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i sit on an interview panel and i need to find someone who excels in self motivation?

By Guest Author On April 6, 2010 Under Self Help Tips

The job involves working with the public, but a large portion of the day they will be alone, with extensive grounds maintenance to manage, self management is the most important factor, and as long as they have that the job will be easy enough once they are past the initial stages, what would be the best question to put to someone so they can give me an example of how they will manage this

It sounds like diligence is key to this role so consider asking questions about time-management, so seek previous examples of when the candidate had to work without supervision, ask him/her how he/she managed in this capacity.

Ask him/her to provide an example that demonstrates his/her ability to motivate themselves whilst in a work-environment.

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4 comments - add yours
Jon S

April 7, 2010

The CV should give an indication of whether this will have been a serious issue in previous jobs, and you can probe this when discussing their previous experience and it’s relevance to the job on offer.

You can then go on to ask how they plan their day, and they will struggle if they are used to doing what someone else tells them, when they are told.

You can also ask them how they deal with the unexpected, perhaps devising a relevant scenario, and hopefully learn whether they can use a little initiative, or will seize up and await further instructions.

Good luck!
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EdenDD

April 7, 2010

It sounds like diligence is key to this role so consider asking questions about time-management, so seek previous examples of when the candidate had to work without supervision, ask him/her how he/she managed in this capacity.

Ask him/her to provide an example that demonstrates his/her ability to motivate themselves whilst in a work-environment.
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http://www.interviewquestionsandanswers.com/index.php

KAREN M

April 7, 2010

You could make cards (cut out slips of paper) give them a A3 sheet of paper with the days of the week on and ask them to plan the week with the tasks they would be expected to do. Give other slips of paper for them to write other tasks on they think would fill in the gaps of time. This would tell you if they have the experience in grounds maintenance that they say they have – do they know what other tasks will need doing? or do they think of things you might not? Or course it could backfire and no one know what to put.Another way to see if someone is self motivated is the things they do outside work – if they help out at local clubs etc and seem busy they must be self motivated.
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NT

April 7, 2010

ask them the steps they took when they had to make a difficult decision and what they did to prepare – or what process they follow when making decisions – if they need a constant second opinion or are wafflers, chances are they will not work well independantly
Good luck!
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