Situational interview

1. What is a situational interview?

• A situational interview utilizes hypothetical events in the form of a question. Candidates are asked how they would react if they encountered that event.
• This type of interview is most often used with college graduates who do not have as much past work experience.
• In situational interviewing, job-seekers are asked to respond to a specific situation they may face on the job, and some aspects of it are similar to behavioral interviews.

2. Benefits of situational interview

This method will help employer check:
• Analytical skill.
• Problem-solving skill.
• Situation-solving skill…

3. Relationship of situational interview and behavioral interview

Situational interviews are similar to behavioral interviews, except while behavioral focus on a past experience, situational interviews focus on a hypothetical situation.

For example

• In a behavioral interview, the interviewer might ask a question with, “Tell me about a time you had to deal with…”.
• In a situational interview, the interviewer asks, “How would you solve…”.


If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?

Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.

What problems have you encountered at work? Describe how you dealt with them.

Describe a challenge or problem you faced. How did you handle it?

Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it

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