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It is entirely likely that when you are next interviewed you will be asked behavioural questions. This type of questioning is based on the premise that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour – and that's why they are so often asked by employers when assessing candidates during a job interview.

Unfortunately such questions also favour people who have an appropriate answer at their finger tips and therefore they don't end up sitting there looking like a stunned mullet trying to think of a relevant example from scratch. Most often this is because they've been asked a variation of the same question at a previous interview. 

As so often when one applies the principles of Career Karma the better prepared you are, the better your odds of success in the highly competitive game of securing that great career opportunity. So give yourself a competitive advantage in your next interview and be prepared with sharp and pertinent examples to some of the most common behavioural questions that you may be posed: 

  • Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
  • Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation and how you overcame it.
  • How do you handle a challenge? Give an example.
  • Describe a situation where you knew your boss was wrong. How did you handle it?
  • Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
  • Describe a decision you made that wasn't popular and how you handled implementing it.
  • Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.
  • Give an example of how you worked on a team.
  • What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?
  • Share an example of how you were able to motivate employees or co-workers.
  • Provide an example of a problem you had with a co-worker or boss and how you resolved it.
  • Have you handled a difficult situation? How?
  • What are you most proud of in your working career?
  • Discuss a setback you have overcome in the last year.
  • Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet to make a split-second decision.

As with everything covered in my book, Career Karma, sometimes the smallest things can prevent you from securing the best possible role. Make sure that behavioural based interview questions aren’t one of those things.



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