As you practice your answers to common interview questions, it’s a good idea to include your answer to this one: “How do you handle stressful situations at work?” Your potential employer wants to know that you don’t simply go to pieces under pressure, because every workplace can be stressful from time to time.
So, what’s the best way to answer this question?
First, be human
Don’t feel that you need to respond with something like, “I never get stressed out.” Every employer understands that employees feel frazzled from time to time. It’s the nature of the workplace—sometimes deadlines and situations get challenging. There is no harm in admitting that you get stressed out; what an employer wants to know is how you handle it and if you can work through it.
Next, be positive
Give an example of how you work through challenges, solve problems and get the job done. Use a story, as stories give you an opportunity to really show an interviewer what you’re like at work in a memorable way (and memorable is what you want to be during your interview!). Explain what happened and how you handled it, ending with a positive result. Remember, stress helps you rise to the occasion and be the best version of yourself—so let your answer showcase this.
Last, describe your plan
You can wrap up your answer to a question about stress and pressure by describing how you handle it overall—what’s your plan? This could include making a to-do list, prioritizing by deadline, getting clarification, asking for help and taking time to breathe and clear your head. Any answers that show you handle stress head-on and don’t let it stop your work are what an employer is looking for.
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