Hardest Behavioral Questions You've Been Asked

I've seen the thread with the hardest interview questions that was a great resource. However, I wanted to ask you fellows what is the Hardest or most interesting behavioral questions you've either been asked or heard about?

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May 23, 2018

I was once asked ''tell me about a time when you showed integrity.' Much harder to think of on the spot than times of weakness or strength.

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May 23, 2018

I was asked to define ethics and then asked about times where I've seen ethical and unethical behavior in business. It threw me off because it was so broad (I took a Greek philosophy class where we spent weeks talking about ethics) but I was able to salvage it with a couple solid examples of both ethical and unethical dealings I'd seen.

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Jul 22, 2019

I was once asked about a time where I was unethical in the workplace. This was for my first professional job LOL

May 23, 2018

I was asked "What is the worst thing you've ever done?" I froze, lol. Eventually I lied and told them that I ate some weird crap while on a trip. He obviously did not believe me, but I still got offered.

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May 23, 2018

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May 23, 2018

What's the biggest lie on your resume?

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May 23, 2018

Wow, this one's a hard one to spin.

May 24, 2018

Yeah this is tough. I also exaggerate the skill of a language by a bit or a sporting achievement and call that a lie. I think lying about something key in the professional experience or academic sections can backfire.

May 24, 2018

My GPA isn't actually a 3,9... it's a 3.89, but I thought I'd save you the energy :)

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May 24, 2018

"Nothing. And I'm offended you think I'm a liar."

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May 24, 2018

Correct--the only answer to that question is "absolutely nothing, and that's no bullshit"

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May 24, 2018

wow do people actually ask this? i imagine it's just one of those to judge how the interviewer handles the question / see if they get flustered

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May 24, 2018

The only answer to that is "I stand by my resume"

May 24, 2018
buysidebandit:

What's the biggest lie on your resume?

Lol.

Gonna use this one.

May 24, 2018
buysidebandit:

What's the biggest lie on your resume?

Lol.

Gonna use this one.

May 25, 2018

This is one where I would actually push back on. Pretty bold to phrase it like that. Obviously you aren't typically exactly in a position with much leverage when being interviewed, but this one is a bit far in my opinion.

May 25, 2018

"My GPA- 1.6 doesn't quite capture my essence or my work ethic. Have you seen the new Gucci sleds though? Waiting on that signing bonus for sureeeee"

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May 25, 2018

'Hmmmmm that's a hard one, can I narrow it down to my top 3?'

( I think you have to go with humor)

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May 23, 2018

What animal best describes your personality?

To this day I am kicking myself over saying the first animal that came to mind - my dog. But at least it wasn't as bad as the chick before me who said "caterpillar". I guess because she had some spiritual awakening and metamorphosed into a butterfly, or some shit.

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May 23, 2018

I'd have said a dragon, because I'm legendary.

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May 23, 2018

Sequence of two questions:

"Tell me about one of your personal heroes."

"Tell me about a time that hero failed you."

Ended up with the offer and the job, later found out that this is how they tested to see how people responded to strong emotion. Some people cry, some people walk out, some people lash out, some people smile and respond. Didn't really matter what your answer was, they were just looking for the way in which you responded.

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May 23, 2018

I can't believe people would lash out or walk out... Maybe that question brings up stronger emotions for them than it would for me but come on.

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May 24, 2018

The "Accusing the Interviewer of Lying" behavioral questions are the toughest.

ie.

Interviewer: Why didn't you say excuse me after entering the room and then farting?

Candidate's possible responses:
a) "I didn't fart." (Accuses Interviewer of Lying)
b) "Whoever smelt it dealt it." (Rejected)

You're pretty much screwed either way.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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May 24, 2018

"Because it was silent and I didn't think it would smell"

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May 24, 2018

"Trust me, we wouldn't be this far into the interview if I farted"

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May 24, 2018

"Because I a few more coming throughout this interview and I figured I would offer a bulk apology at the end"

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May 25, 2018

The only answer for this is "I'll take the fall for this one. I'm sorry"

May 24, 2018

interviewed with a top BB for a credit risk analyst position with the MD. To give some context, I only had internships in buy side positions.

After answering the why credit question, I got followed up with "your resume seems to strongly aligned to the buy side, so why do you really want to do credit risk analysis?"

I froze for a sec, then quickly spewed up some bullshit about how evaluating a company and managing risk was vastly similar as they both needed careful analysis.... Didn't get offer.

May 24, 2018
theyoungmarcus:

interviewed with a top BB for a credit risk analyst position with the MD. To give some context, I only had internships in buy side positions.

After answering the why credit question, I got followed up with "your resume seems to strongly aligned to the buy side, so why do you really want to do credit risk analysis?"

I froze for a sec, then quickly spewed up some bullshit about how evaluating a company and managing risk was vastly similar as they both needed careful analysis.... Didn't get offer.

hahahaha something similar happened to me. I really didn't have a huge passion for credit risk analysis, but in undergrad interviews an alum got me an interview with the credit MD at JP Morgan and I printed "Objective: To become a credit risk analyst at a major US bank" or something like that on the top of my resume. Oh man, he tore me apart on that.

You probably had a better answer than I did...

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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May 24, 2018

whats the most unethical thing you've done

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May 24, 2018

Least favorite question, hard to answer without something coming off as bad or weird

May 24, 2018

Teach me a concept/skill I don't know already. This one required some creative thinking on my feet.

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May 24, 2018

How the hell are you supposed to know what the interviewer doesn't already know?

May 25, 2018

Haha. Exactly. That's what made it a challenging question. Really forces you to recall the most ambiguous things you've ever done/learned in your life.

May 24, 2018

"If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change?"

You killed the Greece spread goes up, spread goes down, from Wall Street they all play like a freak, Goldman Sachs 'o beat.

May 24, 2018

"On a scale of 1-10 how nervous are you for this Superday?" - "I haven't even looked at your resume yet, what part of it should I look at?"

May 24, 2018

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

May 31, 2018

Sounds like a party/date question more than an interview topic. Seems like the interviewer wants some entertainment.

May 24, 2018
BlackHat:

In a 2 on 1 where I was the silent #2 interviewing some nervous banker, my only line was "are you trying to fuck us over?" The kid had NO CLUE what to say. Got visibly uncomfortable and said he wasn't sure what I meant. My co-worker goes "why didn't you say no?" Kid just froze like a fuckin' deer in the headlights.

He didn't answer, he just sat there staring at us like we just told him he had terminal cancer. Dead silent for about an entire minute... then my partner in the interview asks him if he has any questions for us, he says no and we shake hands with the poor kid and leave. Hilarious, but kinda terrifying if you're the interviewee...

Ding!

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May 24, 2018

I got asked "Are you smart" - I laughed and answered with "Smart is relative and I think that for my age and experience, im above the average." So he asked me again "So are you smart" I replied - Im intelligent, Yes.

Not the weirdest question he asked me either.

May 24, 2018

"I'm fucking smart" -Jeff Skilling

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May 25, 2018

Got asked the same! Said I was above average, and was then asked to quantify it. Said 80th percentile b/c I didn't want to come across as arrogant. Was subsequently called stupid.

Jun 10, 2018

My trademark answer is "I like to think so"

May 25, 2018

"Tell me about your biggest failure this far in life."

May 25, 2018

"Tell me about a time you betrayed your friend's trust and describe what you did to regain it." Basically crushed me..

My response was "that never happened." They responded with "do the best you can." Stood silent for about 2 minutes after that. Began to sweat heavily.

May 27, 2018

While I was in forth grade at a sleep over at my friend's house; I stole three of my friends' Pokemon while they were sleeping onto my Nintendo DS. When they woke up I laughed at my friend who had his Groudon stolen. Meanwhile my friend who's Kyogre got stolen was crying. Other friend never noticed his missing Rayquaza somehow. Being in forth grade we decided to go to my friends pool and play. (Regained their trust) (Only real Pokemon trainers would understand how evil I really was back then)

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May 30, 2018

These are the stupidest kinds of questions because you tend to get dinged for having a positive character trait (e.g., loyalty, conscientiousness, etc.) and answering honestly.

I was once asked to describe "a time that you [I] missed a very important deadline" and know that I got dinged for saying that I can't ever remember doing so.

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May 27, 2018

Not difficult, but very awkward that it was asked.

Interviewer: What is something you've studied in your free-time?

Me: Irish history, my family is originally from Ireland, so I find it interesting to learn about my heritage.

Interviewer: What do you think about the IRA?

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Jun 26, 2019

Interview in London?

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Jun 26, 2019

American. My experience is that most Americans know little to nothing about the Angle/Irish conflict, so my guess is that he had family/ancestors on the opposite side of mine in that whole deal.

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May 27, 2018

Interviewer: Did you vote for Trump or Clinton?
Me: God Bless America

Interviewer: Tea or a Coffee guy?
Me: Both are soluble with whey protein

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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May 31, 2018

Best answer to first one is to refuse to answer as it would be unprofessional and irrelevant.

Jun 26, 2019

What if you answered you didnt vote? even if it was or wasnt the truth

Gun rights activist
May 31, 2018

"a time you took a risk"

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