Hire for Work Attitude.  It's been said many times by employers. But how do you find out if a candidate has a good work attitude during the screening process? Are you able to really tell through interviews and their CVs?

Just when you thought you have hired your most amazing candidate, one month in, you realize the work attitude is just wrong. Yes, the candidate is knowledgeable in their area of expertise, but things never get done. He doesn't seem to have a sense of responsibility too, or his way of communication is getting on your nerves, even though he is very skilled. That is every hiring manager's worst nightmare. It takes a toll not just on your company's growth progress, but it can also be mentally taxing too.

Simply add a few pre-qualification questions into your Pre-hire Forms to identify candidates with the right attitude fit. This method is extremely simple yet highly effective that you hope you've known this earlier!

Here are a few pre-qualifying questions you can ask to test candidates' attitude towards work based on what's important to your work environment:

1. To understand the work environment they are looking for:

Which of the type of work environment would you prefer to work in?
a. Slow Pace and Effortless
b. Less Challenging and Undemanding
c. Challenging and Busy
d. Highly Challenging and Demanding
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2. To understand team collaboration and alignment:

I am not easily persuaded to modify my on-going tasks when the company decided to change directions.
- To Rate Most Unlikely - Most Likely
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3. To understand candidates' willingness to learn:

Learning is a chore best delegated to new staff to be updated since I have more experience.
- To Rate Most Unlikely - Most Likely
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4. To understand candidates' sense of responsibility:

I would feel bad that others are waiting for me to complete my work before they can start theirs.

- To Rate Most Unlikely - Most Likely
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5. To understand candidates' preference in in a strategy or "getting things done" position:

When planning for a project, I am better in the position of brainstorming ideas. Other teammates should focus on planning and executing the project.
- To Rate Most Unlikely - Most Likely
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The above questions are tested and proven to work where it is highly effective to screen out candidates who do not meet your work attitude requirements. You may think that most candidates would guess. Try it out and you will notice a 10% to 40% of your candidates may select something different from what your expectations would be!

Have fun screening candidates!

More resource management assessment questionnaires available on Prehireforms Questions Library here.

You may also be interested in Skills Assessment Templates for:

  1. Adaptability
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Common Sense
  4. Lifelong Learning / Willingness to Learn
  5. Managing Diversity Skills
  6. Problem Solving Skills
  7. Leadership
  8. Teamwork
  9. Creative Thinking
  10. Interpersonal Skills
  11. Culture Fit
  12. Resource Management

For more candidate assessment questions, go to Prehireforms.com, candidate screening platform for hiring right.

Need help with customising your assessments? Write in to Lisa at [email protected].

Happy shortlisting!