Risk Taking – Interview Questions

Interview Question: Have you ever used a new idea without being certain of the outcome? What did you do and was it a good decision?

Answer Guide: Job seeker should have an ability to experiment and assess the results of that change.

Interview Question: What was the outcome of a time where you created an advantage for your company, even though you were not in possession of all the data?

Answer Guide: Applicant should have a courageous attitude when acting with minimal information.

Interview Question: When was the last occasion that you took a risk in the workplace, by saying or doing something that could have had adverse repercussions on you, but did not? Was the outcome in the long term favorable?

Answer Guide: Applicant should have self-assurance in proposing new ideas and understand that they may not always be heard/ the ideas may not be accepted.

Interview Question: When you are unsure of the outcome when trying a new idea, how do you react?

Answer Guide: Applicant should be capable of taking a calculated risk and have the ability to learn from it.

Interview Question: When all the conditions are variable in a project, how do determine how to proceed?

Answer Guide: Job seeker should show flexibility when trying to learn “on the job”, and they should be able to tie down some of the variables, as they proceed.

Interview Question: When changes occur in the company organization, that you think will make your workload unreasonably heavier in the long term, what is your reaction?

Answer Guide: Candidate should show maturity, an ability to discuss issue with superiors, and should not have a confrontational attitude to this change.

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