Behavioural Interview Questions

Behavioural Interview questions are commonly asked alongside the usual competency based questions. In answering behavioural questions there is a commonly used method to ensure you provide the best possible answers, demonstrating exactly how you'd approach a certain situation. This called the STAR method.

How does the STAR method work?

The STAR method helps you create an easy-to-follow story with a clear conflict and resolution. Here's what each part of the technique means: 

SITUATION

Set the stage for the story by sharing context around the situation or challenge you faced. Share any relevant details.

TASK

Describe your responsibility or role in the situation or challenge.

ACTION

Explain how you handled the situation or overcame the challenge. If the action was carried out by a team, focus on your efforts.

RESULT

What was the outcome you reached through your actions? If possible, quantify your success or provide concrete examples of the effects of your efforts. 

Below are some examples of behavioural questions: 

  • Provide an example of a time when you faced a difficult problem at work. How did you solve it? 
  • Descibe a time when you were under a lot of pressure at work. How did you react? 
  • Tell me about a mistake you've made. How did you handle it? 
  • Share an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision. What did you do? 
  • Explain a situation where you used data or logic to make a recommendation. 
  • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss. How did you resolve it?
  • Describe a time when you had to deliver bad news. How did you do it? 
  • Tell me about a time you worked with other departments to complete a project. 
  • Share an example of a time when you failed. What did you learn from the experience? 
  • Tell me about a time when you set and achieved a specific goal.