Job descriptions aren’t set in stone, especially if the company you are working for is going through some organisational changes. You may find your job description changes quite a lot to fit within the new structure. If you are applying to a smaller size company or a start up you may find the job description is quite vague as they figure out what they really need one, two, three months down the road.
If the company you are interviewing with is self-aware, they’re going to want to ask you about how you’re going to handle those sorts of changes, and whether or not you’re the type of person that can adapt. Your goal is going to be to answer this behavioral job interview question about stress in a way that proves you’re not overwhelmed by change and are more than capable of adapting to change as needed.
Behavioral Interview Question: Can you give me an example of a time when the demands of your job were constantly changing. How did you manage the situation?
This type of stress management job interview question is primarily asked by companies that know they are going to be throwing different types of work at you, and they don’t want you to complain. There are two things to keep in mind when answering this type of question:
- Show them you are not a risky hire. Make sure you indicate in your answer that you have your own ways to reduce stress and that you’re ready to take on challenges.
- Consider whether this is an environment you really want. Don’t forget that you are also in control of where you want to work, and if you’re not ready for this type of environment, you don’t need to take the job. (Of course, until you’re ready to make that decision, it’s still a good idea to give the best answer possible).
This isn’t necessarily a hard question to answer, especially if you have some genuine examples. Most jobs have some example you can draw from in order to answer this question well. However, if you don’t have a great answer, try your best to stretch one. This isn’t the type of question where making up a fake answer is going to be very easy.
How to Answer
“In many ways I feel every job changes depending on needs, competencies, and more. But if I had to pick one example, I would say it was when I worked for STARTUP CORP, the needs of the position were in constant flux as they tried to figure out what they needed from the new position. In order to manage that stress, I made sure I was always organized, since I didn’t want to lose track of everything I needed to do or know. As long as I always felt in reasonable control of what I was currently working on, then adding to my workload or trying new things wasn’t very stressful.”
As you can see, the answer isn’t complex. You don’t need to go in depth about all of the things you do to reduce stress. Just make sure that you’re able to give at least one clear strategy you use to handle all of the tasks, and re-state how open you are to whatever is thrown your way.
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