Frequently Asked Job Interview Questions

Behavioral job interview questions

What is a behavioral interview question?
Typical behavioral interview questions ask about situations in the past and how you overcame them or solved the issue. These types of interview questions are very common because the allow the interviewer to assess the candidate’s knowledge, experience and fit for the company. Before an interview, think about typical questions you might be asked (see some examples below) and then try to remember situations in your career that would fit these sorts of questions. When answering behavioral interview questions, it’s important to listen carefully and take your time to answer. Always: describe the situation or context of your response, explain what your role in the situation was, explain how your actions and finish with how the situation ended. Always try to frame these answers in a positive way and focus on your personal contributions.

Some possible behavioral interview questions are:

  1. Tell me about a time that you had to deal with a difficult coworker or boss?

  2. Tell me about a time that you offered exemplary customer service?

  3. Tell me about a time you had to work within tight deadlines?

  4. Tell me about a time you made a mistake to work and how you managed it?

  5. Tell me about a time that you needed to work in a group? (Remote or in office)

  6. Tell me about a time you needed to learn a new skill to finish a project?

  7. Tell me about a time you had to handle an irate customer?

  8. Tell me about a time you’ve had to motivate your coworkers?

  9. Was there ever a time that you did not meet a deadline?

  10. Have you ever had a disagreement with your manager?

  11. Have you ever needed to make an unpopular decision? How did you handle it?

  12. Give me an example of a goal you achieved and explain your process?

Situational JOB Interview questions

What is a situational interview question?
Situational interview questions are similar to behavioral questions, but instead of asking the candidate to recall a situation, these questions offer a hypothetical situation. These questions test the candidates problem-solving skills, thinking speed and organizational fit. Always carefully listen to the situation provided as there might be key details that are needed to remember for a excellent response. When answering, walk the interviewer through your process, explain how you would overcome the situation and close with a positive statement that highlights the benefit to the employer. These questions are normally job-specific and tailored to the department or company that is hiring. I have included some generic examples of situational job interview questions below.

Some possible situational interview questions are:

  1. What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t meet a project deadline?

  2. What would you do if your best client called and was angry because their order was late/incorrect?

  3. What would you do if your partner for a project was unreliable?

  4. What would you do if your coworker received a promotion that you had also applied for?

  5. What would you do if you found an aspect of this position unsatisfying?

  6. What would you do if your team did not support your idea?

  7. What would you do if one of your employees was not meeting targets / expectations?

  8. What would you do if one of your employees came to you with a complaint / personal matter?

  9. How would you handle overhearing office gossip?

  10. How would you handle criticism from your boss or manager?

  11. How would you ensure that confidential or proprietary information stays secure?

  12. How would you respond if you were asked to work overtime in order to meet a deadline?