The Continuum Question
Newsletter volume 1 number 11
We've heard that college placement officers and outplacement counselors have begun to advise candidates on strategies to counter the "continuum question." Questions, such as, "Where do you see yourself on a continuum between being tactful/assertive? detail-oriented/conceptual?"
One strategy is for candidates to position themselves in the middle: "I'm good at both." When that happens, try to push the candidate off dead center with another question, such as, "If you can't be in the middle, where are you most likely to be?"
Another popular strategy is to avoid answering by claiming that the two qualities you selected do not belong on a linear continuum because they are not really opposites. When that happens, simply reword the question: "Do you tend to see yourself more as detail-oriented or as conceptual?"