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Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.

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The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of confidently delegating tasks to your employees or coworkers. A great leader is someone who can efficiently manage their time by ensuring jobs are equitably divided while utilizing the strengths of others. Display to the interviewer that you have the wherewithal to recognize the depths of your team by delegating tasks which compliment their skill sets.

Admin
"I recently trained a new executive assistant to the VP. She had a little bit of experience; however, did require in-depth training on our systems, programs, and more. I now oversee her work and delegate to-do's."
Basic
"In my current position I was asked to put together a team for a special client project. I was able to handpick the team members and organize the project execution. I chose my strongest employees in a variety of areas. In our initial meeting, I delegated the tasks while explaining my reasoning. This opportunity was great for me to show each team member that I had the utmost confidence in their abilities. I played to their strengths, and it worked out well. We delivered to our client on time and under budget."
Manager
"I find myself delegating work to my staff every day. Part of my job as a manager is to ensure the workload is spread evenly to deliver results on time."
Marketing
"When working on the overhaul of our website, I was responsible for coordinating and communicating across teams, as well as delegates. I assigned who was to take each new page of the website to help build content and who was to edit, as well as what types of graphics or functionality we wanted. The outcome was a sleek, functional website that has been very successful in its conversions click-thru rates to sales."
Retail
"Every month I have a meeting with all team members to talk about our plan for the month and how we will delegate the work. It's a great strategy for us, and everyone starts the month with laid out expectations."
Sales
"In my previous role, I had three reports working on sourcing inventory for my accounts. Each day, I would hold a huddle to delegate the individual work orders. We would discuss the current workload, urgency of each order, and I would discuss why each one of them was assigned to a particular account or order."
Teacher
"As a teacher, I delegate tasks, homework, and assignments to my students on a daily basis. I am a kind teacher but do command their attention when needed, to ensure they deliver their work on time."

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Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
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GLH Company growth and having to split staff rolls as you employ a new team member with out anyone feeling there jobs were being threatened.
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In a recent visit I sent a client to the hospital and as I was assess the client I had the in home nurse contacting the doctors and family to let them know that the client was being transfer to the hospital and his current condition.
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On my math team, I delegate the running of the math contests to different individuals at each level. When I was learning leader of science, I delegated the organization of the field trips to the teachers whose field trip it was. Those who are good at scheduling might opt for working out the coverage schedule, but everyone does their part.
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In my current role, I have had to ask colleagues to take on certain tasks to ensure everything runs smoothly.
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From the time I was given the opportunity to lead a group of people.
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Explaining to wait assistant/Bus staff what tables are needed to be cleared & reset first. Re-stocking in the middle of shifts, plates & silverware needs etc.
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At that time I will be very good.
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In order to plan events, complete our call lists, or give all the tours we had on campus, I had to delegate tasks daily. I truly believe in raising leaders within a team to grow. I think delegating is a way to empower the workers you have.
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I always try to delegate task effecttively.
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When I took over store was F and need lot of cleaning and I have month for inspection I made different teams and we pass with 90
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Daily. They should be delegated daily.
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I regular delegate tasks with staff due to the fact that I am not in the building full time. During groups with multiple students, and staff, I have to delegate staff to various roles so that the group runs effectively and the child remains the focus.
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Whenever staff are not doing what he or she need to be doing.
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I discussed things that need to get done held meetings to get everyone on the same page.
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Leading 5 different sub committees to achieve a certification is one that requires input from several contributing parties. I generally chose the individuals who I feel would best complete the task in the specified timeline.
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I receive request and assignments from my immediate supervisor and my division manager. I review the request and match the assignments with the level of knowledge and skills that each employee possesses.
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When I was off and asked one of the girls to set up as manager.
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I have been a project lead many times on events and activities. Although I am the lead, I know there are others that are better at certain tasks necessary to complete the project/organize the event. So I reach out to them and ask them for their assistance and expertise to create the best outcome we can have.
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It was my first time in Cali as a media director. I was assigned a task to get news reporters at a practice which required press releases, media guides, and things I've never done. A lot of phone calls and emails to local journalist later, I got the company in Sacramento News for the first time. I only had 48 hours to complete this task.
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I find the task that is most appropriate for the employee who has the skill set to form that I find the task that is most appropriate for the employee who has the skill set to form that task.
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When I managed my staff with no problem.
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Before our business implementation end, we need to finish the paper. We delegated the tasks in each of the member so it can be done earlier than the deadline.
23.
That was when I got a big sales in Big Order (B.O) from Elementary schools who order from me jollibee foods during their school's christmas party.
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When I organize a event in my school that was successfully done.
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I will delegate the task as soon as they do it wholeheartedly and they memorize every steps and situations in their specific station.
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Everytime I work. I assured that I work effectively. I double check the things that ive done.
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Working in a team will give your work much easier and joyful. I remembered when our event in school are successful because we helped each other and worked as a team. There is no such things as single-handed sucess. When you include and acknowledge your team the more succesful the job will be done. It is about teamwork.
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If you love what you are doing you always inspired to do the task and doing it with enthusiatic.
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When maintaining a good grade during my college years.
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Everytime my superior ask to do something. I am doing my all effort just to finish the task on time.
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When taking the inventory and ordering of the product, it should be precise innorder to lessentje working hours and effort.
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I delegated my tasks effectively as a counter, as a student and also as a older daughter of the family . For me that is the best example of delegating tasks effectively.
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I have to be a good speaker so that they will surely listen when you have to assign a task.
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During my college days, we are trained on how to multitask, to be a good leader etc. We are given reports weekly which can be an individual or a group presentation. The most unforgettable report that I had is about optimization and simulation modeling on my Logistics subject. We are the first group, and our professor gave us almost a week to prepare. Plus the fact that we also have reports in other subjects. I divided our topic into 4 parts since we are 4 in a group. I gave them 4 days to submit their ppts to me for compilation. One of them failed to their job so I have to take responsibility because a big part of our grades depend on this presentation. I studied my topic very well which is the linear programming, and my groupmates also did well to deliver our reports effectively. As a result, our professor is really impressed to our performance, especially to my topic since it was hard to understand and explain.
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I often divide work loads example on my kids and they follow so I can say that we have a clean house so I can say delegating task which is effective.
36.
During our Banchetto, a school event. I was the manager back then, I properly informed then about the program schedule and their specific duties to perform so that when I give a signal they can delegate and do the tasks smoothly and avoid asking questions that is answerable by themselves.
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It's when we organized a summer camp for kinds in barangay Lumbia. As an out going volunteer, it is just right to delegate the task to the younger ones especially those who are income senior volunteers.

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