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How do you react to an increase in your workload?

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By: Rachelle Enns

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Workloads will increase and decrease as the market demands. The interviewer would like to know how you adapt when the work starts to pile up. Show that you are willing to work faster, put in overtime, or take work home when needed. You will also want to express your time-management abilities.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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"I fully understand that my workload will increase from time to time and I easily accept that. Personally, I prefer it when times are busy, so I do not mind an increase in workload now and then."

Admin
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"In my current position, my workload changes depending on the team and their needs. I can adapt to those needs quickly and effectively. Just last week I had two team members who were sick, and my workload increased significantly. I worked overtime and met my deadlines."

Manager
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"My workload changes by the minute. Many of my clients have shipping emergencies, and I need to adapt to those as they arise. I keep organized with google calendar and my iPad. What would I do without them!"

Marketing
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"My workload increases as new clients are acquired. It's the ebb and flow of the marketing industry. When my work is piling up, I will ask for assistance from another team member who has a lighter workload. I offer the same assistance to my coworkers when they have a heavy desk as well."

Retail
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"My work is very seasonal, and when workloads increase, I perform my best. I love having a lot to do as it makes the days go faster and I feel more energized."

Sales
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"I tend to thrive under pressure, and always have, which is why I started a career in sales. I want to be the top salesperson which often means doing more than my "fair share." I love being busy, so I thrive on those opportunities for more work and additional chances to prove my value."

Teacher
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"Workloads fluctuate, depending on the month, holidays, special testing, and more. I adapt very well and have a great schedule that I follow to ensure that my students never have an overwhelming amount of homework."

Clinical Research
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"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."

Pediatric Nurse
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"I am not married and have no children at this time. So, I am pretty flexible with my schedule. If I had a choice, I would prefer the late shift, as I am a bit of a night owl. However, I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of this team and am willing to work where I'm needed."

Medical Coder
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"Each day at 8am my co-worker and I set aside 15 minutes to discuss what each other has on their plates. We are able to hear each other's work load and offer help when needed. Working together we are able to divide and conquer and avoid an unmanageable workload."

Licensed Practical Nurse
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"I think that people who are not nurses or are not familiar with the nursing industry hear 'LPN' and often think that we don't have critical nursing skills like RNs. The truth is, LPNs provide a great deal of hands-on care to patients, and that care requires learning very critical nursing skills. I think many LPNs sell themselves short because they haven't sought a higher degree, and I really feel like it is important for us to learn that we are a valuable part of a multi-dimensional team."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/07/2017
Last modified on: 03/17/2019

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