Welcome to Day 15 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
This is an odd thing for me to say as a Hockey Mom because we don't have halftime; we have three periods with two intermissions = bathroom and snack breaks between regulation periods.
So far managing the daily assignments plus the networking have been going surprisingly well. Could I do it every month? Probably not.
Today's prompt is a wonderful example of what we in HR like to call "behavioral interview question", and I'll explain what that is in a minute. First the question:
With all the natural disasters hitting the world lately, many people, maybe even you, are facing adversity. Write about a time that you or your business faced hard times: what was it, what caused it, what did you do to overcome it, what did you learn from it?
So what is a behavioral interview question?
It's a question that focusses on how you have handled a difficult situation in the workplace, assuming that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Your answer will reveal your attitude and skills.
Tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager's leadership style.
While there is probably not a perfectly right or wrong answer, you should certainly not rant about that bitch and claim you knew better how to do her job ;-)
Instead use this opportunity to show how you handled a tricky situation by using communication skills, empathy and respect.
Back to today's question.
In our country we don't have to worry about natural disasters. OK, I'll take that back. We've had bad hailstorms, downpours, floodings, and as a result, crop shortfalls this "spring" and "summer". Still though. We have insurance, and we can still feed our people.
We live in a stable country. OK, I'll take that back. We've been experiencing bizarre situations and anti-vaxxers' demonstrating in just about every major Swiss city these past weeks and months. Still, though.
Just the other day a friend came over for coffee. She’s an elementary school teacher and complained about her library budget being cut yet again.
In times where we hear how kids don’t read anymore and spend their times in front of screens instead.
My sweet teenage boy went through his box of “baby books” he had set aside for the next yard sale and donated them to her school.
My friend went home with a large and heavy bag full of well-preserved children’s’ books. "You might have made fortune selling them" she said. "Are you sure you don't want to keep them?"
"I'm not exactly a poor guy, and if your students will love it, then I'm happy to give them away" he replied.
That's the spirit.
What adversity have you faced? How did you deal with it? Let me know below.