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

9 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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."

Abstractor
Answer example

"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."

Heavy Equipment Operator
Answer example

"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."

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 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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