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Answering Adaptability Interview Questions

Updated: May 10

Change comes in many shapes and sizes. It could be a quick new process, a new colleague, or even a new company name and direction. Interviewers want to know if you can work well at a time when working practices are constantly changing, or if you will find it too hard to keep up.


Interviewees who always want to stay in their comfort zones will have more problems than others when it comes to changes at work. You need to show that you are always open to updating your methods, welcoming new team members, and challenging yourself with new tasks. This shows you will grow with the changes, and that is exactly what your interviewer is looking for.


Let's have a look at some examples of interview questions about managing change, and some example answers to help get you started on planning your own:


“How do You Manage Changes You Can't Control?"

Good or Bad, you can't change what you can't control. What you can control is how you react, and how much effort you put into trying new methods. Your interviewer is looking for someone who works with the changes, and not against them. Think of a time when you managed change in the workplace, and answer these questions:

  • How did you demonstrate a positive attitude to change?

  • How did you develop new skills to help you work with the changes?

You can also share a time when you felt you had to leave because the changes in your workplace crossed the boundaries of your personal beliefs or ethics. It is probably safer to give the positive example if you can, and only give the leaving example if asked for more. Make sure you:

  • explain clearly how the situation crossed a boundary for you.

  • show you communicated this openly to your manager.

  • show that you were open to compromise, and allowed time for things to change.

  • explain how you were uncomfortable with the results, and decided you should leave.

Example Answer:

"I'm quite used to adjusting to fit workplace changes because they happen a lot in my field. My previous company cut the budget for a project I was working on by a third very close to the deadline. So, I met with the client to identify the most important parts of the project for them, and removed the less important items to save money. The outcome was somewhat different from their original expectations, but the client was ultimately satisfied."


“What do You Think Will be the Most Challenging Changes Starting a New Job Here?”

This question is asked to find out two things: do you know about the company culture and working practices here, and have you thought about how to adjust to them? Make sure you do some research into the company you're applying for. What is their organizational structure, vision, and work setup? Use this opportunity to talk about what you have learned about the company's culture, and how you plan to make that a successful adjustment.


Example Answer:

"I've noticed that the culture here is very team-focused, so working out how to work with lots of new people with very different personalities will be one of the challenges. I'd participate in group activities and projects to get to know the team better, which is great for me because I enjoy meeting new people."


You can find more advice and questions about cultural fit here.


“Your Co-worker is Unsure About Implementing a New Process. How do You Encourage Them to Try?”

This question is all about your leadership and negotiating skills. Your interviewer is looking for someone who will encourage their co-workers with kindness and respect. Think about a time when you have done this, and focus on the skills you used to convince your co-worker. Remember not to exaggerate or make anything up.


Example Answer:

"I'd ask my colleague to share why they were worried about the new process, and suggest looking together to see how we could solve those problems. I would use this time to show them how the new system can help with common problems. I'd also offer suggestions on how to adjust to the new routine, like using reminders and creating task instructions."


To read more on the topic of leadership skills in job interviews, click here.


“How do You Manage Being Assigned Tasks Outside of Your Job Description?”

The reason your interviewer is asking you this, is to find out if you are a supportive co-worker, and will help out when the team needs you to. They are looking for someone who focuses on what's needed to help the company achieve its goals, and not on ways to avoid responsibility.


You might also want to focus a very small amount of your answer on what you would do if the work you are assigned crossed a personal boundary, or was not appropriate for your skills or experience level. If you do decide to add this to your answer, make sure your answer shows you would be worried about doing a bad job, not that you don't want to do the work.


Example Answer:

"My colleagues and I arrived at a networking event for potential clients and none of the chairs and tables had been set up because we were short-staffed. So I started setting up myself while I chatted with a client about how they preferred these events to be set up. I was able to use the situation as an example of the lengths we would go to, to provide them with a premium service if they hired us. If I have the skills for a task, and I'm needed, I'm always happy to get involved. The only time I might have concerns is if I was asked to do something I was not trained for, and could not do well."


Wrap Up

Questions about how you manage changes in your workplace are all about finding out if you will make an effort to adjust to changes. You will do well with your answers if you:

  • show a positive attitude to change.

  • see it as your responsibility to learn new things.

  • show you can use your positivity and problem-solving skills to encourage others to change with you.

No one is expecting you to know exactly what the future will look like. But your interviewer will be much more comfortable hiring you, if you can show you are positive and open to whatever that future brings.

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