Advice and Examples: When facing a difficult situation, how do you react?
When facing a difficult situation, how do you react?
The hiring company wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that the way you react in difficult situations is a fit for their team and the company's values.
Because this question asks how you react (a general instance) vs. how you reacted (a specific instance), you can respond hypothetically. The Situation, Solution, Benefit formula is helpful in this case.
Step 1) Situation: Outline what a difficult situation means to you.
Step 2) Solution: Discuss the solution you would introduce when facing a difficult situation.
Step 3) Benefit: Highlight how your approach to resolving a difficult situation will benefit the hiring company.
How to Answer
Hiring managers look for candidates who meet challenges and difficult decisions head-on rather than being intimidated by them. You can show the decision-makers that you have the tenacity and excellent problem-solving abilities required for the job by discussing how you approach and overcome complex problems.
If you have a real-life example of a time when you recently faced a difficult situation in the workplace, consider telling a brief story that highlights your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
What You Need to Know
The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.