Behavioral questions stem from the premise that past performance may predict future performance. In these types of interviews, employers will ask you to describe real situations you have encountered in the past to gain an understanding of how you will respond to future situations.
Know What to Expect
Behavioral interview questions are typically open-ended. As such, your responses should be delivered as a story with an introduction, middle and positive ending. The recruiter will often say "Tell me about a time when you had to…"
- Solve a complex problem. Past problem-solving prowess predicts for future success.
- Deal with a difficult person. People skills matter in the workplace.
- Complete a challenging project. Employers desire perseverance and skill combined.
- Achieve an important goal. Prior accomplishments may connect with organizational aims.