Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way. During my current internship, there was a lot of debate on one of the phone screen questions that we had. The whole HR team wanted to word the question one way, but I felt that it was confusing and a lot of applicants were getting hung up on the question. The question was related to previous job reviews and evaluations.
The HR team wanted to use the word “opportunity” to infer to something the applicant was able to work on and benefit from during an evaluation. Many applicants thought that this was related to promotion, so the integrity of the question was lost. We are still in debate on how exactly to word the question, but now the team sees what I meant. Sometimes it’s hard to see things like someone on the outside of a company. Describe a time when you worked on many different projects at the same time.
How did you keep track of their progress? How did the projects turn out? I have been doing this a lot this semester. I had two big projects in both my statistics class as well as my Spanish 321 class. Both classes are extremely challenging for me, and so it required extensive use of my organizational skills. I used my planner a lot during this time, I planned out time to work on each individual project, as well as coordinated times with both groups. Both of the projects turned out very well.
I learned a lot about time management as well as allowing myself to sometimes rely on teammates instead of taking everything upon myself. Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills. During my job at McDonalds, we had a few management changes. The first manager I worked with at Whitewater would yell at employees when she was under stress. At first, it was hard for me to deal with and I would get upset and take it personally.
After it happened a few times, I decided to talk to her about it. I empathized with the stress she was under, as running a McDonald’s is a very stressful thing. I suggested that she try to divide up the work more among the shift managers, as well as having daily updates with all of us in the morning so that we would all be on the same page. She took this very well, and appreciated the fact that I took it upon myself to come to her and help her out. We ended on a great note, and eventually she got promoted out of the position.