Advice and Examples: How do you react when you do not have the materials or equipment needed to perform your work?
How do you react when you do not have the materials or equipment needed to perform your work?
The interviewer wants to know how you go about meeting expectations, even when your resources may fall short. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving and meeting roadblocks with a positive, proactive mindset.
What to Avoid
Avoid giving a response that makes it seem like you panic or blame others or the company when you are short on resources to perform your job. Yes, your company must provide you with the support and tools needed to succeed; however, it's also essential that you show resourcefulness and problem-solving abilities.
You must prove to the interviewer that you are accountable for the outcomes of your work. Throughout your career, you will face challenges in completing tasks and projects. Often, these challenges arise due to resources falling short or materials and tools being unavailable at the precise moment you need them. Discuss in detail how you react to these types of situations.
If you've encountered a scenario like this, whether at work or in school, consider providing a brief story. You can achieve this storytelling approach by using the STAR framework (Situation, Task, Action, Result).