Instead of trying to confirm whatever impression you formed in the first ten seconds. Performance based interview questions focus on learning about a particular performance situation or task, the action taken on your part, and the outcomes of your action. Here are several examples of what you should expect:

  • Describe a situation in which you had to use your communication skills in presenting complex information. How did you determine whether your message was received? (With the original question you are assuming the person did understand.)
  • Share with me an example of an important personal goal that you set, and explain how you accomplished it.
  • Lead me through a decision-making process on a major project you’ve completed.
  • Have you ever had many different tasks given to you at the same time? How did you manage these?
  • Give an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision.

Here are All_PBI_Sample_Questions Laszlo Bock referred to in his book Work Rules and are to be found on the site called: www.va.gov/pbi/questions.asp