Today we’re going to go over a question you might get in your next interview, and that question is "how do you prioritize your work".
The way to answer this question is pretty straight forward, but you can certainly add more to it to ensure that you can get the most out of your answer. So what do I mean straight forward? Well really the answer is exactly what you think. What are you going to do first? The most important thing.
It’s not really a trick question. Intuitively I think we all know you do the most important work first, and then move on to the less important work. But there’s a bit more to this question. First though, we need to know why they’re asking this question.
Really at the end of the day, the hiring manager wants to be able to trust that they can rely on you to be self sufficient, and not need to micromanage your every task. They need to know that given several tasks to complete, you’ll be able to Identify, track, manage, and complete each of them without needing the manager to check in every twenty minutes.
So with that in mind how can we answer this question best. Well! Of course we need to emphasis that we prioritize the most important tasks first, but we need to also show them that we have a system in place to do so. The easiest way to do this is by letting them know that at the beginning of each week, you create an online task list with everything that needs to get done and use a number based priority system to ensure that the most important things get done each day, and that all required tasks get completed by the end of each week.
You’ll also want to emphasis that this system allows you to track and manage all of your daily tasks, but also leaves room for flexibility when new tasks come in, because lets face it, new tasks can come in at the most inconvenient times, and with this question we need to show them that we’re ready to face that kind of challenge without being caught off guard.