skills.
- Did you ever not meet a goal, if so why: Failure is a part of business just like success, how you deal with failure is important.
- Have you ever disagreed with your boss: Employers what independent thinkers as these are the ones that come up with new ideas, though you don’t want to be too disagreeable.
- How do you handle difficult situations with clients: These things happen so you want to bring up a good example. Also includes in this line of questions is how do you handle difficult situations with departments and how do you handle difficult situations with supervisors.
- What do you do when faced with an unexpected situation, provide an example: Employers want employees to think outside the box.