Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “Describe a situation when you had to deal with tight deadlines” or “Tell me about a time you had to meet a tight deadline.”
During a job interview, you might get a question about meeting a goal or dealing with tight deadlines. This is usually the case in deadline driven job roles such as a project or sales manager position. They want to know how you handle and approach deadlines. Use the STAR method to structure your answer:
√ Do provide a real-life example where you show: What steps you took ahead to prepare. A proper reasoning to why a certain deadline seemed realistic or not, and the next steps you took.
√ Do focus on qualifications that are associated with the skills the interviewer is probing for when asking this question. Think of skills related to time management, setting goals, communication, working under pressure, self-motivation, attention to detail etc.
X Don’t complain about previous tight deadlines and don’t use overtime as a key skill
X Don’t talk negatively about your former boss, ex-colleagues or clients