Common Behavioral Based Questions Asked During Job Interviews
You can usually expect at least one behavioral-based question during a job interview. Here are the most common behavioral-based questions to prepare for.
On average, 118 people apply for any given job position. Out of those applicants, about 20% will receive an interview opportunity.
This makes asking the right questions important for employers and correctly answering these questions for hopeful candidates.
Behavioral-based questions gauge the interviewees’ personality and problem-solving ability. Read on to learn more about common questions asked during job interviews.
Describe Your Biggest Accomplishments
Behavioral-based questions that focus on accomplishments dig deeper than the resume can. The interviewer looks at the person’s accomplishment, why, and the emotion driving their answer.
The best answer to this question does not necessarily come from the biggest accomplishment. Job seekers who show excitement and passion for little feats may put more into their work than somebody who brags about a trophy.
An excellent “why” to back up the question brings depth to this person’s character. It shows passion for something greater than themselves.
Describe Your Most Significant Mistake
Job interview questions that look to weaknesses weed out candidates who cannot see their own mistakes. For a person to improve, they must acknowledge their own imperfections.
Everybody makes mistakes, but not all people can take ownership. An excellent answer will admit a real fault and not something trivial to make themselves look perfect.
The answer should not defer blame in any way. Rather, it should focus on what they did wrong, accept responsibility, and include a thought on how they may have done it better.
Tell Me About A Problem You Solved
Work very rarely comes without stress. Hiccups always happen when coordinating several minds, ideas, and projects with deadlines. Of course, everybody will get frustrated from time to time, but how will they solve the problem behind them?
People who answer that they do not get frustrated lack honesty and insight. A great answer will briefly describe a tense situation that can correlate to the job at hand and provide details about how they continued to handle their task.
It should include cues to leadership, such as taking time to evaluate the situation, weighing options, and diffusing any conflict. Bonus points go to somebody who asked for help at their own expense to help the team and/or get work done efficiently.
Explain How You Handled a Massive Transition
When a business goes well, things change. Rapid changes stir up stress for some and ignite leadership in others. This question shows if a candidate can handle changing situations.
One of the most important job interview skills is adaptability. The best answer to this question shows the ability to adapt quickly and make the best out of a transition.
A good candidate will mention strengths they relied upon to transition well. They will also mention options and possibilities that highlight their thinking process. Their tone should take on positive notes.
Master Behavioral-Based Questions
Whether you hope to hire employees or land a position, you must master behavioral-based questions. Leaders possess the ability to assess the past and take away lessons for the future.
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