Deadline Interview Question Number 2 – How Do You Handle Deadlines for Multiple Assignments
We recently discussed the most common question about handling deadlines – namely, whether or not you can handle them at all. To answer that question, you need to focus on past experiences to “prove,” in a way, that you know what you are doing and can handle the pressure of upcoming deadlines.
Companies that have a number of deadlines may follow up on that question with two additional questions. First, how do handle deadlines to multiple assignments at once, and second, how do you prioritize these deadlines. In this post, we will discuss the former.
How to Answer Deadline Questions About “Multiple Assignments”
If the employer asks you how you handle the pressure of multiple assignments, the trick is somewhat simple. Focus on organization. Show that you handle multiple assignments by ensuring everything is in order and organized. Focusing on the pressure is the wrong way to answer this question.
“Whether it is one assignment or multiple projects, I handle the pressure well. I focus on completion of the project and put my best effort into finishing it on time.”
This answer doesn’t inspire confidence. It is simply a throwaway answer. While it could be considered a better interview answer than one that shows doubt about high pressure environments, employers are going to be looking for you to answer “how,” not just “are you.”
“The key to handling the pressure of multiple assignments is to update and keep track of each project independently, as well as prioritize my time in advance so that I know what, when, and how each aspect of the project is occurring, and update myself on its progress. The more I know about each project the better, because it will allow me to adjust accordingly and ensure that I meet each deadline successfully.”
Focusing on the organization of these projects is much better, because it shows the interviewer that you have a plan. It is far more likely to convince an interviewer that you truly can handle pressure.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Focus on how you organize.
- Try to show interviewers you have a plan.