Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers
The Behavioral Interview is rapidly becoming the most popular way to
interview in the Unites States. In this method of interviewing the
interviewer asks few or no “standard interview questions.” In this style
of interviewing the interviewer will ask you to reflect upon you
previous work and school experiences, and take him/her through a
detailed account as to how a particular situation was handled.
The key to the successful behavioral interview lies in your ability
to recount detailed work situations that are directly related to the
work at hand. In preparation for a behavioral interview you should
conduct a STAR analysis:
S = Name a SITUATION facing you or
T= a TASK you had to complete
A= describe what ACTION you took
R= tell the RESULTS of your actions
You should conduct a STAR Analysis for each of the skills required to
perform the position that you are applying for.
Samples of a Behavioral Interview Questions with Answers and
Q. Consider the following situation and describe in detail how you
would respond. Your alarm clock doesn’t go off, you wake up, and you are
going to be two hours late for work. How would you handle that
A. Once I woke up I would immediately call work, apologize, and let
them know what happened and inform them that I was going to be late. I
would then call a co-worker and ask them to cover for me until I
arrived. Once I arrived I would apologize again and ask if I can stay
late or come in early to make up the lost time. Finally, I would buy a
new alarm clock to ensure that this did not happen again.
E. In this scenario the applicant would have wowed over the
interviewer. The applicant was considering a negative situation. However
the applicant turned a negative into a positive. They described a
pro-active plan to ensure that losses in productivity did not occur,
offered to make up lost time, and made efforts to ensure that the alarm
clock would work the next day.
Q. Tell me about a time you had to meet a deadline. Describe the
deadline. Describe the steps you took in order to achieve the deadline.
Were you successful? Why or why not?
A. A professor assigned a 15 page paper one week before the end of
the semester. Being faced with the challenge of meeting this deadline I
decided that it would be best to first develop a topic to the paper,
then I outlined the paper using my notes and the assigned textbook. I
then proceeded to do all of my research for the paper. I then typed the
paper, proofread it, and submitted it one day before it was due.
E. This is a good answer to this question. The candidate answered the
question in detail and utilized an example where the candidate showed
he/she was able to meet deadlines.