7 Behavioral Interview Questions to Ask a Candidate at the Next Interview

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Interviewing is as much of an art as it is science. The type of questions you ask during the interview is the difference between finding the perfect fit or making the wrong hire.

Behavioral-based questions, which lead to answers about how one might behave in situations involving people or projects, are essential to the interviewing process.

To avoid hiring mistakes that lead to conflict, bad culture fit, or a miscast, ask these behavioral-based questions to determine fit for the role and organization.

  1. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
  2. Describe a time when it was essential to make a good impression on a client. How did you go about doing so?
  3. Tell me about a mistake you made. How did you handle the situation and learn from it?
  4. Tell me about a time your responsibilities got a little overwhelming. What did you do?
  5. Give me an example of when you had to explain something fairly complex to a frustrated colleague or client. How did you handle this situation?
  6. Tell me about a time when you worked under close supervision or extremely loose supervision. How did you handle that?
  7. Tell me about a time you kept a long-term project moving along.

The beauty of asking behavioral and situational-based questions is that the candidate must dig deep and really think. These questions are challenging to answer on the fly or makeup, so you can be pretty certain the answers given are a genuine reflection of how they might behave in future situations.

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