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If your current company shut down today, what would you do to quickly adapt?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know more about your ability to adapt and thrive, in stressful situations. This question is hypothetical, so you'll likely need to use your imagination when answering. Show the interviewer that you are capable of adapting to a tough situation.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"If my current company shut down today I would tap into my network, call everyone I knew, and look for a company that needed someone with my skillset. I wouldn't let it get me down, and I would certainly hit the ground running in my job search."

Admin
Answer example

"If my company closed down, with no notice, I would register as a temporary admin assistant right away. Before landing this full-time position, I worked temporary roles for nearly a year. Although it was hard not knowing what work would be available, and when - it was fun to have the variety. I would make the best of the situation."

Manager
Answer example

"That's a tough question! I have been with my company for so long that this is the first role I have applied for in ten years. If I lost my job today, I would call in a few favors from industry peers. I have a strong network and a good reputation in this industry so I wouldn't be too worried."

Marketing
Answer example

"Marketers are often great with public relations so if I lost my job today, I would spruce up my resume, update my website, tidy up my LinkedIn profile and start sending off messages!"

Retail
Answer example

"There are many retail jobs available; however, I am choosy where I land. For that reason, if I lost my job today, I would take to the internet and research best places to work in my area. That's how I found your job posting!"

Sales
Answer example

"Sales professional easily adapt! If I lost my job today, I would knock on the doors of my clients and competitors until someone hired me!"

Teacher
Answer example

"If my school closed down tomorrow I would make it work by gaining private tutoring gigs, and taking on substitute teaching jobs until a full-time position became available. I am confident in my ability to find a role quickly because of my solid reputation as a caring and skilled teacher."

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: 03/04/2018
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
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