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Top 10 Adaptability Interview Questions
Question 1 of 14
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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List of Adaptability Interview Questions
  1. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  2. When have you had to adapt to change?
  3. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  4. When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?
  5. When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
  6. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
  7. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
  8. When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?
  9. When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?
  10. When have you had to think quickly in response to sudden change?
  11. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
  12. What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
  13. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?
  14. When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
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Rachelle Enns
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Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
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Question 1 of 14
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Setbacks happen for a reason and they do not affect me emotionally in the least. I am a very pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite the challenges that come my way.
Setbacks can be trying, but I find that you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win. While I never enjoy a setback, I use them as a stepping off point to something even better.
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Question 2 of 14
When have you had to adapt to change?
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Last year our company was sold to a competitor and a lot of our management team changed hands. It was a lot of change to handle in a short time.
When I worked for "XYZ", we were pushed to obtain ISO certification by one of our potential customers. The changes in reporting and procedural compliance were numerous, and it took a little while to adjust. But, in the end, it was worth it to secure such a high profile customer.
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Question 3 of 14
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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I am accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment and tend to prefer that pace. It's fast, and makes every day different. I certainly enjoy the challenge!
I am comfortable either way, but I would probably grow bored if nothing every changed. Having a few days of status quo every now and then is good for my sanity though.
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Question 4 of 14
When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?
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In my current position, my workload changes depending on the team and their needs. I am able to adapt to those needs quickly and effectively. Just last week I had 2 team members who were sick and my workload increased significantly. I worked overtime and met my deadlines.
My workload changes by the minute. I keep a to-do list every day and push unfinished items to the next. Then, the next day I come in to 150 emails and have to completely re-prioritize yesterday's to-do leftovers with today's emergencies.
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Question 5 of 14
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
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I had to shift my focus when I learned that we were acquiring a smaller competitor. I had to change my plans to incorporate a new team, with new ideas, process, and procedures. Instead of working solely toward increased productivity, I had to back up work toward bringing our new team up to speed and integrate them into our processes.
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Question 6 of 14
Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
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I am happy to adapt to changes as long as they make sense and help with productivity. I am a team player and will always choose the positive side of things rather than dwelling on the potential difficulties.
Absolutely not. A drive for continuous improvement requires change. Not change, for the sake of change, but to find more efficient and effective ways to get the job done and increase our productive capacity.
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Question 7 of 14
Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
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Our company did not have a strong policy when it came to workplace harassment and bullying. I was able to work with the leadership team to create a new program which has been readily welcomed by our staff.
I had noticed a lack of communication with our 2nd and 3rd shift operations. I drafted a proposal to purchase announcement TVs to have hung in various places in the building to share information and requested a meeting with my department supervisor and the business leader.
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Question 8 of 14
When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?
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Our company switched to an SAP system last year that I was not familiar with. I enrolled myself into a 4 week evening course at our local community college so that I could quickly learn the system without it affecting my performance at work. It helped a great deal and my employers were impressed with my willingness to learn.
I heard a little about a new best practice in ISO quality control standards. I made about a dozen calls and ended up meeting some peers from other companies for lunch to discuss and share ideas. The ideas I took from that day have been successfully implemented. It is always a great idea to share with and learn from others in a similar capacity.
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Question 9 of 14
When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?
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Unexpected situations happen very often in my current position. For instance, just last week, we had major changes in industry regulations which forced our team to react quickly. It was stressful but we made it happen.
A few months ago, when our latest product design failed its endurance test, I had to quickly establish a root cause analysis and corrective action team to determine the cause of the failure and find a solution.
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Question 10 of 14
When have you had to think quickly in response to sudden change?
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Every day, in my current role, we face last minute order changes which can be very expensive if not addressed immediately. I am very good at thinking on my feet and I do enjoy the challenge.
I work in an ever-changing environment. I have to respond to sudden change almost daily with the production schedule. Customer orders are prioritized by a different department, and it is not uncommon for them to change the priority on a given day due to a last minute rush order from a larger customer. You learn to roll with it, and you find the fastest ways to make a successful changeover.
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Question 11 of 14
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
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I am often asked to perform tasks outside of my wheelhouse. This includes customer dispute resolution and interviewing potential new employees. I am a diverse employee and am happy to take on additional functions.
Honestly, I have not had much experience with this. However, I am adaptable. I will use all available resources and research possibilities to find out what I need to do and how to do it.
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Question 12 of 14
What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
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The biggest change I have dealt with in my career is when my company closed their PA location and I was asked to relocation to VA. It was a risk on my part but I chose to follow the company to their new location. It paid off as I continued another 5 years of success there.
The biggest change in my career was learning to report to an entirely new management team when we merged with a competitor.
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Question 13 of 14
When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?
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Last year we saw new federal regulations come through which affected 80% of our ongoing projects. We had to quickly adjust our plans; however, we were able to deliver a timely product that met federal regulations.
All of our products are thoroughly tested after the design and prototype phase. We were certain that the design would hold up to the endurance testing, based on the components used, but it did not. We had to go back and adjust the entire product design to determine the root cause and correct the fault.
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Question 14 of 14
When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
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I am ready to adapt at all times, if necessary. Alternate scenarios are great but I really prefer to stay focused on my desired outcome.
I try to always create 'what-ifs' because I know that plans change and/or fail. Plan B is always ready to go.
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