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Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.

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

Updated August 17th, 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 that you are a diligent individual when it comes to work-related deadlines. Are you determined to complete your tasks on time or do you frequently miss deadlines? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to act diligently on the job.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"Last month I had a client who made a lot of additional and last minute changes to our project. Despite the changes, our deadline remained the same. Our project lead was becoming stressed that we would not meet our deadline so I agreed to stay late three nights that week to ensure that we met all expectations."

Answer example

"Tight deadlines are a bit unusual in our industry; however, we had a deadline last month that was about half the time of our usual time frame. I took my work home every night for a week to ensure that we met the deadline without the quality of work suffering."

Answer example

"My company gave me a deadline of December 24th to hire three new production line workers. After that, we were going to be meeting a hiring freeze with an undetermined end date. I used a service called Zip Recruiter and was able to make three excellent hires within two weeks."

Answer example

"Marketing is always about last minute changes and tight deadlines! Recently I worked until 4 AM to deliver an updated proposal for a very particular client. You do what you have to, to make your clients happy."

Answer example

"I am always diligent when it comes to deadlines. However, once I remember having an abnormally large order from a regular client once. I was a little stressed about making sure it was perfect, so I put in four overtime hours to meet the expectation. It felt great to deliver high-quality service."

Answer example

"I had a client last month who put in a last-minute order for a software update. He needed to upgrade some equipment as well. To meet his expectations, I had to expedite the equipment to him and beg my IT team to put my project to the top of the list. It pays to be nice to your coworkers because the IT team was able to deliver! My client was thrilled with our ability to hustle."

Answer example

"I was recently running behind on marking and comments for report cards. We had a field trip and a soccer tournament that week so my timing was off. I took the work home and was able to delegate some of it to my TA as well. Everything was delivered on time, but lesson learned!"

Court Clerk
Answer example

"Last month I had a client who made a lot of additional and last minute changes to our file. Despite the changes, our deadline remained the same. The lead lawyer on the case was becoming stressed that we would not meet our deadline so I agreed to stay late three nights that week to ensure that all expectations were met."

Newspaper Editor
Answer example

"There's a concept called Parkinson's Law: tasks take as much time as you give yourself timeI always look at the deadline and I fool myself into thinking the deadline is one-third sooner than it really is. If a deadline is in three weeks, I'll make finish it in two weeks. If it's due in 3 days, I'll do it in 1 or 2 days. This makes me work much more efficiently. It also builds in extra time for me, just in case it really does take longer than my own deadline. That's how I make sure that I meet every deadline that I'm ever given."

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Answer example

"I'd be a little bit nervous and annoyed because most of the time my bosses have backed me up and set realistic deadlines. I'd look into the project and see if there's anything that we can do to speed things up, even if it's not something we usually do. For example, can we ask the fabric supplier to give us a rush order? Can we hire some extra outside help just for this one dress? Then I'd do my very best, I'd work late if I have to. And I'd make sure to talk to my boss afterwards and negotiate a better understanding of her expectations of what's possible."

Answer example

"I am accustomed to stressful timelines and am able to handle it quite well. I have worked in this type of environment since becoming a baker 7 years ago. I remember to breathe deep, keep focused, and stay organized."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
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: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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