Personal Interview

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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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How do you balance life and work?

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    How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

      It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself. You do not want to answer as though work is so exhausting that you cannot keep up, but you also do not want to come across as a workaholic either. Find a healthy balance.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "If I feel that I need to find a balance, I will sometimes take my email off of my phone for a Saturday. I like to be known as available. However, there are the odd times when I need to unplug for a bit."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Work smarter, not harder! I follow this piece of advice often and lead my teams to do the same. When we can streamline the process and become efficient, we can then focus less on the total amount of hours worked."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "As a freelance marketer, I have found that I sometimes need to say no to some work. I do not like to turn work down, as it makes me feel unappreciative of the opportunities coming my way; however, burnout is not the option either."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "Balance, when working retail, can be a challenge because many of my shifts require working evenings and weekends. To keep a balance, I make sure to book coffee dates with my friends during the week and spend time by myself. It's important to stay grounded and in tune with your own needs when you have a sporadic schedule."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I found myself working late quite often not because of the pile-up of work but because of my perfectionism. To find a balance I have started assuring myself that I will do my best, and that is good enough. I do not need to go over reports 100 times to ensure that they are completely perfect."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I often need to bring my work home, to finish marking tests, for instance. On days when I feel like I have neglected my home life, I will close the door to my office and take my family out to dinner and a movie. It may mean pushing my work to a bit later in the night but having that slight refresh can be incredibly motivating."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "This is very important to me, I don't mind working a lot but when I am home I am intentional about being present. I have found just being present where I am has helped me balance these two. It is easy to let your workday run into your family time but when your are home, you have to be home."

      Chad's Answer

      Excellent! It sounds like you have been able to find a healthy balance between life and work, and I am sure your family appreciates that you are present when at home, and not distracted by your job. This balance will also help you prevent burnout in the workplace.

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