“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking
Change happens all the time, whether we are ready for it or not. The really important factor is how we react to change in both our personal and professional lives. Some people see change as a challenge and look for ways to turn that change into an opportunity. Others feel threatened by change, and that fear means they will try and either avoid the change or argue against it. Companies are looking for people who can keep their fear under control, face change with courage and deal with it in a professional way.
Basic Interview Questions About How You Adapt to Change
At some point during your job interview, you may be asked about how you adapt to change. If the role is largely based on routine work you may just be asked a basic interview question like the ones below.
You must always answer that you are adaptable to change and then go on to explain how.
You may also be asked a basic question about how you handle change generally. Link through to the post below for different examples of how you can answer.
And finally you may be asked specifically what sort of work environment you prefer. Read our answer and develop one of your own.
Specific Behavioral Interview Questions About Adapting to Change:
Most interviewers will ask very targeted behavioral interview questions to understand exactly how you adapt to change in the workplace and in the specific role they are recruiting for. The following are 9 behavioral interview questions about adapting to change that you may be asked.
Here are some prepared Answers:
Tell me about a situation in which you have had to adjust to changes that were outside of your control. How did you handle it?
Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a colleague’s working style in order to complete a project or achieve your objectives.
How would you describe your transition from high school to university? Did you face any particular problems? How did you handle them?
Can you tell me about a time or a project when you became frustrated or irritated because something kept changing on you? How did you handle it?
Describe a situation or project which required you to remain flexible and open-minded in order to succeed at something.
Can you tell me about a situation in which you had to change your initial approach to a project or assignment in order to achieve your goal?
Tell me about a time when you had to take on a new assignment when you were still heavily involved with another one? What happened?
Tell me about a time when you had to meet scheduled deadlines and your work was being continually disrupted? What was the most difficult challenge? how did you overcome it?
Tell us about a time that you had to adapt to a particularly difficult situation. What steps did you take to manage it?