The interviewer would like to know how you react when your desk is piled high with work, and there is no end in sight. Are you the type to put your head down and stay on task? Or, perhaps you get overwhelmed and need to walk away from it all before you can collect yourself. Be honest but do assure the interviewer that you are capable of handling a high-work volume professionally.
"I am often overloaded with work, surrounding tax time, in my line of work. I fully understand that every February through May, I will be working some overtime hours and will have very few lunch breaks. Because this isn't the expectation year round, I can keep up without becoming burnt out."
"I found myself buried in work many times during my University career. I exercised the art of time blocking and was able to work out a schedule that allowed a balance between my education and my social life. I was apparently very good at this because I graduated with a 3.89 and an amazing group of friends by my side, with many new memories."
"I have been overloaded with work from time to time. I do not feel sorry for myself when this happens because it's par for the course with any job, in any industry, and any business! I am thankful for the busy times because this means that my company is going strong, and offering me a secure place to work. I will prioritize by the date of the deadline and chip away at my work from there!"