It’s hard to say what answering this type of interview question tells you about a candidate. Are there candidates that are going to admit that they hide in the bathroom, shaking in the foetal position any time their job description changes slightly? Off course not. Most likely interviewers believe that they will get a good read on your ability to handle change by the confidence with which you answer the question.
So if you want to answer this question correctly, make sure your answer is confident. If you have a story to tell (for example, you were transferred due to necessity to a new department/field within the same company and succeeded) you can, but it is not necessary if you do not have a good story to tell.
“I’m pretty sure I’m adaptable, I don’t see why I’d have any problem with change. Change happens all the time anyway, so I’m pretty sure I’d be fine with it.”
The content is fine, but the answer is not confident enough. Remember to sound confident, as though you know for a fact you have no problem with change.
“I have no issues with change. I am confident in my ability to adjust my actions of behaviors as needed, and consider myself adaptable to all situations – not just change.”
It’s the same answer, but delivered with much more confidence. The content of your answer was never likely to make much of a difference, but you can deliver it in a way that makes the interviewer believe it.
They may also ask you this question is a different way. See our prepared answer in the post – Do You Prefer a Structured Routine or One With Change and New Experiences.
Take Away Interview Tips
- You are adaptable to change.
- You are confident.