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Behavioral Style Interview Questions

  • Give me an example of a time when you have had to deal with a difficult student/professor/customer/neighbor. What happened? What did you do? 
     
  • When you have a multitude of things to do, how do you set your schedule? 
     
  • Tell me about something that you have done that was creative. 
     
  • Tell me about a time when you had to make a quick decision that you were proud of. 
     
  • Give me an example of an important goal you set and explain how you achieved it. 
     
  • Describe a time when you had to roll with the punches. 
     
  • Tell me about a job/task that was boring. How did you deal with it? 
     
  • Give me an example of a time when you found a clever way of motivating a friend/student/employee. 
     
  • Tell me about a major obstacle that you encountered in your last job/class and how you handled it. 
     
  • Give me an example of a mis-communication with a professor/student/friend. How did you solve it? 
     
  • Tell me about a time when a change of policy or a changed decision made your work difficult. What did you do? 
     
  • Tell me about a time when you had to communicate unpleasant information to a friend/employee/professor. What happened? 
     
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to make a decision without consulting your boss. What did you do? 
     
  • Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision when you had too little information to easily arrive at a decision. What happened? 
     
  • What type of things make you angry? How have you dealt with them? 
     
  • You have explained that you are decisive and able to cope with most situations. Now tell me about a time when you had a problem you couldn't solve. 
     
  • Tell me about a time when you had to change procedures to solve a problem. What did you do? 
     
  • Tell me about a time when you made a decision when no policy existed to cover the situation. Explain.

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