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How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

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The interviewer would like to know that you can determine which projects need your attention over others. When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

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General
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"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."

Admin
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"When I have multiple priorities at a time, I will ask my boss to rank them based on most urgent. This method helps me to remain focused and then I know I am concentrating where she needs me to."

Manager
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"Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I interview each to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact."

Marketing
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"I determine priorities based on project value and receptiveness of my client. The most engaged clients get my attention and the fastest turnaround."

Retail
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"If, for example, I have more than one customer who needs me, I will page for assistance so that nobody is left waiting. It's essential to have team members that you can rely on to step in when you become too busy."

Sales
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"If I have priorities that cannot be shifted around, I will work overtime as needed. I do have a sales assistant that I can lean on as well. He will often lay the groundwork for what I need so that it fast forwards the time for projected completion."

Teacher
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"As a teacher, I know that the best balance is when I scatter my deadlines such as tests and marking, evenly throughout the week. If I happen to double up on project deadlines by accident, I will take work home or deliver parts at a time, ensuring whoever is waiting for final delivery, that it is on its way!"

Building Inspector
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"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."

Psychiatric Technicians
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"I usually accomplish tasks based on deadlines. Patients come first, so if I have someone in front of me, they have my full attention. I have an order that I do things, to make sure I have all the tools I need and know where they are, as keeping track of days I need to put in orders for different items. I've learned to be more flexible too, as things can shift quickly around the office, so I can change gears when I need to."

Union Representative
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"I usually make a list of everything that I need to do during the day and then I see what are the most important tasks that need to be done during the whole day and the week as well. I also set reminders for the deadlines if there is any."

Kitchen Manager
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"I will determine which item requires my attention by the amount of time we are behind, and then the financial impact of not getting it done on time. For instance; burning a steak because it wasn't tended to is much more costly than a salad waiting to be taken out for 3 minutes longer than expected. I also understand the pure importance of having a diligent and well trained team of support staff in the kitchen. Delegating to them is an incredibly helpful way to ensure that priorities are taken care of."

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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 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.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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