What Techniques And Tools Do You Use To Keep Yourself Organized

Each interview question is its own challenge. Most have some hidden meaning because the interviewer is usually trying to get at a specific piece of information, even if it is not apparent. If you understand what is really being asked, you can focus your answer better.

One of the trickier questions is “What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized In actuality, they are not very interested in the specifics, but they want to know if you are taking steps to stay organized. So how much information is appropriate and how much is too much? You should include enough to be convincing, but no more.

Points to Emphasize

Because the specifics of your answer do not matter, the way you answer is vital. You need to communicate the right points through the tone and attitude you have.

  • Be specific. Just because the specifics are not important does not mean you should not include them. Point to a physical thing you do to stay organized.

  • Be honest. Do not just tell them something that you think sounds good.

  • Actually have an organizational tool. The interviewer will be worried if you do not take steps to be organized, and rightfully so. If you do not have a technique, you should adopt one anyway.

  • Have an organized answer. Your technique should be professional and organized. Using a planner and writing memos is better than tying a string around your finger.

    Mistakes You Should Avoid

    There are many answers that will create a bad impression of you. Avoid these common pitfalls that many people fall into.

  • Do not try to claim that you do not need special tools to stay organized. Even if it is true, there is no way the interviewer can be sure.

  • Do not forget to answer the question. Jumping straight to talking about how organized you are is a bad idea.

  • Do not forget that your answer reflects on your character. You might reveal something about yourself that you do not wish to, even outside of organizational skills.

  • Do not rush your answer to get to the next question. Give it the thought you would any other question.

    Sample Answer

    Your answer will be specific to you, but the following is a generic and strong answer.

    I make great use of reminders on my personal planner. I will probably enter anywhere from three to five, or even as many as ten, in a single work day. It keeps my day on schedule and ensures I do not forget any task.

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