Ten Great Behavioral Oriented Interview Questions to Ask

1. Tell me about yourself. This is a good opening question. The

applicant’s response will tell you a lot about how she thinks

and what is important to her.

2. Tell me about a time when you were able to successfully deal

with a difficult person who did not like you. This question will

let you know how they deal with conflict.

3. Tell me about a difficult decision you’ve had to make in the last

year. This question will focus on their decision-making skills.

4. Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took

the lead. This question will focus on their initiative.

5. Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a

very upset employee (co-worker, customer). This question will

focus on how they deal with people under difficult situations.

6. Describe a high pressure situation you had to handle at work.

Tell me what happened, who was involved, and what did you

learn in terms of problem solving. This question will focus on

problem solving under pressure.

7. When do you feel it is necessary to work overtime? Give me

an example from your current job. This question will help you

understand their willingness to put in extra time to get the job

done.

8. What do you require from a boss? This question will help you

understand their expectations and whether they are reasonable.

9. How have you dealt with an “attitude” problem? Give me a

recent example. This question will help you understand how

they supervise difficult people.

10. What sort of performance standards have you held your

employees to? This question will help you understand the type

of supervisor they are.

This was excerpted from the book Uncomplicating Management by Rick Dacri.  Uncomplicating Management is available through http://www.dacri.com or http://www.amazon.com

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