Behavioural job interview questions are increasingly common today. Companies want to know about your skills and experience, but what they are really looking for are insights into how you will react in a variety of work-related situations. This is perhaps a more telling sign than anything else about whether or not you are a good fit for a position and a good fit for company culture.


Behavioural interview questions are exactly what they sound like:

“The interviewer will ask how you would handle a situation, and you will need to respond with an explanation of what you did. The logic is that your success in the past is a positive indicator of your success in the future,” says Alison Doyle on The Balance.


When prepping for an HR job interview, it’s important to practice and consider some of the behavioural-style questions you could be asked. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common behavioural questions that get asked during job interviews:

  1. Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?

  2. Tell me about a time you had to make a risky decision. How did it turn out?

  3. Provide an example of a goal you reached. What steps did you take to achieve it?

  4. Do you work well under pressure? Give me an example of how you approach working under pressure.

  5. What is your approach to handling a difficult situation with coworkers?

  6. Have you ever had an issue with your manager? How did you handle it?

  7. What do you do if you disagree with your manager?

  8. How do you handle changes to your schedule?

  9. What do you do if you disagree with a person or strategy at work? How do you handle it?

  10. How do you motivate others? Give us an example.

  11. Would you consider yourself a team player? Give us an example of how you work effectively in a team setting.

  12. How do you handle a challenge? Provide us with an example.


Here are some tips for answering these types of interview questions:

  • Prepare ahead of time – think about questions the interviewer will ask
  • Take your time
  • Use the STAR technique – describe the situation, task, action, and result


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Felicia Smith

Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.

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