Some examples are:
· Tell me about yourself.
· What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
· Why do you want to leave your present position?
(Come in to the Career Center to get a list of the 50 most common
interview questions or specific strategies to approaching them based on your
Behavioral Based Questions (Position-Specific Questions)
Behavioral questions refer to questions that attempt to determine
whether you have the skills and experience to do the job. The assumption
built into behavioral questions is that past behavior is a predictor of future
performance; i.e. if you have done it before you can do it again. Often a
behavioral question will begin with:
· Give me an example of....
· Tell me about a time when you....
To identify potential behavioral questions you might face, look
at the job posting. Every bullet point that either talks about the
duties/responsibilities in that job or the requirements/ qualifications for
that position can easily be turned into potential interview questions. Also, refer to the 10 characteristics employers
identified in the 2014 NACE survey. Each of these can easily be turned
into a potential interview question.
Strategies For Answering Behavioral Questions
best way to answer a behavioral question is with a short story (an
example). Stories provide the evidence to support your claims, and there
is a simple structure to them: S-A-R,
an acronym for:
Situation – Action – Result.
the situation/problem that you were in or the task that you needed to
the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if
you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did.
did you accomplish? What were the results? Quantify the results whenever
possible. How did the event end? What did you learn?
Questions You Can Ask
are some good questions that you can take with you to any interview:
Can you describe a typical day/week?
What are the biggest challenges I will face?
What are the opportunities for advancement?
What are the company’s goals/objectives?
Describe the corporate culture.
Why did the person who previously held this position leave?
Describe your management style.
What do I need to
accomplish in the first 3/6/12 months to be
successful in this role?
Stop by the Career Center to talk with a career counselor to
practice answering interviewing questions.