How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
This question has been answered 10 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.
Often, our work environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be challenging to know how to respond when you have a coworker who is moody, or when your coworker lacks social skills and continuously asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.
ABA Therapist answer example
"I have had my share of awkward situations, and having raised 2 kids, I am no stranger to them! In the workplace, if an uncomfortable situation arises I tend to face the issue head on, but in a tactful way. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my team or colleagues if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."
Admin answer example
"I have learned over the years that if something makes me uncomfortable, I better dive right into it. Change and growth happen outside of your comfort zone. I embrace this!"
Basic answer example
"I have had my share of awkward situations and having raised two kids, I am no stranger to them! In the workplace, if an uncomfortable situation arises I tend to face the issue head-on, but tactfully. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my team or colleagues if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."
Home Health Aide answer example
"If you have ever faced an uncomfortable situation, on the job, be sure to tell the interviewer a bit about it and focus primarily on how you resolved the issues.
Be careful to avoid any negative comments about a patient or previous employer.
You can keep your answer simple so long as you focus on showing the interviewer that you are capable in uncomfortable situations. "
Manager answer example
"Uncomfortable situations do not weigh on me. I have learned how to face my problems and persevere, and I never take my feelings home with me. I encourage this mentality with my team as well."
Marketing answer example
"I try to avoid conflict, but I have a high tolerance for discomfort. I've learned to try to let the people in question sort it out, but have no problem rolling up my sleeves and diving in to help mediate the problem."
Sales answer example
"As ridiculous as this sounds, I am comfortable in awkward situations because I've had decades of awkward family dinner parties when one side didn't get along well with the other! I've learned to be the go-between who smoothes things out while finding common ground where all parties can agree. While the foundations are odd, this has proven a beneficial skill in the workplace."
Superintendent answer example
"I am very comfortable with the requirements of my role as a school superintendent. If I were to be asked to perform a task that I am uncomfortable with, I would brainstorm ways to tailor the task to make it more do-able. If I felt the task should be delegated to someone more appropriate, I would take that step."
Teacher answer example
"Uncomfortable situations don't phase me. It takes a lot to make me uncomfortable, and I just roll with whatever awkward thing is happening and try to either make it normalized, especially in the case of a student, change the conversation, or address the root of the awkwardness. It's all part of the gig."
TSA Screener answer example
"Think about people situations that are not deal breakers for the TSA Screener role that make you uncomfortable. You might share:
- Witnessing your co-workers not taking their job seriously. TSA Screeners must be focused and attentive on the job, or there could be a very serious mishap.
- Having to mingle at a large party. I do better speaking with people who are right in front of me when I know exactly what to talk about.
- Giving a speech in front of a large group of people.
- Being a passenger in a vehicle that is going way too fast
- Not knowing what to expect...or surprises!
- Being the center of attention
Simply share 1-2 things that make you uncomfortable!"