Definition of Openness to Change: The openness to change trait measures the extent to which a person enjoys new situations and experiences. A person with a high level of openness to experience in a personality test enjoys trying new things. They are imaginative, curious, and open-minded. Individuals who are low in openness to experience would rather not try new things. The two values are:
Conservative: People who are conservative are close-minded. They enjoy having a routine in the workplace and withhold from situations where they are exposed to change.
Descriptors: traditional, attached to familiar, conservative, respecting traditional ideas
Open to change: Individuals who are open to change tend to be intellectually curious, creative, and imaginative. They enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and faced with challenges.
Descriptors: experimental, liberal, analytical, critical, freethinking, flexibility
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are practical or imaginative. These interview questions assess the degree of how open to change a candidate may be.
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. Describe a time you were assigned new tasks due to a team member's resignation. How did you adapt?
How this question will help you: the purpose of this question is to understand the degree in which an individual is able to take on new tasks or if they are prone to withholding taking action. For example, it is common in fast-paced work environments for changes to take place, so individuals need to have a mentality of being open to change. On the other hand, in larger organizations, the processes are already in place and rarely deviate on a day-to-day basis.
2. The new HR Manager implements formal, performance reviews for all employees. How would you prepare yourself if you were used to having only informal meetings with your manager?
How will this question help you: the goal of this question is to measure the degree of how open or not an individual is to new processes being introduced in an organization.
3. How do you adjust to changes you have no control over? For instance, if a person from your team decides to quit, how would you deal with it?
4. If your coworkers had a “this is how we do it” attitude to learning something new, how would you try to convince them to follow a different, more effective method of working?
5. What are the biggest challenges you’re facing when starting a new job?
6. You have been working on a project for a while when your manager informs you that the project’s requirements changed suddenly. What would you do?
7. How do you re-adjust your schedule when your manager asks you to prepare a report within an hour? How do you make sure you don’t fall behind your regular tasks?
8. Tell me about a time you had to learn how to use a new tool at work. How long did it take you to understand how to use its features?
9. Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a change in direction, whether it was a new business strategy, change in a project or customer focus, or leadership at the top. How did you react? What was the outcome?
10. Give an example of a time when you had two important projects competing for your time. How did you handle it? What happened?