Definition of Vigilance: An individual who is vigilant gives careful attention to a particular problem or situation, and concentrates on noticing any challenges/trouble that there might be. The two values are:

Trusting: A trusting person is someone who expects fair treatment, loyalty, and good intentions from others. While trust is required in order for someone to function in a team, extremely low scorers may be taken advantage of, because they are not paying attention to others' motivations.

Descriptors: unsuspecting, accepting, unconditional, easy.

Skeptical: Someone who needs to ask questions, collect evidence, and see proof before they accept something as true. Skeptical individuals are investigative and will need information in order to accept a new process or deliver a project in the workplace.  

Descriptors: vigilant, suspicious, distrustful

The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and help you access whether employees are trusting or skeptical. These interview questions affirm the degree of vigilance an individual has.

Top 2 questions and expected answers (*there is no right or wrong answer, the answer you are seeking is based on what best fits the role and your company culture):

1. If the workday ended before you completed an important task, what would you do?
How this question will help you: the purpose of this question is to get an understanding of the process behind completing the task and the level of concentration applied to get it done. 

2. How would your past bosses and supervisors describe you?

How this question will help you: this question will allow you to understand the description provided by the candidate and their perception of how they view themselves.  

Question pool

3. What has been your most difficult situation in the workplace? How did you handle it?
4. Talk about a time when personal issues drew your attention away from work and how you handled it.
5. If the workday ended before you completed an important task, what would you do?
6. How would your past bosses and supervisors describe you?
7. What is your biggest regret related to your work life?
8. Was there an instance when you had to question your truthfulness and honesty? If so, how did you curb that situation with proper control?
9. Your organization has decided to apply a new process in delivering projects. What is your reaction?
10. What was the most difficult thing that you had to tackle in your professional life and what measures did you take for solving that issue?
11. If you had to choose any three skills for a successful professional life, what would those be and why?
12. Have you ever felt like you are not qualified for a job assigned to you?

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