Sample Behavioral Based Interview Questions

Posted On December 19, 2016

Sample Behavioral Based Interview Questions for College Students

  • By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
  • Describe the most significant or creative presentation that you have had to complete.
  • Give an example of how you applied knowledge from previous coursework to a project in another class.
  • Describe a situation where others you were working with on a project disagreed with your ideas. What did you do?
  • Describe a situation in which you found that your results were not up to your professor’s or supervisor’s expectations. What happened? What action did you take?
  • What was the most complex assignment you have had? What was your role?
  • How was your transition from high school to college? Did you face any particular problems?
  • Compare and contrast the times when you did work which was above the standard with times your work was below the standard.
  • How have you differed from your professors in evaluating your performance? How did you handle the situation?
  • Describe some projects or ideas (not necessarily your own) that were implemented, or carried out successfully primarily because of your efforts.
  • Describe a situation that required a number of things to be done at the same time. How did you handle it? What was the result?
  • Describe a time when your active listening skills really paid off for you – maybe a time when other people missed the key idea being expressed.
  • Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. Why was this person difficult? How did you handle that person?
  • Give me a specific example of something you did that helped build enthusiasm in others?
  • Tell me about a difficult situation when it was desirable for you to keep a positive attitude. What did you do?
  • Give me an example of a time you had to make an important decision. How did you make the decision? How does it affect you today?
  • Give me an example of a time you had to persuade other people to take action. Were you successful?
  • Describe a time when you got co-workers or classmates who dislike each other to work together. How did you accomplish this? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a time when you put your needs aside to help a co-worker or classmate understand a task. How did you assist him or her? What was the result?

The above questions are from Claremont Graduate University, as posted at