Behavior Interview Questions

Here are some questions to practice for behavior interviews. Note that this list is work in progress in case you want to add new questions or update any questions feel free to post a comment.

  • Describe a time when you went outside of normal procedure to get a project done. Core values to focus on: Deliver Result, ownership, be bold or fearless.
  • You are going to miss tomorrow’s deadline, how do you and your team handle it. Core values to focus on:Ownership
  • Give me a detailed example of the project you have led before to help me understand more of your previous job. Tips: Try to highlight job responsibilities that matches with the job description.
  • What practical steps have you taken to elicit maximum contribution from each member of your team? Core values to focus on:Team building and leadership qualities.
  • What is the most innovative thing that you have created? Core Values to focus on: Innovative, invent and simplify, frugal , think big and able to break                     big ideas into small projects.
  • In a situation where your intuition tells you there is a potential business opportunity, how do you go about finding the data necessary to substantiate it? Where do you even start with ? Tips:Entrepreneurship is no longer just a business term , it’s a way of life.Things in  order to convert ideas into reality.
  1. Believe in yourself and be accountable for the consequences of your decision. Give 100 percent to getting the work done. Most people fail because they face unexpected challenges and do not want to be accountable for the outcome of those challenges.
  2. Reach out to stakeholders or advisors.Ideation is different than execution. Stakeholders and guide you with their experience. Evaluate their input carefully and then proceed with your own gut.
  3. Embrace Risk as your best friend and be patient.When things do not go as planned stay focused on the missing at hand. Do not allow disruption to set you backward.
  4. Handle doubters.Many doubters will try to bring you down. Constantly re-evaluate those with whom you are sharing the journey.
  5. Learn how to sell your vision. Define financial benefit of the project and how it can add value to existing product. Simplicity is the key so that stakeholders can understand the what you are trying to accomplish will create engagement and increase your probability of expanding buy-in for your idea.
  6. Connect dots along the way.Core idea today can mature into something bigger tomorrow. Other tenets that naturally associate with your idea will be connected along the way.
  7. Be passionate with your pursuit.Ability to remain passionate about what you stand for is the ultimate enabler for the success of you idea.
  8. Be purposeful.Your intentions for your idea must have purpose and meaning. Entrepreneurs must have passion and believe in what they do or they are destined for failure. Your purpose is to execute the idea and make other believe too.
  9. Focus on building momentum.Carefully identify all of your resources and build upon them via relationships, networking and sharing of resources to expand the opportunity for your ideas. Stay focused, stick to your plan, eliminate distractions and neutralize the noise. Building momentum has a lot to do with time management and deployment of resources. Every resource counts.
  10. Always make the idea better.Continuous improvements is important to improve idea. You can always improve and expand idea. Manage time wisely and never get overly excited about new opportunities that stem from original idea. Step back and understand how to connect dots.
  11. Make work/Life balance a priority. We are all susceptible to burnout. Mind, body and soul must be properly aligned.
  12. Build a legacy around your idea.Once our idea comes to life its our responsibility to ensure its impact stays alive forever.

Further Readings:                Above 12 points are extracted from this article.               How we turn ideas into projects.
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  • Tell us about your strength.
  • Describe a time when you exhibited leadership in your organization. Tips:The best type of story here is one demonstrating when you took action when everyone else did not, or when people didn’t know what to do but you did something. You can also use story of how you are thinking ahead, started doing something and others followed.
  • Tell me about a time when you disappointed a team member. Core values to focus on: Earn trust                    
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer. Core values to focus on:Customer focus. Sample answers from Dan Croitor
  • Give 3 examples of projects where you invented simplified delivered results quickly and were able to scale to a large result. Core values to focus on: Innovate, simplify and deliver result.
  • Tell me about a time when you proceeded to deal with an issue without your boss. Tips for framing answer for this: 
  • Introduce your role
  • Why the situation was difficult
  • Explain your role
  • Result and difference you made.
  • Please tell me about a time when you had a project in trouble and how you handled it.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with difficult boss.  Tips for framing answer for this:
  • Focus on your job
  • Know whats important to your boss. Whats really important for your boss. 101 meeting to    understand his thought process behavior and pattern.
  • Respond do not react.
  • Do not try to fix your boss if your boss is micro manager.
  • Stay aligned with your values and vision. Stay true to who you are.
  • Sometime we may have to put ourself in their shoe. Take it with a grain of salt and get things done.
  • Analyze if its you who is source of problems. Introspect your actions. This will help to understand the situation.
  • Document all your action and events. In worst case it will be useful.
  • Tell me about a decision that did not go your way. How did you deal with it.
  • Describe a time you failed at work, or describe the most difficult situation you faced at work.
  • When in your last job did you take risks and fail. Tips for answering failure related questions: Talking about failure is difficult. The key to answer this question well is first set up context what failure means to you and then finishing your story with your key take aways from the experience. Sandwich your story in these two components. Follow these 4 steps process:                        Pick a Real Failure incident.Note that question ask about “a decision that did not go your way”. So interviewer is looking for a situation in which everything went wrong. You only need one incident that went wrong. Define failure in your words. Ensure that your definition of failure is connected to incident you are going to tell. Tell your story. Try not to spend too much time setting up the stage. Get to the failure point quickly. Do not try to cover up or sugar coat anything.

  • Share your learning out of the incident.
  • What was a challenge you faced during a project you worked on and how did you overcome it.
  • How do you express different opinions to your manager?
  • Give me an example of when you have failed at a task, what did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you innovated to simplify a process. Core values to focus on: Innovation, resolving complexity.
  • Talk about a project that you took with Ambiguity (lack of data) and how did you proceed with the project? Tips for answering this question and other related questions: learn about VUCA here.
  • Talk about a situation where you remotely influenced stakeholders and were able to get your work done. Explain the approach taken.
  • Talk about a project where you had to take a difficult decision – Explain decision, impact, reason for such decision and how you handle it and the result?
  • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss – how did you handle it and the result.
  • How did you train one of your team members to make him/her better in his/her daily work?
  • A time when you took calculated risk, pushed thru with it and succeeded.
  • A time when you use customer feedback to improve an aspect of your organization.
  • A time when halfway through a project, you encountered an incident/setback/roadblock and acted to overcome it. What was the result?
  • Give me some examples of how you are making yourself better.
  • Tell me about the most innovative thing you have created.
  • Name a time when you had to deal with a difficult situation. Or when you disagreed with management and what did you do?
  • Tell me about your most successful project which you led. What did you achieve at the end?