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Being in such a prominent role, how do you balance your work requirements with your everyday life?

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By: Rachelle Enns

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Many people believe that the more senior the role, the more relaxed their lives will get but we all know that isn't the case! Discuss with the interviewer how you ensure that you have a steady balance between work and life. Hiring manager's don't want to hear that you are a workaholic because that can equal burnout. Discuss how you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I believe in the importance of work/life balance, and encourage my teammates to do the same. One way that I ensure a healthy balance is to turn my email off one hour per night, during dinnertime. That is my family time, and I aim to set a good example for my children that it is not necessary to always be 'on.'"

Admin
Answer example

"I am online for the majority of my day, so when I get home, I am sure to unplug. I will read a book, go for a walk outside, or talk on the phone with a family member. Connecting with something other than a computer screen is important. This 'back to basics' approach keeps me grounded and refreshes me for the following day."

Manager
Answer example

"As a senior manager, I spend a lot of time putting out fires and answering questions. Once I arrive home, I like to spend some time on the treadmill, clearing my head, while I listen to some good tunes. I need about one hour or so of time to myself...no talking to anyone, and vice versa. After that alone time, I feel like a new person!"

Marketing
Answer example

"When I get home from work, I go for a run. It's a daily commitment that I have made to myself, and I feel amazing after. Rarely does work creep into my mind but when it does, I remind myself that this is my time to focus on my wellness."

Retail
Answer example

"The hours of my current job are a bit random which can make it challenging to find a balance. If I am working a 12 or 14 hour day, for instance, I will commit to having a nice lunch to myself in the middle of the day. I mean, a nice, sit-down, healthy meal in a place with good ambiance. I am a foodie in my personal life so sometimes bringing that element to a busy day will put an extra skip in my step."

Sales
Answer example

"It has been said that, in sales, you are always 'on.' I try to avoid this type of burnout by turning the email off on my phone when I am getting ready in the morning, and one hour before I go to bed at night. This type of boundary helps me to create a balance. I sleep better this way and perform better the following day."

Teacher
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"As an educator, I often bring my work home with me. This work could include marking, assessments, or reporting. To stay balanced, even during these busy times, I like to cook and do yoga. I will take breaks in between my work so that I do not feel tired or burnt out while marking. It's important to find a good balance so that my patience level is at its peak the following day."

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: 03/29/2018
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
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