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Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?

This question has been answered 25 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
This question is another way for an interviewer to ask you what your weaknesses may be. When you are thinking about examples of criticism, it's best to show that you want to grow as an employee and that you can handle constructive criticism because it helps you learn and improve the quality of your work. Give examples that would not make you exempt from the role. For instance, if you are interviewing to be a bus driver, you do not want to say that your manager called you a terrible driver!

Admin answer example
"A couple of weeks ago my manager asked me to increase my typing speed. I did not think it was slow at all...about 60 words per minute, but he wanted me to speed up anyways. I have been taking typing tests at night to work on this skill. So far, I am at 72 words per minute."
Audio Engineer answer example
"I sometimes enjoy receiving some criticism on my work because I want to grow from my mistakes. I would rather be told how to do something right than be doing it wrong for longer."
Bailiff answer example
"I always remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with my superior so as to obtain feedback. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work. For instance, while working for (X company) as (X position title), (X further information regarding the particular situation where you reacted to criticism, how you welcomed it and took it into consideration.)"
Basic answer example
"I was instructed to create some presentations for our events. After my manager reviewed my work, some of the slides required the additional copy, and he had different design concepts in mind. He had a background in graphic design, and since I do not, I listened to his ideas and incorporated them. I thought they looked very professional and in the following presentations, I tried to include those design concepts."
Civil Engineering Technician answer example
"No example comes to mind. However, I would always remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with the person in question so as to obtain feedback. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work."
Corporate Copywriter answer example
"I appreciate any feedback managers give me. I am always striving to be the best worker I can be and one way to do that is have those who know the field and company best to guide me in the right direction."
Dental School answer example
"Last year I received a low grade on a chemistry project. When I approached my professor about the low grade, he said to me 'You can do better. I expected more from you'. I was taken aback at first but once I had time to absorb what was said, I realized that he expected more from me because he had high expectations of what I was capable of doing. It was a compliment, and a challenge, all rolled into one! I re-did the assignment with more gusto and passion the second time around. My grade improved significantly and I did thank that professor for holding me to a higher standard."
Electrician answer example
"As an electrician, you will receive feedback about your work from either your boss, your client, or your co-workers. Regardless of how reasonable or accurate the observation may be, think before you speak. Be humble and don't take it personally. Depending on who the criticism is coming from, you will want to approach it differently. If it's coming from your boss, you will want to respond respectfully, saying something like, "I appreciate the feedback. Now I know how I can improve next time." If it's coming from a client, you may want to tell them, "I am so glad you noticed! I'll make the changes right away." You may have a similar response to anyone's critical comments, but the key is to stay calm and never express frustration towards the person. Give an example where you stayed professional when someone gave you negative feedback. "
Electrician Apprentice answer example
"When I first began my apprenticeship, I was given feedback on my job site habits. My supervisor asked me to be more aware of where I was leaving my tools. I was newer to the career and would sometimes be so focused on the task at hand that I would become forgetful. The criticism he offered helped me to realize that I was being a bit messy on the job site. I made sure to clean up after myself consistently after that."
Entertainment Anchor answer example
"I believe that criticism has shaped my career and made me a better person over time. I even ask for suggestions on how to improve my work after a while so I know where I can continue to grow."
Fashion Designer answer example
"No example comes to mind. However, I would always remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with my superior so as to obtain feedback. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work."
Film and Video Editor answer example
"Any criticism, despite being "negative" is good. Without open feedback and critiques I would be stuck in one mindset or point-of-view. Various critiques allow for more creative opportunities."
Heavy Equipment Operator answer example
"When you are thinking about examples of criticism, it’s best to show that you want to grow as an employee and that you can handle constructive criticism because it helps you learn and improve the quality of your work. Example: “I was instructed to create some presentations for our events. After my manager reviewed my work, some of the slides required additional copy, and he had different design concepts in mind. He had a background in graphic design, and since I do not, I listened to his ideas and incorporated them. I thought they looked very professional and in the following presentations I tried to include those design concepts.”"
Host or Hostess answer example
"As a host you are likely to receive feedback from customers, coworkers and bosses. People can be critical, so you'll need to learn not to take comments too personally. It can be difficult to know what to say, especially if someone gives you a hard time about something out of your control. Respond to the interviewer with, "I stay calm and relaxed when I receive feedback from a customer or a manger. I take time to think about what they said and how I can do a better job in the future."
Human Resource Specialist answer example
"Example, "Often times, I seek out feedback from my peers, leaders and mentors as a way to continually improve. One of the most useful criticisms I have ever received has been honest and straightforward about how to adapt my talents to better support the team."
Manager answer example
"My director sat me down last year and asked that I get my documentation in a little bit faster than I have been. I did not disagree with his feedback. I know that I prefer working on the floor, and less on my computer. I now ensure to give each task a better balance."
Nursing answer example
"I appreciate the feedback. Now I know how I can improve next time." or "I completely understand where you're coming from. I'll care of it right away!"
Quality Control Manager answer example
"I am good at receiving feedback from my team. A few months ago, during a performance review, my supervisor asked me to update my skills in SAP. I realized that since my promotion I didn't use the program as often anymore, and I was getting a bit rusty. I was sure to practice it in the coming days and was back to a more than acceptable standard shortly after."
Retail answer example
"When I was first stepping into an assistant manager role, I received the feedback that I was being too much of a friend to the associates and needed to be firmer. This concept was hard for me to hear, and initially to incorporate into my actions, as my promotion occurred overnight. However, I wanted the promotion and extra responsibility, and sometimes that means making tough decisions or uncomfortable moves, so I listened to my manager when she told me this. I knew the right thing to do; I just had to force myself to be uncomfortable and make it happen. Ultimately, it came down to having clear expectations and holding the associates accountable to meet those expectations. I could still be their friend, so long as everyone was doing their job and living up to their expectations. It was a great learning experience for me and helped me grow professionally."
Sales answer example
"I was very eager to climb the ranks in my most recent position. My manager, and the VP of Sales, really appreciated this hunger and grit. However, I did receive the feedback that I needed to slow down. As frustrating as it was, I listened. I dedicated my time to learning as much as I could in my current position and paced myself much better post-feedback."
School Counselor answer example
"Before I react, I try to assess first if it was a negative or a constructive criticism. Constructive criticisms are helpful, so when I receive one, I reflect on what I did and try to look at it through the eyes of my critic. Then I take note of what I need to improve on or change moving forward. But if it's a negative criticism that was given just for the sake of criticising, I ignore it and focus my attention on more important items."
Screenwriter answer example
"I find that every job requires different standards of my writing and storytelling, and I am willing to accept some constructive criticism to help me adapt in the right way for the job. I also believe these changes will be for the best, helping me become a better screenwriter overall."
Teacher answer example
"A piece of constructive feedback my Principal recently gave me was to be more adaptable to the input of the middle school teachers. I know that I can be reluctant to change when I feel like it isn't always in the best interest of the curriculum or children, but I indeed took it to heart and have since been more open to their input, suggestions, and direction in how they want to steer the curriculum."
Transportation Manager answer example
"No example comes to mind. However, I would always remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with the person in question so as to obtain feedback. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work."
Veterinary Assistant answer example
"Think before you speak! Be humble and don't take it personally. Depending on who the criticism is coming from, you will want to approach it differently. If it's coming from your boss, you will want to respond respectfully, saying something like, "I appreciate the feedback. Now I know how I can improve next time." If it's coming from a client, you may want to tell them, "I am so glad you noticed! I'll make the changes right away." You may have a similar response for anyone's critical comments, but the key is to stay calm and never express frustration towards the person. Give an example where you stayed professional when someone gave you negative feedback. If there was something you needed to change or repair, you responded promptly: "I completely understand where you're coming from. I'll care of it right away!"

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Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
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If someone can show me the best way to do the job and it will help me I do not have a problem.
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Yes I am expected in my current job to.
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Yes, I believe constructive critisism is important, nobody is perfect.
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Yes, to succeed you must learn from failures. It is the first step for my success.
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I see criticism as an opportunity to succeed in something I may need help with.
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Looking for answers.
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Yes we learn from our faults I might be upset but its a lesson learn from critics you improve and become better next time.
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Yes, my experience as an electrical apprentice taught me how to handle criticism very well.
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Every person have a criticize and I ready to face it.
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Yes. I can adjust myself in any environment.
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It gives us chance to introspect and you can make develop yourself.
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Yes, I see criticism as getting another point of view.
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Criticism of the riht ind are taken well... Cause its the stepping stone to success.
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Of course. It helps to better educate me on a topic and help me to perform the task more effectively the next time around.
15.
I take all criticism well as I do not take it as bad I take it as things that I can improve and do well at so I would say I take it as constructive.
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Yes, Ialways look at the situation and see if its something that I need to improve on or was it said to spike me.
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Yes, I believe criticism is great. It shows your weaknesses and what you need to improve. In the end, you will be more well-rounded and a better team player, which gets the job done properly and safely.
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Yes I do. I think of it as learning a new concept.
19.
Welll, its no esay but I always try to see it in a chance to get por perfectionist.
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Yes I believe everyone makes mistakes and its just another lesson learned.
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Yes it would help me improve what I am doing worng.
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I will not give a chance for it.
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I'm always willing to take a different perspective on something.
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Yes there is always a time to be open minded and see if the constructive critism could improve your skills.
25.
It really depends on the criticism given and from who.
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No because it affect the performance of individual.
27.
I welcome criticism. It helps me understand things I may not be doing correctly. If I am doing something incorrectly, I would like to know so I can do what's necessary to do it correctly.
28.
I take criticism decently I have no problem with people criticizing me.
29.
Yes cause its part of my growing.
30.
It is a part of life. It can be used as a tool to make yourself better at your trait.
31.
Yes I am take well and also need a one partner.
32.
I take criticism well because criticism allows me to grow. It opens my eyes when I messed up or done something wrong or differently. I'm able to reflect upon it and change what I was doing to improve myself.
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Yes because the criticism is to help you do things the right way.
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Yes, I believe so. I am always willing to hear the input of others. I do know that I am not always the person with the best answer, although I strive to be, I will always take other opinions and suggestions to determine what is the best course of action.
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I do that's how you learn from your mistakes.
36.
I take critism for any fault in positive way. Yes it feels bad for some time but its beneficial for me for long term as I learn from it.
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I take criticism very well as it is needed in life and definitely in the workplace to help improve our work to an even greater standard.
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Yes. 15 years in a construction environment. Personally, you have to let things go to become a better journeymen or person. Do not hold grudges. Ask questions, double check yourself, got the extra step to complete assignments and be honest with yourself and co-workers.
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Yes, there always that moment that comes in, meddating on all criticism.
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What you thought was a great project awork.
41.
Fest check for the Saul the problem next in form the management.
42.
I like being provided constructive criticism to improve on my work. Whatever I do, I want to do the best that I can do.
43.
I am willing to take criticism on board and use this to my advantage and better myself for the sake of the company.
44.
If I saw someone cheating I would definitely report them to my professor/teacher/supervisor. Under no conditions is cheating correct and is giving the person an edge over others. No reason justifies one to cheat. I would definitely let the supervisor know as cheating is morally wrong and I cannot ever compromise with my morals.
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Remain calm, provide rationale for your work that is evidence based.
46.
I would explain to the doctor that I am very diligent and I pride myself on accuracy and ask him to explain what the mistake was so that I might be able to correct the problem and prevent further occurances.
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I firstly remain calm and try to diffuse the situation to the best of my ability, however if it was a situation out of my depth or expertise I would report to my line manager or employer to seek advice.
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I will try to calm myself first and then find the way to solve it slowly by asking others opinion.
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I remain calm and collected under pressure and conflict. I feel like the best way to handle a conflict situation is to iniate a productive conversation that will allow all parties to express themselve.
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Address the situation/person and try to established what is causing the problem and what can be done to resolve it.Document in supervision record for example. If this does not work will need to inform senior and may be ncessary for them to address situation. Handle pressure well through oganisationa dn time management and being open and honest with myself and team with regard to capabilties. Identify areas of need and work on these.
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Depending on nature of conflict or pressure: I would get a senior or supervisor involved at initial stages to discuss potential concerns.
52.
Working in a hospital environment can cause pressure for all staff due to the fast pace of the work and meeting the needs of the patient in a timely manner. I have found the best way to deal with conflict is to be able to discuss in a professional manner. I have often found that conflict and pressure is usually due to lack of communication between staff groups. This is often resolved by approaching it in a calm and measured way.
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Stress is good for you at some degree to keep a changlle fresh if im doing something wrong id rather learn from my mistakes.
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Conflict: I strive to be calm and see what is behind cause of the conflict. I then strive to find a solution that all parties can be content with or to help the uncontented [arty to understand why they cannot have thier way. I try to handle pressure proactively. I strive to take care of myself, so that when pressure hits I am more capable of dalingwith it.
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If I had conflict with another person I would speak to that person and try to resolve this with a comprimise so we was both happy, if we was not able to come to a neutrual decision I would ask a third party to step in i. E. Supervisor or another OT, and hope that they would help us come to an understanding, if a solution could not be found then the decision would be either made by another person or we would agree to disagree.
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I feel that I handle conflict or stressful situations in a calm manner. I try not to let if affect my work too much. I will seek advice and try to resolve the situation. I do not like to get stressed and take my work home with me. I prefer to talk it through with colleagues.
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If I have a conflict with another person I like to talk about it with that person. To get the problem out in the open and try to resolve it. Pressure can be a good thing to focus on the task that needs to be completed..
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With conflict I endeavour to remain calm, if I become upset then I remove myself and seek help from a colleague or supervisor and engage again with this person when I am calm. With pressure I seek to work through it in a calm methodical way.
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I would try to confront the situation so that I could solve the conflict at hand.
60.
I would stay calm at all times. Take the colleague to a quiet place and calmly discuss this and try to come to some kind of compromise. If we were unable to do this and it was not something we could agree to disagree on I would involve my lead.
61.
I remain calm, I consider both sides of the discussion and assert myself appropriately. If necessary, I will ask for support from a supervisor to assist in resolving this issue. When under pressure, I prioritise what is necessary to be done and remain focused until completion.
62.
I try to take a step back from the situation to really have a whole view of the issue. Sometimes it is a matter of assisting a person to the correct entity or asking your team for help. My boss and team has complimented me in the past with developing conflict resolution which benefits both sides of conflict.
63.
With a calm approach and who ever is involved I keep their best interests in mind.
64.
Stay calm and listen to the person offer reassurance and talk to them.
65.
Conflict is best resolved with good communication. I prefer to talk about issues in a calm way. Pressure is best resolved with clear goals and some meditation.
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I handle pressure really well. I almost work better under pressure. I try to avoid conflict, but I handle it by dealing with the situation professionally and respectably and making sure the situation is corrected.
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I would ask the person why they are angry and what they need to happen. I handle pressure by making lists and speaking to colleauges.
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I find that by remaining clam, not raising my voice and not allowing the situation to escalate, I can work rationally and reasonably with the other party to listen to one another, debate the issue and resolve our differences in a mutually-acceptable manner. When tempers become heated, I step back, take a breath and get perspective. Depending on the issue, I may ask the other party to table the disagreement while we both consider equitable solutions, or consult a supervisor in private for clarification and guidance.
69.
I listen to others and try to come up with resolutions with compromise from both side, that both can agree with. If this does not work, I will ask third party to help us resolve the problem.
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Depending on the source of the conflict, if verbal I would utilise conflict resolution. With regards to pressure, if verbal pressure I would discuss with the person whether the current pressure was a priority, always ensuring to explain the reasoning behind this.
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I normally like to address the situation as soon as possible by having an honest discussion about what went wrong and how the situation can be improved. I also will often ask for opinions from others to ensure that I have thought about all possible ways to deal with the situation.
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I would be the sort of person who would confront issues with conflict directly. I feel I take feedback and criticism pretty well and would be a reflective worker. I feel I am also good with dealing with pressure. I have often worked in intense environments, such as when I was working as a kitchen assistant in a hotel and from handling the academic load and working part-time during college.
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Talk calmly and listen to the person. Manage time and ask for help or delegate work.
74.
I normally handle conflict by addressing the situation/problem promptly and not allowing it to escalate. I handle pressure by planning and coming up with a game plan to address different situations.
75.
Try to calm situation, applying conflict resolution.
76.
First I will try and resolve the problem by altering an activity, if it was to hard and I feel I am able to think quick on my feet.
77.
I try to handle conflict by hearing out both sides of the argument and coming to a solution that appeases both parties. I handle pressure by dealing with one step at a time.
78.
I usually have to take a moment to breathe, analyze the situation and find a solution. I am a fan of activity analysis, I break down the issue at hand in order to find a solution.
79.
My understanding of conflict that it occurs when there is poor communication. However, when it occurs I always consider the differences in opinion explain my action and seek the others point of view and see if the differences can be reconciled.
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I tend remain calm and take time to reflect on what the best approach would be in a particular situation. I use communication to handle conflicts when they are small in order to avoid them becoming too big to handle. In order to handle pressure, I recognize that I can only do my best, nothing more, nothing less. This way I do not waste time worrying about what I cannot control.
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I have always found conflict to be a result of a breakdown in communication. Working as a team, doing joint assessments and compromise has (in my experience) been able to resolve any conflict that has risen. Managing pressure is something that I am constantly working on. Being prepared, setting realistic time expectations (what I can achieve in a day) taking on a achievable amount of patients, time management and prioritisation are all techniques I have employed to reduce my daily pressures in my previous employment. But whilst striving to achieve all of these achieve, being on close working terms with my supervisor and making sure they are aware of where I am at for the day has been the most effective management of pressure.
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I take the time to listen to the people in the situation and ensure everyone understands each other. I then attempt to find a common ground and above all make sure communication is respectful. Pressure is inevitable and it is necessary to have good time management and an ability to stop and make a clear and definitive plan of action to take care of what needs to be done in the proper order.
83.
Stay calm, work to the best of my ability. Reassurance.
84.
I ll keep calm wait for right time.
85.
Pragmatically. I am usually the one who remains calm, and saying "Well we could do things this way, this way, or this way, which would you prefer?" I handle pressure well, I'm very organised and this helps with planning my priorities.
86.
They are two different things, conflict, I try to take a step back, breath and then look at the situation as a whole before taking any action. I decide on the best route, for example with B feeding disagreement, I didn't know how to tell my colleague that I disagreed and therefore asked my line manager for support. To manage pressure, I write lots of lists to help me to prioritize and tick them off as I go along, this reduces stress and makes me feel useful.
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Could you give me a scenario where I can be specific?
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Calm approach find the facts, give time of this. personally walking and chatting about pressures.
89.
In terms of conflict I would try and calm down the situation by talking and listening to the people involved. I would try and get another member of staff involved if possible and would ensure that the risks were reduced and individuals were kept safe. In terms of pressure I work well under pressure and find that being organised and sticking to deadlines is key. I would much rather have to much to do than not enough.
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I may freak out a little and then I get over it and move on.
91.
I normally handle conflcit by remaining calm as well as pressure. It is easy to get worked up, but with a simple reminder to myself that I am confident I can overcome any sitaution that maye be thrown at me, I take a moment and continue on trying to solve this conflict.
92.
Listen to their thoughts and feelings, remain relaxed and calm, showing prfessionalism, listening and disussing works best for me. As for pressure, I see it as a challenge and am then self motivated to complete the tasks that may be under pressure and then when finished I get a sense of personal satisfaction.
93.
Listen to both sides of the story. Communication techniques, listening, adapt verbal communication, appropriate use of non verbal communication. Pressure... Time management skills, delegation and team working where appropriate, MDT working.
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I use to solve every unpleasant situation with calm voice, dialogue and an open-mind. For pressure I try be well organised/prepared.
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I normally would try to set up a convenient time to discuss the conflict and try to come up with a solution that works for everyone.
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If possible, I like to get the conflict solved correctly in a proper manner as soon as possible. I like the outcome to benefit all involved and become a learning experience. I handle pressure by looking for outside resources and help if possible.
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With control, calm, assertive, diplomatic, not taking sides, breaking it down into smaller details.
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I truly believe I thrive under pressure. I think pressure makes me want to work harder than I already do. For instance, I had a baseball championship game and I was the closer in the final inning of that game. We were up by one and I was the one that had the most pressure on the field and I struck out each of the batters to win the game.
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I generally take on the "peacekeeper" role in conflict and am very open to hearing what others have to say if I am the one at fault. If I am the one that is bothered by something I usually take time to think about it before trying to resolve it to determine the best action to pursue. I am very good at ensuring everyone is safe under pressure but prefer to work at my own pace.
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I would make sure I talk to them in private where we would discuss in a safe environment by adding to the pool of meaning so we can come to a solution of a win-win situation or a compromise. If that can not occur in this discussion a third party may be necessary such as a supervisor or OT to help us come to an understanding and solution.
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I think experience has lead me to now deal with conflict calmly, once in this state of mind I can rationally see what the conflict is and speak to the person. In a private area.

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