I'm currently applying for a charity position and one of the questions is 'when have you shown resilience?'. Honestly, the time when I showed the most resilience was when I developed an anxiety disorder during my masters but managed to deal with it and still got a good mark. I don't know whether I should write that though - my gut says no, but a couple of friends have said it would show honesty and was impressive. Apart from that, I wouldn't know what to write, as the only thing to say would be like 'did my degree and had jobs and extracurriculars' etc, which is pretty boring and generic. Any help?
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mental health and 'resilience' questions watch
- Thread Starter
- 11-01-2017 11:07
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- TSR Group Staff
- 11-01-2017 12:19
Is it a fundraising role? If so they are potentially thinking in "rejection handling" terms, so would probably be expecting examples of times you have been told "no" and kept bouncing back with a smile on your face.
Have you had a retail job where you have had to sell loyalty cards, or a bar job where you have been asked to upsell to a specific brand, or a restaurant job where you have had to encourage diners to order meals which are cheapest to produce / slowest selling? These feel like they would tick the "rejection handling box".
The mental health angle is interesting, and its encouraging that you feel confident to discuss it - we should be more open to these discussions in the workplace and life in general. It's potentially a higher risk / higher reward option. Some people might be scared off and some people might see it as impressively open, transparent and resilient.