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Tell me about a time when you were effective at handling multiple projects at once.

1 of 25 Management Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know more about your ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. As a manager, you will be required to take care of various projects and deadlines. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of doing so.

Professional Answer Examples
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"In my current position I handle multiple project deadlines all of the time. I can do so effectively by ensuring that I delegate the proper tasks to the best-matched team member. My strong organizational skills ensure that I am in control of every project."

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"As an executive assistant, every project that the CEO has on his desk is, essentially, mine as well. I handle flights, meetings, events, and some of his matters as well. I have never underdelivered on his expectations."

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"Juggling multiple projects is my forte! I just recently launched an organizational effectiveness survey for the department as a pilot for the rest of the company, while introducing a new compensation plan for the US region and hiring about 35 new critical leaders for our anticipated growth this upcoming fiscal year."

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"I usually have about ten client projects on the go at one time. I rely heavily on my systems and apps to ensure these projects run smoothly. Luckily, I am a naturally organized individual, and I have an incredibly supportive team of creatives who are always on the ball."

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"I thrive under pressure and keeping multiple balls in the air at once, both personally and professionally. Currently, I am in charge of scheduling, goal setting, and reviews, hiring and termination, merchandising, forecasting, and have a hand in the buying decisions, too. Not to mention just the daily tasks of acting as a sales manager on the floor. I am sure to delegate tasks as appropriate and spend time away from the sales floor to complete tasks whenever necessary. I have no issues managing and completing multiple ongoing projects simultaneously. It keeps my job interesting and different each day."

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"I always have about ten things going at once, and it's my favorite way to work. It makes every day different and keeps me on my toes. I am currently responsible for five direct reports, and each of them has one direct report, totaling the team at 10. I am responsible for managing the five account executives and helping them be team leaders. Not to mention, I am accountable for forecasting our sales, sitting in on weekly sales meetings and defending our pipeline projections. On the day-to-day, I go into any number of sales calls or pitches, requests to help transition accounts to the customer success team, and more, including interviewing and reviewing, as well as firing, employees. It's a lot on my plate all at once, and I love it."

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"I overshot my capacity the other week by assigning two homework assignments and having an exam all in the matter of 3 days. I had a much larger marking workload than usual. I blocked off time each evening to ensure that my students were not left waiting for their marks for more than three days."

Sourcing Manager
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"In my current position I handle multiple project deadlines all of the time. I can do so effectively by ensuring that I delegate the proper tasks to the best matched team member. My strong organizational skills ensure that I am in control of each and every project."

Parole Officer
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"In this line of work, we can be doing any number of things at the same time. My ability to multitask helps me do this well. I can be managing interviews with clients, court hearings, investigative reporting and a number of counseling sessions at any one given time. It keeps the work we do interesting nonetheless!"

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Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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