Behavioral interviews (aka targeted selection interviews) are based on the
notion that past performance predicts future behavior. The questions asked
in this type of interview assess your accomplishments and measure your
potential in critical areas such as leadership, problem solving, initiative,
and decision making. In a behavioral interview, you will be asked to cite
examples of your past performance in designated areas.
Using the "CAR" method provides you with a framework to
use when responding to behavioral interview questions.
Context: Briefly explain the context or circumstance for
Action: Describe what you did to accomplish the task
Result: Describe the outcome of your actions.
Typical Behavioral Questions
- Why did you choose to attend the Kelley School of
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why should I hire you?
- Tell me about a time when you created group commitment
to a goal.
- Describe a situation where you drew a conclusion
- Give me an example of a situation where you influenced a
decision without using authority.
- How would someone who knows you well describe you? Tell
me both the positive and the negative.
- What has been your greatest failure? What did you learn
- Describe an ethical dilemma you faced and how you dealt
- Walk me through how you accomplished XYZ on your résumé.
- What kind of position are you looking for?
Behavioral Interview Tips
- Determine what skills will be needed for the position
for which you are interviewing by:
- Researching the company and industry
- Reviewing the job description
- Attending the company's presentation and other events
- Talking to others who have interned or worked for the
- Preparing multiple CAR examples that demonstrate your
ability to perform the skills the company is seeking
- Listen carefully to the question and paraphrase the
question to ensure you understand what the recruiter is asking (GCS has
received feedback in the past from recruiters indicating that Kelley
students have good answers but for the wrong question, especially
distinguishing a question on teamwork versus leadership).
- CAR responses to behavioral interview questions should
be succinct (no longer than 1-2 minutes). The majority of your response
time should be spent on describing the results and actions you took with
less time given to describing the situation and task.
Related: Sample Behavioral Questions
- Preparing for a Job Interview