How To Answer “How Do You Prioritize Your Work?” (2021)

Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer the “How do you prioritize your work?” or “Can you give me an example of how you set goals?interview questions! 

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The recruiter or hiring manager may ask you this question to obtain information on how you manage time and daily workload. To leave the impression of an organized candidate, it’s important to address your affinity working with to-do-lists and frameworks. What better way to answer “How do you prioritize your work?” interview question using the Eisenhower Matrix!

Example Answer

As soon as I get to work, I start with a daily to-do list using Trello and categorize each task using the ‘Eisenhower Matrix’, also referred to as the ‘Urgent-Important Matrix’. Like the name suggests, it’s a simple yet effective tool for sorting out less urgent and important tasks.

Once finished, I message and/or meetup with those involved to ensure my schedule meets my colleagues’ and other stakeholders’ expectations. What I’ve learned in my previous job though, is that priorities can shift unexpectedly. Therefore, I try to limit the number of daily tasks so I can easily adapt to unexpected situations and still meet all of my deadlines.

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t say, as a result of prioritizing, that you work harder, longer or that you do whatever it takes to get the job done. Key here is to show that you are capable to work efficiently and effectively. A healthy work-life balance is more important for long-term mutual success.
  • Do show how you organize your day using to-do lists
  • Do explain how you deal with unexpected shifting priorities
  • Do provide a real-life example that proves you’ve actually applied the strategy (optionally)