The best companies are those that quickly adapt to market and industry changes – and have employees who do the same. Team members with the skills to adapt will help your organization grow and thrive. They are more likely to:

  • Stay calm under pressure
  • Try new tools, procedures and techniques
  • Quickly devise solutions
  • Accept new co-workers and working styles
  • Help others embrace change
  • Take on different tasks and responsibilities

Steps to Take

As you assess how flexible candidates are in dynamic work environments and evaluate how well they adjust to change:

  • Ask what drives them to make a career move and how confident they are with unfamiliar procedures and tasks.
  • Keep an eye out for those who consider all possible scenarios before making a decision. These individuals are more likely to adjust to unplanned circumstances.
  • If a position requires participation in multiple projects and collaboration with various teams or departments, look for individuals who prefer mixing up their daily tasks instead of sticking to a prescribed routine.

Be aware of these red flags as you narrow the field toward your final selection. Steer clear of candidates who are:

  • Not open minded: People who stick to what they already know and hesitate to try new things are less likely to adapt well to change.
  • Afraid of the unknown: If your company environment is fast paced and employees need to take on multiple tasks, look for candidates who welcome this challenge, not those who shun taking such risks.
  • Negative: Candidates who blame others or become defensive when you discuss change are less likely to adapt well to new circumstances.

Questions to Ask

Take a behavioral approach as you interview candidates for adaptability. Here are some sample questions, which you can tailor to fit your specific needs:

  • How do you adjust to changes you have no control over? For instance, a person on your team handling a critical project resigns unexpectedly?
  • Describe the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career. How did you adapt?
  • What are the biggest challenges you face when starting a new job?
  • Tell me about a time you were assigned a task outside of your job description. How did you handle the situation, and what was the outcome?
  • Describe a situation where you took on a new system, process or technology that was a significant departure from the old way of doing things.

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