Why Is Attention To Detail Important When Completing Work Assignments

Attention to detail is the ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task. As many employers seek this skill, it is not surprising to see many students list on their resume that they have ‘strong attention to detail’. However when asked how they can demonstrate this skill, many are unable to answer.

How can you demonstrate and develop your attention to detail? Here are some tips.

1. Provide examples

When you are asked about your strong attention to detail, provide examples of when you have demonstrated it. Don’t worry if you don’t have previous work experience relevant to your field. Even at University, you probably would have been involved in a project or had to submit an assignment where strong attention to detail was required. Similarly, you may have a casual retail job where you may be responsible for handling high volumes of cash and your attention to detail has helped you to find discrepancies.

Giving examples show that you know what you are talking about and prove that you have experience in this skill. Being able to provide examples of your attention to detail will tell potential and current employers that you can add value to an organisation; this makes you more employable.

2. Check your work

If, for example, you have written on your resume that you have good attention to detail but your resume is full of spelling and/or grammatical errors, it only shows that you do not have good attention to detail.

Similarly, if you are in an internship and you submit any work with a lot of mistakes, this will not demonstrate good attention to detail. Read and re-read your work before submitting it to your consultant/supervisor to avoid errors.

3. Don’t forget the small details

Create a checklist or calendar to ensure that even the smallest of details aren’t overlooked and that you complete tasks on time. When taking messages for your supervisor or colleagues, write down important details such as the name, time of call and person’s contact details, and pass this information on straight away so that details are not lost or forgotten.

The skill of having strong attention to detail shows up in various aspects. In the end, it is about being thorough and accurate with the work you do, and is a worthy skill to develop so you can achieve career success.

All Interview Questions for Behavioral Interviews

All interview questions will include behavioral or situational interview questions.

The questions asked in behavior based interviews are designed to determine whether you demonstrate the core behaviors or competencies required for success in the job.

Common work-related behaviors that are explored in behavior interviews include your work accuracy and your attention to detail, the standard of your work and your planning and organizational skills.

We help you to prepare for the common behavioral interview questions  you are likely to face in your job interview.

Be confident that you are ready to handle these interview questions. The sample interview answers will help you to prepare your own winning behavioral interview answers.

Attention to Detail

Describe what you do to control mistakes in your work.

In asking this behavioral interview question the interviewer wants to know if you are able to accurately complete your tasks with close attention to all aspects of your work and carefully control errors.

In your interview answer show that you are concerned with maintaining accuracy and check your work for errors.

"In my last position I had to make all the travel arrangements for my manager.(Situation)

I listened carefully, noted down what she needed and then read it back to her to confirm that I had it right. I would also follow up with a detailed email to check again. Once I had made the arrangements I would set up a time to give her feedback and check I had everything she needed. I then followed this up with an email with all the confirmed details. (Action)

This was time-consuming for both of us but it meant that no errors were made in the arrangements. It would have been more frustrating and costly not to have made such thorough checks" (Result)

High Work Standards

Tell me about a time that you were not satisfied with your work performance. What did you do about it?

All interview questions around work performance are designed to explore whether you set high standards for yourself and strive to meet these standards. What do you consider to be a "high standard"?

In your interview answer demonstrate how you attempt to attain high performance standards and correct substandard performance.

"My performance review rating was lower than I had expected or wanted. (Situation)

I met with my manager to establish a plan of action for improvement and set very specific targets to be met on a monthly basis. I worked hard to meet these targets and constantly monitored my performance. I also asked for regular feedback about my performance. (Action)

After six months, my boss conducted another review and my rating improved. (Result)

Organizing and Planning

Describe a situation in which you had to schedule your activities to meet a work objective.

The interviewer is exploring your ability to set objectives and schedule and prioritize your activities appropriately.

In your interview answer show how you are able to set a course of action, allocate resources accordingly and plan tasks to reach objectives.

"I had to complete a training report every month. This involved collating and presenting a large amount of information. (Situation)

I scheduled all the data collecting tasks. Each department was given a monthly deadline to submit information to me and I scheduled reminders to be sent out before the deadline.

I set aside a time in my diary each month to collate all the information and check it. Then I allocated time for drawing up and presenting the report. (Action)

This worked well and I always comfortably met my deadline."

Common behaviors explored in job interviews

Prepare your own behavioral examples for the job interview using these answers to behavioral interview questions as a guide.

Frequently asked situational interview questions

Competency Based Interview Questions

Standard Interview Questions

All Interview Questions for Specific Jobs

Common Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to work for this company?

Describe your greatest achievement

What interests you about this position?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What is your reason for leaving?

Make sure you are well prepared for your interview and confident that you have covered everything before your interview. Go through the interview checklist the day before your interview.

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