How To Answer Any Behavioral Interview Question

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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    Don't get STUMPED by tricky interview questions! Instead, learn how to answer them effectively. In this video, career expert J.T. O'Donnell reveals her SECRET to answering behavior interview questions so you can crush your job interviews every time.

    A behavioral interview questions is an open-ended questions, meaning it doesn't result in a one-word answer like “yes” or “no.”

    Instead, it requires the interviewee to elaborate and give a more personalized answer. Hiring managers use behavioral interview questions to help determine if candidates have the skills or experience to do the job.

    The best way to answer these types of questions is to structure your answers using the Experience, Learn, and Grow model.

    Experience + Learn = Grow.

    - Explain your experience. Share a situation you dealt with in the past. What was the problem or challenge that had to be overcome?

    - Talk about how you overcame it and how you accomplished it.

    - Explain how you’re going to take this lesson and use it to keep growing as professional so you can add even more value in similar situations in the future.

    Here are some common behavioral interview questions you could get asked in your next interview:

    - What's your greatest accomplishment on the job?

    - Tell me about a difficult situation you encountered and how you overcame it.

    - If I was to ask a co-worker about you, how would they describe you on-the-job?

    - If someone came to you with an enthusiastic, yet unrealistic request, how would you handle it?

    Take these three questions and start practicing structuring your answers using the Experience, Learn, and Grow method.


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  • lars11577
    lars11577  a years ago +316

    Thank you so very much for your videos. I prepared for my interview using your tips particularly on follow-up questions and behavioral questions and they were so impressed with my answers they hired me on the spot. I admittedly struggle in interviews and I believe your advice really helped me polish my presentation. I was able to land the dream job I have been waiting for for over 4 years. So thank you thank you thank you!!!! I cannot say enough good things about your resources!

  • Jerel Joiner
    Jerel Joiner  7 days ago +2

    I'd been trying to land a job for several months. I literally found your channel days before my interview and figured I'd give your techniques a try. BOOM! They offered me the position senior to the one I applied. I never write comments, but I had to say thank you. God Bless!

  • BrandonV.2
    BrandonV.2  7 days ago

    Subs and a like. Least I can do! Ace those interviews friends!

  • Yanna Felicia
    Yanna Felicia  14 days ago

    Wonderful tips 👍🏽

  • A Nomad
    A Nomad  14 days ago

    great stuff

  • MaDonna Williams
    MaDonna Williams  14 days ago +3

    I used your tutorials took help prepare for my interveiw. Thank you I landed my dream job.

  • Tez .W
    Tez .W  14 days ago

    im young , I have no accomplishments yet..
    yea that didn't go over well..

  • Beach Girl
    Beach Girl  21 days ago

    I love your videos! Too much cleavage peeking out though...

  • Anni CHEN
    Anni CHEN  1 months ago

    It's useful but can you speak a little bit slowly? It's very busy to listen to your speech in the mean time to watch the suggestions written.

  • Jasmine Vardy
    Jasmine Vardy  1 months ago +7

    I have issues remembering those situations when I'm in an interview. What if you didn't experience anything difficult or too challenging and don't really have an answer to their questions?

  • Liz
    Liz  1 months ago

    Could you help with this one please? Twice now I've been asked at an interview, "How would I handle a situation with a difficult colleague, who was always rude and unhelpful"? I did reply, "I would in the first instance, politely speak to the colleague about it and if they didn't stop I would get my line manager involved". Was this okay or could you suggest a better answer please? I'd be grateful for your opinion. BTW thank you very much for your amazing site and helpful content.

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    Aser Dada  1 months ago

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  • Rinyotsu
    Rinyotsu  1 months ago

    How much should a person focus on attendance?
    The number one reason I'm leaving my current job is because of attendance. Despite never being in trouble attendance-wise, in fact in three years, I only recently received an attendance coaching which is before any warnings and I've already completed an "earnback" putting me back in great standing again. The reason I'm leaving due to attendance is because over the past 2 years, I've had 3 catastrophic engine failures in 2 cars while having a 30 mile commute. Luckily I was able to get a temporary shift change while I repaired my car and used a combination of bicycle and bus to get to work and back. I'm still surprised my attendance didn't even get out of the green during that time. However, my contract was purchased and the new company issued a stricter attendance policy. I personally have no problem with the new policy and to the contrary I'm highly supportive of it just based on the company wide results in attendance that was plaguing the company before.
    Because of the history of car trouble, I am not confident that I can maintain my attendance with a 30 mile commute because I no longer have the option to change the schedule under the new company, my only backup plan for getting to work has been eliminated. I have tried to get my schedule permanently changed, even to an overnight position. I have considered my options for moving closer to work but it's a college town so the rent that I could afford is in areas of town that I want no part of. As a result the only option has been to find employment close enough to home that bicycling to work is a viable option if I happen to be put in that position again. So I'm curious how much I should focus on how important my ability to maintain perfect attendance is to me during an interview and also phone interviews? Specifically, how much is too much focus?

  • Rob Gregory
    Rob Gregory  1 months ago

    I’ve noticed that as companies shift to more behavioral based interviews they tend to hire people that are not technically proficient enough to actually do the job. It’s great to know that new manager guy trained really well for behavioral questions, but when when you ask him to back you up on a technical decision and he makes a technically idiotic comment it makes the people who work under him not only wonder why they hired him, but also loose confidence in the upper management that hired him and the future success of the company. But at least he can give a confident polished answer on why he thinks 2+2=5.

  • Raneshia Karsten
    Raneshia Karsten  1 months ago

    Hi JT, can you give more examples of behaviorable questions?

  • Anuj Chauhan
    Anuj Chauhan  1 months ago

    Amazing in back - Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

  • Nasilele Mataa
    Nasilele Mataa  2 months ago

    What if I'm asked about a behavioural experience that didn't occur in my life?Do I tell the interview panel plainly that I'm sorry that never went through that or??

  • Trend-O-Rama
    Trend-O-Rama  2 months ago

    Thank you. Heading out to an interview right now.

  • Amanda Allen
    Amanda Allen  2 months ago

    I wished that I had found this video yesterday! I had an interview with these ? Types today and pretty sure I failed! Anyone else feel like they are being set up to fail for these question types?

  • Ellen Lawrence
    Ellen Lawrence  2 months ago

    The problem for me has a couple of twists that I don't see anyone addressing. I don't know how to pick one time when I made a mistake, or whatever it is. Maybe I haven't made a really big mistake? Or maybe it's because of my personality type - I'm an Intuitive and I just don't look at everything as a process when I respond to. Maybe I just respond to things intuitively, based on experience. I don't have recall of every mistake I've made -- I have much more important things to keep track of! Any thoughts? I see others sometimes have trouble with these kinds of questions, and maybe they have the same reasons.