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Tell me about a time when you did not have enough time to complete all assigned tasks. How did you prioritize?
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Start off by telling the interviewer that you are typically an organized person and achieve everything on time. Share how you usually organize your work. You might share that you keep a to-do list of all the objectives that you must complete, keep your electronic calendar up-to-date, and that you spend 5-10 minutes at the beginning of your day reviewing your calendar for the day as well as prioritizing your to-do list for that day. Next, share about a time when you failed to get an assigned task done on time due to something outside of your control. Perhaps you were sick, an emergency arose, or someone else called in sick for the day changing your priorities. Share how you prioritized your time with the goal of achieving the deadline, and share why you were not able to achieve it on time. Finally, be sure to wrap it up by re-iterating that you are usually a deadline driven person, and you almost always complete everything on time.
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Tell me about a time when you did not have enough time to complete all assigned tasks. How did you prioritize?
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I would organize all tasks at hand according to my best judgement by which was most pressing. In completeing the most pressing and important matters first, I would then finish what ever remaining tasks were left in the time period alotted for me.
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It was actually a time when I was covering two shifts because an employee didn't show up and I just prioritized by what absolutely needed to be done first and what wasn't imperative to get done right away.
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I would organize all tasks at hand according to my best judgement by which was most pressing. In completeing the most pressing and important matters first, I would then finish what ever remaining tasks were left in the time period alotted for me.
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In school when assigned many tasks or homework I would do whatever counted the most towards the grade, the biggest tasks in the time I had availble and do the rest as soon as possible.
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I would only focus on what I could get done in the allotted time and then work at a faster pace the next day.
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I chose which I thought would be the most important first an did it that way. As time got down, I did as much as I could of whichever tasks were left.
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I will first try to finish my major task and then try to do the rest in my break.
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I had to work a double shift because and employee didnt show up. I just prioritized with the things that absoultley needed to be done first and proceeded with everything else.
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I once had a situation in a medical office where different medical facilities wanted copies of patient information at the same time. I decided to do these in the order received.
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I would get the things need to be done first and the less prioritized would be done later.
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I would categorize my assignment. What need to be done first and what could be done later.
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I would organize the tasks by what could be accomplished the soonest, unless the manager requested a certain task was top priority.
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I tried to figure out what was more important, then finishing that first, and what wasnt as important, I would do later.
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I usually make lists and prioritize what needs to be done first and then to what is not as important. I start at the top and work hard until I am out of time.
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I work on trying to complete one assignment at a time then I move on to the next and I will get the job done.