- 1 How do you cope with pressure? Tell me how you handle stress?
- 2 Have you had difficulty getting along with a former supervisor/coworker and how did you handle it?
- 3 What types of things make you upset? How have you dealt with them?
- 4 Which of your previous jobs have you liked the best/the least? Why
- 5 If you were hiring someone for this position, what qualities would you be looking for?
- 6 Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
- 7 Describe how you’ve organized materials (Files, records, or other information) so that you could find them easily.
- 8 How do you take direction?
How do you cope with pressure? Tell me how you handle stress?
Good pressure, such as having a lot of projects to work on or an upcoming deadline, helps keep me motivated and productive. Of course, there are times when too much pressure can lead to stress; however, I am very adept at balancing multiple projects and meeting deadlines, which prevents me from feeling stressed very often. For example, I once had three large projects due in the same week, which was a lot of pressure. However, because I created a schedule that detailed how I would break down each project into small assignments, I completed all three projects ahead of time and avoided unnecessary stress.
Have you had difficulty getting along with a former supervisor/coworker and how did you handle it?
I had a conflict with a supervisor in another department who had a project that was dependent on work being done by myself and two other members of our team. He had sent a rather urgent email accusing us of derailing his project. I had never met him before, so I asked him to meet for coffee. When we met, I asked him to walk me through his project and the interdependency of his project with ours. I then walked him through our project and timelines. Once we had the opportunity to communicate our independent priorities, we could begin talking about our shared priorities. We agreed to a timeline that would help us both meet our goals, and the conflict was resolved before it became a major incident.
What types of things make you upset? How have you dealt with them?
One thing that really bothers me is when people don’t pull their own weight. At my previous job, one of my coworkers would frequently slack off on the job. All the work would get done, but often others would have to work harder to compensate for his slacking. It really helped alleviate my frustration by more actively communicating with him. We were able to work together to solve the issue.
Which of your previous jobs have you liked the best/the least? Why
I really loved my job at X – I liked the professional attitude and the workplace environment. Another thing I liked was the close-knit and interpersonal communications that were prevalent between managers and employees. The company also believed in its employees and seemed to really think about my future growth and professional progress.
At X, however, I found that, after reaching a certain level, there was room for continued career growth in the company. The company had a stagnant point where it simply retained employees without continuing to develop their potential in order to move the company forward. Given my drive to strive for constant growth, this was an atmosphere that I felt stifled my professional development.
If you were hiring someone for this position, what qualities would you be looking for?
I would look for someone who is goal-oriented, good at communicating and a hard worker. I think it’s important for people to know where they want to end up and to have a rough plan for how to get there. Anyone in this position also has to be able to communicate with coworkers and clients, so good communication skills are vital. Being a hard worker typically means someone can work well in a team, but also get things done independently – and both are important.
Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
The most important thing is to establish a relationship based on mutual respect. The subordinate has to respect the supervisor’s ability to manage, and the supervisor has to respect the employee. It should be a relationship where there is open communication. It is also important that both people know their roles and what is expected of them in order to meet objectives.
Describe how you’ve organized materials (Files, records, or other information) so that you could find them easily.
I’m a very organized person, and this has definitely come in handy at my last company and during my master’s. At the beginning of each week, I review my calendar and outline the key things I need to accomplish. Then I set up reminders, blocks of time and to-do listsm so I have clear steps and time allocated to meet those goals. Of course, not everything can be planned, but when things come up last minute, I ensure I can adjust quickly and respond to those priorities as well.
How do you take direction?
When I started at my last company, we had a staff meeting every Monday. We were formed in teams for an assigned task. Sometimes I was the lead, and other times others were assigned to lead the team. I worked well with everybody, which is typically the case. In fact, my boss complimented me about this several times, and he even made note of it in my last performance review.