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Job Interview Question: Describe the Pace at Which You Work

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Be careful when answering interview questions about how fast you work.

Copyright Thomas Barwick

When you're asked to describe the pace at which you work, be careful how you respond. This is another question where faster isn't necessarily better. Most employers would rather hire employees who work at a steady pace.

Someone who is too slow to get the job done in a reasonable time frame isn't going to be a good hire. Neither is a candidate who works frenetically all day.

Best Answers

Options for answering this question include saying that you work at a steady pace, but usually complete work in advance of the deadline.

Discuss your ability to manage projects and get them done on, or ahead, of schedule. If you work at a job where you have set criteria (i.e. number of calls made or responded to) that measures accomplishments, discuss how you have achieved or exceeded those goals.

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