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If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

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The interviewer would like to know which tasks you tend to leave for last. Often we will move the tasks that we don't want for last in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully leave a specific responsibility for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question.

If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
Answer example

"If given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

Admin

"I tend to leave the hardest assignments for last. It is not because I dread them, but because I can make a lot more people happy by completing their small requests first and getting them back to work."

Manager

"If given a choice, I would leave my corrective measures last, meaning to the end of the day. I prefer to terminate employees at the end of the day when it's a bit quieter. It's easier to do a smooth exit interview and walk out at that time."

Marketing

"I have always been told first to do the work that I enjoy least! In a way - I guess you could say 'leave the best for last.' I do this so that I don't lose steam as I enter the final stages of a task of a project."

Retail

"I am not a procrastinator; however, I would push the store cleaning to the end of the day if it were possible. It feels better to leave the store in pristine condition!"

Sales

"I prefer to get my sales calls in, first thing in the morning. It's easier to catch people on the phone that way. Because of this preference, I tend to leave my in-person client visits for the end of the day when I'm done in the office and can hit the pavement."

Teacher

"If given a choice, I would put off marking papers to the end of the day. I prefer to do my marking when the classroom is quiet after everyone has gone home."

Heavy Equipment Operator

"If I were given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time in the hands on, operating portion of my job. I do understand the importance of it, though."

Abstractor

"If I were given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

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