The Interviewer’s Content Agenda: Fit

THE ABILITY TO WORK AS A MEMBER OF A TEAM

Fit refers to the ability to join a company seamlessly and become a member of the work team.  Two people with many outstanding qualities can be entirely different in terms of their fit.  There are a number of factors that can influence fit for a given job.  Professional preference can include autocratic or participative decision making; a team oriented or individualistic work atmosphere; an intuitive or logical approach to problem solving; a strong concern for the logic of a decision or the impact of that decision on people.

Personal style is another factor.  Are you aggressive or laid back; outgoing or introverted; flexible or rigid; direct or circuitous; scheduled or spontaneous.  It is both the interviewer’s role and the candidate’s role to determine if this situation is a good one for you.

Potential Questions:

  • Give me an example of your role in a group project?
  • Tell me about a time that you became the leader of a project and job and describe your leadership style?
  • Describe the best climate for you and tell me why.
  • Give me an example of an organization or project where the fit was not right for you.
  • Give me an example of when you were client centered.
  • What project that you worked on challenged your communications skills.

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