How To Measure An interviewee’s Resilience

We all want team members who can offer some toughness and determination in the job that we are looking to fill – this is important in the applicant “getting things done” and in making a positive contribution to the organisation.

Some reliable assessment of coping skills and resilience gives an early insight into the wider potential of that applicant for further progression through time should also be considered as part of a wider organisational development plan.

Try the following leader questions and supplementary questions to tease this out, remembering that Open Questions are the key here!

  1. Describe the last time that you got really stressed at work. What were your learning points from this and how did you use that moving forward?
  2. Describe a time when someone else put pressure on you. How did you resolve this?
  3. What has been your greatest failure? How did it feel and how did you cope with it?
  4. What is your biggest annoyance in your current job? How do you work around this?
  5. How do you make sure that you and your team do not get overwhelmed?

Difficult and challenging questions for sure but needed if you are to really get the measure of your interview candidates!

Good Luck!

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