Behavioral Interview Questions from the Commerce School


Tell me about yourself. 

Walk me through your resume. 

Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to change things your way. 

Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet to remove yourself from a difficult situation. 

Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem. 

By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments. 

Give me an example of a time when you made an intentional effort to get to know someone from another culture. 

Describe a time on any job that you held in which you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills. 

Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed. 

Tell me about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get an important point across. 

Discuss a time when your integrity was challenged. 

Give me an example of an important goal which you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it. 

Describe the most significant or creative presentation which you have had to complete. 

Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. 

Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa). 

Describe a situation that required you to do a number of things at the same time. 

Tell me about a time when you worked with a classmate who was not doing their share of the work. 

Give me an example of a time when you learned from a mistake. 

Describe a recent unpopular decision you made and what the results were. 

Tell me about your transition from high school to college. 

Describe some times when you were not very satisfied or pleased with your performance. 

Walk me through a situation where you had to conduct research and/or analyze the results for one of your classes. 

Describe a situation when you had to learn a large amount of material quickly. 


Use the S.T.A.R. Model to Respond to Behavioral Interview Questions 

This acronym stands for: 

S = Situation 

Describe a specific situation that addresses the question. 

T= Task 

Describe your tasks associated with the situation. 

A= Action 

Describe the actions that you took to address the situation. 

R= Results 

Describe the results of your actions. 

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