The need to overcome adversity is common in some workplaces or jobs. The best way to answer an interview question, such as, "How would you overcome an adverse situation?" is to share a specific story about a time when you overcame significant obstacles to produce a successful result.
A variation of this question is, "Give an example of a time when you took a big risk." Your best approach is to phrase your response to this question with an overcoming adversity example, reports U.S. News & World Report. Employers ask this question to determine your problem-solving approach and your resolve to succeed.
You might say, "As a team leader, I relied on each group member to deliver on his or her role. I faced a situation last year where we had someone out sick for a couple of weeks. During that time, I had to convince everyone to take on a portion of that person's responsibilities. They did and we produced better than anyone expected."
The more specific your example the better. It is also important to point out the positive result to show that you not only addressed the adversity, but succeeded despite it. Another effective response is, "I had a customer who was very upset with our product. She was just merciless in her complaining even though I worked diligently to resolve her problem. Finally, after I met her anger with kindness several times, she relented and allowed me to get her a replacement. Afterward, she thanked me for going above and beyond to help her."
One caution from a January 2015 Hcareers article is that a job environment may have significant adversity if interviewers ask you several questions related to lacking support or resources.