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Top 10 Diligence Interview Questions
Question 1 of 13
Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.
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List of Diligence Interview Questions
  1. Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.
  2. Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
  3. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  4. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  5. Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.
  6. Do you always double check or proofread your work?
  7. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  8. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
  9. When you have a problem at work are you one to carefully consider what is at stake or do you jump in and hope for the best?
  10. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
  11. How often do you take work home with you?
  12. When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
  13. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Rachelle Enns
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Rachelle Enns
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Question 1 of 13
Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.
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Tight deadlines are a bit unusual in our industry; however, we had a deadline last month that was about half the time of our usual time frame. I took my work home every night for a week to ensure that the deadline was met without the quality of work suffering.
I am always diligent when it comes to deadlines. However, once I remember having an abnormally large order from a regular client once. I was a little stressed about making sure it was perfect, but I was confident and we met our deadline with no issue.
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Question 2 of 13
Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
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Yes. I go the extra mile in all that I do!
I hope so. I have always put my best foot forward, and I hate being bored.
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Question 3 of 13
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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I cannot recall the exact number but I think it was around 3 days total. All absences were excused and with notice.
I think I missed 10, counting vacation. 5 were for my vacation. For 3 days, I remember having a nasty fever and went to the doctor. The other 2 absences were pre-approved.
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Question 4 of 13
Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
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At XYZ, I noticed that our written procedures were not exactly how the employees were doing things. I decided to interview the employees and compare it to the written procedures that management wanted used. We were able to come to a compromise that met all of the safety and quality requirements of the company, but still worked a bit faster and easier for the staff.
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Question 5 of 13
Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.
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Last year, I worked towards my Project Manager certification while working full time. That experience alone greatly increased my multitasking skills. The PM Certification is a great addition to my already existing management skill set.
I took a one day seminar in Microsoft Excel. I already knew the basics, but my boss like using macros and pivot tables, and I was spending a lot of time reading the support section to figure out how to use them. The course was very informative.
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Question 6 of 13
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
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I am so accustomed to working under pressure and tight deadlines that I do forget to double check my work at times. This is a habit that I have consciously been working on to improve.
I try to, but in today's quick response age, I know that I send emails with mistypes. I concentrate very well on reports and presentations, and I do ask other people to review important letters or emails before sending them.
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Question 7 of 13
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
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I have always been told to first do the work that I enjoy least! In a way - I guess you could say 'leave the best for last'. I do this so that I don't lose steam as I enter the final stages of a task of project.
I tend to leave the hardest assignments for last. It is not because I dread them, but because I can make a lot more people happy by completing their small requests first and getting them back to work.
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Question 8 of 13
When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
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I tend to jump right into an assignment and plan my steps once things are underway. It's the best way that I can create a strategy without wasting any time at the start.
I lay out all the deadlines, figure out the deliverables, priority order, and then do all the research needed to make informed decisions. I keep a written "to-do" list and transfer project deadlines into my calendar to stay on task.
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Question 9 of 13
When you have a problem at work are you one to carefully consider what is at stake or do you jump in and hope for the best?
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My current company encourages me to consider which problem is the most costly if unattended to. This is generally where I start. Do you have a preference when it comes to problem solving?
That depends on the situation and seriousness of the problem. I will not jump in with rash decisions on a problem that has a major impact on our business, but I will change coffee vendors on a whim to save money or increase satisfaction.
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Question 10 of 13
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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I determine priorities based on project value and receptiveness of my client. The most engaged clients generally get my attention and the fastest turn around.
Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I interview each to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and/or the overall impact.
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Question 11 of 13
How often do you take work home with you?
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I take my work home with me whenever it is necessary. Some positions I have held, I work from home nearly every day. Other roles, such as my current position, I work from home just a couple of times per month.
I try not to take my work home with me. Everyone needs downtime. However, if something needs to get done, I will get it done, even from home.
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Question 12 of 13
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
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I have to be extra thorough once every quarter when we complete our inventory counts. It takes a lot of concentration and attention to detail.
I am always thorough, but we do have monthly team meetings where we discuss our performance metrics. That reporting takes a little longer.
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Question 13 of 13
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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My attention to detail is a point that I have been working on a lot this past year. I am meticulous but, in the past, have pushed my documentation back a little bit. It's something I am conscious of and continually working on.
I can't necessarily speak for them, but I think they would say that I have a pretty typical attention to detail. I make mistakes, but I usually catch them before passing my work on to intended recipient.
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