20 Questions Every Hiring Manager Should Ask During Behavioral Interviews

20 Questions Every Hiring Manager Should Ask During Behavioral Interviews

When you’re interviewing candidates, it’s important to ask a mixture of behavioral, situational, and qualification-based questions. Some hiring managers like to divy up the questions between interviews, others prefer to keep candidates on their toes by asking  a little bit of everything in one meeting.

However you like to run your interviews, don’t underestimate the importance of the behavioral questions. They’re your best method of determining a candidate’s real soft skills- like collaboration, adaptability, and coachability.

Here are 20 Behavioral questions you should ask in your next interview:

  1. Tell me about a time that you faced adversity on the job e.g. your project was falling apart, you missed a deadline, your work was undervalued. How did you respond?

  2. Have you ever been asked to perform a task that went against your values? What happened?

  3. Tell me about a time in the last few weeks when you felt energized at work? What motivated you?

  4. Tell me about a time in the last few weeks when you felt unmotivated at work? What happened and how could you have overcome it?

  5. How do you manage times when you feel like you don’t have enough time or resources to get a task done?

  6. Describe a time when you made a decision that impacted the future of a project. What was the effect? Did you feel comfortable making the decision?

  7. Describe a time when you felt like you needed more guidance on a work-related task? Did you feel comfortable soliciting advice from peers and leadership?

  8. Tell me about a time that you decided to go the extra mile. Why did you do it?

  9. Tell me about a recent conflict at work. How did you resolve it?

  10. Describe a time where you had to advocate for something you believe in. What steps did you take? What was the outcome?

  11. Have you ever made a mistake on the job that costed the company time or money? How did you handle the aftermath?

  12. Tell me about a time that a manager expected you to know something you didn’t. How did you respond?

  13. Tell me about a time that you learned a new skill on the job.

  14. Tell me about a time that you decided to buy-in to a totally new way of doing things. What was it and how was it a departure from your normal ways?

  15. Tell me about a time that you were assigned a task outside of your job description. How did you handle the situation? What did you learn?

  16. Describe a time when you had to adjust your way of doing things to accommodate a coworker. Was it worth it?

  17. Describe a time you had to adjust your way of doing things to accommodate a client. What was the outcome?

  18. Tell me about a time you made a bad first impression.

  19. Describe a time when you were passed over for an opportunity that you deserved. How did you react?

  20. Tell me about the last time that you were truly happy to be at work.

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