Here’a two definitions of the word adapt:
“To gradually change your behavior and attitudes in order to be successful in a new situation.”
“To change something to make it suitable for a different purpose.”
In the first definition the person is changing something about himself. In the second definition he is changing something in the environment.
Either way, being able to adapt to changing conditions in the workplace is a trait worth looking for.
You could ask a very basic question of the applicant:
What does it mean to be able to adapt in the workplace?
A follow-up question could be:
In your last few positions, give me a couple of examples of how you adapted to changes in the workplace.
And one more:
In your last few positions, give me a couple of examples of how you adapted the workplace to make it function better.
Of course, feel free to drill down some if the applicant gives only partial answers.
How your applicant can adapt and how he can adapt things around him are worthwhile subjects to address in the interview.
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