There is no comprehensive list of behavioral interview questions, because anything can be a behavioral interview question. “Describe a time where you really had to scratch your crotch in public but couldn’t” is a behavioral interview question. “Tell me about a time that you had spinach – not lettuce, but spinach – in your teeth and no one told you until later in the day…” is a behavioral interview question.
Because there are so many, you cannot prepare for every possible behavioral interview question the hiring manager may throw at you. What you can do, however, is prepare answers for types of interview questions; answers that will satisfy different types of questions provided they fall under these categories.
Behavioral Interview Question Categories:
Leadership questions are common, especially for management jobs. Questions may involve “Describe a time you had to motivate an employee,” for example. Come up with examples of your leadership ahead so that you are prepared for leadership category questions.
Behavioral questions about what you didn’t like about people or the company are not uncommon. I tis a good idea to draft out answers ahead of time so that you don’t actually say something negative.
3. Decision Making
Decision making behavioral questions are very common. You will be asked about both good and bad decisions. Prepare several answers for each, making sure to pick things that aren’t too negative.
4. Professional Priorities
There will be questions about your greatest achievements or questions about what you consider a professional regret, etc. These questions are not only about your work history, but are also designed to gauge what you consider important in your professional life.
5. Problem Solving
Problem solving behavioral questions are looking at the process you used to make a decision. The end result is not as important as the process used to get to that result. Questions may also include how you organize, since organization is a part of problem solving.
Your ability to work as a team is important for almost any job. Teamwork questions are going to ask you about your history of working with others, how you worked independently, etc.
Your ability to communicate effectively is important for the role. You may be asked behavioral questions that fall under this category as well.
Unlimited Questions, Fewer Categories
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but the vast majority of behavioral interview questions fall under these categories. If you can come up with answers that satisfy the types of questions that may come up under these categories, you should put yourself in a much better position to answer them effectively.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Prepare several answers for each category.
- Brainstorm questions on your own.