What is continuous improvement? What’s the need for it?
Along with being a question that is probably going to be asked in your interview, it is also an important thing in your life. Why is there a need for continuous improvement? How to continuously improve yourself? However those are topics for another day, we are here to discuss how to answer those questions about constant improvement.
Continuous Improvement Questions and Answers
1.) How do you define continuous improvement?
This is a tricky question, to be answered with caution. The interviewer has probably asked this to ascertain your stand on continuous improvement, plus how adaptable you are to different situations. So you can’t answer this without care. Your answer must include a very brief meaning of the term, then it must also tell how you feel about it, then you should tell what need there is for it.
“continuous improvement means to not be stuck with your current self. It is to improve constantly in every aspect, knowledge, behaviour, communication, creativity, etc. However, for me personally, it is an attitude. An attitude to live life by. I am always on the lookout for constructive criticism and looking for opportunities to improve myself. “
2.) Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question might not seem to be directly related to constant improvement, but it is. The interviewer wants to see with this question if you connect your future with the company or not. Then the second aspect of this question is that they wanna know if you actually believe in the improvement of yourself.
” I’d love to be a better human being, I would want to improve my communication skills even further, I would also want to better at the job I am doing. I think working in your company will help me improve myself. My aim is to achieve a managerial post in this company itself. I know this is being ambitious as I have applied for an entry-level post, but I feel I can work for it in 5 years.”
3.) How do you feel about faliure? Should it be avoided by all means ?
This question has a philosophical edge to it. So, this is to get out of you how you personally perceive failure. So this question is to be answered very carefully because if you answer at any of the extremes the company might see you as a threat.
“Failure is a thing not to be scared by. However, it is not a thing to be looked up to. If by any chances failure occurs it is not to be gotten down by, it is to be analysed and learnt from. “
4.) When you face a problem at work or home, how do you go about solving it?
This question is asked to know about your problem solving and how you go about using them. I’ll suggest you answering with the “5 Whys” or “PDSA”. These are essential methods to logically and systematically reach the solutions of set problems. You must give an example along with your answer.
” I try to remain calm for the time being and try to analyse the situation as best as possible. I also try to gain multiple perspectives on the problem, so that my solution may not be single-sided. For example: If my child misbehaves, it would be really easy to punish him or scold him but by staying calm and trying out his perspective I can see why he did that. Hence I can deduce a long term solution to this behaviour.”
5.) Can you tell me about a time you made a mistake and how did you resolve it?
This question will help the Interviewer to examine what kind of a person you are and also test your resilience.
By means of this question the interviewer will want to see if you’ll be straight about your problem or would you try to hide them.
6.) How can we improve the application process, you’ve been through so far?
This question would test you on the basis of if you were all talk or can you actually give criticism. The answer to this question doesn’t matter that much, however, the response does. To clarify, the interviewer just wants a plausible answer. It is to make certain that you can criticize what you find wrong.
7.) What are the challenges that you are looking for in the position?
The answer to this question can get you rejected very easily if answered incorrectly. You mustn’t say that you are looking for a comfortable routine position, utilising your current skills, the company is sure to not hire you. Instead, you should tell the company you are actively seeking challenges and are up for constant improvement in yourself and also your skillset. This will increase your chances to get selected.
8.) What is the reason for you to leave your last job?
This again might not seem related to the question of continuous improvement but then why do you think the interviewer is asking you the question? There is no wrong answer to this question as such, but telling the company that the only reason you are leaving that job for money or something like that, might not increase your chances of getting the job. Instead, you should answer along the lines of personal growth, lack of challenges, stagnation in the cultivation of skillset.
“The reason for me quitting my last job is that my personal growth was not really focused on, my position wasn’t very challenging to me and due to the lack in challenges the cultivation of my skillset was also stagnant.”
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