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5 Job Interview Questions Employers Use to Assess Whether You’re a Self-Starter

March 25th, 2021

There is a reason behind almost every question an interviewer asks. They want to learn as much as they can about you in the short amount of time they have with you during the interview. One thing that is important to all employers is finding people who are self-starters. They want talent who will take the initiative, will make suggestions, are innovative, and will go above and beyond their job description.

interview questions for self-starters

There are a lot of ways interviewers can determine if you are a self-starter. Some are not as obvious as others, so you need to be prepared. Here are 5 questions employers could ask to assess whether you are a self-starter:


Why Do Employers Ask Questions About Being a Self Starter?

A self-starter is someone who takes initiative. Obviously, hiring companies want to fill their organization with people like this. They want people who are adaptive, resilient and are motivated.

As a candidate, it’s important for you to show how you are a self-starter in your interview. You can do this by communicating your leadership skills. Provide examples of how you are a problem solver and achieve the goals you set.

Top 5 Questions to Be Prepared to Answer

Here’s a list of common questions used by hiring companies:

  1. What is the first thing you do when you are assigned a task with little or no direction from your manager?
  2. Tell us about a time when you failed to meet a deadline. What happened? What steps did you take?
  3. Have you ever proposed changes or innovations to the way your job is done? Were they implemented?
  4. Tell us about your 5-year plan. What are some of your personal and professional goals?
  5. Tell us about a time when you were up against a tight deadline but you still got things done. What steps did you take?

These types of questions are designed to help interviewers learn about your experience. They require you to provide examples and show how you are a self starter. They provide insight into whether or not you have the ability to complete the job you are interviewing for.

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Jano Karaartinyan

Jano is a Recruitment Consultant with IQ PARTNERS as well as our sales division SalesForce Search. With a vast network of some of the top English and French speaking sales candidates across Canada, he specializes in connecting the best people with the right opportunities. His greatest strength is his ability to bring top sales talent to market and match them with the right sales environments – the ones where they will perform at their best for his clients.

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