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Tell me about a time when you were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?

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This question is designed to learn how well you work under pressure. Avoid choosing a time that you were in danger of missing the deadline because of poor planning on your part such as procrastination. Instead, choose a situation that was out of your control.

Admin
"My team and I were recently under a deadline to complete a global employee satisfaction survey. Our deadline was set to execute the project from start to finish within six weeks. Before beginning, we came across one main roadblock that was going to prevent us from accomplishing this. Global customs would take six weeks to ship the surveys in and out of the facility. We came up with a solution to email the surveys and still include the coding that would catalog the results by location and department. It was our transparency in communications and collaborative work environment that helped us meet the deadline and deliver the results to the leadership team."
Basic
"Last month, our corporate head office requested a full inventory count at random. We were given just two days to complete this count when, usually, these inventory counts were given three full days to complete. I was the team lead at the time, so I rescheduled us to work longer split shifts to ensure we met the timeline without overworking anyone. I turned the task into a competition where the first person to complete their inventory section was given two free movie tickets. My plan worked well! We finished the inventory count in just 39 hours and the team remained motivated."
Manager
"This past year our regional manager wanted to have a new rep hired and trained for the first week of January. She informed me of this only on the first of December. To expedite the process, I requested a budget allowance to hire a recruiter. The recruiter worked fast, and we had an offer out to the perfect candidate in just three weeks."
Marketing
"I was once part of a team that had a major set back based on the crash of our project management software. I went to the project backup database, quickly reviewed everyone's open tasks, rearranged the schedule and called an emergency team meeting to set us back on course. We barely made it in time, but we made it."
Retail
"I was called in at the last minute to help complete a buying deadline. Our previous manager had left suddenly, so, literally 20 hours into the new role; I was asked to make buying recommendations for next season. I stayed up pretty much all night reviewing last year's data for the same season, to make an educated recommendation to the buyer and sent it along to corporate. They made their buying decision based off of my recommendation. I was so nervous through the entire season that I may have made an inaccurate representation of our data and put my department's budget at risk. As it turned out, I was pretty near dead on and we had a successful summer season."
Sales
"I am tasked with cold calling 100 potential new clients per day. I had a chaotic week just a couple of weeks ago where the Monday was a holiday, on Tuesday our company database was down, and on Wednesday, I was out for half of the day on in-person client calls. This setback meant that I needed to complete five days of work in just 2.5. I spent a few hours of overtime and skipped my lunch breaks so that I would meet my target."
Teacher
"Last summer during curriculum writing, we were having some conflict about what would be added, cut, or kept. Because of this, we got a bit behind. Ultimately, we ended up working extra hard and some longer hours than usual in the last week to make the final revisions to the curriculum. I believe that passion showed in our final decision since the following year was the most fun, inspired, and arguably effective curriculum we'd developed to date."

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Tell me about a time when you were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?
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Will try my best upto certain possible level to safe guard my team mates.
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I was in the this group we had a project that was due but we had to work real hard to reach the goal..
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When I had to work in a team and my team mates were not taking the work serious and we were almost not able to complete the project I had motivated the team to work harder so that the project could be completed on time.
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Usually in danger of missing deadline when needed parts were going to be late in arriving. Determined options and was able to make temporary repairs until needed parts arrived.
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To accomplish a deadline, we worked over night &finished the work.
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I gathered the group and we decided as a team how to meet the deadline by delegating the work to the appropriate associates with each associate feeling positive in completing the task.
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Work all night till we accomplished it.
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Recently, my school was preparing for our 5 year accreditation. All faculty and staff were assigned to groups to address different standards. We were close to our deadline and still needed to cite evidence for our self assessments. I noticed a lot of the standards were over lapping so I suggested each standard group share their evidence in a google format so we could share the evidence. This saved us time and allowed us to meet our deadline.
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I've never been in that situation because I use my time wisely and like to get things done right then and there.
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Once we had to do audit. But there was not enough time to do that therefore I called my supervisor either we will have to extent it or do the overtime to finish it after a little discussion with my supervisor shared all the info about the audit and nature of work he allowed us to do the overtime and get the work done with in deadline date.
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The rfp was due and we performed change management to crash the schedule and eliminate details of the dependencies and estimated what we would need.
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I was in charge of sending out the cases for patients scheduled for crowns. I needed to send it out before I left for the weekend but forgot to take it when I left. I remembered the next day and went back to the office and sent it out overnight mail so there would not be a delay for the patient.
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Told the group if they didn't get there act together that drags everyone down. If they wanted to mess around I would ask the teacher for them to leave to group.
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At FIU, in one my lab courses I worked with a group to complete a video-based research project on a certain species of monkeys. As the deadline was approaching, we realized that we needed more data and video footage and had to edit the footage as well. I came together together with the 3 other members and came up with a schedule where we can either come alone or together to take the footage, data, and editing I made myself more available since I lived nearby the research location. Once we collected all our data/footage we then meet up together for editing. We actually finished our project a few days earlier than the deadline and made an A on our project.
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Primate Biology Lab group project.
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Worked through the weekend with coworkers, and split up responsibilities to get job finished. A flood of new sellers came in on a Friday, we stayed late to get them all contacted.
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Find out why, what still needs to be done, talk to the person in charge of the deadline, explain the situation, ask for assistance.
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In a previous role, my team was involved in data migration and transfer. We had just 24 hours to convert information from an old system to a new one. I took initiative and called operating system support team, for the new system we were transferring information to. During the multiple calls, I was able to establish what would be transferred from the old system automatically, and what must be done manually. I also outlined the needs of my team to the technical support team, in order to see what was the most efficient way of transfer because of the close deadline. Because of this, we were able to refine our transfer and increase efficiency and completed the task before the deadline.
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- Undering a system migration/transfer. 24hr deadline, and the team was under extreme pressure. - In addition to doing my allocated part of the transfer, I also liaised with the new system's tech support team, to confirm what would be transferred automatically and what would need to be transferred manually. Also, the best way for us to do so. - we were able to complete the task before the deadline but cutting time on migrating and tranferin information that would have been done automatically.
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We worked together, giving ideas. Worked until late to complete the task.
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Try find the missing deadline.
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I need help to other to help me.
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Bio lab, took control reached out made assignments.
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We was given a assgment to be completed within an two days in december time but because of the busy in our resturant we didnt and this is where by we missed our deadline . But we try to make an affort buy working over time this is where we mnange to complete it.
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When I worked at Methodist University ER, we were the first ER in the city to institute a DR. ICE which was temperature management for cardiac arrest patients. The protocol was to start at the first of the month but we weren't quite caught up as the deadline was approaching. We basically pulled together and worked 70+ hours that week to make it happen. Everyone took on a task and we pulled through. Everything was ready to go by the deadline.
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Yes. I wouldn't mind at all.
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Two months ago me and my coworkers were working on completing a section of townhouses in abbotsford. We had to have the units finished by the end of the week, it was Friday afternoon and we had all the wire pulled in the units but still had to tie them into the panels. This task would take about an hour per panel. We rallied together and stayed over time, unpaid, to meet the deadline.
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Last semester in one of my finance classes I was part of a group (me and 2 more people) and we had to perform an analysis of the balance sheet of a Bank and we split in part our project in order to get it done prior the deadline. On the day of the deadline, the girl in my team said she did not complete her part so we decided to submit my and mine friend's part in order to not be penalized. On the next day we all went to talk with the professor and she said to submit late but with all the work.
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I brain stormed what we should do next and assigned certain individuals certain duties to do based on their individual strengths.
30.
For our software integration of going global, we had deadlines every week. We had to work long nights, weekends, and oncall.
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Nope. There was no such situation for me.
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Our MBA class was struggling to get together and work in the assigned teams as everyone had full time jobs in different parts of the country and availability was not easy to co ordinate. Deadline was looming so we split the task out and met on Skype, discussed it and finally we put the presentation together and practiced about 30 mins before presenting ... It seemed to work.
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Late on paper - emailed the professor explaining that I had been sick and asked for an extension and included what I had done and outlined the rest for him to see where I was going with this.
34.
Recently scheduled a one on one call with our client to present our list of outstanding candidates. Problem was our pipeline only consisted of one person. We didn't want to appear unprepared so gathered our list of previously submitted candidates that were worth revisiting due to new open positions being added to the mix. The client was appreciative since they had forgotten about the previous submissions. They felt we more than mere closers but that we understood their business needs.
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Capsim-unaware of the submission time turned out that we only have an hour to submit one of the rounds. 5 departments-5 teammates-what we normally do is go through each department together and develop a plan to carry out that round. Now we stayed calm did not panetic and divided up the deparments so each member worked on a different department.
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An oversea sles manager. Tell him before hand. Also to agree deadline before making promised to the customer.
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We worked together and overtime to make sure our work would get us a good grade.
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We talk about it and strategies and we come up with a solution of working unpaid overtime for us not missing the deadline.
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Stayed until it was done. Every day getting deliveries out. Prioritize. Get servers to do the easy parts first, and I concentrate on the detailed parts that I have to answer to.
40.
During this semester in my real estate principles class, we had a current event project that was worth about 10% of our overall grade. I was in a group of 3, and we all split the task equally amongst ourselves; however, the semester was very hectic for the three of us so we didn't meet up like we wanted to. As the deadline was approaching, I realized no one took the initiative to gather everyone's work to make the powerpoint. I then took it upon myself to take lead on this project, so I reached out to each member and gave both members deadlines to submit their work prior to our presentation.
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We pulled together and decided to worker over time in order to meet deadline.
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We had to work extra hours to get it done but we told the customer the truth about the possibility of missing the deadline because we had to make some changes.
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I needed to submit reports to the state and realized that I had several meetings. I was able to delegate this task to one eployee and we worked from top to bottom to complete the info.
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We stayed late two nights. Then the third day I gave them time off.
45.
During the week of inventory we have to make sure all products are out of the stockroom and rear-face all products to be counted. We were behind on facing all of the products and making sure the store was ready for the inventory workers. We came in early to finish rear facing the products and preping the store for inventory.
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I don`t have any situation in past like this, but I think i`ll give the first help to every person need it, if I can help I am there to do that.
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Few weeks ago MD's took much longer than anticipated due to ADM not knowing where to find PCNR's. I located and redirected team to finish on time.
48.
When I was working on Euromoto sometimes we had 50 deliveries in the same time. We all discuss to help each other and work very fast.
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Seattle center event - all hands on deck.
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I am talented with multitasking. This ability helps me to work effectively even under difficult situation and under pressure.
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I work well under pressure to meet deadlines without jeopardizing the quality of my work. I have always worked in a fast pace environment where we are constantly under pressure to achieve best results within a time frame.
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I think I work well under pressure. It gives me that extra satisfaction when I complete the task.
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Keep calm, never lose track of the objectives and avoid revealing the pressure you are in to your colleagues.
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I work well under pressure, by successfully meeting deadlines, keeping a level head, and keeping management informed progress.
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I work well under pressure to meet deadlines without jeopardizing the quality of my work. I have always worked in a fast pace environment where we are constantly under pressure to achieve best results within a time frame.
56.
As an airline engineer you always work under pressure.
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I work well under pressure, by successfully meeting deadlines, keeping a level head, and keeping management informed progress.
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I work well underpressure, and I continually meet deadlines. I ensure that the quality of work is no put to the whey side, ensuring that management is imformed thoughout the process.
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I always try not to let pressure bring me down. I always try to control my working ability.
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I have had to work under presure throughout my carrier to make take off times, deadlines for reports, and deal with high profile passengers. For example, I had to perform my contract oversite duties as well as perform my NCO supervisory duties and maintain several programs at the same time. I learned to manage my time as rely on my team to help accomplish my tasks.
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I can ability work under pressure.
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I worked alone as an overseas representative for many years, needing to be the face of my company.
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My ability to work under pressure without losing the quality of work.
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First be calm in the situation, follow all procedure according to the manual or job description, be aware of the situation or procedure been performed, lastly safety should should always be the major concern from start to finish.
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My responsibility was to maintain all equipment, calibration included and when equipment fails prematurely then production was down and I would have to repair the equipment in a time sensitive manner. And sometimes I would have to change gears and work on something else so versatility was also important.
66.
I like working under pressure because it keeps me on my feet to make sure the work is done correctly.
67.
I am able to work under pressure as proven my previous positions. I have always worked in a fast-paced environment. I continually look for ways to better organize my workload to complete my assignments on time.
68.
I work best when there is a deadline for results and will try my best to meet them. If unsuccessful, I try harder next time.
69.
I have a solid reputation for delivering high quality results even when faced with continual time pressures. I have delivered on time multiple proposals, RFI responses and SOW, Specs given short notice and little time for discussion and preparation.
70.
Working in the Army, they pressure you 24/7. I am the training officer in charge of all training for the entire battalion. I have pressure for the cadre to meet all these deadlines when have 20 other obligations to do.
71.
I work better under pressure. It helps me to focus, and I push myself. I have found that when I push myself I can always do greater things than I realized.
72.
Each time we deployed in the Army, there is a process called Soldier Readiness Processing that we go through before we leave. I had 5 employees to assist over 800 Soldiers through this process, which involves updating life insurance, powers of attorney, medical screening, emergency information (next of kin), full personnel file and so forth.
73.
I work well under pressure. I do not get stressed out about deadlines and simply put in more hours so that the project can be completed on time in a professional way.
74.
I can work up to 6 projects and still meet deadline under 8 hour - 5 days a week working schedule. I can well manage project and hardly will create any pressure on my side. If I am unable to finish in 8 hours day, I will just to increase my work hour to 10 hours, 12 hours until I can catch up the speed.
75.
I have been to Afghanistan 3 times and Iraq twice seeing combat all five times. I am fine under pressure.
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I work well under pressure by acquiring the knowledge and tools needed to do the job.
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If there is a deadline I will work to the best of my ability to accomplish the task at hand in a timely and safe manner. Breathe then proceed.
78.
The COOLS Mod has been a project that has put the team involved under pressure from the start. The task was to complete the mod in 6 days with a new team. We had a learning curve, turnover, understaffing. the team adjusted by task assignment, being efficient with our tasks and the result was our completion time meeting management expectations.
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I like pressure I believe I work better when I set high expectations on what I want to achieve, as compared to when I do things leisurely.
80.
When I work under pressure, I am usually stressed, but I complete the task on time and review the work to make sure that it is quality work before I submit it.
81.
I have a high ability to work under pressure. During our normal work cycle we are sometimes working on three projects at once. Its difficult, but its rewarding to be able to keep everyone informed with what is going on.
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It's about Time Management and working priorities within that job. When I'm pressed on a job I have to remember to stay calm, stay focused and be careful not to get other people stressed out and upset. I use to-do-list and to follow up on anything that requires other peoples assistance.
83.
Work under pressure no problem. Just getting the work done in a timely manner.
84.
I work great underpressure. I find that every task is under pressure. Pressure to make sure it is done right, in a timley fashion and as a team. Working calmly through all tasks is my way of stopping the pressure from getting to me and my work.
85.
I feel I work well under pressure. I keep track of everything and if some unexpected problems arise I do a quick check of all of my notes and proceed as needed.
86.
I look at the job and do it self to a standard that is self to.
87.
I work well under pressure without missing of my quality of my work.
88.
I enjoy a certain amount of preassure. It keeps you on your toes.
89.
To be honest, I've had fairly low pressure work and school since I began. Most of my pressure has been felt here at UW, but even then, the stakes in the scheme of things are pretty low. I worked under pressure when having to develop and build these flume scale turbine blades for a PhD's experiment on a tight timeline. Tell that story.
90.
I like a challenge and fast pace. I work well under pressure.
91.
All my previous employment has always required me to work under pressure while still able to deliver results in stipulated time. This has became a norm for me and I quite like the faster pace in life.
92.
I seem to work well under pressure, I feel that a deadline helps set a time line for work to be accomplish efficiently. Having been told by some peers that I am very methodical I feel pressure helps me plan my work and execute my plan in a tmely manner.
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Plan, delegate, complete work, review delegated work.

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