Ep 624 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers advice about how to handle the job interview question, “how do you handle stress?”
Today, I want to talk with you about 1 of those simple and elegant questions that employers ask in job interviews. It seems so easy to answer, but it is a subtle question. The question is, "How do you handle stress?"
They are not trying to find out about your workout routine. They are not trying to find out about the last two vacations you took. what to trying to figure out is how you handle stressful situations at the office.
The correct answer to this question is to talk about, "it's pretty common in our work that there are stressful situations that come up. What I try to do is prioritize the different situations quickly. I delegate the things that don't need my time and focused in on the things that my time is most important to. For example, if I have a user or someone within a department who really needs MY attention, I'm going to take that headline myself.. At the same time, I'm going to delegate things to others who are quite capable of doing them. And, by offloading this can really dedicate myself to those situations that I should be focused on .... I also did work out at the gym 3 times a week and off hours, but the real thing is about delegation."
So, the real thing is they are not trying to find out about your vacations or any of the incidental stuff. They are trying to find out whether you quickly assess situations and delegate or offload things to others that don't really deserve your attention and keep your focus on the things that Willie should involve your attention.
Do you really think employers are trying to help you?
You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
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