Prioritisation Carrying out the process of deciding which tasks are of biggest priority in accordance to importance or urgency.

When hiring for a new position it’s important to look for candidates who can manage their time effectively and pay close attention to detail, ensuring nothing is missed. Candidates who possess prioritisation skills will have mastered the ability to juggle key tasks.

This particular soft skill is increasingly important in roles that have strict deadlines and tight project timelines. Employees who can prioritise successfully are more likely to reach project milestones in a timely manner and meet project due dates. A recent study concluded that the ability to organise and prioritise work is ranked as the third most desirable quality in a new hire.1  

The Top 5 interview questions to screen for prioritisation:

  1. Describe a project that you recently planned. How did you organise and schedule the tasks?
    • This question gives the candidate the opportunity to describe the way in which they have planned a recent project and how the project was driven in order to meet deadlines and completion.
  2. Have you ever felt stressed or overwhelmed and how did you handle this situation?
    • Does planning and prioritisation help the candidate to remain calm when in a stressful situation?
  3. Describe a time when you’ve had to juggle several projects at once. How did you organise your time?
    • The candidate should demonstrate a proactive process for organising their time (e.g. creating a to-do list and confirming deadlines).
  4. Tell me how you determine how much time should be delegated for a task.
    • The candidate should think carefully about the amount of time they’re spending on a task.
  5. Have you ever delegated an important task successfully?
    • Does the candidate show an understanding of how to delegate a task successfully? Candidates who possess good prioritisation skills should ensure their colleagues clearly understand the projects expectations and deadlines.

For any further recruitment enquiries please contact the Absolute Personnel team on 01743 461239.

References:

  1. NACE’s Job Outlook for the Class of 2014 | Here are the soft skills most important to your business