All interview questions will include behavioral or situational interview questions. The questions asked in behavior based interviews are designed to determine whether you demonstrate the core behaviors or competencies required for success in the job.
Common work-related behaviors that are explored in behavior interviews include your work accuracy and your attention to detail, the standard of your work and your planning and organizational skills.
We help you to prepare for the common behavioral interview questions you are likely to face in your job interview. Be confident that you are ready to handle these interview questions. The sample interview answers will help you to prepare your own winning behavioral interview answers.
Attention to Detail
Describe what you do to control mistakes in your work.
In asking this behavioral interview question the interviewer wants to know if you are able to accurately complete your tasks with close attention to all aspects of your work and carefully control errors.
In your interview answer show that you are concerned with maintaining accuracy and check your work for errors.
"In my last position I had to make all the travel arrangements for my manager.(Situation)
I listened carefully, noted down what she needed and then read it back to her to confirm that I had it right. I would also follow up with a detailed email to check again. Once I had made the arrangements I would set up a time to give her feedback and check I had everything she needed. I then followed this up with an email with all the confirmed details. (Action)
This was time-consuming for both of us but it meant that no errors were made in the arrangements. It would have been more frustrating and costly not to have made such thorough checks" (Result)
High Work Standards
Tell me about a time that you were not satisfied with your work performance. What did you do about it?
All interview questions around work performance are designed to explore whether you set high standards for yourself and strive to meet these standards. What do you consider to be a "high standard"?
In your interview answer demonstrate how you attempt to attain high performance standards and correct substandard performance.
"My performance review rating was lower than I had expected or wanted. (Situation)
I met with my manager to establish a plan of action for improvement and set very specific targets to be met on a monthly basis. I worked hard to meet these targets and constantly monitored my performance. I also asked for regular feedback about my performance. (Action)
After six months, my boss conducted another review and my rating was much higher." (Result)
Organizing and Planning
Describe a situation in which you had to schedule your activities to meet a work objective.
The interviewer is exploring your ability to set objectives and schedule and prioritize your activities appropriately.
In your interview answer show how you are able to set a course of action, allocate resources accordingly and plan tasks to reach objectives.
"I had to complete a training report every month. This involved collating and presenting a large amount of information. (Situation)
I scheduled all the data collecting tasks. Each department was given a monthly deadline to submit information to me and I scheduled reminders to be sent out before the deadline. I set aside a time in my diary each month to collate all the information and check it. Then I allocated time for drawing up and presenting the report. (Action)
This worked well and I always comfortably met my deadline." (Result)
Common behaviors explored in job interviews
Prepare your own behavioral examples for the job interview using these answers to behavioral interview questions as a guide.
Frequently asked situational interview questions
Common job interview questions and answers
View frequently asked job interview questions with sample interview answers in the table below.
Make sure you are well prepared for your interview and confident that you have covered everything before your interview. Go through the interview checklist the day before your interview.