The placement season is here! It doesn't matter if it's a technical job or you are sitting for a managerial position, one of the most evident questions are the behavioural ones. The behavioural questions are often touted 'easy' and hence a lot of them don't prepare well for them.
Behavioural questions are often put forth to test their interpersonal abilities, emotional quotient and the candidate's personality. The answers to these behavioural questions often reveal your true character and the level of integrity the candidate possess.
Candidates are often consumed in the theory of their subject, that they hardly pay attention to behavioural questions. However, personality test is as important for getting recruited as are other theoretical concepts related to the profile of the job. It is equally important to prepare for behavioural interview questions while preparing for a job, be it technical, managerial or any other domain. In this blog we talk about preparing top five behavioural interview questions for jobs of various varieties and domains. The answers might be slightly biased towards technical background, however if you are not a technocrat, there is nothing to worry about because you would get a broad overview of how to tackle behavioural interview questions. Let's begin this journey of preparing ourselves for the next big interview!
Q1) Tell us about a journey where you set a goal and worked hard to realise it
A1) This question just like every other behavioural question is not asked because the interviewer is interested in listening to another anecdote from a random candidate, rather it is asked to gauge the goal setting and goal achieving abilities of the individual. In an organisation, a candidate is expected to work on a variety of projects and hence one has to be flexible and adaptable to different environments. A new goal has to be set every week, fortnight or month and it has to be realised under the given deadlines.
The answer to every behavioural question is different according to the experience and personality of the candidate and the nature of the job. However, we would provide a sample answer to every behavioural interview question we discuss. You can use it as a common sample or a structure that might help you form your very own customised answer.
Within a few weeks of beginning my internship as a web developer in a start up back in college, I knew I wanted to work in the IT industry as a developer. I decided I would learn all I could in my current position until an opening became available in a multi national company or for better pay. I wanted the experience of working in a highly competitive environment. To realise this goal, I started learning skills that are not only essential but are great at adorning your resume. I knew that by the time I finished college, I would have been working in the IT industry for a number of years and would be highly competitive as a candidate for the role of a web developer. It was a difficult journey to balance college and my new role as a web developer but with the help of carefully curated time table and discipline in following it, I realised my goal of gaining some extra experience and skills required for a web developer.
Q2) Tell us about a time you had a conflict with a colleague, and explain how you resolved it.
This question intends to test the ability of a candidate to work in a team. This is an important question as every candidate would be working with a team of people and an unpleasant team player is just not as an ideal candidate. This question checks whether the Candidate knows how to diffuse issues with their colleagues help foster the healthy, nurturing culture your company needs in order to grow.
This question let the employers can learn two big pieces of information about a candidate. First, employers get an idea how the particular candidate view himself or herself in conflicts, and where the candidate ranks their priorities in relation to the other employees involved. Here is a structure of a sample answer to this question, we suggest you to add personal experiences to make the answer more authentic and genuine.
During my second year in college, I was working on a project with three other people in my team. Everything from conceptualisation to requirement analysis was done together and as a team. However, when we were implementing the project, there was an argument between one of my team members and I. The conflict was regarding the addition of a minor detail. I wanted to add a functionality in the application that enabled users to create a gallery of their own favourite books. One member was particularly against it because he thought that the implementation would be difficult and we would not be able to deliver the final product in the stipulated time. However, I was confident about my and my team’s abilities to pull up and implement the code. I talked to the team member, convinced him to give it a second thought. I showed some of the implementation details and after a fruitful conversation of an hour or so, we came to a positive conclusion of adding that particular detail with some minor and necessary modifications.
Q3) Tell me about the last time your workday ended before you were able to get everything done.
A3) This is one of the most popular behavioural question. Employers know that candidates put their best foot forward. Employers ask these questions to get to know about the realistic side of the candidate. They want to know about some of the weaknesses of the candidates, or times when candidates failed to achieve a particular task and how they overcame it. In this answer, you should be as realistic as possible but remember to always end the answer on a positive note. The sample answer to this question is given below, make sure you modify it accordingly before you present it before the interviewer.
We had a professor who wanted us to deliver the subject assignment to him by Wednesday of each week and prepare the action plan for the following week. One week he told us to give two assignments in a single week. I decided to work extra and put some extra hours in order to complete both the assignments at time. I also took some help from my friends and classmates so that the assignment delivered was accurate, and was on time.
Q4) How do you handle pressure?
A4) This is a very open ended but also an important question. The corporate world keeps you constantly under pressure. Be it deadlines, consistency, or simply the nature of work, if you aspire to be a part of the corporate jungle, you ought to know how to handle pressure. Employers are trying to test how capable you are to handle pressure in daily life. This question doesn't indicate you to include a real life anecdote. However, if you wish to fit a real life example in this answer, it would not be discouraged. This answer may vary person to person but remember to end on a positive note, even if you say that you are not very good at handling pressure, finish off the answer with saying that you are actively working towards improving yourself. Here is a sample answer, you can tweak it as you want.
"Last year, I had been working on a major college project that my team committed to turning around for the higher administration in a month. However, the teacher in charge suddenly wanted the project in 45 days and that required us to speed up our work without disturbing other college tasks. We had a team meeting where we reviewed the calendar and brought upon significant changes. We eliminated redundant and unnecessary tasks like team meetings and shifted lower-priority tasks until the end. We took it as a challenge to complete the project in the stipulated time.
Q5) What are your strengths and weaknesses?
A5) This is one of the most obvious and general questions asked in interviews. No matter how cliché the question asked is, interviewees have to be ready with an appropriate answer. The question regarding strengths and weaknesses aims at understanding the candidate better and also to gauge the level of communication skills of the candidate. This question is very specific and differs according to the candidate. Here is a sample presentation of the answer to this question.
I think, some of my top strengths are team work and effective communication skills. I believe that I have cultivated these skills over a period of time. I have inculcated communication skills and the ability to work well in a team in school time and also while in college. My biggest weakness is time management; however, I am making conscious efforts to manage time efficiently and finish all prioritize tasks in order to finish work in given time.
We have discussed top five behavioural interview questions for interviews. There is a plethora of interview questions out there but in this blog, we have discussed some of the most popular behavioural questions. We hope these questions gave you an overview of behavioural questions asked in interviews. Preparation of these questions are a rather continuous process and one should know herself and himself truly and make an active contribution towards personality development.
It should be kept in mind that these questions are additional or supplementary whereas the main question still constitutes that of technical ones. In order to face these HR or behavioural questions, candidate needs to first face technical the questions, pass the coding rounds and prepare resumes that match the industry level. If you really want to get to these interviews, you need to start the preparation now! It is suggested that you should take a professional training to make a lucrative career for yourself. If by any chance, you are interested in web development we think we have something for you.
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