Given the choice between two management candidates with similar backgrounds and levels of experience, I’ll select the one who has had to overcome obstacles and adversity. There’s nothing like unexpected difficulty to build a person’s character, hone their attitude toward achievement and develop resilience.
I’m not alone in the search for this skill set. With that in mind, how would you answer these questions in a career interview?
- Tell me about a time you were able to achieve results despite significant unexpected setbacks? What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
- Our workplace is characterised by multiple demands, shifting priorities, short deadlines. This environment can be stressful. What do you do to keep on top of things, to refresh yourself, when working in such an environment? 
The act of facing challenges head on, naming them, and then applying new strategies enriches ones abilities to assess and plan for change. And we all know that change is the new constant.