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What distracts you in the workplace?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Everyone finds distractions in the workplace, and the interviewer would like to know what yours may be. Avoid saying that you do not get distracted. As laser-focused as you may be, you are still human and will get distracted. Be honest with what distracts you in the workplace but also offer up a solution by discussing how you best avoid that particular distraction.

Professional Answer Examples
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"I think we are all distracted by our phones now and then and I am no exception to the rule. To overcome this distraction in the workplace, I keep my cell phone in my desk drawer on silent. Anyone who knows me knows to call my desk phone when they need me, or in case of an emergency."

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"Because I sit at the front desk, I face many interruptions during my day. We have an open-office layout which also doesn't help much either. I will send signals to my team when I need to concentrate such as sending out an email to let the team know that I have a deadline to hit by a certain time. Luckily most of my office mates are respectful and consider those deadlines."

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"My dog passed away earlier this year. I took one day off to sort things about, but I was still quite distracted for another day or two. My pup had been my best friend for quite some time. I made some small mistakes in some reporting, but my team knew my situation and were very understanding. I am not easily distracted, but that event was an exception."

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"Emails! Emails can be so distracting and time-consuming. For that reason, I have started to shut my computer screen off during times when I need to gather my creative mojo. It helps tremendously to block time specifically for emails. I am much more productive that way."

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"I get distracted by clutter. I feel that a store should be tidy, and items should be easy to find. At times I have found myself so engrossed in merchandising that I do not get to my other tasks until later than I would like. Now, I set a particular time for myself, for instance, I will give myself 10 minutes to fix the front displays, and when that time is up, I need to move on."

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"In my current position, we have meetings to have meetings, to have more meetings. I do often find these more distracting than I do helpful. I fully understand the need for meetings but perhaps not two or three per day. These often interrupt my flow and then I end up working a lot of overtime."

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"The classroom can get a bit noisy which is a distraction for myself, and other students who are trying to concentrate. To combat this, I have incorporated quiet time with prizes for students who are the quietest during the week. This downtime is great for the students and also helps me to get some marking in while the kids read."

Written by:

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: 06/01/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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What distracts you in the workplace?
I was cooperating with someone and I failed to hold my weight and both of us suffered the consequences.
Missing my first Germany training program in Frankfurt because of delays in VISA Processing.
I am not really a distracted person cause I just like to get the work done properly and go home.
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