No matter what type of job you have these days, you’ll be required to multi-task at some point. Although some medical studies have shed light on the negatives involving multitasking, most companies expect you to handle multiple priorities. You probably do so without even thinking about it. During job interviews, many employers also want to know if you can successfully multitask, so it’s important to know how you have handled multiple tasks in the past.
Technology is a double-edged sword when it comes to multitasking. It is now the norm to constantly check your smartphone and email while working on other tasks, even to the point of losing overall focus and effectiveness. If you have a position that requires intense concentration while also involving frequent interaction with others, multitasking may be quite challenging. You have to manage your workload differently. To multitask efficiently in such situations, you must smoothly move your concentration from one activity to the next. To do so, prioritize tasks and address the most important needs first.
It’s also important to know when not to multitask. Be aware of such situations while interviewing and tailor your responses accordingly. Before interviewing for a position that requires considerable multitasking skills, take time to list situations where you have had to multitask, either in previous jobs or as part of your coursework if you have recently graduated from college. One you have several examples that you can elaborate, you’ll be prepared to show just how well you will be able to fit into an organization.
Examples of effective multitasking include:
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