Job Hunting: How Do You Handle Pressure?

A typical interview question, asked to get a sense of how you handle on-the-job stress, is “How do you handle pressure?
Examples of good responses include:
1. Stress is very important to me. With stress, I do the best possible job. The appropriate way to deal with stress is to make sure I have the correct balance between good stress and bad stress. I need good stress to stay motivated and productive.
2. I react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn’t become stressful.
3. I actually work better under pressure and I’ve found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment.
4. From a personal perspective, I manage stress by visiting the gym every evening. It’s a great stress reducer.
5. Prioritizing my responsibilities so I have a clear idea of what needs to be done when, has helped me effectively manage pressure on the job.
6. If the people I am managing are contributing to my stress level, I discuss options for better handling difficult situations with them.
7. I find that when I’m under the pressure of a deadline, I can do some of my most creative work.
8. I’m not a person who has a difficult time with stress. When I’m under pressure, I focus, and get the job done.
9. I find a past pace to be invigorating, and thrive when the pressure is on.
10. I’ve done some of my best work under tight deadlines, where the atmosphere was very stressful.
11. I’m the kind of person who stays calm under pressure, and handles stress fairly easily. It’s a good idea to give examples of how you have handled stress to your interviewer. That way, they get a clear picture how well you can work in stressful situations.

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