Why stress management questions are crucial
Stress is part of life. And most jobs have stressful elements.
That’s why you need employees who can keep calm in a crisis.
Employees with great stress management can:
- Reach objective decisions
- Keep everyone calm
- Come up with solutions when the going gets tough
- Use behavioral and situational interview questions to find out how candidates handled stress in the past.
- Avoid generic questions and instead ask candidates to describe specific work examples of when they beat stress.
- Use realistic examples that make them think about real-life experiences.
Stress management interview questions
- How do you prepare for presentations to C-level staff and stakeholders?
- How would you respond if you got back feedback in front of colleagues?
- What’s the most stressful situation you’ve ever faced at work? How did you cope?
- How do you stop a situation from becoming super stressful?
- How would you calm down a stressed-out colleague?
- Everyone gets too stressed sometimes. Can you describe a time when your stress resulted in an error at work?
- How do you cope with tons of changes at work?
- How do you manage to keep up your quality work under tight deadlines?
- Can you stay objective in tough situations? (i.e. having to fire a team member.)
- How do you balance life stress at work?
Candidates to look for
- Solution-focused: Look for candidates who offer the best solutions and maintain composure in unexpected circumstances.
- Calm candidates: Look for candidates who stay calm even when you ask tough questions.
- Easy to relax: Job interviews are stressful, but don’t be fast to reject candidates who seem on edge at first—as long as they chill out quickly.
Candidates to avoid
- They fixate on the cause: Avoid candidates who focus on the cause of the stress, instead of taking action.
- Stressful candidates: You don’t want an employee who stresses people out, like people with bad time-management skills or people who get wound-up easily.
- They look uncomfortable: Check in on their body language for some extra clues on their stress levels.
- They never get stressed: You need a balanced candidate. If they never get stressed they might just not care enough.