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.
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