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Interview Questions: What are behavior-based questions and how should I answer them?

What are behavior-based questions and how should I answer them?

A behavior-based interview question seeks to discover past behavior, as it is the best predictor of future behavior.  Common questions are “tell me a time you had to work as a part of a team,” or “give me an example when you made a significant contribution to an employer.”  To best answer these questions, we recommend the CART formula (refer to the FAQ, What is the CART technique?).

Behavior-based questions may ask you to describe a situation when you

  • demonstrated leadership
  • solved a problem
  • made a good/poor decision
  • handled change in your organization
  • handled criticism
  • worked as part of a team
  • met/missed a deadline
  • disagreed with a decision made by your supervisor or upper management