In order to see if you have what it takes to succeed on the job, most organizations ask behavioral interview questions that require you to provide real-life examples and stories. These questions allow you, the interviewee, to showcase your skills, abilities, and competencies, while giving the interviewer insight into how you’ve performed in the past – and how you might perform in the future.
How to prepare for a behavioral interview
Before you walk into an interview, it’s wise to consider what competencies the employer may be looking for in a candidate. Review the job description and talk with your recruiter to get a better idea. Then think of specific examples that demonstrate these competencies and practice sharing stories following this 3-step process:
- Situation: Briefly describe the situation.
- Behavior: Detail the actions YOU specifically took in order to accomplish the task or handle the situation.
- Outcome: Share the end result or outcome and explain the impact YOU had on that result.
Practice, practice, practice your stories using the format above to ensure that you’re well-prepared and confident. Your answers should be detailed, yet succinct.
Common interview questions
To help you get a better idea of what questions may be asked, below are a few FAQs:
- Share a rewarding team experience.
- Tell me about a time you struggled to build a relationship with a co-worker. How did you overcome it?
- Tell me about a time when you took the lead on a challenging project.
- Who have you mentored? What was your approach and why?
- Tell me about a time that you failed. How did you deal with it?
- Describe a time when your company was facing change. How did it impact you?
- Tell me about an improvement you made in your last job.
- Describe a time where you found a creative way to overcome an obstacle.
- Time Management
- Describe a long-term project that you managed and how you stayed on task.
- Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself. What steps did you take to meet it?
- Tell me about a conflict you faced and how you worked to resolve it.
- Share an example of a time when you had to explain complex information with a client and how you handled it.
If you would like to practice answering behavioral interview questions with one of our seasoned recruiters, send us your resume and connect with us! We’d be happy to help you prepare for your interview and provide feedback to polish and refine your stories.