Behavioural-Type Interview Questions
Behavioural-type interview questions are often asked during the interview process at Halton Region. This type of question is an open-ended question that invites you to draw on your past experience.
Commonly asked behavioural-type questions are:
- Can you tell me about a time when you disagreed with a supervisor's recommendation?
- Can you describe a situation that shows how you deal with conflict among co-workers?
- Tell me about a time when you had to act quickly, with very little planning.
To answer these questions thoroughly, you should:
- Explain the situation.
- Describe how you handled the situation.
- Describe the outcome of your actions.
- Prepare yourself. Ask yourself - Why do I want this job? What do I have to offer?
- Practice responses to common behavioural-type questions.
- Review experiences you have had at work, in school, and in volunteer activities. Keep a mental list of your accomplishments.
- Be on time for your interview.
- Wear appropriate clothing to the interview (dress conservatively and avoid heavy colognes).
- Make a good impression. Project enthusiasm, interest and motivation to learn. Smile and be positive.
- Do not criticize your past employers or co-workers.
- Research the position and the organization before the interview. This will help you highlight the ways you will be an asset to the employer.
- Prepare questions to ask the panel at the end of the interview. This shows that you are interested in the organization and that you are willing to do a bit of research. You might consider asking:
- how various departments function together
- how employees are trained
- what challenges the organization faces
- Ask the interviewer when the hiring decision will be made, and how they will inform candidates.
- Be sure to bring the following items to your interview:
- copies of your resume
- reference letters and/or
- list of references
- Be yourself! Your responses will feel and sound more natural.