Behavioral interviews ask questions about your past actions in order to predict your future actions. We’ve created some telephone interview tips to explain questions and help you through this type of interview.

Behavioral interview issues

The big issues for interviewees are:

  • Clearly expressing yourself.
  • Clearly defining situations, actions, and results.
  • Clearly explaining the issues related to behavioural subjects – Why was a particular action necessary or important, for example.

Behavioral interview questions

These questions are very good practice for interviewees to help them in understanding and practising behavioral interview answers.

We have some examples for you:

  1. How do you work under pressure? To answer this question, you need to define “pressure”, and explain how you deal with it.
  2. Have you ever made a mistake at work, and what did you do about it? Your answer this question requires clear explanation, explaining what the mistake was, and how you rectified the situation.
  3. What do you do if you disagree with someone at work? This is a slightly more advanced behavioral interview question, and refers to your working relationships. Your answer needs to be very clear on how you manage the working relationship, as well as answering the specific question.
  4. How do you manage a challenge? This is a very open-ended question, and your choice of subject to use as an example is important. You need to define the challenge of the example, as well as explaining how you dealt with that challenge.
  5. How do you handle deadlines? In many jobs, deadlines are critically important. You will need to spell out and explain your methods of managing deadlines, showing why your methods are effective.
  6. How do you manage competing priorities? This is a standard question in many interviews, and it’s also a very important question. You need to show that you have a good, balanced method of achieving results in the face of competing priorities. You also need to explain what those competing priorities are, and their importance.
  7. How do you set goals? This question is quite common at managerial level, and is becoming much more common in modern workplaces as staff take on additional roles. Setting goals is essentially planning, and you need to explain your method of prioritizing your goals.
  8. How do you achieve goals? This question may also be expressed as “how do you achieve targets” or similar results-oriented questions. To define how you achieve goals, explain your methodology, monitoring, and give examples of achieving your goals.
  9. How do you work in a team? This is an extremely important question, particularly in a job environment where the team members are highly co-dependent. Need to explain how you manage your role and contribute as a team member, while also explaining how you manage team relationships.
  10. How do you manage a difficult situation at work? This question requires you to define the situation, define the difficulties, and provide a solution. Keep your answer very straightforward, so that interviewers can follow the narrative.

We hope that you find our behavioral interview tips informative and useful.