Interview Questions About Organization

Strategies for Crafting an Organized Response

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Organizational skills (loosely defined as your ability to efficiently allocate your time, energy and resources to achieve a goal) are critical to nearly every position in any industry. Whether you're in an entry level or junior role supporting others, or a more senior role delegating work, being organized is key when juggling multiple tasks or underlings. Here are some strategies to respond to an interviewer's question about your organizational abilities.

How to Answer Questions About Organization

There isn’t a single right way to stay organized, and thus there isn't one correct answer to the question. Talk about your own personal methods, what works best for you and why.

  • Demonstrate that you've thought about your organizational methods and challenges, that organization is important to you, and that you have a system that works.
  • Describe your specific methods for maintaining organization with as many details as possible.
  • Relate an example of the ways in which your system both benefited you and the company.
  • Stay flexible–while it's necessary to be organized, it's also important to be able to adjust and accommodate as new problems and tasks arise in the moment. 

"Would you describe yourself as an organized person?"

Here are some sample answers to this interview question that you can use as a springboard to craft your own replies.

  • Absolutely. I like to have a check list and make sure that each item gets the attention it needs.
  • Yes, sometimes a little too much so. I make sure that everything is neat and in order.
  • I am a very organized and thorough person, which I think contributes to my success.
  • Yes, I use several online and desktop tools to stay organized. On Monday of each week, I review my calendar and highlight the key things I need to accomplish.
  • I like to plan my daily, weekly and long-term work projects carefully.
  • I make it a point to set up reminders and write to do lists. Then I carve out blocks time to devote to particular tasks, so I have designated steps and time allocated to meet those goals.
  • I plan ahead as much as possible, but in reality, things come up last minute. Thus, I make sure I can adjust and respond quickly, integrating new priorities into my daily work.

Additional Interview Questions About Organization

What steps do you take to organize and plan a project? Your answer should demonstrate how you use organizational skills to prepare for a project and then focus on it.

How do you accommodate last minute changes that you have to fit in? Your answer should show that you can amend your plans and integrate new information when necessary.

How do you prioritize the tasks within one project? Your response should demonstrate that you know how to plan ahead, analyze various approaches and possibilities, make sound decisions and succeed with your workload.

How do you handle a situation when your planning was insufficient? Discuss your problem-solving capabilities, your ability to multitask, how you handle competing priorities, and your ability to reorganize as needed.