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When change occurs in the workplace, do you naturally adjust or do you first think of the worst?

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

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | 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 is looking to see if you are a naturally positive person, or if you air on the side of cynicism. When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change?

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"When workplace change occurs I initially try to balance the pros and the cons before reacting. Overall I would say that I prefer to focus on why the changes will work. I am a positive person by nature."

Admin
Answer example

"I am happy to adapt to changes as long as they make sense and help with productivity. I am a team player and will always choose the positive side of things rather than dwelling on the potential difficulties."

Manager
Answer example

"A drive for continuous improvement requires change. I do not agree with making a change, just for the sake of change, but to find more efficient and effective ways to get the job done and increase our productive capacity. I find that my employees respond better when they feel that changes are happening and that the company is being innovative."

Marketing
Answer example

"Marketing requires constant change, and I appreciate that you understand this within your agency. I would much prefer to see an attempt at a change to address a problem than a type of environment where we cling to "the way it has always been."

Retail
Answer example

"I really like change. Perhaps that's why I am in the fashion industry! Seasons and styles are fluid, and nothing stays the same."

Sales
Answer example

"I believe that change is almost always good in an organization, especially when it is in response to an issue or an update in response to industry development. That doesn't mean that change is always perfect, or the right course of action, but I am always on board with trying to switch things up for a better outcome. For instance, I encourage my company to change our sales scripts on a quarterly basis so that our telephone sales representatives have something to look forward to."

Teacher
Answer example

"As a teacher, I come across a lot of changes, and I have to adapt positively and accordingly. I do what's best for the students and am a change agent for them."

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: 06/29/2018

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