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i have an interview this Thursday the 5th. This is the second time i try at this job and i recall most of the questions, they are behavioral questions and they are similar if not the ones he asked me.

Im having a little trouble answering them, so i need some examples from you guys on how you would answer them. ill post below.

if you guys can only answer a few that would help, Ive only been interviewed once, that was the last time i applied there and i turned into a nervous wreck.

the ones with asterisks get me.

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  • *Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem.
  • Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
  • Give an example of a goal you didn't meet and how you handled it.
  • *Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.
  • Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.
  • *How do you handle a challenge?
  • *Have you been in a situation where you didn't have enough work to do?
  • Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
  • Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and how you handled implementing it.
  • Did you ever make a risky decision? Why? How did you handle it?
  • Did you ever postpone making a decision? Why?
  • *Have you ever dealt with company policy you weren't in agreement with? How?
  • Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? If so, how?
  • When you worked on multiple projects how did you prioritize?
  • How did you handle meeting a tight deadline?
  • Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.
  • Did you ever not meet your goals? Why?
  • What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it.
  • Have you had to convince a team to work on a project they weren't thrilled about? How did you do it?
  • Give an example of how you worked on team.
  • *Have you handled a difficult situation with a co-worker? How?
  • *What do you do if you disagree with a co-worker?
  • Share an example of how you were able to motivate employees or co-workers.
  • *Do you listen? Give an example of when you did or when you didn't listen.
  • *Have you handled a difficult situation with a supervisor? How?
  • Have you handled a difficult situation with another department? How?
  • Have you handled a difficult situation with a client or vendor? How?
  • *What do you do if you disagree with your boss?

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Omg...these behavioral interviews are such a joke. I've been thru several myself and luckily succeeded them. Pisses me off when they go from one question to 50 more....they basically wanna know how you would handle the situation, or if you got into an arguement with your boss or co worker. See how smart you are.

I would start out with asking the fellow employees (Team members as every other company calls it but some still are/act like bitches) and see if they have been in a similar situation.

Taking on new challenges. Well that's a new one, but I'd say do/try your best to meet deadlines for a customer or whatever. There's always gonna be fast paced...but safety comes first no matter what the situation. Parts can be made again....human parts cannot.

There's always gonna be likes/dislikes within a company/corporation. Just gotta follow the rules man....regardless how much we hate it. Maybe if an idea came to mind to improve it or make it worthwhile to other employees/co workers.

Using logic to solve a problem. Most companies don't have the time to actually show you to solve a problem or situation. So, that said, you gotta put your thinking cap on and just try/do your best at solving it.....there's no harm at giving your best. A for effort. Wheather it's wrong or right, they could look at ya and say that was a good try, however next time....blah blah blah. Or ask how it's done. At times, your thinking may be needed.

last one...disagree with your boss. I would say stick to what he tells you, even if your 100% right. I would still say I'll do it your way. But if it's wrong and it gets brought up, just say you were following what you were being told, but told him your way would be more better or correct.

Hope this helps...I could go on and on....but it's gettin' to me lol.

Can I ask what job this is for? Name of company?
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Behavioral Interviews - What You Need to Know

Found this link might be useful. I'm seeing more and more companies going thru something like this. Not sure why or where it started but it's beginning to look like we as Americans are being treated like a dam daycare center.
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Iv'e got a foreman position and 2 jobs when I answered " Iv'e always wanted a job testing drugs" to the statement "we drug test" at job interview.
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It's for an operator position at a refinery.
Last time I don't expect to get bombarded by these questions and got overwhelmed.
Thanks for the help, following rules and doing what I'm told to do is key. Gotta be a gopher lol
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Iv'e got a foreman position and 2 jobs when I answered " Iv'e always wanted a job testing drugs" to the statement "we drug test" at job interview.
Ha ha this guy!
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yeah those kind of questions are pretty tough but one thing I like to keep in mind during an interview is that most companies just want a person who is realiable and can work well in a TEAM situation. leadership and team work tend to be critical points for getting hired at a new job.
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I have been on both sides of the table for several behavioral interviews. The best thing I can tell you is to be specific. When they ask for baggage situation given them an example of an actual situation you were involved in. Nothing frustrated me more as an interviewer than some one responding with general answers.... Well I would do this or I think you should do that...

For each questions do this
1. Do I have a real world situation that this applies ro
If yes.... Move to step 2
If no, tell them you cannot recall being in such a. scenario

2. Explain the situation
Who was involved
What was the issue

3. What did you do?
Handle it yourself?
Seek assistance from a supervisor?

4. What was the outcome?

5. What did you learn from the situation that you can apply going forward?

As stated earlier, these types of interviews are becoming the norm. Embrace it and sell yourself. An interview is nothing more than a sales pitch.

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yeah those kind of questions are pretty tough but one thing I like to keep in mind during an interview is that most companies just want a person who is realiable and can work well in a TEAM situation. leadership and team work tend to be critical points for getting hired at a new job.
This. Some people esp the older generation might be used to working by themselves, knows what to do and doesn't work well with others. Companies want you to work and play well with others. However that isn't always the case. I've dealt with plenty of people that acted like children or another person shouldn't work as hard as the other people because he's been there 30+ years. I don't give a **** how long you've been there!! Your still an employee here until you retire jackass. This same person, treats everybody as if he's smarter than them. So I left/quit that company. After 7 years, the drive got to me, the people around me, and so on.
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