Value Based Interview Questions

PEOPLE – success, diversity

  • Tell us about a time you had to adapt to a wide variety of people by accepting or understanding their perspectives.
  • Tell us about a time you adapted your style in order to work effectively with those who were different from you.
  • Tell us about the most difficult challenge you have faced in working cooperatively with someone who did not share your ideas, values, or beliefs.
  • Give us an example of a time when your values and beliefs impacted your relationship with a peer, coworker, supervisor, or customer.
  • Tell us the steps you have taken to create a work environment where differences are valued, encouraged, and supported.
  • Describe a situation when you had to give feedback to someone who was not accepting of others.
  • Please describe how you would work to create a campus environment that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse. 
  • Describe how you, as a faculty member, function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, and backgrounds. 
  • What opportunities have you had working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural and inclusive settings. 
  • What is your definition of diversity? How do you encourage people to honor the uniqueness of each individual? How do you challenge stereotypes and promote sensitivity and inclusion? 
  • How do you seek opportunities to improve the learning environment to better meet the needs of students from all over the world?
  • Describe your experience in serving or teaching underrepresented communities.
  • How would you work with people under your supervision to foster a climate receptive to diversity in the department, the curriculum, staff meetings, printed materials, initiatives, etc?
  • Suppose that in working with a University unit you discover a pervasive belief that diversity and excellence are somehow in conflict. How do you conceptualize the relationship between diversity and excellence? What kinds of leadership efforts are needed to encourage a commitment to excellence through diversity?

LEARNING – discovery, innovation, scholarship

  • Tell us about an innovation that you've introduced in your work area.
  • What have you done to introduce change or redefine the way work gets done in your area?
  • What continuous improvement methodologies are you familiar with? Tell us about your experience.
  • Tell us about a time when you used fact-finding skills to solve a problem.
  • Tell us about a time when you had to step away from traditional methods to solve a difficult or complex problem.
  • Tell us about a time when you had to respond quickly to a crisis situation.
  • Give an example of how you solved a problem in a unique way within the past 18 months.
  • Tell us about a time when you had to change your point of view or your plans to take into account new information or changing priorities.
  • Describe an example of a time when you had to approach people (with different perspectives) for support or cooperation.
  • Tell us about a time when you had to accommodate unplanned activities or demands.

RELATIONSHIPS – collegial, professional, ethical

  • Working with others usually involves some give and take. Describe a time when you worked out an agreement with a peer or colleague. What did you do?
  • Describe a time when you wished you’d been more collaborative with others. What did you do?
  • Leaders often have opportunities to foster positive relationships at work. Give me an example of a time when you did this.
  • Tell us about one of the toughest groups that you’ve had to work with. What made it difficult? What did you do?
  • Interdepartmental cooperation involves giving and receiving. Tell us about a time you collaborated with others to determine courses of action to achieve mutual goals.
  • Describe a time when you were asked to keep information confidential.
  • Give examples of how you have acted with integrity in your job/work relationships.
  • Tell us about a time when your trustworthiness was challenged. How did you react/respond?
  • Tell us about a specific time when you had to handle a tough problem which challenged fairness or ethical issues?

PARTNERSHIPS – regional, entrepreneurial, global

  • Give us an example of how your understanding of a community issue helped you address a business problem, issue, or concern.
  • Give us an example of when you were involved with in the community through which both the community and businesses located in the community benefited.
  • What do you consider to be success as an entrepreneur?
  • How is running a successful business different than what you thought it would be?
  • What do you do on a daily basis to grow as an entrepreneur?
  • What entrepreneurial hacks have you developed to stay focused and productive in your day-to-day?
  • What things about entrepreneurship do you struggle to understand?
  • What popular entrepreneurial advice do you disagree with? How would you like people to remember you and your company?
  • When I tell people about how I met you, what would you like me to say?
  • Give a specific example of a time when you had to address an angry customer. What was the problem and what was the outcome? How would you assess your role in diffusing the situation?
  • It is very important to build good relationships at work but sometimes it doesn't always work. If you can, tell about a time when you were not able to build a successful relationship with a difficult person.
  • Tell us about a time when you built rapport quickly with someone under difficult conditions.
  • In your opinion, what are the key ingredients in guiding and maintaining successful business relationships? Give examples of how you made these work for you.

SUSTAINABILITY – social justice, economic opportunity, environmental protection

  • Can you tell us what social justice means to you?
  • What identity-related work have you explored on your social justice journey?
  • Give an example of a time when you had to expend social capital to champion social justice.
  • What is your sense of the complexities and leadership challenges related to social justice and multiculturalism at WSU?
  • How does your company define sustainability? What’s in and what’s out? Is there a separate group working on corporate citizenship initiatives?
  • How do social, environmental and philanthropic initiatives and strategies interact at your organization?

STEWARDSHIP – fiscal, intellectual

  • Can you give an example of a situation when you saw someone at work stretch or bend the rules beyond what you felt was acceptable?
  • Tell us about a time when you felt compelled to immediately address a difficult situation with your boss or supervisor when others wouldn’t. (You had to do the right thing.)
  • Tell us about a time when you felt compelled to express an unpopular viewpoint to maintain your integrity.
  • Tell us about a time when you thought through the consequences of a specific action in planning a project.
  • Tell us about a time when you felt it would benefit the situation to disregard structure or formal processes to achieve a better outcome.
  • Tell us about a time when you contributed to improving a process that was beneficial to the entire organization.
  • Can you describe a situation when you made a decision that was positive for your organization, but not necessarily positive for you, or for your individual department?
  • Tell us about a time when you saved time or money for your organization.
  • Give us an example of when you initiated a change in process or operations in response to customer feedback.
  • Tell us about a time when you have championed the concept of corporate stewardship within your team and/or organization.