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How do you handle stress on the job?

1 of 15 Stress Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 8th, 2019 | 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 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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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 a deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"I am quite resilient to stress and believe this is because of my eight-plus years' experience being in a management role in a fast-paced environment. Under times of extreme stress, I make sure to give myself a breather whether that be a quick walk around the block or a couple of minutes on the phone with my wife who is great at bringing me back down to earth."

Marketing
Answer example

"Stress is often one of my drivers. When facing tight deadlines, I tend to concentrate even better. It's an odd characteristic, I admit, but it works for me!"

Retail
Answer example

"I have experienced high-stress level many times in a retail environment. These times of stress might be when I have an overly aggressive and angry client to deal with, or during peak times like Black Friday or holiday sales. To keep myself grounded, I ensure that I come to work well-rested. Also, I bring a book to read during my lunch breaks. It's an escape for me, to read a book, versus spending spare time on social media."

Sales
Answer example

"If I am stressed, I will take a look at the situation from the outside and narrow down what component of the situation is problematic. By sourcing the core of the issue, I feel much more equipped to tackle and conquer the situation."

Teacher
Answer example

"As a seasoned educator, there are particular brands of stress that I think I am immune to by now! I can keep calm in emergency situations, for instance, and am not one to raise my voice in the classroom is someone is misbehaving. The 'count to 10' rule is simple but also useful for me."

Concierge
Answer example

"I come into stress when a client is unsatisfied or when a well-laid out plan appears to be falling apart. To deal with this, I focus on the task at hand and remind myself than anything can be fixed with a smile and some concentration. I believe my ability to communicate effectively with clients, vendors, and service providers, during these moments helps reduce my stress in these situations and also reduces any stress the client may feel."

Law Enforcement
Answer example

"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."

Academic Advisor
Answer example

"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."

Front Desk
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Stage Manager
Answer example

"I thrive under pressure and always remain focused and organized. For example, if I have a short notice to complete a project, I immediately get to work. I write down what needs to be done by prioritizing the most important tasks, and will delegate tasks if this is a really big project."

Psychiatric Technicians
Answer example

"While I'm at work I enjoy listening to soothing music on my lunch breaks. When I leave the office I do yoga with my husband."

Benefits Manager
Answer example

"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 write down the steps to take to ensure successful 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."

Territory Sales Manager
Answer example

"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 write down the steps to take to ensure successful 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."

Attendance Clerk
Answer example

"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."

Entertainment Anchor
Answer example

"I work very well under pressure! A large part of the job is based on stressful situations and writing quickly and well, and I know I have what it takes to do the job well, even when it is challenging and I am under time constraints."

Reporter
Answer example

"I understand what it takes to create a story in just a few hours and still have it be my best work possible. I have experience writing clean work quickly with little to no mistakes for editors to check over, and I often enjoy the rush of being put under pressure to create my stories."

Radiation Therapists
Answer example

"I've learned some helpful breathing techniques that I can do while I'm at work. Even when I'm feeling rushed or overwhelmed by a patient situation, I can slow down my breath and remain calm. Patient care will always be my top priority, and that's why I've learned to manage my stress effectively."

Photojournalist
Answer example

"I produce some of my best work under pressure. I love the challenge of working hard and fast, and find that if I give myself too much time to work on a project, I spend too much time overanalyzing my work. I feel that my best work is under a constraint."

Residential Advisors
Answer example

"I work the best under pressure! When there is a deadline I tend to act fast and work smarter. I am certainly not afraid to face a challenge and am confident that I could handle the pressure that comes with this particular position."

Parole Officer
Answer example

"Most people crumble under pressure or stress. Not me. I have always considered myself to perform at my best under stress and pressure. In this line of work, that ability comes in handy."

Special Education Preschool Teacher
Answer example

"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 write down the steps to take to ensure successful 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. An example of a time I faced immense amounts of pressure took place while employed for (X company name) as (X position title). I was responsible for (X duties, preferably similar to the duties you will have to perform in this role) and (X further information as to what constituted pressure and how you nevertheless successfully thrived in this role)."

Addiction Nurse
Answer example

"I suppose all nurses could tell one thing or another that makes us feel like the area we work in is unique. All nursing departments have their own uniqueness."

Bailiff
Answer example

"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."

Activities aide
Answer example

"I have often been complimented on my relationship building skills. I like to get to know people and ask them questions about themselves; I find it's a great and simple way to start building rapport with others. I consider myself to be a strong relationship builder and take pride in my 'people skills'."

Pharmaceutical Sales
Answer example

" Yes, I usually find it stimulating. I believe in being proactive and not reactive. I incorporate planning and time management into my daily routine to avoid any stressful situations."

Special Education Teacher
Answer example

"A couple of months ago we had a situation where one student had a complete breakdown in class. I was able to remain calm by following our program's protocol and taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the student and everyone in the classroom. I am generally quite good under pressure and even better when I feel well equipped to manage the situation."

Production Assistant
Answer example

"I find that I do some of my best work under intense pressure. I am able to stay organized with alerts, notes in my notebook, and a firm schedule that keeps us all running smoothly. Even when I am feeling overwhelmed, these tools help me feel organized and in control."

Power Plant Operator
Answer example

"I am very accustomed to working in high pressure situations. I was the only Power Plant Operator in my previous position and also managed a staff of 25. When things would come to a boiling point, in terms of stress, I would sit back, assess the situation and figure out where I could delegate certain tasks. Prioritizing and being an open communicator have greatly helped me to handle pressure in this career."

FBI
Answer example

"I am quite resilient to stress and believe this is because of my eight-plus years' experience being in an enforcement officer role. Under times of extreme stress, I make sure to share my experience with a colleague, asking for their input on how to move forward, or see the positive in the situation. In extreme circumstances, I am not afraid to book a therapy session to work through my thoughts."

Written by:

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: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 01/08/2019

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