A typical interview question, asked to get a sense of how you handle on-the-job stress,
is How do you handle pressure?
Examples of good responses include…
Stress is very important to me. With stress, I do the best possible job. The appropriate
way to deal with stress is to make sure I have the correct balance between good stress and
bad stress. I need good stress to stay motivated and productive.
I react to situations rather than to stress. That way the situation is handled and doesn't become stressful.
I actually work better under pressure and I've found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment.
From a personal perspective, I manage stress by visiting the gym every evening. It's
a great stress reducer.
Prioritizing my responsibilities so I have a clear idea of what needs to be done when, has helped me effectively manage pressure on the job.
If the people I am managing are contributing to my stress level, I discuss options for
better handling difficult situations with them.
I find that when I’m under the pressure of a deadline, I can do some of my most creative work.
I’m not a person who has a difficult time with stress. When I’m under pressure, I focus and get the job done.
I find it exhilarating to be in a dynamic environment where the pressure is on.
I find a past pace to be invigorating and thrive when the pressure is on.
I have done some of my best work under tight deadlines where the atmosphere was very
I’m the kind of person who stays calm under pressure and handles stress fairly easily.
It s a good idea to give examples of how you have handled stress to your interviewer.
That way, they get a clear picture how well you can w'ork in stressful situations.
Do you take your work home?
This question is a little tricky as you cannot tell them that you have a habit of taking work
home every time as it might seem that you are not capable of meeting deadlines. Though
you can certainly explain that you understand the requirement of deadlines and how they affect business and do not have any issues taking work home whenever required. The best way to tackle this question is not to delve on the topic for too long.