Here are some outside the box questions to prepare for in your next interview as indicated in my first article.
Tell me about a time when you had to analyze or interpret numerical or financial information.
Tell me about a problem you uncovered in your job/ internship. What sources of information did you use to identify this problem?
What kind of information have you been required to analyze? Describe one of your most difficult analyses.
Describe the most complex problem you've recently been asked to solve. What did you do? What alternatives did you consider?
What sources of information have you used to solve problems? Tell me about a time when you used one of those sources.
Tell me about a time when you faced conflicting priorities. How did you determine the top priority?
Tell me about a time when you had to coordinate resources (people, processes, departments, equipment) to complete a complex project.
We've all been in situations in which we couldn't complete everything we needed to on time. Tell me about a time when this happened to you.
Tell me about a time when you were responsible for determining assignments, schedules, and timelines for a project you were managing. Describe how you worked out a project plan. What happened?
Give me an example of a good decision you made recently. What alternatives did you consider? Why was it a good decision?
We all make decisions that turn out to be mistakes. Describe a work decision you regret making.
Sometimes we have to make decisions very quickly. Tell me about a time when you made a decision too quickly. What happened?
Tell me about a decision you thought about for a long time. How did you finally make your decision?
Tell me about a time when you did more than was required in your current/previous job.
What steps have you taken to improve your skills or performance? Give me an example of when you did this.
While you were at __, what change were you able to bring about? How did you do that?
Describe a situation in which you identified a problem and took action to correct it rather than wait for someone else to do so.
Tell me about a time when you took action to exceed an internal/external customer's expectations. Specifically, what did you do?
Sharing information is critical to partnership success. Can you think of a time when important information wasn't shared? What happened?
Describe a situation where limited resources (people or money) forced you to make a prioritization decision that resulted in halting work on a project or product. What was your thought process? What was your decision process?
Tell me about a time when you weren't satisfied with your work because of quality defects. How did you handle the situation?
Working with others usually involves some give and take. Describe a time when you worked out an agreement with a peer or team member. What did you do?
Have you ever spent a significant amount of your own time and effort helping a team/group complete a task? Give me an example. What happened?
Can you describe a situation when you needed to cooperate with others to solve a problem? What did you do?
Describe how you've worked with a team to set specific and measurable goals and objectives. What process did you use?
What have you done to ensure that your team clearly understood its charter/goal?
Tell me about a time you were on a team and had to involve other team members in decisions and actions. What was your approach?
Tell me about a time when you made a specific contribution to a team's success. What was your role? What did you do?
Give me an example of a time when you have inspired someone to work hard to do a good job. How did you do that?
What techniques have you used to gain acceptance of ideas or plans? Give me an example of a time when you used one of these techniques.
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