When interviewers tell you to “Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them,” they are really asking about your work ethic. They are trying to see how dedicated you would be in completing your work for the position you are applying to.
Points to Emphasize
When answering this question, you still want to focus on your skills and abilities, while addressing the issue of you possibly not being able to fulfill your duties.
- Show optimism and determination in your response.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
The interviewer is not expecting you to be a superhero. Make sure that your answer is appropriate and honest by avoiding the following mistakes.
- Do not show pessimism by agreeing that the work would be too much to do.
To properly answer this question, one might say:
Even if my tasks seemed unachievable, I would buckle down and figure out the best approach to completing the tasks. I would start by organizing the tasks from most important to least, and then I would begin working on the most important task. If there were any tasks I could delegate to other capable individuals, I would not be afraid to ask for assistance.
I would maintain a positive outlook and utilize my organizational skills to develop a plan of action. I understand the importance of adhering to deadlines, so if I saw that I absolutely could not accomplish the task in time, I would ask for an extension.
Be sure to provide a clear, thoughtful plan and show a commitment to completing your work, which you would apply in the position.