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How do you handle stress on the job?

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The interviewer would like to know if you can appropriately handle the stress related to this job. Discuss how you can thrive, even during the most stressful times. You can keep your answer brief. If you can, provide an example of a time when you implemented a stress-management technique in your current role.

How do you handle stress on the job?
Academic Advisor

"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Addiction Nurse

"Stress is part of any demanding job and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."

Admin

"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."

Admissions Counselor

"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Animal Shelter Worker

"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Assistant Principal

"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Attendance Clerk

"Whenever I feel overwhelmed with work, I try to divide it into parts and prioritize it by importance. In my last job, when one of my colleagues went out on holidays and another one fell sick, my workload greatly increased. I decided to take up the challenge and worked over time. My supervisor was pleased and treated me to lunch."

Autopsy Assistant

"I most definitely can. In my current position, I can be faced with stressful situations that require me to work under pressure on a daily basis and have since learned to manage stress. Now it’s just part of the job that I do well.”"

Bailiff

"I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met. I will immediately write down the steps to take to ensure successful and timely completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."

Basic

"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

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How do you handle stress on the job?
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Having a long line up and running out of the advertised item.
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Having to expose a fellow worker who was stealing.
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Maybe the holidays all though they are exciting they can also be overwhelming. Big sales items going out of stock having to track down items in other stores for customers all while stocking shelves or working the floor.
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As a head cahsier at IGA around Christmas time it would get incredibly busy and you would have 20 cashier working a day and you would have to make sure all breaks were being taking at the aloted time and answer the calls for change, managers and deal with customers too. A lot would be going on at once.
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Two co workers got into a fist fight. I had to break them apart and suspend them for three days. Something no one really likes to do.
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Had a lot of customers at one time which was quite stressful but with team effort and staying on task we handled it very well.
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The most stressful situation that I have faced is being given a job that requires attention to detail and having less than the usual time to get it done. However, I worked hard and achieved the goal within the deadline.
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Once time when I was bartending, my manager let the other bartender leave because it was so slow. About a half hour later the bar became packed. I had so many people trying to get my attention and getting frustrated, I started to get flustered and make mistakes. I then took a moment to take a few deep breaths, call my manager for help and then did the best I could, thanking everyone for their patience.
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Never happen ever I do my job the right way as directed.
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A manager was demoted and I was promoted so adjusting to that period was a little stressful.
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Fixing a product that a customer needed, or helping someone complete a task they have never done before. Although it may seem stressful these things are exciting and offer opportunities to learn new ways to solve problems.
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Working with a client that was pretty demanding which was pretty stressful. But I got the job completed.
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When the teacher said if you need help ask the tutor, and everyone wanted me to help them and they were like 35 student and each one had a different question.
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Having too many customers come to me for help and I couldnt help them all at once.
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When the stores are busy its a long line up and running out of advertise item.
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Working in a busy holiday when the store was overly busy and I am trying to serve each and every customer as quickly as possible.
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When they told me I was getting fired.
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A customer misread an ad and did not choose the correct sale item. He insisted he was correct and became belligerent. I calmly showed him the ad and then offered to get the correct item. The issue was resolved when he saw that he misread the sign and ad and chose the wrong item. He apologized.
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We were short staffed during our lunch rush and we all worked as a group and combined our forces and were able to succeed and get all of the orders out to our customers.
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Having many assignments due the same day. So I planned out of when i'd get them done individually to have them ready at the same day.
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The most stressful situation at work is when I have a long line of customers and we do not have enough coverage at work so I have to rush my work but be sure to provide excellent customer service at the same time.
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The closing down of zellers, because at that time there were outside consultants that pretty much controlled the prices in the store because it was liquidation and it was hard to provide customer satisfaction because there was little to no room for negotiation.
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I use to be a cashier, the fear of losing, or coming short on my till, was really stressful. I wanted to be prefect and some time I came out a few pennies short. In accouting the belief is if your short pennies it could be hundreds. This was stressful.
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A person drove off with a pump still attached to their car and this caused a gas spill. I work on my own, mainly, in the gas station as an attendant. I placed warning cones around the pump, shut off power to that pump, collected the broken part and placed it in a non-hazardous area, and called my manager to let them know what had happened before going out to clean up the gas spill. This was all handled in a timely manner, using caution.
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Not meeting a go-live deadline... Worked overtime until the job was completed.
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There was a time one of my coworker accused me for a thing that ain't even do he was broken a tv at the end they saw him on camera.
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The most stressful situation I have been in, at work before was when we had a grand opening promo going and ran out of the promo product. However I was able to give rain checks which helped make it less stressful.
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I have never been in a stressful situation at work.
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My most stressful situation was when I worked at Toys R us I had to work for 2 people because they called in sick and the store was packed that day so I was on the floor and in the back, dealing with phone calls, holds, and delivering to cars. But by the end of the day my manager said I did good and she was thankful.
30.
Getting promoted into a job that I was promised training for, although the training never happened. it involved keeping track of continuing medical education for 11 physicians, and scheduling meetings for them (although there was rarely a time when all had the same time available) and some had distinct dietary needs.
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Out of stocks, short handed, line of customers needing a manager and missed lunch for starters.
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When I first began woring as a general contractor I was under funded. I found this very stresful, as there was not always enough money to pay all the bills and have enough left over to pay myself. Very stressful environment.
33.
I worked at Circle K as cashier and I was the only associate in the entore store. We got a five oclock rush on a friday evening. ANd there was a line literally out of the door.
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Dealing with an executive who didn't much care for people, didn't trust anyone. It was difficult to continue doing the best work I'm capable of.
35.
When working at the golf club, a customer had requested that we set their function up a certain way then changed their mind last minute.
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I was in charge of an operations center in Afghanistan that dealt with passing time sensitive information to military units that might be in danger. Our effectiveness (or ineffectiveness)could mean life or death for US military personnel, so pretty much every day was filled with stressful situations.
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When two associates were involved in a loud and heated argument in front of a customer.
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Handling an irate customer when there was no free item or substitution available. In the end the store manager handled the customer.
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Being Second in command at a Daycare with 10 Children during activity time. The Children are excitable and need to be calmed but in a way that is kind and gentle.
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When there not enough help to help out the customers.
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When someone is irate, screaming, I just remain calm, let it pass, and try to seek another to assist me with that person or situation.
42.
I used to volunteer at the YMCA, and there was one day when we had ten kids at once. The majority of them were a bit more rambunctious than normal, so it was a long shift.
43.
Getting close to deadlines, but always kept customer in the loop ,
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It was when many semi trucks arrived at shipping receiving and other employees had to help as a team effort.
45.
I would let them solve it and not get involved.
46.
Trying to make my co-workers happy when they were negative about the job so the customer did not suffer.
47.
Getting ready for Inventory and then getting moved to other stores and getting them ready for inventory.
48.
My job as an inventory taker was stressful every shift because there is a lot of pressure to perform at a fast yet accurate pace. How did you handle it? By concentrating on the task I was doing and not letting distractions or pressure slow me down.
49.
I used to volunteer at a preschool, and there was this one time when all of the students were in a bad mood. I just worked with the teachers to calm the kids down when need-be, and tried to keep them on task.
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Being on a conference call, getting called out and not being prepared for the question. Knowing your about to stumble on your words with 15-20 people listening.

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