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How do you handle stressful situations?
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The interviewer would like some insight into how well you manage stress. Be sure to keep this answer positive and stay focused on the question. It is easy to get derailed and start talking about people or situations that irritate you. That would be the wrong thing to do. Talk about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.
Answer examples
"I have been told by my previous and current supervisor that I manage stress very well. Being a laboratory assistant is a demanding position, and I knew that before I committed to this career path. I stay calm by being an open communicator and keeping the end goal in mind."
Entry Level answer example
"I learned how to deal with stress while attending university. You become great with stress management when juggling work and school assignments! Stress is part of any demanding job, and I will embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
Experienced 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 in the lab is very helpful, and I will delegate to other assistants when necessary to alleviate some stress."

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User-Submitted Answers

How do you handle stressful situations?
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Apply proper planning and do not bunk your job.
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Be very reliable and be as helpful.
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I focus on the task at hand and the end goal in mind.
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I focus on the task at hand and the end goal in mind.
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Proper time management and planning.
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I react to that situation. Rather than stress.
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I try to work using great organization which seems to help when things are extremely busy in the lab or clinic. If the stress is caused from a patient, I do my best to help to difuse the situation, or find out how to resove the problem by listening or directing the patient to the person that can help them.
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Adjustment to co workers and reduce emotion.
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I tend to handle stressful situations by dealing with the problem immediately, I first begin with addressing the situation and considering all options, I chose the best solution given the time frame and deal with the problem.
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Keeping calm and forecast.
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I handle it very coll minded mind set up.
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Calmly and professionally all the work we carry out has stressfull situations its how you turn that into a positive challenge.
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- Be very reliable and be as helpful - I tend to handle stressful situations by dealing with the problem immediately. I first begin with addressing the situation and considering all options, I chose the best solution given the time frame and deal with the problem - Keep calm and forecast.
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I prioritize and choose my best option for that specific situation.
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I prioritize and choose my best option for that specific situation.
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I try to figure out the problem first and then try to solve using various tactics.
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I deal with stressful situations head on. I deal with the problem immediately. I focus with the task at hand, with the end goal in mind, by using prioritizing, proper time management and planning.
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I would try to calm and solve problem step by step.
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In stressful situations, I take a moment to fully understand everything that needs to be done and prioritize my duties. I find when I deal with situations in this way that the stress slowly fades away as I get things done one by one with confidence.
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First of all, I step back and take a deep breath. I like to look at the overall situation and to make it less overwhelming, I break it down into parts, prioritize, and figure out the best solutions for each section.
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I do not rush into anything I am not sure about I always take the time to think and come up with a solution that will cause less stress between any team members so we can get on with a situation.
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I am hsc passed in 1st cls and currently I am doing bsc-cs.
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I work well under presuure and I get things done at a timely manner.
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I would take it one step at a time to try to eliminate as much stress as possible and I keep my composure during situations like this.
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The first thing I do when in a stressful situation is take a moment to breath. Ive actually taken a class on meditation and being concious of what going on both within and outside of your body. Then I try to zone in on how I can be better. Then I think of what I can influence around me to improve and go from there.
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By keeping calm and creating a strategy to overcome the situation.
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I write down my feelings and prioritise what needs to be done first all the way to the last task.
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Quitely and calmly. Then I go home and thats where the crying starts. But at work, gotta keep my poker face on.
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All situations are stressful but the way of taking is important.
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Taking time not to allow such situation overriding my duties.
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I handle stressful situations very well. Just take deep breaths and handle one thing at a time.
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I try to keep a leveled head when dealing with a stressful situation. I try not to let the pressure push me into making a decision that I may regret. Slowing down and controlling the situation allows me to fully view the problem and trouble shoot with the best results.
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I would try to see what the major problems are at hand, and find a solution to each of these problems efficiently. If finding a solution is difficult, I will ask for outside assistance.
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I take my time and make sure that the job is done.
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Staying calm,Priortising work with the help of all team memberes finishig in good manners.
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I take a few deep breathes and break down the situation to understand how to solve the stressful part.
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I try to put my shoes to there shoes and try to understand where they are coming from.
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Trying to calm down and thinking my next steps careful.
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I take a deep breath, make a plan to complete my task. No matter how big a task is it always gets finished the same way, one step at a time.
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Being cool and think logically instead of panicking.
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One task at a time. Breathe and professional handle the situations.
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I am a wife a mother and a grandmother stress is kind of my middle name lol, but seriously I just tell myself it is nothing personal you have people depending on you to do your job the right way and egos and pride have no place in health care so I take a deep breath pray and go in head first.
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I will stay calm and domy work pationatly ... Care fully.
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I first take calming breaths, then prioritize the tasks that need to be completed in order of importance.
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I always remember to have patience and just focus on the task at hand.
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As I have masters on microbiology, I know a simple characteristic can change a test result, so I am very specific and very detail oriented.
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When in stressful situations, it is always ideal to step back and gain a new perspective. There are always opportunities to resolve conflict and come to new and innovative ways of making situations bearable for all involved.
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I first keep myself stressfree and calm and then try to deal the situation carefully and calmly.
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I will just be calm and take my work one step at a time.
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First of all I would like to remain calm and handle the situation peacefully. If I need any help from my coworker I do not hesitate for that.
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I step back and I consider the possible options that will better a situation.
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I think and work hard in such situation.
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I am a problem solver. I find it best to stand back from a stressful situation and try to see the bigger picture.
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By keep clam and cool I try handle the situation.
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I am not easily stressed however there have been time when working in tesco in times when ive had work to deadlines example promotion change in the Christmas period this can be quite stressful as there is a large workload. To handle this stressful situation the best strategy I found to was to mange my time efficiently, prioritise the work load and to be confident and assertive in you decision making.
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I pace my self and jus get down to the job as the more time you waste will be limited so I keep calm and focus.
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I try to stay calm, and I looking for a solutions.
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I think that I handle them pretty well, I just try to remain as calm as possible because by doing that it keeps everyone calm as well.
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In a stressful situation I stop do a quick breather to calm myself and put myself in a calming state to what I have to done and then think about it after it's all over.
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I manage time and consequences.
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I will take it easy and carry on my work in any stressful situation and will ask for help to my senior staff or my line manager if necessary.
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I work best under pressure. I know their is a critical need that has to be addressed as soon as possible and when under pressure, my mind clear and my focus is laser sighted.
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I handle stressful situations by telling my family how I feel about certain things that can lead to stresss.
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I handle stressful situations by first taking a step back and analyzing the issue, try to find helpful and suitable solutions to the problems.
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I react with a calming manor to handle the situation.
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Hop it is my test of my ability to get out of it and perform better then earlier.
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I remain calm, with great empathy and understanding.
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Obeserve, stay calm, understandingsating throuh empathy and compassion for others in theier difficault toime.
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Make a list in order of importance and work my way through it.
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I channel stress into hard work. I try to break down tasks into small accomplishable jobs so I keep it going.
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I am able to be calm under pressure. At my previous job at a restaurant I was told that I was one of the only ones who stayed so calm during our rush hour. I keep a calm demeanor and pride myself in that.
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When I get into a stressful situation, I calm down and make a step by step plan on how to relieve the situation.
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Think about the situation cal my and take necessary step.
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I try to remain calm and stay focused on what I am supposed to do.
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I will handle everything with my patience and my knowledge.
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Staying calm while working through the situation.
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Gotta remain calm. When you keep calm you think more clearly.
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I strive under stressful situations. I prioritize work and remain calm. I focus on requistion at a time. And deal with any problems that surface in the moment.
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I take a breather and prioritize. I'll work my way down from that list.
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Stay focused to the task at hand to always provide the best possible care effectively.
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First of all I have to stay cam and cool then handle the situation.
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Very easily and carefully I can manage stressful situations.
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Being calm, and concentrating to work with pace.
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First I take a deep breath, I evaluate the situation an start for the beginning.
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I handle them well by not getting myself stressed out.
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I relax calm down and plan out what needs to be done first and work my way through.
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By calming down and relax and think through what I need to do first. Usually I would list down the stuff I need to do on a piece of paper and priortize the important work first.
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By calming down and relax and think through what I need to do first. Usually I would list down the stuff I need to do on a piece of paper and priortize the important work first.
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I would remain calm. I would not get worked up about increased workloads I would simply break everything down into manageabke chunks and work out the priorities. I am never afraid to ask for help or advice if I need it.
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I break the problems down into different pieces and divide the time for them separately.
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I stop and take a breath, clear my thoughts and see what needs to be handled first and what can be left for later.
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I get very analytical. I generally break down the situation into small bits and respond to each of these in turn, rather than let myself get freaked out by the entire situation.
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With calm and by making use of mind.
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Pressure is good for me because I can be more productive. Like when my superior ask me to do the Quality Control report and Making SOP for the new machine that has arrived. I successfully delivered what my superior asks by staying focused and keeping a schedule and I felt a sense of achievement.
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I work better under stress.
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Stress is very important to me. I react to situation rather than to stress. I actually work better under pressure and I've found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment. From my personal perspective, I manage stress by vising the gym every evening.
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With calmly and professional.
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By being calm and professional .
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I would take some alone time to think about the situation and then if required will talk to my senior about it and try to solve in the easiest and most calm possible way.
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I stay calm in stressful situations and make sure to stay extra organized and prioritize the tasks at hand.
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In stressful situations, I like to plan and ask people for advice. Recently, I had to decide between two pharmacy schools to attend: on one hand, UMich had a great research program and many opportunities in research for me, on the other hand, CU-Denver had the social support system I needed and was still a very good school. However, the cost difference between the two schools was around $100,000 if you factored in the interest I would be paying after I finished schools, and so I set a deadline for when I needed to make my decision that was independent of the deposit deadline, and I asked for the advice of many people who were close to me to see what they thought. I heavily value what my family and friends have to say.
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I consider the lab as the front line for patients diagnosis. With out lab testing, no one knows what's wrong with the patients, and being able to provide the information that may save the patients life, brings passion and dedication to the work that's done within the lab.
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In stressfull situation I can work overtime, help to perform diagnosis with accuracy and be motivated at that time and also motivate others tooo.
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I always remain calm and collected. I always try to find a solution to the problem, and if that one isnt available, I continue to find the next best solution.
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Prioritise- preparing list.
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I let go of the thermal detonator.
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I am always keep calm, take my time and have to process correct details of patient in data input, that's really important to me.
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Usually, I try to think positively that I can do it; that I have the ability to get through the task that gives me stress. However, sometimes, it is just not possible to think positively because I am overwhelmed by the stress. When that happens, I cry it out in private place such as restroom. And, after I finish crying, I try to reset my mindset and devise a plan that will help me finish the task.
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Usually, I try to think positively that I can do it; that I have the ability to get through the task that gives me stress. However, sometimes, it is just not possible to think positively because I am overwhelmed by the stress. When that happens, I cry it out in private place such as restroom. And, after I finish crying, I try to reset my mindset and devise a plan that will help me finish the task.
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When it comes to stress just be yourself and be focus on what you are doing with time you overcome it. Knowing that tough times don't last but tough people do.
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I try to look at the bigger picture and decide how I should handle this situation in order to accomplish my goals.
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At first it is very very hard and very stressful but I always think of my love ones when i'm losing my hope so I can gain my hope and my self esteem and of course god, the one who is powerful. I'm always praying to him to give me more strength so I can do everything with his guide.