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When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method?

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

Updated on December 23rd, 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 would like to know when you have shown a willingness to learn new work methods. With changes in technology and policy, most professionals will need to alter their way of work from time to time. It is a great skill to have when you can approach a problem in a new way.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"When our company came under new management last year many new methods and policies came into place. I was able to learn many new approaches to our challenges in sales and customer management. I quite enjoyed the process, and it brought a sort of fresh air to my daily routine."

Admin
Answer example

"Our company switched to an SAP system last year, which I was not familiar. I enrolled myself in a 4-week evening course at our local community college so that I could quickly learn the system without it affecting my performance at work. It helped a great deal, and my employers were impressed with my willingness to learn."

Manager
Answer example

"I heard about a new best practice in ISO quality control standards. I made about a dozen calls and ended up meeting some peers from other companies for lunch to discuss and share ideas. A short time later, I successfully implemented the ideas I gathered that day. It is always a great idea to learn from industry peers."

Marketing
Answer example

"Social media algorithms change constantly and so, I have shown a willingness to learn the new methods by attending one new webinar per week. These webinars are usually focused on Facebook and Instagram strategies with some focus on Google analytics as well."

Retail
Answer example

"Our head office changed our return policy recently, and I needed to learn the new terms overnight. I had to change my verbiage when talking to customers, and no longer offer the extended warranty we once had. It's a challenge to change your habits, that's one thing I know for sure!"

Sales
Answer example

"When applying for a new sales role in the past, I knew they used Salesforce for the CRM. I had very little exposure to Salesforce. Rather than wait until I walked in the first day, expecting them to teach me, I took advantage of Salesforce's numerous tutorials online so I would be familiar with the system from my first day. My new manager and the company's Salesforce admin were both impressed with my familiarity and comfort with the system."

Teacher
Answer example

"I am always looking for new teaching methods. I like to read up on new and fun ways to incorporate curriculum and keep the students engaged. I often ask my fellow teachers if they have new tips and tricks well. Being willing to learn, and adapt, is a big part of being a teacher."

Warehouse Clerk
Answer example

"When our company came under new management last year many new methods and policies came into place. I was able to learn many new approaches to our challenges in product movement and customer management. I quite enjoyed the process, and it brought a sort of fresh air to my daily routine."

Occupational Therapist
Answer example

"In working in a home health setting with an older man that recovering from a stroke, I learned from his family that he had been an avid golfer his entire life and was the reigning senior level champion at his golf course. Knowing that he'd be inspired by the sport, I made sure that each session with him ended with us practicing putting strokes in his living room. As well, for aids in the bathroom, the family allowed us to install a modified golf club grab bar in his bathroom for him to utilize."

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: 12/23/2018

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