Conflict and disagreement. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time when you had a difficult interaction with someone or a group of people
Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult colleague.
Do you have subordinates on your job? If so, please tell me a time you had a conflict and how you resolved it.
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a very difficult individual at work. How did you manage the situation? (interpersonal challenge question)
Tell me about a time when you worked a team you didn’t get along with
Tell me about a time when you had to resolve a conflict.
Tell me about a time when you challenged an opinion
Tell me about a time you were uncomfortable with the behavior of those around you? What did you do?
Tell me about a time you had a challenging relationship with somebody at work
Tell me about a time when you faced a difference in opinion
Tell me about something you’ve done that was unpopular.
Tell me of a time you worked with a colleague you disagreed with.

Disappointment, failure, and motivating others. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time that you really wanted to do something and were told that you couldn’t.
Tell me about a time when your expectations weren’t met, how did you react and what did you do as a result?
Tell me about a failure.
Tell me about a time when your expectations weren’t met
Please tell me about a time you overcame a roadblock? How did you address it?
Tell me a time when you faced a challenging situation that made you feel uncomfortable.
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an obstacle or overcome a hurdle.

Leadership and motivating others. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time you led a deal/project in your work
When you motivated a colleague.
Can you think of a time you demonstrated leadership?
Tell me about a time when you had to motivate someone
Tell me about a time you faced low morale.

Teamwork. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time when a project team had a conflict
Tell me about a time you had to lead a team.
Tell me a time when you supported a team member?
Tell me about a time when you had to work with people who had less technical skills than you did.
Tell me a time when you had to work with someone different from yourself
Describe a time when you had to work with someone less capable than you.
It seems like you’ve had a lot of success in teams, so let’s switch it the other way. Tell me about a time when a team project didn’t work out.
Tell me about a time you had to improve a team’s morale.
Did you struggle on a team, and how did you resolve it?
Tell me about a time when you had to infuse motivation into a team.

Making an impact. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time you changed a culture.
Tell me about a time you impacted an organization.
Tell me about a time when you felt like you really affected the outcome of something.
Tell me about a time when you initiated a change in processes (or implemented new processes) in your organization.
Tell me about the project you are the proudest of.

Mentoring. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time you acted as a mentor.
Tell me about a time when you were mentored.
Give me an example of a time you had to mentor someone.
Tell me about a time when you helped somebody with their career.

Receiving constructive feedback and input from others. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time you received unexpected feedback?
Tell me about a time when it was hard for you to hear the feedback that someone shared with you.
Tell me about a time when you received feedback.
Tell me about a time you had to take others’ interests into account.
Tell me about a time that you had to ask someone to change their behavior.
Tell me about a time you had a discussion with your superiors and how did you resolve it
Tell me about a time when someone said something and that made you change your actions ( essentially, a feedback question).
A time when you gave someone feedback in professional setting.
Tell me about a time when your message was not received well
Tell me about a time when someone said something that made you change your actions.
Tell me about a time when you were around someone who was unhappy or uncomfortable and how you responded.
Tell me about a time when you had to give someone else constructive feedback.
Tell me about a time when you had to share bad news.

Goal Setting. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time when you set a goal for yourself.

Managing change. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time that you had to change or adjust your opinion.
Tell me about a time that you were asked to change your assumptions. What was said and how did you react? Were you asked to change your approach?
Tell me about a time when your perspective needed to be shifted.
Tell me about a time when your idea was initially rejected and how you worked around that

Creativity. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Give me another time when you thought outside of the box.
Give me a time when you were entrepreneurial – i.e. thought outside of the box.
Tell me about a time in your professional or personal life where you tackled an issue with a creative or innovation solution.

Persuasion & Communication. Behavioral Interview Questions.

Tell me about a time when you needed to convince someone of something
Have you ever advocated something that didn’t go through?
How did you convince people of change? How was it perceived?
Tell me about a time you experienced a communication/cultural barrier as in your job you deal with different countries
Tell me about a time when you tried to persuade someone and failed.
Tell me about a time you persuaded someone to do something? What were the consequences?
Give me an example of a time you had to convince someone (a couple very specific follow-up questions from my story “e.g., why do you think the CIO responded so defensively to your recommendations? What steps did you take to address his concerns?”)
Tell me about a time when your message was not well received by someone.
Tell about a time when you influenced someone in a professional setting.
Tell me about a time when you had to influence someone
Tell me about a time when you had to persuade someone else or a group of people to trust in your expertise.

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Leah helps people craft stories that move their careers forward. A former Fulbright scholar with a Bachelor's in Psychology from La Sorbonne and an MBA from MIT Sloan, Leah spent the first part of her career in recruiting and marketing. Book a free consultation with Leah

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