Adaptability: The ability to remain fully functional by adapting to changing circumstances (environment, procedures, people).
is prepared to change his/her routine
is not rigid
does not confuse adaptability with giving up his/her identity
adapts his/her own methods when called for
does not need too much time adapting to a new task
continues working effectively when tasks suddenly change
easily adapts to a new work environment with different rules
handles other standards and values with ease
adapts to different tasks and demands easily after a fusion or take-over
is able to develop professional relationships with colleagues and customers from different cultural backgrounds, religions and with different personalities
adjusts his/her own plans and goals if a certain benefit is at stake
adjusts his/her behavioral style to a certain norm in a different environment; does not stand out
adapts plans and schemes easily when needed
adopts the rules and attitude belonging to his/her new position both within and outside the organization
acts appropriately in different cultures and adopts the right values
adjusts his/her own view and objectives in order to achieve a shared goal
is open to various standards, values and rules without losing a sense of identity
readily detects in various situations and contexts what are relevant cultural elements and acts accordingly
Adaptability can be easily developed if the candidate has a less than average score (1,2,3) on the drive Order & structure and a more than average score (7,8,9) on the drive Variety.
Did your organization ever have to change in a way with which you did not agree? Why and when did you give in to that change?
An organization’s policy changes sometimes. Did you ever come across such change and how did you respond to it?
In case you ever changed jobs, what were the difficulties you encountered? Describe your personal changing process.
Organizations are usually progressing. Could you describe the way your position has changed? How did you cope with this?
Could you describe a recent situation in which you had to adjust your plan or rethink your priorities? What was the context and what exactly did you do? What were the adjustments you made and how did you implement them? What was difficult for you to release?
Try and figure out in a new situation what exactly you find difficult.
Try and keep working efficiently under changing circumstances by adjusting to new tasks, environments, responsibilities, or people.
Deliberately seek out situations in which your adaptability is tested.
Whenever possible, work together with a colleague who is known to adjust easily and learn from his talent.
Try and control yourself when facing adversity without losing sight of your interests.
Adjust your style and role during the interviews (friendly, strict, role model) and ask how these changes affect the candidate.
Engage your candidate in a communicative role play based on the example of the character type he finds difficult to deal with.
Create certain difficulties for your candidate during a role play ('this cannot happen'; 'you cannot do this'; 'this does not work this way') and encourage your candidate to deal with these problems strategically.
Determine what prevents the candidate from adjusting to others. Find out what standards he has set for his own achievements. Are there certain types of work for which he displays more ambition? What kind of work?
What goes well and what could be improved? Discuss candidate’s report with the candidate.
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