Saturday, 20 December 2014

How Answer Behavioral Interview Questions | Top 10 Sample/Example

Simple steps to answer Behavioral Questions
Behavioral questions are the most crucial part of an interview, these kind of questions do require a homework done from your side in advance to crack them. These kind of questions are asked by the interviewer to check your abilities in applying the knowledge and experience from your past in the situations or circumstances that may probably occur in the future.
To solve this question you should have good thinking and vocabulary skills. These type of questions check your practical knowledge of how would you handle situations practically if they arise in your profession in future.
Cracking these questions is very simple if you have done your homework.
Before discussing on how to answer them, I want you to do your homework. Take a notebook and a pen. Start thinking in your past and list out some of the events about your education, work experience, community work, charity etc.  that had proved these qualities of you:
        • Leadership
        • Flexibility
        • Motivation
        • Commitment
        • Initiative
        • Teamwork
        • Responsibility
        • Decision making
        • Communication
        • Trustworthiness
        • Problem solving.
For example:
If in your life time so far, you had witnessed that one of your decisions proved to be very beneficial either for you, you’re classmates, your school or your friend. Just list that event in the book, write about what problem was your friend facing and what decision you gave to him that was beneficial to either of you.

Similarly, think of some different events that highlighted the qualities of you mentioned above.
Answering the Behavioral questions
To answer any behavioral question, you just need to follow the STAR format.

Now what is this STAR format?
STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result.
           The interviewer will ask you to mention about your abilities and an event of your life that
           highlighted the use of that ability.
           What you were trying to achieve?
           What problems did you face and what use did you make of your abilities to get things going in
           your way.
          After performing the action what result did you achieve?

Here are a few questions that will help you to understand how to deal with behavioral questions in a better way:
Example 1:
“Give me an example of a time when you set a target and successfully achieved it”
           My role as an event manager was to manage to host best possible event in a given budget we
           had collected from our sponsors.
          I took the initiative and combines two floors of the college building rather than taking a private
          hall for the same. I had conducted a meet with the participants and the event heads for each
          event. We agreed a condition to make full use of what we had and minimizing the cost up to
          the lowest we could.
         All the event heads agreed to this and we had all of them working in a team.
        As a result of this more efficient working time we hosted a successful event on time and reduced
        costs by 20%. This new way of using the college premises has now been implemented as a
        permanent venue to host the events of the college.

Example 2:
 “Provide an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.”
             In a college technical festival
            There was a technical problem in the LAN network of the college where the server was not
            functioning well. This network was going to be used for hosting a various gaming events in   
            the college fest.
            I took an initiative and got a few of my friends with me and replaced the complete connection
            network with another server.
           We successfully managed to shift to a new server in less than an hour and the events were
           conducted successfully.

Example 3:
 “Tell me about a situation where you have had to speak with an unhappy customer.”
           Two years back, I was working in an insurance company
           I met a person who was initially cheated by some chit fund company in his past, he was not
           willing to take a policy for the very same reason that he was cheated initially and was not
           happy with policy I had presented to him.
           I explained him about my firm’s statistics and records over the past years, I also made him
           consult a few of our policy holders.
          I successfully managed him to convince him to prefer my firm to take a new policy.

More tips to tackle the Behavioral questions:

1) Select a Strong Example:
Choose a genuine and a strong example that will prove your ability in a better way and apart from that it should also make a respectful image of yours in the mind of the interviewer.

2) Be Specific About Your Actions
Be specific of what type of actions you are going to use to explain your answers to the interviewers
Try to use the best of your vocabulary skills to explain them.

3) Practice
“Practice makes a man perfect”

Due to nervousness in the interview hall you may feel a little short of words while explaining your answer, so it is advisable to practice as many times as possible before the interview.

Top 10 Behavioral Interview Questions with Answers Sample/Example

Some sample behavioral questions you should practice well in advance:
1) Give an example of a problem you had with your classmate and how you overcame it?
2) Describe a situation when you had to make a new decision all of a sudden?
3) Give an example of a time when you used good decision making for solving a problem.
4) Give an example of a situation when you were in pressure and how did you overcome that situation
5) Provide an example of a time when you felt you were able to motivate your juniors.
6) What will you do if we will force you to go for a location which you didn't opt?
7) Tell me about a time when you were successful in a team environment?
8) Share an incident about you contributing in your team in the absence of your senior?
9) Give an example of when you had to use different management conditions for different kind of people.
10) What was your most difficult decision in the last 2 years? What did you find difficult in it?

Last words:
Behavioral questions are the questions that really examine you, please avoid skipping them for your interview. pdf will be available soon. just comment your email id.
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