How quickly do you adapt to new technology? What is your opinion when it comes to learning new skills? If you tell the interviewer that it takes you just one day to learn something unknown, you may appear boastful. So be prepared with an answer to such kinds of interview questions.
“Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new within a short deadline,” the interviewer pitches. A variation on questioning your ability to cope with change, this question about technology tends to get asked more to older candidates. If you think about it, new technology is being introduced all the time – from new computers and laptops to mobile phones and electronic key cards. Worrisome employers don’t want to hire people who struggle to master even the very basics of how to use them.
Give as concrete an example as possible of getting to grips with some new facet of technology that has been introduced into your workplace:
“We used to use transparent acetates and old-fashioned overhead projectors for teaching seminars. But the university decided to introduce laptops and projectors and asked us all to prepare our materials using PowerPoint. I’m pleased to say that after attending the briefing sessions on how to use the new technology, I’ve become a real fan of this new way of working.”
The question is an indirect way to evaluate what new skills or competencies you have recently developed. Make it a habit to learn new skills and consistently improve your learning curve.
How quickly do you adapt to new technology? What techniques and methods would you recommend for learning? We’d love to know in the comments.