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Behavior-Based Interviews

A behavior-based interview is a common interview style. Candidates are asked to describe specific situations that they have experienced relative to the skill in question (e.g. teamwork).

Preparation and Practice

Answers to behavior-based questions should use past experiences and behaviors to demonstrate how you respond to given circumstances. To prepare for the interview, practice answering behavior-based questions using the SHARE Model®. Think of specific times when you demonstrated each skill or ability. It’s okay to take your time to think of a good example rather than giving the first response that comes to mind.

Answering Behavior-Based Questions Using the SHARE Model®

When answering behavior-based questions, it is important to give specific, rather than general, answers. Use the SHARE Model® to frame your responses.

S Describe a specific Situation

H Identify Hindrances or challenges

A Explain the Action that you took

R Discuss the Results or outcome

E Evaluate or summarize what you learned

Topics for Behavior-Based Questions

  • Communication/interpersonal skills
  • High quality service
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Problem-solving
  • Conflict Management

Examples of Behavior-based Interview Questions

  • Describe a situation in which your results were not up to your professor's or supervisor's expectations.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Describe a situation where you had a conflict with a supervisor, family member, or peer. How did you handle that conflict?
  • Talk about a time when you collaborated with a group to complete a project or achieve a goal. What role did you play?
  • Describe a situation in which you utilized communication skills to present or communicate a concept.
  • Describe a time in which you were called on to solve a problem or issue that arose.  
Nursing Interview Quesitons
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Workshop
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Information on interviewing and providing a good first impression!
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Interview questions
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The best possible way to prepare for an interview is to anticipate possible questions.  Here is a list of 109 interview questions that have been asked at interviews with example responses.
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Very good article from the Carnegie Mellon career center on the best answers to tough questions.
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20 general interviewing tips
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This resource includes information on legal guidelines, common pitfalls, behavioral interview questions and the do's and don'ts of interviewing.
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This is a worksheet that gives you the opportunity to work through some tough interview questions with some guidance.  Excellent resource as you prepare.
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This is a handout that incorporates a number of resources in one.
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Medical/Dental/PT School Interview Questions

Preparing for graduate school is much like preparing for a job interview.  You need to prepare and anticipate the questions.  Here are a number of resources that offer sample interview questions specific to medical/dental school.

Education Sample Interview Questions