Situational interviews are similar to behavioral interview questions - but they are focused on the future, and ask hypothetical questions, whereas behavioral interview questions look at the past.
The advantage is that employers can put all candidates in the same hypothetical situations, and compare their answers.
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Situational Interview Questions:
- What would you do if you made a strong recommendation in a meeting, but your colleagues decided against it?
- How would you handle it if your team resisted a new idea or policy you introduced?
- How would you handle it if the priorities for a project you were working on were suddenly changed?
- What would you do if the work of an employee you managed didn't meet expectations?
- What would you do if an important task was not up to standard, but the deadline to complete it had passed?
- What steps would you take to make an important decision on the job?
- How would you handle a colleague you were unable to form a positive relationship with?
- What would you do if you disagreed with the way a manager wanted you to handle a problem?
- What would you do if you were assigned to work with a difficult client?
- What would you do if you worked hard on a solution to a problem, and your solution was criticized by your team?
- How would you handle working closely with a colleague who was very different from you?
- You're working on a key project that you can't complete because you're waiting on work from a colleague. What do you do?
- You realize that an early mistake in a project is going to put you behind deadline. What do you do?