Behavioral interview is a type of interview that focuses on past behaviors, skills, and accomplishments. It is a way to assess the person’s ability to do the job.
The interviewer asks questions about the person’s past work experience and asks for specific examples of how they handled certain situations. The interviewer also tries to find out if the person has any qualities that are needed for the job.
Q1. how do you handle a challenge?
A.Steps to handling the challenge
- Try to see the problem from all sides.
- Describe the problem like you’re explaining it to a friend.
- Brainstorm possible solutions.
- Make a list of good and bad points for the solutions you think are best.
- Choose one solution to try first
Q2.Describe a long-term project you managed. How did you make sure everything was running smoothly?
A.Situation: When I was at Company X, I was managing the web development team in charge of setting up a new website for one of our biggest clients at the time. With most projects, we had a process set up and we would get most sites done in up to 2 months. This project, however, was a bit different, as the website was supposed to be more detailed, with a lot of unique pages. So, we had to be a lot more careful with our time-management.
Task: We had a strict deadline of 15 weeks, and I had to make sure that we used up our time as efficiently as possible.
Action: Before getting to actual work, I decided that we should plan everything out by the week. After some research and consulting with our team of developers, we decided to split the workload between different stages. We would devote around 1 week to the discovery phase, 5 weeks to design, 3 weeks to initial development and the rest to any modifications and updates.
Results: In the end, we actually finished the website with all the promised functionalities in just under 3 months. The client was very satisfied with the result and eventually ended up recommending partners to our firm.
Q3.How do you approach problems? What’s your process?
A: Focus on the approach you use to solve problems. How do you break them down into steps in order to solve them? What tools and techniques do you use to work through a problem?
Q4.Tell me about a time when you had to be flexible and adaptable?
A: When I moved to working remotely due to COVID, I really had to adapt to working at home. My employees were facing the same challenges, so I had to be flexible in my expectations of others and myself. I found that taking a few minutes at the beginning of each week and prioritizing my top three tasks has helped me to be flexible in what I ask of my employees. We make sure to focus on completing the most important items first.
Q5.Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
The best way to answer this question is to talk about a specific example of a time you made a mistake: Briefly explain what the mistake was, but don’t dwell on it. Quickly switch over to what you learned or how you improved, after making that mistake.
Q6. Give an example of how you set goals?
A. What They Want to Know: With this question, the interviewer wants to know how well you plan and set goals for what you want to accomplish. The easiest way to respond is to share examples of successful goal setting.
Q7. Give me an example of when you used logic to solve a problem
A.Answering Tip: Employ a Situation/ Task→ Action→ Result format.
Q8.Recount a time you and a peer had a conflict and how it got resolved.
Since workplaces have distinct personalities with various communication styles, it can be common for conflict to arise. This question aims to see how you handle conflict with peers and what strategies you use to reach agreeable solutions.
Q9.What’s the best idea you’ve come up with on a team-based project?
Brainstorm at least three different ideas and be prepared to discuss one during your interview. Focus on the ones that had the biggest impact.
Q10.Describe a time when you had to motivate coworkers?
This question is likely to come up in an interview for a leadership position, such as a supervisor, manager, shift leader or project manager. Use this question to demonstrate leadership skills related to motivation and your strategies to promote productivity and success on a team.