Interviewers try to understand if you can prioritize your tasks, if you can work on more things simultaneously.
You should try to convince them that you know how to recognize the most important tasks from the rest of the pack, and that you have decent time management skills.
The best way to do it is narrating a real situation from the past (or even a fictive one), showing them that you did not panic with the heavy workload, and that you knew how to prioritize your tasks. Let’s have a look at some good answers.
I do not believe in multitasking, at least not in a true sense of a word. Human brain is capable of focusing on one thing only. Of course we can brush our teeth and think about something else at the same time, but that’s possible only because teeth-cleaning is an automated process, something we do without thinking. When I had to handle more tasks at the same time, I always tried to focus on those tasks I couldn’t handle without thinking focusing on them, such as answering phone calls. And while focusing on the main task, I took care of things such as organizing my table, making coffee, typewriting, etc, since I could do them without concentrating on them.
I have always worked on my time management skills, trying to learn how to organize my day. It rarely happens to me that I need to take care of two different tasks at the same time. I always prioritize my tasks in the morning, consult the schedule with my superiors, and work according to the plan during the day. There’s no need for multitasking if you have a good schedule.
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