Definition of Self-Reliance: Individuals who are self-reliant are able to come up with solutions to problems with as little direct outside help as possible. The two values are:
Group-oriented: Low scorers tend to want to be around people often and do things as part of a group. They are usually more extroverted, great team players and enjoy working with a group in the workplace.
Descriptors: group-oriented, a joiner and follower dependent
Self-reliant: High scorers tend to be self-reliant types who enjoy time alone, and prefer to make decisions by themselves. They enjoy to work without interruptions, would rather not hear suggestions from others, and that it would not bother them if they spoke to no one for hours at a time.
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are group oriented or self-reliant. These interview questions will assess the degree of self-reliance of a candidate.
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. When were you part of a great team? What were the circumstances? How did you contribute?
How will this question help you: the goal of this question is to understand how the candidate socially acts within a team. Are they more reserved or work well within a team or somewhere in between depending on the situation.
2. Do you prefer to work on your own or within a group?
How will this question help you: this question will help you determine the degree of how comfortable someone feels to work on their own or within a team. You would like to evaluate if you are seeking individuals who are able to collaborate with colleagues/teams and also the extent to someone who can take on a project on their own without depending on team members to get the job done.
3. Collaborative work relationships often ease tension and facilitate productive relationships. Can you give me a recent example where you intentionally enhanced a relationship to get a job done?
4. Tell me about a time when you needed additional information from other people or references to make an informed decision. What did you do? How did your extra- credit research impact the outcome?
5. Describe a time when you put your needs aside to help a co-worker understand a task. How did you assist them? What was the result?
6. Tell me about a time when you improved a process by creating a cross-functional team. What was the issue and how did it turn out?
7. Can you give me a recent example of how you displayed loyalty or commitment to your current work group? Why was this act important to you? What was at stake?
8. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your team’s agreed course of action. What did you do?
9. Describe a time when your team missed a deadline.
10. Describe a time where there was a conflict between a decision you needed to make regarding a project you were working on. How did you resolve the issue?