Social Boldness: The social boldness trait measures the level of how bold individuals are in the workplace and the extent to which they are hesitant or outgoing in situations. The two values are:
Hesitant: Individuals who feel less comfortable in social situations. In the workplace, these are individuals who prefer to keep to themselves.
Descriptors: shy, reserved, timid
Outgoing: Individuals who tend to be more outgoing and are very well suited to team projects. These co-workers are the ones who will provide energy and drive communication during collaboration.
Descriptors: socially bold, venturesome, uninhibited
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are hesitant or outgoing. These interview questions assess the degree of social boldness 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. Your manager asks who would like to take on a new project. What is your reaction?
How will this question help you: the purpose of this question is for you to understand how willing the candidate is to take on a new project. You are seeking the degree of social boldness the candidate possesses.
2. Give an example of how you work within a team.
How will this question help you: the goal of this question is to understand what is the workstyle of the candidate within the team. The example that the candidate provides will allow you to interpret how reserved or outgoing they may be within a team.
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.
13. 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?