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How do you balance life and work?

1 of 20 Personal Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 21st, 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

Written by:

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.
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.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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