Write down as many words you can think of that start with the letter S...what? Strange exercise, right? This was an actual written and timed interview question I had to answer! The interview process is grueling enough. I always prepared for questions about my past employment and my relevant experience. How would I prepare for this?

The technique was uncommon – a way to observe my grace under pressure. You see, in a comfortable environment most people can name a ton of words that begin with S, but when caught off guard and timed, most minds draw a blank ─ mine did! I finished strong with 13 words (the average person typically got 15 words).

The Muse’s Lily Zhang recently published an article that lists the 30 Behavioral Questions You Should be Ready to Answer. Before your next Face to Face, make sure you brush up on some potential questions like these:

Team Work

  1. Talk about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours.
  2. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How it handled and what was the outcome? What was your role in the outcome?

Client Facing Skills

  1. Describe a time when it was important to make a good impression on a client. Also explain how you went about doing so.
  2. Describe a time you had to deal with a difficult client. Describe the situation and how you handled it.

Ability to Adapt

  1. Give me an example of how you had to think on your feet in order to delicately extricate yourself from a difficult or awkward situation.
  2. Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with the situation?

Time Management

  1. Tell me about a long term project that you managed. How did you keep everything moving along in a timely manner?
  2. Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself. What did you do to ensure you achieved the goal?

Communication Skills

  1. Please give me an example of a time you had to explain something complex to a frustrated customer or client. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
  2. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.

Motivation and Values

  1. Describe a time when you saw a problem and took the initiative to correct it rather than waiting for someone else to do it.
  2. Tell me about a time you worked under close supervision or extremely loose supervision. How did you handle that?

There are a lot of different types of behavioral questions you can encounter during an interview. We cannot guarantee you will be asked these questions, but it is important to be prepared for anything.

Brine Group Staffing Solutions offers interview prep for all of their candidates. If you are considering a job or career change, contact one of our skilled recruiters to assist in your job search.