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30 Behavioral Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Tell me about a time when you worked on a team based project where a member was not doing their share of the work.
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Question 1 of 30
Tell me about a time when you worked on a team based project where a member was not doing their share of the work.
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"Currently I do have a team member who does the bare minimum whenever possible. I will not allow that to take away from my success on the job so I have decided to use it as an opportunity to personally shine. I will take the additional work load on myself, and deliver to our clients on time. Over the last 4 months, I have received multiple kudos from my clients because of my dedication. It is not my responsibility to change her work ethic; however, I can choose my own actions. My choice is to work hard and be a dedicated employee no matter what others are choosing to do."
"I worked with a team member who was not pulling their weight before. I asked them in private if everything was okay. They were going through some challenges at home and in the workplace. I offered support to pull my weight and help with theirs when I could. It benefited the rest of the team and that was what I felt was most important."
"I worked with team member who never came to meetings. It turned out that he did not want to be on the team, but was forced by his supervisor. We talked about it for a while, and he ended up helping us more than he was. We did have to take some of his assigned responsibilities and shift them to other team members. It was an unfortunate situation."
Show the interviewer that you have great leadership abilities by discussing how you redistribute the workload when a team member is not pulling their weight. Avoid speaking negatively about anyone and keep your answer focused on the solution you created, and the positive outcome of your actions. Perhaps you were able to step in and redirect the work among the team members. Maybe you took on the extra workload yourself. Interviewers will be looking for a candidate that works harder rather than becoming deflated around underperformers.
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Question 2 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with.
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"Last month I had to collaborate on a project with another project manager who works very differently than I do. I find timely client follow up to be incredibly important and this particular PM seemed to be more relaxed with that aspect. I continued to work how I always do but did ask this PM a couple of times to communicate more frequently with our client in order to make the collaboration smoother. I fully understand that not everyone will work in perfect synergy and that is okay. It's what makes everyone unique. There is always a professional workaround available - sometimes you just have to approach the situation head-on but in a respectful way."
"We had a team member who constantly was late to meetings and missed deadlines. They were a critical part of our team, so I approached them privately to understand what was going on that was preventing them from working well with the team and offered any support to get them there."
"I worked with a coworker who scoffed at other coworkers ideas and loudly proclaimed that he was the smartest person in our office. I approached him and our supervisor about the attitude and insults. It turned out that he did not want to work in our division and an amicable transfer was made."
Keep your answer simple and avoid over dramatizing any event. Speaking negatively about others will always look unfavorable towards you. Telling the interviewer that you get along with everyone is not an appropriate or believable response either. Focus on a time when your work style was different than another person but perhaps you still had to successfully complete a project together. Discuss, in a positive tone, how you made it work!
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Question 3 of 30
Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
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Question 4 of 30
Tell me about a time when you worked with a person who did things very differently than you. How did you get the job done?
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Question 5 of 30
When did you come up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company, class, or organization was facing?
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Question 6 of 30
Tell me about a time when you were unable to meet a project deadline. How did you react?
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Question 7 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to address an angry customer. What was the problem and how did you resolve it?
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Question 8 of 30
What are your three greatest work related accomplishments to date?
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Question 9 of 30
What is the riskiest decision you have made? What happened in the end?
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Question 10 of 30
Tell me about a time when you used good judgement and logic to solve a problem.
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Question 11 of 30
Tell me about a career related goal that you set and did not reach.
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Question 12 of 30
Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.
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Question 13 of 30
Tell me about a time when you, or a group that you were a part of, were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?
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Question 14 of 30
Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear? How did you cope?
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Question 15 of 30
Tell me about a time when you showed initiative by taking the lead on a team project.
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Question 16 of 30
Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
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Question 17 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed.
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Question 18 of 30
With the ongoing changes in this industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?
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Question 19 of 30
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
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Question 20 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to be incredibly precise in order to successfully complete a job. How did you feel about paying that much attention to detail?
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Question 21 of 30
Tell me about a time where you needed to work in a team environment to get a job done. What were the challenges and difficulties, and how did you face these?
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Question 22 of 30
When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
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Question 23 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new within a short deadline. How did you succeed?
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Question 24 of 30
Tell me about the most competitive work situation you have experienced. How did you handle it, and what was the result?
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Question 25 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to analyze a situation and make a recommendation.
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Question 26 of 30
Where do you see your career one year from now?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to major change in the workplace. How did you cope?
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Question 28 of 30
Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
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Question 29 of 30
Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
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Question 30 of 30
Will you be willing to take a salary cut?
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Created on February 16th, 2016

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