How To Answer “Tell Me About a Time You’d To Learn Something Quickly?”

Do you have an upcoming job interview? Learn how to answer the “Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new within a short deadline” or “Tell me about a time you had to learn something quickly” interview question. Check out the example answer, do’s and don’ts on this page. 

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There are three reasons why interviewers might ask you this question. They want to know if you are a fast learner, eager to learn and capable of learning new skills under pressure. Provide a real-life example and use the STAR method to structure your answer:

Example Answer

Situation: “When I first began my career in web development, I started as a temporary employee at an employment agency. I was placed on a 6-month project where I had to learn a lot of web developer duties and responsibilities in a short period of time. 

Task: These include, but were not limited to, installing and testing applications for [Website XYZ], troubleshooting and fixing bugs in Adobe Experience Manager and staying-up-to-date on technology. 

Action: I utilized all internal training resources and materials that were at my disposal, and for sudden unexpected technical problems, I browsed the internet and watched Youtube tutorials the night before. 

Results: These methods allowed me to learn the technology within the allotted time and most importantly, it gave me that sense of accomplishment early on in my role.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t talk negatively about your current or former employers, because the interviewer might assume you’ll behave the same towards them.
  • Do express your acceptance to workplace changes and excitement to learn new skills
  • Do give yourself a moment to think of a suitable story that relates to the job description