How do you handle stressful situations?
Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Social Studies Teacher interview
There is a broad range of examples you could give here. You want to show that you are capable of coping with stress keep you in your job, sharing tools or strategies that help you stay calm. Show you are prepared, as you will likely face stressful situations in this position from time to time.
Basic answer example
"I have learned to stay relaxed and try not to react. I know what situations make me stressed, and I know how to respond. Typically if I am overwhelmed with too much work on a tight deadline, I prioritize tasks that need to get done each day working towards that final deadline to make sure I use my time wisely and have realistic expectations. This helps me to feel less stressed."
Entry Level 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."
Experienced 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. I am resistant to stress which is a great quality for a teacher to have."