Close minded people will often struggle to succeed. One of the reasons they struggle is because the world is constantly changing, and every day you’re presented with new ideas and new information that can help you achieve whatever goals you set out for yourself.
Companies may ask you about this using behavioral questions about adapting to change, like the following:
Behavioral Interview Questions: Can you tell me about a situation in which you had to change your initial approach to a project or assignment in order to achieve your goal?
Compared to other questions about adjusting to change, this is actually a bit of a softball question. After all, every task involves changing your approach in order to achieve a goal. For example, if you work in data entry, chances are you taught yourself a technique to enter data faster, like completing it in groups. If you work in accounting, chances are you found a new way to offer legally valid deductions for your customers, or keep more accurate records.
Because this is a softball question, try to find an answer that’s really going to help you stand out as someone that can not only adjust to change, but also showcase excellent talent and foresight.
“All the time, I’d say. One time while working on our eCommerce pages, we were trying to get more hits, so the IT director ordered a new meta description for each project in order to get us more traffic. The project was to take months. After about 2 months, I was monitoring the data and saw there were no changes. I already suspected that meta descriptions had less of an effect on SEO than the IT manager believed, so I started doing some longer product descriptions that would go on-site. Over time those started to get results, and so I switched my approach completely and we started working on a project that created much more tangible results.”
Simple, easy, and makes you look great. Not every behavioral question about change management is going to be difficult. This should be one of those questions you can use to stand out, so take advantage of it if you hear it asked at a job interview.
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