How to demonstrate flexibility

This article is recommended for individuals at any stage of their careers

Flexibility & adaptability

Demonstrating your flexibility and adaptability to a prospective employer is crucial, as these are highly valued skills in the modern workplace. Here are some tips on how to effectively showcase these qualities during the hiring process.

Craft your resume & cover letter carefully

Tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight experiences where you successfully adapted to changing circumstances, handled diverse tasks, or worked in different environments. Use specific examples to showcase your flexibility in various roles or projects. 

Share relevant stories during interviews

Be prepared to discuss specific instances where you demonstrated flexibility and adaptability. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your responses. Emphasise the challenges you faced, the actions you took to adapt, and the positive outcomes that resulted from your flexibility. 

Highlight transferable skills

Emphasise the skills that showcase your ability to adapt. These may include problem-solving, decision-making, communication, time management, teamwork, and leadership. Explain how these skills have allowed you to handle different situations effectively.

Be open to change

During interviews, show your willingness to embrace change and learn new things. Discuss how you have actively sought out opportunities for growth and development in your previous roles.

Provide examples of versatility

Illustrate your ability to take on diverse tasks and responsibilities. Talk about times when you stepped outside your job description to support the team or the organisation's needs.

Discuss cross-functional experience

If you have experience working in different departments or teams, mention how this has allowed you to adapt to different work cultures, workflows, and goals effectively.

Mention your ability to work with diverse groups

If you have experience working with people from various backgrounds and cultures, highlight how you can easily collaborate and adapt in diverse environments.

Ask relevant questions

Demonstrate your adaptability by asking questions that show you're open to change and interested in how the company handles evolving challenges. Ask about their approach to change management and how they encourage employees to embrace flexibility.

Provide references that can speak to your adaptability

Choose references who can vouch for your ability to adapt to new situations, handle change well, and thrive in diverse environments.

Be positive & enthusiastic

A positive attitude can go a long way in showing your adaptability. Demonstrate enthusiasm for the company, the position, and the potential challenges that may come with the role.

Remember, actions often speak louder than words. By providing concrete examples of your adaptability and flexibility, you can leave a lasting impression on the prospective employer and increase your chances of securing the position.

How to demonstrate flexibility

Are you looking for a job?

Are you looking for a job?

Now that you better understand how to demonstrate flexibility, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.

At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.

If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.

Christian Madsen

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Christian Madsen

Managing Director of 11 Recruitment

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