Tension: The tension trait measures the extent to which someone is relaxed. The two values are:
Easy going: people who are relaxed, tolerant, and not prone to rigid rules. An individual who is laid back and goes with the flow is an example of someone who could be described as easygoing. In the workplace, they do not mind if they are interrupted from their schedule and are quite patient.
Descriptors: relaxed, tranquil, torpid, patient
Tense: people that are tense may get agitated when there is a change of plans in their schedule. In the workplace, high-energy individuals enjoy tension to get tasks done.
Descriptors: tense, high-energy, driven, time-driven
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are easy-going or tense. These interview questions assess the degree of how driven someone 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 when you didn't meet a deadline. What happened?
How this question helps you: the purpose of this question is to get an understanding of the level that the candidate will focus on the job and get it done. The answer the candidate provides will help you understand the reasoning of why they missed the deadline and how they dealt with the failure.
2. Tell me about a time when you had to use coping strategies when dealing with a high-pressure situation?
How this question helps you: the goal of this question is to understand how the candidate addresses a high-pressure situation. For example, the candidate may answer that they are looking for a challenge and enjoy working under stress or they may answer that they get nervous when they need to deliver under pressure.
3. Tell me about some goals that you have set yourself and how you went about meeting them.
4. What changes have you tried to implement in your area of responsibility? What have you done to get them underway?
5. Tell me about some projects you generated on your own. What prompted you to begin them? How did you sell them to your manager or peers?
6. Tell me about what you would consider being your greatest failure. What did you learn from it? What would you do differently now?
7. What do you consider to be your greatest success and why?
8. Tell me about a work situation where it was not clear how a project was to be addressed, and you had to figure it out on your own?
9. Tell me about a time when an unreasonable deadline was imposed on you. What did you do?