Advice and Examples: Which parts of your current position brings you the most stress?
2. Which parts of your current position brings you the most stress?
How to Answer
Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. (IE: a bus driver should not find driving to be the most stressful part of the job).
1st Answer Example
"The part of my career that brings me the most stress is when the schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part. I like to be on time with my schedule to ensure that my clients are taken care of."
"I am currently taking a technical writing course in the evenings and weekends so, taking these classes around my current hours is tough and causing me a bit of stress; hence, why I am seeking a new position with more workable hours."
"I currently have a couple of delinquent team members who are on the brink of termination. I have tried to save them a few times, but now the HR department has become involved. I never like to see people leave, but you cannot force others to have a strong work ethic. The turnover in our plant is currently my biggest stressor."
"I am just beginning to take on more enterprise level clients who are a cause of stress, but I would say the good kind of stress - for the most part. I want everything to be perfect, so I work a bit slower on these projects than usual. I do realize that most of the stress and pressure that I feel is coming from within."
"We are having troubles with loss prevention efforts right now, so I would say that biggest stressor for me, at the moment, comes with month-end inventory counts. I cringe at the numbers, and then I have to submit them to our head office. I have asked for additional cameras, and even security at the door, but they won't invest in these efforts."
"My targets are pretty inflated at the moment, despite the bad economic situation. Every year, we have an automatic 15% increase in our targets when in reality, many of my big clients are clawing back on their spending this year. It stresses me out because I have doubled my cold calling numbers and spend 30% more time on the road, but the numbers just aren't adding up yet."
"Budget cuts are stressful for any teacher; however, our district has been hit especially hard this year. I have to be very conscious of my lesson plans and the materials used, and have had to cut back on field trips which is an unfortunate fact for the kids."