Behavioral Based Interview Questions

Method #section

When answering behavioral-based questions, use the S.T.A.R.R. method (Situation, Task, Action taken, and Result, and Relate).

For example, if the interviewer asks you, “Tell me about a time when you had to handle an angry customer,” your response could be:

“When I was working at a department store, a customer was mad about our return policy. I listened to the customer express her frustration, and calmly explained to her why the company has this policy. I then offered her the opportunity to exchange the item. She was still angry because she wanted to return the item. I called my manager for assistance and he was able to make a special consideration for the customer, allowing her to return the item. The customer was happy and my manager was proud of the way I professionally handled the situation.”

Example Questions #section

Here are some example behavioral based questions, similar to ones you may be asked in an interview.

  • Give an example of an instance when you had to deal with frequent changes or unexpected events on the job (or at school).
  • Describe a situation in which you had to draw a conclusion quickly and take speedy action.
  • Tell about a time when your ability to listen helped you communicate better.
  • Give an example of when one of your ideas was well received by others.
  • Tell about a time when you were particularly driven and highly motivated. (school or work)
  • Tell about a time when you had to deal with a difficult person at work.
  • Describe a time when you had to say something difficult or unpleasant to your employer or professor.

For more information, check out the CREW Career Center Interview Resource Guide.