“How do you stay organized?” This question may or may not be asked in an interview, but when it is; the hiring manager or recruiter are looking to find out if you are proactive in being productive. If you are asked this question, start by assessing whether you would consider yourself an organized person or not.

If You’re Not Organized

If you don’t consider yourself an organized person, start simply by utilizing a calendar system. Most smartphones have built-in calendar apps that allow you to track the dates and add personal events. To go a step further, you can also use apps like Google Calendar – where you can color code events, as well as share your calendar with other people. Tracking your commitments becomes simpler when they’re all logged somewhere and this is an easy way to start.

If you are not able to implement a new system before an interview, be honest! Share that you don’t have any extensive systems, but explain what you do to help get your work done and be efficient. Maybe you don’t consider yourself an organized person – but you still are very efficient with your time. Share this as well.

If You Are Organized

If you do consider yourself to be an organized person, take note of the ways you are organized. Start by sharing that you have a few techniques that you use and then elaborate. Describe in what aspect you’re organized, and how you use said system to help you. For example, do you notice self-organization when working with a team? Is it your personal space that’s organized? Do you have a system with your desk, folders, an efficient way to tackle your to-do list?  Or maybe you created a system with your email inbox to improve your productivity? LiveCarrer shares a sample answer: “I make great use of reminders on my personal planner. I will probably enter anywhere from three to five, or even as many as ten, in a single workday. It keeps my day on schedule and ensures I do not forget any task”. 

Sharing these specific methods for different aspects of your job shows the hiring manager or recruiter in which ways you utilize organization and demonstrate that you are more likely to effectively prioritize tasks and accomplish your workload in an efficient manner.