Answering the Job Interview Question: "Can You Work Under Pressure?"

TRAP: Stress can make people very unhappy. So, the interviewer wants to know how you handle it. If you say that stress is bad or that you never get stressed, the interviewer will believe you just can't handle it.

TRICK: The best way to answer this question is to give an example of how you have handled stress in a previous job. Just don't mention irrelevant or general situations such as, "I got stressed when I had to handle multiple tasks and finish them quickly." Don't highlight how you felt; emphasize how you handled a particular situation.

Remember, stress can be useful if it's used correctly. It can give you a boost, making you sharper and more productive. It can help you get your work done while understanding the outcomes.

Understand that stress can give you energy, and energy is the key component of productive, hard work.


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