Privateness: This privateness trait measures the extent to how much personal information people are likely to disclose. It gives us an understanding of how extroverted someone is. The two values are:
Forthright: Individuals who are upfront. In the workplace, they tend to express their opinions, are not shy about stating their opinions, and say what they mean.
Descriptors: genuine, open, unpretentious, involved
Diplomatic: Individuals who tend to be warm, caring, and generous individuals promote cooperation and harmony, tolerating discord only as a step towards positive change in the workplace.
Descriptors: private, discreet, non-disclosing, polished, worldly, astute, diplomatic
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are forthright or diplomatic. These interview questions assess the degree of how private a candidate is.
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 situation where you were in disagreement with a colleague regarding the direction to take in a specific project. How did you go about expressing your opinion?
How this question will help you: the goal of this question is to get an understanding of how the individual comes across with their communication skills. When the individual provides the example, the interviewer should probe as to how the disagreement was communicated. Was the approach in the communication upfront or more diplomatic.
2. Tell me about a time when you received feedback on your performance, and you disagreed with the feedback. How did you handle the situation?
How this question will help you: with this question, you are seeking to understand what the argument was the person provided to their manager and how it was communicated. You want to understand if the communication style is forthright or more diplomatic.
3. Tell me about a work incident when you were upfront with your manager regarding a project deadline, despite a potential risk or downside, regarding your forthrightness.
4. Tell me about a time when you spoke up within a situation that was unfavorable to you.
5. How would you describe yourself in one word?
6. Have you experienced any kind of loss for following something right?
7. Have you ever felt like you were not qualified for a job assigned to you?
8. We can sometimes recognize a small problem and fix it before it becomes a major problem. Give an example of how you acted to prevent a larger problem from occurring.
9. Tell me about a time when you took on a task at work that was new to you. How did you feel doing it?
10. Have you ever been in a situation where you have motivated a colleague to complete a task?