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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Tell me about a time when you felt uncomfortable or unprepared in your job.

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Gallup Interview Questions & Answers

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    Tell me about a time when you felt uncomfortable or unprepared in your job.

      How to Answer

      This question is meant to address how you react when outside of your comfort zone. When feeling unprepared or uncomfortable, some people tend to point fingers and blame others. Others may become shy and unwilling to speak up for themselves or ask for what they need. And, there is a smaller percentage of people who will take the bull by the horns and get what they need by being their own biggest strength. Discuss with the interviewer how you would react if put into an uncomfortable situation on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A few years ago, I joined a new company, very excited to be on board as their newest inside sales rep. I quickly realized on my first day that they had not prepared for me. I did not yet have an assigned desk, an email address, or even a full set of training manuals. Rather than panic and quit, I decided to take control of the situation. I took the training manuals that I did have and made a place for myself in the employee lounge. I let my supervisor know that I would do what I could from there until my space was ready for me. I made the best of an awkward situation! Because of my willingness to take control of my onboarding, I had a very successful start. I even earned top rep status within my first 60 days."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I felt very uncomfortable in my first internship. I was new, nervous, and pretty green when it came to the industry jargon. This newness made me an outsider in the office pretty quickly. Rather than keeping my head down, I decided to make the best of the situation and learn everything that I could. I asked a senior member of the team to mentor me, and I asked if I could job shadow them for my first two weeks. I wrote down pages and pages of notes, soaking in literally everything this person said and did. By the final week of my internship, I had a newfound confidence and many strengths that I carried with me into my final year of university."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "In my previous role we sold a liquid thickener that had specific guidelines on how to mix, the guidelines changed worldwide and the supply of new materials was delayed with the new guidelines. I had a lot of training to do across one of my hospitals who were depending on this new material. So I went back to our marketeer and requested an electric copy of the new materials that I could showcase to this customer in this big account. They agreed and as a result, I was able to deliver training with electronic copies and succeeded in my support to the customer."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good! The answer shows your problem-solving skills and ability to prepare in the face of adversity. Good work!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I was conducting a step two grievance meeting, and the owner showed up unexpectantly. I continued to run the meeting as I had planned and when he wanted to speak up and conceded the floor and then redirected the meeting where it was diplomatic to do so."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds as though you did exactly what was right in this situation. Good response.

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