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Diligence Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your next job interview, here are 15 interview questions focused on how diligent you are in your work.

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Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know that you are a diligent individual when it comes to work-related deadlines. Are you determined to complete your tasks on time or do you frequently miss deadlines? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to act diligently on the job.

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15 Diligence Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you are a diligent individual when it comes to work-related deadlines. Are you determined to complete your tasks on time or do you frequently miss deadlines? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to act diligently on the job.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "Last month I had a client who made a lot of additional and last minute changes to our project. Despite the changes, our deadline remained the same. Our project lead was becoming stressed that we would not meet our deadline so I agreed to stay late three nights that week to ensure that we met all expectations."

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      Admin

      "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 we met the deadline without the quality of work suffering."

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      Manager

      "My company gave me a deadline of December 24th to hire three new production line workers. After that, we were going to be meeting a hiring freeze with an undetermined end date. I used a service called Zip Recruiter and was able to make three excellent hires within two weeks."

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      Marketing

      "Marketing is always about last minute changes and tight deadlines! Recently I worked until 4 AM to deliver an updated proposal for a very particular client. You do what you have to, to make your clients happy."

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      Retail

      "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, so I put in four overtime hours to meet the expectation. It felt great to deliver high-quality service."

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      Sales

      "I had a client last month who put in a last-minute order for a software update. He needed to upgrade some equipment as well. To meet his expectations, I had to expedite the equipment to him and beg my IT team to put my project to the top of the list. It pays to be nice to your coworkers because the IT team was able to deliver! My client was thrilled with our ability to hustle."

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      Teacher

      "I was recently running behind on marking and comments for report cards. We had a field trip and a soccer tournament that week so my timing was off. I took the work home and was able to delegate some of it to my TA as well. Everything was delivered on time, but lesson learned!"

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 17th, 2018

  • 2. When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you are willing to go the extra mile when it's required. Some tasks will require a keener eye and additional diligence. Discuss a time when you were extra thorough during work-related tasks.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 17th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "I have to be extra thorough from time to time when I have clients that are especially detail oriented. Often this will mean spending additional time on calls with them to highlight project changes. I am okay with being extra thorough when needed."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 17th, 2018

      Admin

      "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."

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      Manager

      "I am always thorough, but we do have monthly team meetings where we discuss our performance metrics. That reporting takes a little longer and requires extra diligence from me."

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      Marketing

      "This week I had three projects with clients that had similar names. Rich, Rick, and Rico. Confusing! I had to take extra care to ensure that I was sending the right emails to the correct clients and that no wires were being crossed. This situation tested my attention to detail and diligence in getting to know my clients in a way that set them apart from one another."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 17th, 2018

      Retail

      "When we receive our new inventory it is incredibly important that I take careful note to ensure we received the correct amount. If my count is off, our entire system is off. I triple check my work on those days."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 17th, 2018

      Sales

      "We changed our product catalog recently, so I had to re-memorize a lot of products, codes, and pricing. That following week was a considerable tradeshow, so I needed to have my product knowledge up to snuff. I made flashcards and tested myself every change that I got. I was proud of my ability to retain all of that data in such a short amount of time."

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      Teacher

      "I am extra thorough in particularly tough topics such as spectral sequences. My students, in these instances, will require a very well laid out lesson plan with hands-on opportunities and the introduction of multi-media."

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  • 3. How often do you take work home with you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you work additional hours when necessary. The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 17th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "I make sure to utilize my work hours very efficiently, so the only time that I take my work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. It's all about being diligent with your time in the office!"

      Written by Rachelle Enns on August 17th, 2018

      Admin

      "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."

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      Manager

      "I try not to take my work home with me. Everyone needs downtime, and I discourage my team to pull unnecessary overtime as well. However, if something needs to get done, I will get it done, even from home."

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      Marketing

      "In marketing, one must always be willing to work whenever the creative moment hits you. I have a notebook with memos on my current projects that I often add ideas to at all hours of the day and night."

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      Retail

      "I do not take my work home with me very often. In retail, it is not often required. The times I will do this are when we have new product launches or sales scripts to learn. In those instances, my eagerness to be knowledgeable takes over and I will work any overtime required to get me up to date."

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      Sales

      "I never leave my work! I have my emails on my smartphone and am happy to answer client questions in the evenings and weekends. I often travel after hours to be at a conference on time. Overtime is a way of life for a business development professional."

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      Teacher

      "Teachers take their work home on a daily basis! I am no different. It's part of being dedicated to my students as well as my curriculum."

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  • 4. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you can determine which projects need your attention over others. When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

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  • 5. 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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      The interviewer would like to know how you assess problems at work. It is vital to be able to quickly, yet efficiently, evaluate an issue in the workplace. Talk to the interviewer about how you handle a problem at work.

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  • 6. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?

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      The interviewer would like to know how you first approach a critical assignment. Are you the individual who will take an assignment head-on, or do you need to research and plan early? Do you jump in and get it all done immediately or do you balance it with other assignments? Talk to the interviewer about how you approach essential tasks at work.

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  • 7. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know which tasks you tend to leave for last. Often we will move the tasks that we don't want for last in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully leave a specific responsibility for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question.

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  • 8. Do you always double check or proofread your work?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you are the type to proofread your work before submitting it. Double checking and proofreading are vital parts of a job well done. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to presenting good, clean, work.

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  • 9. Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to discuss the last time you took on a course to learn a work-related task. Once you are in your career, it certainly doesn't mean that you need to stop learning. There are many job-related courses available. Talk to the interviewer about the last time you took advantage of these open courses.

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  • 10. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

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      The interviewer would like to know if you take the initiative in the workplace. Have you ever considered the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

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  • 11. How many days were you absent from work last year?

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      The interviewer would like to know about your dedication to being present and on time. A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

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  • 12. 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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      You can say that you will go the extra mile, but it's best to give a real-life example to the interviewer about a time when you did just that. Offer up your references as well and discuss with the interviewer what you feel your most recent employer would say about you. Give examples of how you go the extra mile in the workplace.

      Here are some ways that employees will go the extra mile:

      - Starting on an upcoming project ahead of time, without being asked.
      - Taking action on any feedback, they receive from their manager. Taking action means attending a class to improve a skill or reading a self-development book to help with communication skills at work.
      - Coming to meetings ready to brainstorm or, better yet, with ideas already jotted down
      - Creating new ways for themselves or their team to maximize efficiency
      - Going out of their way to make their customers happy

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  • 13. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

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      The interviewer would like to know more about your attention to detail. It is always best to support your reply with a real-life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to the smaller details.

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  • 14. Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.

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      An interviewer needs to hear that you have a plan in place to keep yourself organized. The interviewer wants to evaluate your time management skills, and diligence when faced with prioritization. Start off by mentioning that you are typically an organized person. From here, dive into a recent time-consuming project for which you were involved.

      Tell the interviewer that you started off by ensuring you had your schedule mapped out before you dove into your workload. Discuss if you made a to-do list, updated your calendar, or created a color-coded agenda. Share whatever organization method worked for you! Talk about how you diligently stuck with this plan for the duration of the project and how it allowed you to complete the project on time successfully.

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  • 15. How do you motivate yourself to keep going, even when you do not feel like remaining on task?

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      It is essential that, as a professional, you can remain on task and focused even when your motivation levels may not be high. The interviewer would like to know that you are highly diligent and disciplined. Nobody is wholly motivated 100% of the time but do assure the interviewer that you can quickly get yourself back on track.

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