Interview Q: "Tell me about a time you had to conform to a rigid procedure?"

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So for the question above, what would the interviewer be looking for?

Are they checking that you do indeed stick to procedure and don't try to bend the rules? Or that you are creative and work with the procedure, but in a way which improves the outcome? Or are they looking for you to use initiative to go against procedure when necessary?

I'm honestly not sure about this one. Any tips?
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So for the question above, what would the interviewer be looking for?

Are they checking that you do indeed stick to procedure and don't try to bend the rules? Or that you are creative and work with the procedure, but in a way which improves the outcome? Or are they looking for you to use initiative to go against procedure when necessary?

I'm honestly not sure about this one. Any tips?
Which situation is more relevant to the job?
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Which situation is more relevant to the job?
It's a job in finance. I don't know which is more relevant... I'm sure you could flip it either way. It's more answering it that I'm unsure about... i.e. If you go with trying to show how you stuck to the rules, then it may just be a case of "There was a strict procedure, I didn't believe in it but I followed that procedure anyway."

A similar question is "Tell me about a time you had to do something you didn't agree with".
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It's a job in finance. I don't know which is more relevant... I'm sure you could flip it either way. It's more answering it that I'm unsure about... i.e. If you go with trying to show how you stuck to the rules, then it may just be a case of "There was a strict procedure, I didn't believe in it but I followed that procedure anyway."

A similar question is "Tell me about a time you had to do something you didn't agree with".
I'm pretty sure they will be after the rule following approach! Now is not the time to appear to be keen to be creative with the rules in the finance industry.

They are looking for you to follow the rules and rationalise why, although perhaps at first sight they are a pain, or difficult, or burdensome etc, there is an underlying reason that protects the greater good in some way. So the new money laundering requirements might be a pain when they slow down previously simple official processes, but if we radically reduce fraud, money laundering etc, then precise following of the rules are a small price to pay. Though i'm sure better examples are available!
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I'm pretty sure they will be after the rule following approach! Now is not the time to appear to be keen to be creative with the rules in the finance industry.

They are looking for you to follow the rules and rationalise why, although perhaps at first sight they are a pain, or difficult, or burdensome etc, there is an underlying reason that protects the greater good in some way. So the new money laundering requirements might be a pain when they slow down previously simple official processes, but if we radically reduce fraud, money laundering etc, then precise following of the rules are a small price to pay. Though i'm sure better examples are available!
This question turned out to be the first question I was asked, and this did indeed seem to be the reasoning behind them asking it. I was asked a follow-on question of why I thought that procedure was in place and the importance of following it. Glad I prepared an answer for it, because some of my answers to other questions left a lot to be desired!
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