Interview Questions: About You

 

Describe how you handle work related stress.

A common question asked by an interviewer is how you handle work related stressors or "How do you handle pressure?" Some possible responses are:

  • Stress is a great motivator for me to do my best work. I deal with stress by making sure I have the correct balance between positive and negative stressors. I use good stress as motivation to maintain a high level of productivity.
  • I have learned to react to situations rather than to stress, which allows me to manage a situation without having it become stressful.
  • I do my best work in a challenging environment and found that I actually work better under pressure.
  • Personally, I manage stress by visiting the gym every evening. It's a stress reducer that works great for me.
  • I am able to effectively manage pressure on the job by prioritizing my responsibilities which provides a clear idea of what needs to be done.
  • I assess better options for handling difficult situations within my team, if the people I am managing are contributing to my stress level.
  • Some of my most creative work is done when I have the pressure of a deadline.
  • I focus and get the job done when I'm under pressure. I'm not someone who has a difficult time with stress.
  • I am best motivated in a dynamic environment where the pressure is on.
  • A fast paced environment is invigorating, especially since I thrive when the pressure is on.
  • When the atmosphere is stressful and I have a tight deadline, I do some of my best work.
  • I handle stress rather easily, since I tend to stay calm under pressure.

It is normally beneficial to show the interviewer how you have handled stress in the past. The interviewer can you use the past behavior to better assess how well you adapt to stressful situations.