• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.
• Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.
• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
• Uses time efficiently.
• Has no clear system of priorities.
• Appears disorganized and unsystematic.
• Organizes impractical work schedules.
• Is unrealistic about timescales.
• Efforts get sidetracked.
• Deadlines not met.
• Tasks not completed.
• No checks on activities.
• Is unwilling to change plans to meet new demands.
Tell me how you personally organize yourself when you have a lot of work.
- Where do you start?
- On what basis did you make your decisions?
- What do you do to ensure that it all gets done?
- How do you feel inside when you have so much to do?
Describe an occasion when you had to prepare in advance for meeting or project.
- What did you do?
- How much time did you have to prepare?
- What could you have prepared better?
Give me an example of when you had to work to an important deadline.
- How manageable were your timescales?
- What did you do to ensure that the deadline was met?
- How would you organize your activities differently next time?
Describe the last time you missed a deadline.
- Why did this happen?
- How responsible were you for this?
- What did you do to try to overcome this problem?
Tell me about the last project plan you had to produce piece of work or event you had to organize).
- What did you do specifically that was effective?
- How did you prepare and plan for it?
- What timescales did you set?
- What could you have done to be more effective in your planning?
- How do your planning skills compare with those of your peers?
- What are the key stages in project planning as you see them?
Describe a recent situation where you had to set clearly defined objectives.
- How did you go about setting your objectives?
- In hindsight, how realistic were your objectives?
- What areas do you think you need to work on in terms of your objective setting?
- How does your objective-setting compare with that of your colleagues?
- What do you see as being the key to setting realistic objectives?
Thinking of a specific example, how have you … about helping others with planning their work in the past
- What kind of advice did you give them?
- What feedback have you had on your ability to set plans for others?
- How do you think your skills in this area compare to your colleagues?
- How do you think you could you improve your planning for other people?
Using a recent example, describe how you have developed actions for achieving an objective.
- How useful were your actions when it came to achieving your objectives?
- What would you like to improve on in terms of your action planning?
- How do your action planning skills compare with those of your colleagues?
- What do you think are the key things to remember when developing action plans?
Tell me about a time when it was necessary for you to plan several alternative courses of action in response to a change in an organization’s direction.
- How did you re-prioritize?
- How far did you plan ahead?
- How did you monitor the progress of the plans?
Tell me about a time when you have had to translate a strategy into actions and plans.
- What did you specifically do that was effective?
- How did you know that your plans were clear enough to be implemented?
- How do you break down strategy into manageable tasks?
- What would you do differently in hindsight?
When have you considered strategic issues when developing goals?
- Why was this important?
- What advice do you give others on strategic implications for goal-setting?
- What is the impact of failing to align goals with an organization’s strategy?
- How might you address this?