Apprehension: The apprehension trait measures the extent to which an individual is self-confident. The two values are:
Confident: Individuals who are self-assured and self-satisfied. They usually worry less than most people and do not spend much time thinking about what they should have said and do not care if people dislike them. In the workplace they are focused on what needs to get done.
Descriptors: self-assured, unworried, complacent, secure, self-satisfied
Apprehensive: Individuals who tend to worry about things. In the workplace when someone is worrisome, it can help them to anticipate against a wrongful action and be able to better judge the consequences of an action.
Descriptors: self-doubting, worried, worrying
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are confident or apprehensive. These interview questions assess the degree of how apprehensive 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. How would you rate your skills on a scale from one to ten (ten being the highest score)?
How will this question help you: the purpose of this question is to understand how the candidate perceives themselves overall and their level of confidence. For example, if someone rates themselves a “10” it may be interpreted as someone who perceives themselves highly without having a realistic overview.
2. We all find ourselves in stressful situations at work when keeping a positive attitude is most useful. Tell me about such a time and how did it turn out?
How will this question help you: the goal of this question is to understand the outlook of the candidate when confronted with a stressful situation in the workplace. You are seeking to see how certain they are of themselves when working under stress. For example, if a manager asks their team member to drop everything to work on another project you want to ensure that the employee will be able to smoothly execute the task without any doubt.
3. Can you describe the situation when you had a different opinion than your boss or colleague and your opinion proved correct at the end?
4. Describe a situation where you were worried about the result of a project you were handling with a team member. How did you go about in expressing your opinion to him/her?
5. Tell me about a day that everything went wrong at work.
6. Describe a project or idea that was implemented primarily because of your efforts. What was your role? What was the outcome?
7. Describe a situation in which you recognized a potential problem as an opportunity. What did you do? What was the result? What, if anything, do you wish you had done differently?
8. Tell me about a project you initiated. What did you do? Why? What was the outcome? Were you happy with the result?
9. Tell me about a time when your initiative caused a change to occur.
10. What has been the best idea you have come up with during your professional career?