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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Behavioral Interviewing Part II - Practice makes perfect

I received some great email comments regarding the post on Behavioral Interviewing, and have decided to keep this ongoing by posting, every month, a different set of Behavioral Questions for you to practice.  With the Holidays upcoming, you may want to leverage some of your downtime by thinking about these.  Answering tough questions for the first time in the actual interview is unwise, so answer here first.

You can also run your answers by us and our readers by posting in the comments section.

The first step in Career Transition is Self Assessment.  These Behavioral Questions target this specific area.  Have at it!

Self Assessment

  1. Can you recall a time when you were less than pleased with your performance?
  2. Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  3. Give a specific occasion in which you conformed to a policy with which you did not agree.
  4. Give an example of an important goal that you had set in the past and talk about your success in reaching it.
  5. If there is one area you've always wanted to improve upon, what would that be?
  6. In what ways are you trying to improve yourself?
  7. Tell us about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  8. What do you consider to be your professional strengths? Give me a specific example using this attribute in the workplace.
  9. What goal have you set for yourself that you have successfully achieved?
  10. What was the most useful criticism you ever received?

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