Mental Attitude – Interview Questions

Interview Question: How do you handle a situation where the workload is beginning to be too much and your emotions start to be involved in the situation?

Answer Guide: Candidate should be able to step outside of an emotive situation, evaluate the problems, come up with solutions, and be character driven?

Interview Question: How do you handle yourself when you feel the world is against you?

Answer Guide: Response should show applicant is in control of their attitude, that they think rationally, and they do not see, or allow, themselves to be a victim.

Interview Question: How would your mother describe your attitude towards work?

Answer Guide: Applicant should respond with humor and yet still attempt to give an honest appraisal of his/her character traits. This includes both positive and negative traits as viewed from another person’s perspective.

Interview Question: Have you ever had an occasion when you discovered a strong point in your character, that you didn’t know you had? Then think of the same occasion, but with a personal limitation.

Answer Guide: Answer should demonstrate whether or not there is an ability to recognize and exploit strength of character and/or recognize weakness.

Interview Question: Is it useful to be able to quickly and accurately appraise another person’s temperament?

Answer Guide: Candidate should show that their personal perceptions are not biased and that they have the ability to make accurate judgments quickly.

Interview Question: When was the last time you had a project that really energized you.

Answer Guide: Applicant should demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm, energy, and dedication.

Interview Question: What is your general attitude towards life?

Answer Guide: Candidate should have a positive confident attitude. Words and body language will be evaluated to determine whether or not a truthful answer was given.

Interview Question: Do you attempt to predict how others will react to a given situation or a suggestion? 

Answer Guide: Job seeker should anticipate reactions and objections which shows the skill to plan ahead. Job seeker should value people and understand the necessity of finding common goals and grounds.

Interview Question: How do you react when asked to do something beyond your capabilities?

Answer Guide: Job seeker should be able to admit that they do not know some things. They should have the ability push themselves forward in a challenging situation.

Interview Question: Would you describe yourself as an optimist or a pessimist?

Answer Guide: Most people are a mixture of the two, but the applicant’s words, presence and body language (especially the energy in the eyes) will indicate the predominant personality trait(s) and/or beliefs.

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