Behavioral Interview Questions

Below are real examples of the most common questions (and answers) used to hire for all sorts of jobs and careers in finance.

Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers

Behavior interview questions are very common for finance jobs, and yet applicants are often under-prepared for them.

With the right preparation, they can be easy to handle.  The key is to have about 5 stories you can draw on as examples to use, depending on the type of question they ask you.

The five types of behavioral questions:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Conflict
  • Failure
  • Creativity

Pick at least one personal story that relates to each of the five categories above and you will be able to shape it to almost any behavioral question that gets thrown your way.

Teamwork Interview questions

“Describe a situation in the past where you demonstrated strong team-work.”
“What is your management style?”
“Tell me about a time you valued one of your team member’s effort more than your own?”
“What do you typically do if you disagree with someone’s idea?”

Leadership Interview questions

“What does leadership mean to you?”
“Can you provide some examples of good and bad leadership?”
“How do you show leadership in the face of adversity?”
“How would you motivate a disengaged employee?”
“What inspires you?”

Handling Conflict Interview questions

“How do you deal with stress in your personal life?”
“Tell me about a time when you did an effective job at managing a conflict?”
“What is your conflict resolution style?”

Failure interview questions

“What is one of your biggest weaknesses and how do you deal with it?”
“What are some good things about failure?”
“Tell me about an investment you made that didn’t go as planned.”
“What do you regret doing in your life?”

Creativity questions

“Tell me about a significant challenge you faced in your professional career and how you used creativity to come overcome it.”
“Which is more important in business – IQ or EQ?”
“What are 5 things you could use an oven for if it were unable to generate heat ever again?”
“Why do poor people spend more money on toilet paper than rich people?”
“What is one thing you believe to be true, that most people disagree with you on?”

Answers

There are no right or wrong answers.

The interviewer will grade you based on how well you expanded on their ideas.

The key for the interviewer is to determine the following:

  • Do you demonstrate maturity
  • Are you comfortable with ambiguity
  • Can you work as a team
  • Do you have emotional intelligence
  • Are you quick on your feet
  • Can you think creatively (divergent thinking)
  • Would you fit well in the company culture

Additional information

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