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57 Behavioral questions for Interviews [MUST]

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Following is the list of 57 Behavioral questions for Interviews that you must prepare answers for before facing any Interview.

  • Tell me about a time when you overcommited yourself or your company
  • Tell me about a time when you had to balance the needs of the customer vs. the needs of the business?
  • In your opinion what is the most effective way to evaluate the quality of ypur product or service to your internal/external customer? Give an example of a time when you used these measures to make a decision
  • What changes have you implemented in your current department to meet the needs of your customers? What has been the result?
  • Tell me about a time you were driving toward a goal and were more than half way to the objective when you realized it may not be best or right goal or may have uninteded consequence what did you do (testing for right result vs. blanket driving forward)
  • Tell me about a goal that you set that took a long time to achieve or that you are still working towards. How do you keep focused on the goal given other priorities?
  • Tell me about a time where you not only met a goal but considerably exceed expectations. How were you able to di it? What challenges did you have to overcome?
  • Give me an example of a time when you were able to deliver an important project under a tight deadline. What sacrifices did you have to make ot meet the deadline?
  • Tell me about a time you had signficant, unanticipated obstacles to overcome in achieving a key goal. Were you eventually successful?
  • Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty in accomplishing an important goal.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to accomplish an important goal without much direction or input from your boss.
  • How do you ensure you are focusing on the righ tdeliverables when you have several competing priorities? Tell me about a time when you did not effectively manage your projects and something fell through the cracks
  • Wwhats your secret to success in setting stretch goals for your team that are cahllenging, yet achievable? Tell me about a tme you didn’t hit the right balance? How did you adjust?
  • Give an example of a mission or goal you didn’t think was achievalbe. What was it and how did you help your team try to achieve it. Were you successful in the end?
  • Tell me about a time you were trying to understand a problem on your team and you had to go down several layers to figure it out. Who did you and what information proved msot valuable? How did you use to info to solve problem?
  • Tell me aobut a problem you had to solve that required in-depth thought and analysis? How did you know you were focusing on the right things?
  • Tell me aobut a time when you linked two or more problems together and identified an underlying issue? Were you able to find a solution?
  • Walk me through a big problem or issue in your organization that you helped to solve. How did you become aware of it? What wa smissing and how did you fill the gap?
  • Can you tell me about a specific metric you have used to identify a need for a change in your department? Did you create the metric or was it already available? How did this and other information ifnluence change?
  • Give me a sitaution in which it took you asking why five times to get to a root cause?
  • As a manger, how do you stay connected to the details while focusing on the strategic, bigger picture issues? Tell me about a time when you were too far removed from a project one of your employees was working on and you ended up missing a goal.
  • When your direct reports are presenting a plan or issue to you, how do you know if the underlying assumptions are the corect ones? What actions do you take to validate assumptions or data?
  • Describe a time when you significanlty contributed to improving morale and productivitiy on your team
  • Give an example of a time where you were not able to meet a commitment to a team member
  • Tell me about how you have effectiviely built trusting working relationships with others
  • Describe a time when you need the cooperation of a peer or peers who were resistant to what oyu were trying to do
  • Tell me about a piece of direct feedback you recently gave a colleague. How did they respond?
  • Tell me about a time you had to communicate a big change in direction for which you acnticpate people woul dhave a lto fo cocncern
  • Telle me about atime your teams goals were out of alignment with another team on which you relied to attain a key resource
  • Tell me about a time when it was necessary for you to take a calculated risk.
  • Tell me about a tim eyour team's goals were out of alignment with another team on which you relied to attain a key resource. How did you work with the other team? Were you able to achieve your goals?
  • Give me an example of how you have helped save costs or eliminate waste within your operation
  • Tell me about a time when you had to make tradeoffs between quality and cost. How did you weight the options?
  • Tell me about a time you had to get soemthing done with half or twi thrids of the resources you thought you need
  • Tell me about a time you didn’t have enough resources to do something
  • Give an example of a time when you challenged your team to come up with more efficient solution or process. What drove the request? How did you help?
  • How do you determine when to award or ask for additional resources? What criteria do you use for making the call?
  • Tell me how you have created organization (or customer) value through either increased revenue stream or lowering the cost structure.
  • Tell me about a time that you strongly disagreed with your manager on something you deemed to be very important
  • Give me an example of when you took an unpopular stance in a meetingor wre an outlier
  • When do you give in to group even if you disagree?
  • Describe a time wher you felt really strongly about something but ultimately lsot the argument
  • Give an example when you submitted a good idea to your amanger and he/she did not take action
  • Tell me about a time the business gained something because you persisted for a length of time
  • Provide an example of a time whne have had to make a difficult deciison under pressure and then justify it
  • What is your signature accomplishment or key achievement?
  • Give an example of when you had had to support a business initiative with which you didn’t necessarily agree. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time whe nyou pushed back against a decision that negatively impacted your team. What was the issue and how did it turn out?
  • Tell me how you help your team members develop their careers. Can you give me two to three examples of specific people in whom you invested and how you helped them develop their careers including oen who wasn’t being successful but you saw potentil and chose to invest?
  • Give me one example of a time when you provided feedback to develop and leverage the strengths of someone on your team. Were you able to postiively impact that person's perfromance?
  • Give me an example of a goal you’ve had wher eyou wish you had done better. What was the goal and how could you have improved on it?
  • Tell me about the most innovative thing you've done and why you thought it was innovative (they may probe that it was "evolutionary" vs. "revolutionary")
  • People often say the simplest solution is the best. Tell em about a particular complext problem solved with a simple solution
  • Tell me about a time you were able to make something significantly simpler for customers. What drove you to implement this change?
  • Desscribe a challenging problem or situation in which the usual appraoch was not going to work. Why were you unable to take the usual appraoch? What alternative approach did you take?
  • Give an example of a creative idea you had that proved really difficult to implement. What was the idea dn what made it difficult to implement?
  • Tell me about an out of the box idea you had or decision you made that had a big impact.

On preparing your answers for these questions you will be fully prepared.

Benjamin QoChuk, PhD

Benjamin QoChuk, PhD

Benjamin QoChuk is a Computer Science Researcher, Inventor and Author. His educational background include Bachelors at Vanderbilt University and PhD in Computer Science at Peking University.

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