Question: Describe a typical day at work
Response: That’s an interesting question. I love Mondays, mostly because the day flies by in a flash. On a given day, during the early hours you will find me speaking to the clients, finding out – proactively – what their priorities are for the week, meeting with team for half hour to communicate the clients’ needs and organizing the team schedules around the client’s priorities. I do this on Monday so that the rest of the week is well organized and we can effectively use our team’s time in exceeding client’s expectations and avoid Friday evening surprises. Rest of the week goes in delivering the product(s), updating the status with the client, answering emails and calls from our global teams. My role involves extensive management responsibilities and staying organized is not an option.
For Fresher’s: Concentrate on how you ‘organize’ your day. Give a brief account of the ‘weekday’ vs. ‘weekend’ showing that you lay out your time efficiently and tackle your responsibilities while allocating time for fun. Never sound like all you did during your college was study or play or socialize. It should not be OR, it should be an AND description and HOW you organized it to fit into your day/week.
Notes: Never sound boring. Never give a description of your ‘typical’ day as ‘typical’. Color it vibrantly. Even if all you do is make copies of documents for your boss, make it sound like the most ‘interesting’ job you held (unless you are changing careers, if that is the case, concentrate on the good things (only) and see how you can translate that experience into the new role you are applying for). You can use this response to answer ‘how do you manage your time?’
Variations of this question:
- What do you do in your current role as an xxxx?
- Do you enjoy what you are doing? (spice your response to include your ‘favorite’ things to do and how your role involves those things).
- How do you manage your time? (see above notes)
- Take me through your typical work routine
Trap alert: Do not talk about your coffee/lunch breaks. Keep the conversation to the ‘important’ tasks (relate with the tasks that you are going to perform in the job you are interviewing for) you handle and how ‘busy’ you are during the day/week.