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

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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?

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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 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.
Published: 01/07/2017
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