Strategy Statement:

Go ahead and crow! Make sure that your example does not reflect extra effort because of poor time management or organization.

Sample Response:

Grant writing can be an exciting and invigorating process. The inevitable situation is that at ‘crunch time’ (the days before the documents needed to be postmarked), my habit is to go through the entire proposal page-by-page. This necessitates my being in a distraction-free environment, and usually working until very late at night.

What drives me, in those situations, is my interest in the project’s success and my pride in the work I have done. One evening, it was about 10:30 at night, I was going through the narrative section of the proposal when there was a knock on the office door. I assumed that it was security, and went to answer the door.

Standing there in the hallway was the President of the University, holding two cups of coffee “Take a break,” he said, “and tell me how we’re doing with this!”

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