Behavioral Interview Questions Articles

Quiz: Could You Pass This Job Interview?

Thanks to research like our Hiring For Attitude project, interviewers are becoming increasingly sophisticated.  Are you up-to-date with the latest techniques?  Can you pass this job interview?

Video: Problems With Behavioral Interview Questions

Everybody is familiar with behavioral interview questions. And in general, the idea behind them is good. Basically, you ask about a past situation that somebody faced as a way of predicting future behavior. All good. 

Video: Company Seeker


Here’s one of the most important job interview tips you’ll ever get. This will seem a weird bit of career advice, and it may not immediately sound like it belongs to job interview tips, but don't be a job seeker. What do I mean by that?

In Job Interviews, Ask Candidates About Mistakes They've Made

Job InterviewMistakes. We all make them, but some of us respond more constructively than others when they happen. You don’t want to wait until someone is on your payroll to find out what they’ll do when they blunder. 

Video: Always and Never

Interview questions and answers are critical to hiring success, and one thing we want to be careful of when we’re talking about interview questions and answers is not hiring people who say the words “always” and “never” a lot. Here's why.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 March, 2017 Behavioral Interview Questions, Hiring for Attitude, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

A Behavioral Interview Question To Test If Someone Can Motivate Themselves

Today’s organizations want to hire self-motivated, self-leading and self-sufficient people. Companies want people who are internally driven to give 100% effort at work; not people who require bribes, babysitting or cajoling to give maximum effort.
Of course, that’s a tough attribute to assess in an interview. And there are lots of interview questions that are just useless for measuring that attribute.

Video: Goofball Questions

Whenever we talk about Hiring for Attitude the discussion typically turns to what are the best and worst interview questions to ask. Now, there is always some group of people that will start asking pop-psychological kind of weird, goofball sort of questions. 

Beware Of Hiring Candidates Who Say 'Always' And 'Never' In Job Interviews

InterviewIf the job candidate you’re interviewing says “always” and “never” a lot, it may be a signal that you’re talking to a low performer. How do we know this? MyHiring for Attitude research team asked about 1,400 professionals a series of open-ended job interview questions such as, ” Could you tell me about a time you got tough feedback from the boss?”

The Hidden Flaw In Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral InterviewWe’ve all used behavioral interview questions—questions that ask job candidates to recount a past experience so we can assess their likely future performance. In theory, behavioral interview questions should work just fine (because past behavior is usually a decent predictor of future behavior).
But most interviewers ask behavioral questions in a way that gives away the correct answer and thus ruins the question’s effectiveness.

The Biggest Mistake With Behavioral Interview Questions

behavioral interview questionsThe following are some standard behavioral interview questions commonly asked by managers around the globe, and every one of them is seriously flawed. See if you can identify the problem:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to a difficult situation. What did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to balance competing priorities and did so successfully.
  • Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how
     you resolved it.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Behavioral Interview Questions, Hiring for Attitude | 2 comments | Read more →

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