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MBA Career Advice: Fun with Behavioral Questions, Part 1

In this weekly series, our friends at MBA Career Coaches will be dispensing invaluable advice to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. 

If you have ever been in an interview, you know that there is absolutely no way to prepare for every possible question an interviewer might ask. That does not mean that preparation is not important. It does mean that you should start thinking creatively about your life and experiences and how you might therefore answer some of the less conventional questions.

So we submit for your enjoyment the following list. Rather than lock yourself in your bathroom and rehearse your answers in front of a mirror, we encourage you to have fun with it. Treat it like a game of Balderdash. Get together with some friends over dinner and practice throwing out creative answers. Enjoy!!

Ten interesting behavioral questions

  1. Tell us about a time when you had to describe a difficult concept to someone.
  2. When did you disagree with your boss, and how did you handle it?
  3. Tell us about a time when you were disappointed by your own work.
  4. Describe a time in your career when you faced stresses that tested your coping skills. What did you do?
  5. Tell us about a time when your idea was challenged by someone junior to you. What did you do?
  6. Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a work situation? Describe it.
  7. Tell us about a time when you realized your life was on the wrong course, either personally or professionally, and you took steps to change your path.
  8. Please describe a creative solution that you have come up with for an everyday problem.
  9. Describe a time you turned a very challenging situation to your advantage.
  10. Tell me a time when you could not finish a task because of a lack of information. How did you handle it?



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