According to Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem in "The Big Book of HR," employers will have a better chance of receiving in-depth answers with these types of questions, which will help them make more informed decisions before hiring. The two authors listed eight sample questions that will give the interviewer a better idea of the behavioral characteristics of the interviewee:
- How would you describe your communication style?
- Tell me about a time when you had to make an unplanned presentation. How did you organize your thoughts? How did you feel about this?
- Describe a situation in which effective interpersonal communication skills contributed to your success.
- Give me an example of a time when you worked on a project with little supervision. How did you get started? Describe the results.
- How would your last employer describe your work habits and ethics?
- As a leader, what do you do when people on your team aren’t pulling their weight?
- What is one of the greatest leadership challenges you have ever faced? What did you do? What was the result?
- How do you handle situations with people who don’t agree with you?