Questions to Expect: Flexibility

by | March 10, 2009

The quality search

Interviewers, inevitably, seek the ideal candidate. To become this perfect hire, put yourself in the mind of the interviewer. Take a good look at yourself. What does this person look like? How does this person dress, and carry him or herself? Which qualities does this interviewee demonstrate in his or her answers? Increasingly, interviewers will ask behavioral questions -- questions that seek to understand you through the prism of your past behavior and accomplishments. Here's a look at some questions you might receive. These questions are designed to assess your flexibility.

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Many employers want to hire people who can wear many hats or who are amenable to working unusual hours under a wide range of pay arrangements. Usually, it's a good idea to convey a sense of flexibility in the interview. The employer might not be exactly sure how he or she wants to use you, so if you're too rigid in your job parameters, there's a chance you might just cull yourself right out of any job.

But there's a difference between flexibility and gullibility. Don't make any firm answers in the interview situation with regard to pay or hours. It's usually best to say you'll consider whatever they offer, unless it's completely out of the question. This approach will give you some time and distance to think more coolly about figures that come up. "Negotiable," is an especially good word to use with regard to pay and hours because it doesn't tell them that it doesn't matter at all to you nor does it nail down definite figures that might scare someone off.

It's equally important to demonstrate flexibility concerning the kind of work you'll be doing. Early on, embrace as many kinds of tasks and projects as your employers can give you. The more you know how to do, the more valuable you'll be in present and future positions. And especially during the interview, it's a good idea to let them know that you're open to a wide range of new experiences.

  1. Do you have a problem with doing multiple tasks?

  2. How much are you looking to earn?

  3. Sometimes we help out the people in [Department X]. How would you feel about completing projects over there in addition to the ones here?

  4. How do you feel about working extra hours on occasion?

  5. What would be your optimal schedule?

  6. How do you feel about wearing this clown suit?

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