Perfectionism: The perfectionism trait measures the degree to which people strive for flawlessness and setting high performance standards, accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others' evaluations. The two values are:
Flexible: An individual who is able to cope with changes in circumstances and think about problems in a creative way. When unexpected events occur, this person is able to easily change their outlook or commitment. These individuals are capable of dealing with a dynamic workplace.
Descriptors: tolerates disorder, impulsive
Perfectionist: A person who wants everything to be perfect and demands the highest standards possible. In the workplace they are devoted to delivering flawless projects.
Descriptors: organized, self-disciplined, socially precise, exacting will power, control, self-sentimental
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are flexible or perfectionists. These interview questions will assess the degree of perfectionism 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. Tell me about a time when you had to accommodate unplanned activities or demands?
How will this question help you: this question will help you understand the extent to which someone is able to adapt to unplanned activities in the workplace or if they are devoted to executing planned activities.
2. When have you found it valuable to use a detailed checklist or procedure list to reduce potential errors on the job? What as the outcome? What would you do differently today?
How will this question help you: the scope of this question will allow you to understand how detail oriented someone is.
3. Describe a situation where you had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. What was the impact of the change on you?
4. Tell me about a time when you had to change your point of view or your plans to take into account new information or changing priorities.
5. Describe an example of a time when you had to approach people (with different perspectives) for support or cooperation. How did you appeal to each person? What was the result?
6. Describe a situation in which your first attempt to sell an idea failed. How did you react to this? What other approaches did you try?
7. Tell me about a time when your work effort didn’t go as planned (blocked by obstacles). How did you resolve this issue? What was the outcome?
8. Tell me about a time when you had to adapt quickly to changing conditions to accurately complete your job. What were the circumstances?
9. Tell me about a time when you had to work in a chaotic or noisy environment. How did you deal with this situation? How did you ensure your productivity and accuracy in this environment?
10. Tell me about a recent job situation that required great precision to complete a task. How did you handle the situation?
11. Tell me about a task that was tedious or boring to you—but had to be done. How did you approach and tackle the task?
12. Tell me how you manage your daily work schedule.