How many job descriptions have you seen that says “Ability to multitask a must?” Personally I have always thought that “multi-tasking” was bullshit. Oh, sure, you could have several projects open at once but if you flit tirelessly from one to another, you are engaging in what we used to call “thrashing” way back in computer science, that’s spending so much energy moving between tasks that you have very little energy left over to actually do the task.
In a job interview I’m certainly not going to shoot myself by saying, “actually I suck at multitasking.” I usually skirt that question by saying, “I can multitask with the best of them,” which is not a lie, because I truly believe that no one is much good at it. When faced with several problems to solve, I do it the old fashioned way: Which one is going to cause the most pain if it isn’t solved. Then I allocate a specific amount of time to work on it and I don’t take phone calls, IM’s or go facebookin’ until I have got something accomplished.