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20 Behavioral Based Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

September 28th, 2010

What is behavioral based interviewing and what kinds of questions does it entail?

First of all, behavioral based interviewing is simply a method of interviewing that is designed to measure how a candidate will perform on the job. The theory behind it is that past behavior is a good indicator of future performance.

As an experienced Coeur d’Alene staffing agency, we’ve developed a list of behavioral based interview questions to help get you started:


1. Give an example of a time when you were able to step into a difficult situation, take charge, and achieve positive results.
2. When delegating work, have you ever made a mistake? Tell me about it.
3. Give an example of your ability to motivate staff.

Problem Solving

4. Tell me about a time when you had to quickly analyze facts, develop a plan or respond immediately, and you were able to produce good results.
5. Describe a situation where you missed an obvious solution to a problem.
6. Describe a situation where you anticipated a potential problem and created successful preventative measures.


7. Give an example of a time when you sold your idea to someone else.
8. Tell me about a time when you successfully presented a proposal in front of a group.

Team Work

9. Give an example of a difficult situation with a co-worker and how you handled it.
10. Tell me about a situation where you were able to develop productive relationships with others, even though you had different view points.

Work Quality

11. Give an example of a project or program you were a part of that resulted in improvements at work.
12. Tell me about a time when you set your expectations too high.
13. Give an example of a project that you completed that was well received.

Decision Making

14. Have you ever had to make an unpopular decision? Tell me about it.
15. Give an example of a time you had to make an important decision without a lot of information to go on.
16. Tell me about a time when you made a decision you regretted.

Working Under Pressure

17. Tell me about a time when you worked well under pressure.
18. Give an example of a deadline you were unable to meet due to time constraints. What would you have done differently?


19. Describe a situation in which you were able to use your creativity to solve a problem.
20. Give an example of a time when you were able to bring out the creativity in others.

If you’d like additional information on behavioral based interviewing techniques, or you need help with the hiring process, please contact Provisional. With over 16 years of experience as a Coeur d’Alene staffing agency, we know how to recruit and evaluate talent, so you hire people with right skills and personalities.

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