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Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine?

1 of 15 Adaptability Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 3rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know your preference when it comes to a predictable versus an unpredictable work routine. Discuss with the interviewer if you are the individual who prefers to know what the method will be for the day, or if you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability. It's best to display a balance between the two, using the most current position in your answer.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time. My current role is primarily predictable with a few surprises coming from head office a couple of times per week. These can include scheduling changes, new policies, or additional clients."

Admin
Answer example

"I am comfortable either way, but I would probably grow bored if nothing ever changed. Having a few days of status quo now and then is good for my sanity though."

Manager
Answer example

"I manage a team of twenty unique individuals which means that every day brings me a new challenge. I am a fantastic problem solver and would likely grow bored if days were mundane. Of course, some days without fires to put out, are welcome!"

Marketing
Answer example

"As a marketer, with primarily agency experience, I am accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment. I tend to prefer that pace because it's exciting and challenging. It makes every day different and fun. That's not to say that some time spent in predictability isn't welcome, though!"

Retail
Answer example

"If my schedule changes, I can certainly adapt; however, I much prefer working on a set schedule. The customer type will change, but I do like to have my expectations laid out for me."

Sales
Answer example

"I like to have a bit of both. I have a general schedule that I follow in the morning including a team huddle, setting objectives for the day, following up with clients, and then setting new meetings with prospects. That said, the in-between of that framework is always pretty unpredictable. In sales, you never know what might happen. More often than not, there is some hassle throughout the day so that variety keeps me on my toes, engaged, and excited."

Teacher
Answer example

"No day is the same when you are in the education industry. I wouldn't have it any other way! I prefer to switch up the day, offer my students time to move around, have fun, and learn through exploration."

Daycare Worker
Answer example

"No day is the same when you are caring for and educating children. I wouldn't have it any other way! I prefer to switch up the day, offer my students time to move around, have fun, and learn through exploration. With that said, the schedule is the same every day so that the kids have a routine. I do switch up the activities, games, and songs to keep it fresh."

Forester
Answer example

"I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."

ABE Teacher
Answer example

"I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my teaching style. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/07/2017
Last modified on: 02/03/2019

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