It’s highly likely that at some point, a stressful situation will occur at work.
A potential employer will want to know then, that you can handle working under pressure whilst remaining productive and professional.
So, alongside the more clear-cut job interview questions like ‘why do you want to leave your current job’ and ‘what makes you unique?’, employers will often ask stress interview questions like ‘how do you handle stress?’ to gain insight into how you’ll handle stressful moments and how your reaction may impact their business.
Because they are so open-ended, stress and pressure interview questions can be particularly difficult to answer, but it’s key to answer honestly and highlight what methods you use when managing stress levels.
Identify a previous example of a time you experienced a stressful situation and provide detail on how you managed this effectively to achieve a positive end result.
In order to explore this common interview question further, let’s look firstly at why employers choose to ask it…