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Give me an example of a time when you performed well in a high pressure situation.

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Quality Control Inspector interview

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The interviewer would like to know more about your ability to work well under stress and pressure. Stress can affect anyone, and high-pressure situations are not uncommon as a QC Inspector. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to successfully perform under high-pressure conditions while still maintaining a positive attitude.

Give me an example of a time when you performed well in a high pressure situation.
Answer example

"Last month we had an unexpected safety audit from head office. I was not panicked because safety is something that we regularly practice, but our production staff were nervous. I was able to keep our team calm by showing them that we were doing a great job. My supervisor commented later on how well I managed to keep calm through the situation. We passed the audit with flying colors."

Entry Level

"My entire time in University was a pressure cooker! I worked a part-time job while completing my studies, which added to the pressure. I am well-accustomed to stress and resilient to it."


"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. We recently had a new program implementation that caused some hiccups in our production. I worked through each step carefully, ensuring that our team understood the changes along the way."

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Give me an example of a time when you performed well in a high pressure situation.
I would put in extra hours.
Inspection is always under pressure and needs to deliver results soonest. Being in the inspection field for over 22 years I know what the Client wants and therefore always strive to deliver on time.
Using a checklist, tuning out any unnecessary distraction.
Not getting stressed and doing the procedures according to guidelines.
I allocated time for each project and ensured to complete it on time.
I analyse what needs to be done now and what can wait. Then methodically proceed. Getting upset only leads to mistakes, stay calm.
My prioritizing and focusing on the important activity first.
By being calm, organised, ensure documented information.
Relax, think and time management.

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