Behavioral based interviewing is basically interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acts in specific employment-related situations. The simple logic which works here is how you acted in the past will predict how you will perform in the future i.e. past performance predicts future performance. Behavioral interview questions and answers sessions may prove to be very crafty to the candidate and can result in failure with a slight lack of awareness. If you are worried about
These are some of the most popular questions asked in behavioral interviews.
Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.
This question will determine how overwhelming pressure can be for an interviewee. It has to be made sure that the answer to this question should end with how the pressure was overcome. Description about the burden of pressure will not help at all. So, the candidate should stick to the point.
How do you handle a challenge? Give an example.
This will test the candidate’s ability to stay calm in difficult situations. A challenge that ends in a successful note is a good answer for this question. The quality of challenge doesn’t matter, but how it is completed matters.
Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
Mistake here, refers to the fact how good the candidate is in handling criticism and how often he/she gets frustrated. Every mistake is a learning experience and without it, growth is impossible. This would be an ideal answer for them.
Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
This question will tell them how committed the interviewee is in his/her aims and ambitions. He/she should say that completing a goal is his/her first priority. Giving them an example explaining an undying commitment will do wonders for his/her chances.
Describe a decision you made that wasn’t popular and how you handled implementing it.
This will decide the candidate’s skills as a team-player. No interviewer would want to hire a selfish candidate. The candidate must say that he/she always consults with others before taking a decision .If not popular, then how the candidate convinced others and implemented it. Here, the convincing skills will do a world of good.
Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.
The number of goals and the quality of them matter a lot. Innovative ways of achieving the goals will give the candidate brownie points. Setting large goals like, putting an end to global warming, terrorisms, etc will display his/her overambitious nature and it will completely put them off.
Give an example of how you worked in a team.
Another instance where teamwork will score! Just reminding them of a project that was undertaken with a group of colleagues and how each and every person contributed will be an ideal reply to this question.
What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?
Here, the temperament of the interviewee would be under the microscope and any past temper tantrums might just give them an element of doubt in the candidate’s nature. In this predicament, consulting the other employees and taking a majority is an answer they will be looking for. Also, informing the interviewers that any disagreement with a fellow employee won’t affect the work will be a bonus point.
Share an example of how you were able to motivate employees or co-workers.
This one is simple. The candidate should just reply that he/she always motivated the workers for every small achievement. This gave a boost to their morale and they performed better in their subsequent work. Such thinking will encourage the interviewers to consider him/her for the post.
Have you handled a difficult situation? How?
This question is to test the candidate’s mantle. Giving them an example wherein the candidate has demonstrated calmness and had tackled it after properly consulting the seniors will do a world of good to his/her chances.
How did you handle meeting a tight deadline?
Punctuality will come in handy in these situations. The candidate should inform about his/her commitment towards a deadline.
When you worked on multiple projects, how did you prioritize?
This answer will show how the interviewee sets his priorities. The candidate should reply that he/she always considers the deadline or the importance of the project and then assigns a priority to them.
Did you ever not meet your goals? Why?
Here, the candidate must answer only if he/she has failed to achieve a goal due to health problems otherwise saying a ‘no’ would be fine.
Do you listen? Give an example of when you did or when you didn’t listen.
The interviewers are looking for listening skills here as well as the candidate’s concentration. He/she should say that their listening skills don’t get affected in any situation.
What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it.
The candidate should reply to this question by saying that he/she always informs his subordinates about the interruption. And he/she should give an example pertaining to a small project; otherwise they may think that he/she doesn’t plan properly.
It’s important to keep in mind that there are no straightforward right or wrong answers. The interviewer is simply trying to understand behavior in a given situation. How the candidate responds will determine if there is a fit between his/her skills and the position the company is seeking to fill. So, listening carefully, being clear and detailed when he/she responds and, most importantly, being honest are very essential for getting employed. If the answers aren’t what the interviewer is looking for, that particular position may not be the best job for the candidate anyway.