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How do you react to an increase in your workload?

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

Updated on March 17th, 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

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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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."

Dietitian and Nutritionist
Answer example

"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 definitely do not mind an increase in workload."

Nursing
Answer example

"During my career as a nurse, I have found out that the number of patients that I'm comfortable handling is relative to the unit that I'm working on. In a highly acute ICU, I've worked with as a high as 8 patients on a shift and felt this was overwhelming. On a Med/Surg unit, 8 patients on a unit that I'm responsible for is low. No matter the unit that I work on, I have a great method in place for prioritizing the needs of my patients and make sure that all of my patient's needs are met in a timely manner."

Abdominal Sonographer
Answer example

"I fully understand that my workload will increase from time to time and I readily accept that. Personally, I prefer it when times are busy. It helps my days to go by quickly and I feel like I've made a difference for more people. For those reasons, I definitely do not mind an increase in my workload."

Addiction Nurse
Answer example

"A workplace challenge I faced was when I did not have enough nurses on staff to cover our night shift. Because we had enough nurses to only cover the shifts it made it difficult to get by if someone was out sick. I spoke to my Director about the situation and suggested a PRN nurse. Now, double shifts aren't necessary, we just contact our float nurses, and they can cover."

Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Answer example

"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."

Addiction Counselor
Answer example

"Unfortunately, I have known of this situation to occur in the past. As much as many of us like to think that we know our co-workers or that we know which clients can be trusted, accusations like this should never be overlooked or taken lightly. If I were approached by a client who made an accusation such as this, I would notify my supervisor immediately. It is not my job to vindicate or to condemn the other counselor or the client."

Attendance Clerk
Answer example

"I agree with the fact that our job does get busy at times and it's difficult to manage work on those occasions. I follow a routine which involves making a list of the tasks that I have to do in a day and keeping some time extra for urgent or unplanned tasks."

Animator
Answer example

"I learned in both college, but especially in my animation internship, that I do best with a larger workload. I am excellent with time management and thrive under pressure. Obviously, I need a balance to this overload, so I don't burn out, but I enjoy the challenge of extra work."

Health Information Technician
Answer example

"Each day at 8 am my team 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."

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: 03/17/2019

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