What are behavioral interview questions, you ask? Don’t worry…the interviewer doesn’t want to know how well you can follow directions or raise your hand. Behavioral questions are about how you handled situations in the past, so employers can predict how you’ll act in similar situations in the future. Common behavioral questions include:
- Give an example of how you handled a challenge
- Describe a time you used your leadership abilities to overcome a challenge
- Explain a time when you went above the call of duty to complete a task
The theory is that people are predictable animals, and we’re prone to repeat the same behaviors over and over. So, if you can show that you handled a challenge with finesse, capably led yourself or a group through hard times, or eagerly went an extra mile, employers will be impressed. And they just might decide to offer you that position, too!