Our clients often tell us they need quick access to behavioral interviewing questions for potential candidates to make sure values are aligned. See if any of these help you.
- Give me an example of a time you had mixed feelings about something and how you sorted through it.
- Give me an example of a time your feelings had an impact on your experience or others’ experience.
- Is there a specific emotional signal you have that helps identify what you are feeling?
- What are the top three feelings you most frequently have?
- Tell me about a time you had a negative feeling at work. Why did you have it and what did you do about it?
- Give me an example of feedback you received at a past job and how you used that feedback.
- What goals for improvement have you made the most progress in? Least progress?
- What was the hardest feedback you ever heard from a co-worker or boss? What did you do about it?
- Give me an example of a time that you had to be very decisive. What did you do or say?
- What do you do to ready yourself for a big project, meeting, or presentation?
- What do you do to maintain your confidence?
- Give me an example of a time when you were very frustrated with a customer or co-worker. What did you do or say?
- What methods do you use to control yourself or keep yourself in check? How effective are you at managing your emotion, on a 1-10 scale?
- What triggers you or pushes your buttons the most with customers?
- Tell me about a time when you were a new leader. What things did you communicate to your team, the customer, or the organization?
- How would you describe your communication style?
- What do you find is the best way to engage your audience?
- What has been the hardest thing for you to communicate as a professional? How well do you do it? What would you do differently?
- How would you communicate differently between an internal and external customer?
- Give me an example of a time you had to totally change or adapt a new strategy in working with someone. What did you do or say?
- What do you find to be the hardest part in dealing with change?
- Give me an example of a time you changed your strategy or ideas based on what someone else told you.
- On a 1-10 scale, how adaptable are you? What else could you do to improve?
- What has been the most challenging goal that you set for yourself and achieved?
- What has been your most challenging goal that you set for yourself and didn’t achieve?
- What is an example of a calculated risk you have taken recently?
- Explain how you decide if you will take a calculated risk.
- In this position, what obstacles do you anticipate you will have to deal with?
- How long do you think it will take before you make a significant contribution to the team and company?
- Give me an example of extra efforts you have taken to get a sale. What did you do or say?
- What is the biggest initiative you have taken and championed at work?
- How did it work out? On a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest, how would you rate the result? What would you have done differently?
- How do you read others’ non-verbals?
- Give me an example of how you demonstrate that you are open to new ways of looking at things.
- Tell me of a time when a customer, co-worker, or employee was very upset with you. What did you do or say?
- Give me an example of how you might use the politics of the organization to help get something done.
- What would you do to find out about how this company really works?
- How long do you think it would take you to understand the underlying structures of this organization?
- How do you know that your customers are satisfied with the service you are providing?
- Give me an example of satisfying a customer need that was beyond his or her expectation.
- How do you find out what the customer really needs? Is there an example of providing for a need that the customer didn’t initially think of?
- How well do your customers trust you, 1-10? What makes you say that?
- Give me an example of how you go about developing your people.
- What is the best example of your successfully mentoring someone?
- Give me an example of the most challenging person you were developing.
- What was the most challenging part for you?
- When do you find is the best time to give someone feedback?
- Describe a situation where you were the leader of an initiative.
- What strategies did you use to position yourself as the leader?
- What methods did you use to communicate your vision?
- How did you stimulate enthusiasm and make the vision compelling?
- Describe a situation where your leadership was lacking. What would you do differently?
- Tell me a time that you personally led a change effort. How did it go?
- What strategies did you use to get people onboard?
- How did you execute the change effort?
- What was the most successful change initiative you have been involved in and what made it so successful?
- How would you rate yourself as a change agent, on a 1-10 scale, where 10 is high? Why?
- Give me an example of your best and worst persuasion experiences.
- What do you find is the best way to persuade someone?
- How do you deal with objections to what you are trying to sell?
- Give me an example of your strategy for selling a new idea to a client or your team.
- Describe a situation at work that was conflictual for you. What did you do to de-escalate the conflict?
- Give me an example of a solution you created that was a win-win for the people involved?
- Tell me what steps you take to resolve conflicts.
- Give an example of how you dealt with someone who strongly opposed some ideas you had.
- What would be your initial strategies to build relationships?
- What kind of questions would you like to ask people/
- What is the main thing you want to convey about yourself to people on your team or to a new customer?
- Give me some examples of what you do or say to build strong relationships with customers and co-workers.
- Tell me an example of an opportunity you received from networking.
- Who is the best person you know at building and cultivating relationships? What does he/she do or say?
- Tell me about a time that was challenging for you to follow your own values, when there was pressure to do otherwise.
- Tell me a time when you made a mistake and how you deal situations when you don’t know or need advice.
- How would you develop your credibility in this organization?
- In many organizations, it is difficult to ask for help. How do you deal with that?
- Give me an example of a project where follow-through was very important. What systems did you employ to carry it out?
- Tell me a time that you had to personally take responsibility for getting something major done. What did you do? How did it turn out?
- Tell me a time when something dropped through the cracks in a project. How did you correct it? What would you have done differently?
- What is your method for time management? What is the most challenging thing for you with time management?