Strategy Statement: It is inevitable that we will face obstacles in our workplace. The interviewer wants to know about how you handle those unavoidable interruptions.

Sample Response:

Whenever possible, obstacles need to be seen as challenges to be overcome. As such, they present us with opportunities to learn and develop. An area school superintendent was unwilling to allow our project at his facility.

The solution was simply that he did not clearly understand the nature and scope of our project. Our problem had been in not having communicated clearly enough with this individual. Once things were presented in a manner that was acceptable (and the superintendent was given time to ask specific questions), the obstacle was removed. We learned how important our presentation was to the success of the program, and re-tooled our script.

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