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When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?

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

Updated on 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 how you first approach a critical assignment. Are you the individual who will take an assignment head-on, or do you need to research and plan early? Do you jump in and get it all done immediately or do you balance it with other assignments? Talk to the interviewer about how you approach essential tasks at work.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"When my supervisor gives me an important assignment or task I am sure to assess the depth of the project then take a look at my schedule to see how I can appropriately balance it with my other work. I do not procrastinate because then it's easy to forget to fit them in."

Admin
Answer example

"I lay out all the deadlines, figure out the deliverables, priority order, and then do all the research needed to make informed decisions. I keep a written "to-do" list and transfer project deadlines into my calendar to stay on task."

Manager
Answer example

"When given an important project I will read through the requirements, ensure that I understand the end goal, and then determine which of my team members I need to engage in making it happen. From there, I brief those team members, and we get started!"

Marketing
Answer example

"I tend to jump right into an assignment and plan my steps once things are underway. It's the best way that I can create a marketing strategy without wasting any time at the start."

Retail
Answer example

"I approach assignments head on. I like to get my hands on a project, conduct research by various methods. Sometimes it's trial and error, but most of the time I nail it on the first try. "

Sales
Answer example

"I love to read so when I have an important assignment or project I will first do as much online research as possible to ensure that I understand the full scope. From there, I create milestones for myself."

Teacher
Answer example

"I am a planner. You have to be, to be a successful teacher. If given an important assignment or project, I will research the heck out of it before I begin. Then, I plan what steps I need to take to reach the end goal. If I need to bring others in to help me, I approach them early on in the process to avoid roadblocks."

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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 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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