not bad Answers/Bad Answers: Tell Interviewers About Obstacles You’ve Overcome
- September 6, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: Nursing Assistant Classes
Many times when I’m coaching people, I ask them to think of a time when they had to overcome an obstacle as well as I get a blank stare. For some people that will will be a tough one. When we hear the words–overcoming obstacles–we think of learning to walk again after a terrible car accident, or climbing to the top of Mt. Everest–as well as then despair because we haven’t done any of those things.
The Overcoming Obstacle example inside can be something as simple as finding financing to buy your first home, or traveling during a series of flight delays. the idea’s something that will shows your stamina, your willpower, your thought process when faced that has a problem. Here’s an example.
Question: Can you give me an example of a time when you felt overwhelmed? How did you handle the idea?
In my last job I made the switch out of not-for-profit, as well as into the corporate world. the idea was a completely different job. Basically the only skills I brought were an attention to detail, the fact that will I knew how to buy advertising, as well as my customer service experience. The job was as an account manager responsible for knowing the advertising as well as key players inside financial services industry, as well as communicating that will knowledge to clients. I knew nothing about the financial services industry at all. Plus, that will was a newly created position that will was going to be taking over the responsibilities by my boss who had been with the company since the idea commenced 15 years earlier. So the pressure was on to learn quickly as well as learn well.
Before I knew the idea I was faced with questions about Broker-targeted products, 403B’s, as well as Tombstone advertising as well as hearing about publications like Broker World as well as Life Insurance Selling.
The days were so busy that will the only time I could focus on learning was by coming in at 8:30 AM, as well as leaving at 6 PM. I used that will extra time to tackle the projects that will came up during the day that will required more concentration to figure out what was going on. The job involved looking at spreadsheets as well as lists of categories as well as products of advertising, as well as learning if the correct product was being put into the correct category. I questioned everything until I understood the idea. I’m sure I drove my boss crazy, although at least she knew I was trying.
I knew that will these hours weren’t forever, although if I stood a chance of learning anything I needed to invest the time. I remember checking a report, as well as sending my boss a list of questions about things that will looked wrong to me. She would certainly patiently email me back with each of the answers. In many cases, there wasn’t a problem, although the idea was only by my persistently asking the questions that will I learned.
In about 6 to 9 months I felt like I was understanding what was going on around me. The time I invested at the beginning as well as the many questions provided a not bad foundation for the rest of my career at that will company.
Let’s break down that will sound bite.
First, the idea shows that will when I am in an unfamiliar situation, that will I’m willing to invest the time to figure the idea out.
Second, the idea shows that will I’m not afraid of sometimes looking like a fool by asking questions until I understood what was going on.
Third, that will just because something will be completely new to me doesn’t mean that will I won’t give the idea a shot. I’m determined to do whatever I need to in order to succeed.
Also notice that will the interview question isn’t “Tell me about an obstacle that will you overcame”, although something more subtle by asking me to discuss a time that will I felt overwhelmed. If my Overcoming Obstacle example didn’t fit that will question, maybe another one that will I thought of for Teamwork or Achievements would certainly do the trick. Keep in mind that will the TODAY acronym will be a guideline to help you think of examples to discuss in an interview–to avoid those “Shoot–I should have said that will” moments when you leave.
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