Can you describe your time management skills-Interview Question

For most jobs, employers are looking for time management skills – the ability to distinguish between what needs to be done immediately and what can wait. Of course, you need to say that you have good time management skills.

A good tactic is to say that you always prioritise the most important and urgent tasks to the top of the pile. When that doesn’t work, say that you enlist colleagues to help or check whether the deadline can be moved. As a final option, you can say that you simply get on with the work and stay late to get everything done.

Go on to demonstrate your time management skills by giving an example of a time when you had to prioritise between different tasks.

As an example, just the other week I had a customer who wanted an emergency order dealt with immediately at the same time as my boss needed some financial data. There was no way I could have done both, so I asked a colleague to deal with the customer order while I put together the data that my boss needed.

Time management is ultimately the ability to distinguish between urgency and importance. Urgency describes whether a task needs to be done very soon or whether it can wait for a few hours or a few weeks. Importance describes the extent to which the task must be completed – some tasks are absolutely critical while others may be less crucial.

Possible Answer #1:

“I make a to-do list with timelines and stick to this until any further revision of schedule is announced. That’s how I manage time.”


Possible Answer #2:

“I decide on the order of my task list and prioritize tasks according to the instructions from my seniors. I try to deliver urgent tasks first and then the remaining ones. In case the urgency part is unclear, I prioritize complicated or time taking projects over the simpler and smaller ones. Throughout the process, I keep adapting and updating my seniors to ensure that I am on track and my efforts are not getting wasted.”

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