Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral interview questions are used to determine your skill level and personal competencies. The reasoning behind behavioral interview questions is to determine how your past experience relates to your future performance. Below are examples of behavioral based questions:

  • Give me an example of a time when you had to meet a deadline. How do you manage a fast approaching deadline?
  • What was the most difficult task you performed on your internship last summer?
  • Give me an example of how you manage your time. What factors do you consider? How do you track your progress?
  • Give me an example of a project you planned and managed.
  • Give me an example of an important goal you set for yourself and how you accomplished it.
  • Tell me about a time when your opinion was challenged. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a situation at work in which you experienced conflict and how you resolved it.
  • Describe a situation in which you led a group of people.
  • By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations, or environments.
  • Tell me about the toughest group you have had to work with. What made the group tough? How did you handle the situation?
  • Give me an example of effective teamwork.
  • Give me an example of a time when you took initiative.

The most effective way to answer behavioral questions is to use the STAR method. When using the STAR approach you should structure your answers and use specific examples to highlight the Situation or Task you encountered, the Action you took and the Results you achieved.

*Adapted from Wake Forest University, Office of Personal and Career Development, “Behavioral Interview Questions”