Describe a Situation When You Had to Meet a Tight Deadline


Example of financial analysisMany other employees depend on the work of financial analyst. They wait for their reports, forecasts and suggestions, to be able to do their own job.

Recruiters try to find out if you can work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Another behavioral questions, you should talk about the past, ideally about the situation in which you met the tight deadline. Describe your effort to achieve the goal in time. The following questions should help you to compose a good answer.

  • Did you engage your co-workers to help you to meet a deadline?
  • Have you worked overtime to prepare your reports in time for the others?
  • Did you work at home, went over and beyond what was expected of you, in order to take care of all tasks assigned?

If any of that is true, you should definitely mention it in your answer. Employers love job applicants who consider their work important and would not mind working overtime or sacrificing something to get things done. This is the attitude they seek.

Sample answers

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I had to meet tight deadlines all the time. As a cost accountant, I was responsible for preparing customized financial reports, for the weekly meetings of financial management. They asked me to prepare specific reports just few hours, or one day before the meeting. However, I did not panic. It was my job so I knew I was supposed to do it. I always tried to keep my things organized, to waste no time and I stayed in work longer. Except of one case, I always managed to prepare the reports in time for the meetings.

In my previous job in sales (Do not be afraid to use examples from other jobs, the question targets meeting a deadline, and that does not necessarily have to relate to financial jobs) I had to meet various targets every month. In February 2014, seven days to go, I reached only 40% of targeted sales volume. I decided to work overtime, to push myself to the limit, to give it a best shot. Finally I reached 90% of the target volume, so I failed, but still, taking into account all that had happened before, the result turned out surprisingly good.

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