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Top 10 Diligence Interview Questions

Question 1 of 14
Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.
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Question 2 of 14
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out spelling discrepancies in communication and will notice the small things. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."
Admin Example
"I can't necessarily speak for them, but I think they would say that I have above average attention to detail. I make mistakes, but I usually catch them before passing my work on to the intended recipient."
Manager Example
"I have a well-honed ability to point out discrepancies in my work, and the work of my team. Being in this role for seven years has helped me to streamline many processes and avoid a lot of error. I plan to bring this same discretion with me to your organization."
Marketing Example
"As a marketing professional and an overall creative person, I tend to move quickly but can take count of my work and notice mistakes just as quickly. My coworkers seem to enjoy my style of work so I would say they'd have nice things to say about me and my attention to detail!"
Retail Example
"Before I give a customer their total, I count the lines on the POS and compare them to the items in front of me. I would never want to miss charging an item or double charging for an item as I would feel so bad. My coworkers tease me about this a little bit."
Sales Example
"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."
Teacher Example
"Being a teacher, I need to be diligent and detailed every step of the way. My students like my step-by-step teaching style and my colleagues would attest to my strong attention to detail as well."
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Question 3 of 14
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 required 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
Admin Example
"I sure hope so! I have always put my best foot forward, and I very much dislike being bored. I go the extra mile whenever possible because that's what great employees do! I have received very positive feedback from all of my previous employers."
Manager Example
"I am always creating new ways for myself and my team to maximize efficiency in our day. I often like to try out a new process to ensure that the owner of the company is getting his money's worth from our work. He will be a great reference for me when we get to that stage."
Marketing Example
"We recently had a client who wanted an expert in Facebook algorithms. I was a bit rusty, so I enrolled myself in a half day webinar just to ensure I had the level of knowledge the client was expecting. I certainly believe my boss would have great things to say about my level of diligence."
Retail Example
"I fully believe that my current employer would describe me as a diligent go-getter. I like to work on upcoming projects without being asked. For instance, I will re-merchandise before the scheduled time so that we aren't scrambling when our new inventory comes in."
Sales Example
"My former boss would describe me as an employee who goes the extra mile. In my most recent position, I was always available on my email, and many of my service clients had my cell phone number just in case of an after-hours emergency. When you call my reference he will be happy to expand on that for you, I am sure."
Teacher Example
"I initiated a faculty-wide meeting so that we could all discuss the concerns our students had surrounding a couple of cyber-bullies that had surfaced. All of the teachers met after school and brainstormed how we would address the issue and put an end to it. The plan was successful; we identified the perpetrator who we expelled. I will always go the extra mile and be an advocate for my students. My principal will attest to this when you call for a reference."
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Question 4 of 14
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.

Answer Example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Admin Example
"I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
Manager Example
"I come from the old school way of thinking where if you aren't in the hospital, you show up to work. I can honestly say that the last sick day I took was about six years ago. I expect dedication from my employees which I first need to demonstrate."
Marketing Example
"This past year I missed three consecutive days due to illness. I am very dedicated to my projects, and my employer. I had strep throat and still worked from home!"
Retail Example
"I think I missed ten days, counting vacation time. Of those, five were for my vacation. For three days, I was excused under a doctor's note. The other two absences were pre-approved family days."
Sales Example
"My current employer allows us to work from home if we aren't feeling well. I take my laptop with me nearly every day anyway so if there is a day that I am under the weather, and potentially contagious, I will just work from home. This past year that has happened only twice."
Teacher Example
"Missing a day of work is a challenge for me since I am responsible for locating my substitute teacher and I have to pay them from my budget. For this reason, and the fact that I am a dedicated and truthful person, I will only call in sick in dire situations. Through my six-year career as a teacher, I have called in sick just a handful of times. Thank goodness for ColdFX and immunity boosting vitamins!"
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Question 5 of 14
Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
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Question 6 of 14
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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Question 7 of 14
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
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Question 8 of 14
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
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Question 9 of 14
When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
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Question 10 of 14
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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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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Question 11 of 14
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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Question 12 of 14
How often do you take work home with you?
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Question 13 of 14
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
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Question 14 of 14
Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
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