Answering Challenging Job Interview Questions

How to Respond to Interview Questions About Challenges

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A typical interview question to determine what you are looking for your in next job, and whether you would be a good fit for the position being hired for, is "What challenges are you looking for in a position?"

Best Answer: What Challenges Are You Looking For?

The best way to answer questions about the challenges you are seeking is to discuss how you would like to be able to utilize your skills and experience effectively if you were hired for the job.

  • I recently got my certificate in XXXX, and I look forward to applying those skills.
  • In my last job, I filled in for my colleague who did XXXX and learned how to do that well. I look forward to using those skills in this position.
  • I am looking forward to using my skills to compile the monthly budget report.
  • I've been polishing my presentation skills, and I look forward to crafting compelling ones for our department.
  • I would be joining a team that has high expectations, and I look forward to contributing to their successes.

Motivated by Challenges

You can also mention that you are motivated by challenges, have the ability to effectively meet challenges, and have the flexibility and skills necessary to handle a challenging job.

  • I'm motivated when there is a challenging deadline. I dive right in so the job is done with time to spare to polish the project.
  • I know the position requires dealing with customer issues and I am motivated to ensure they have their problems resolved.
  • I have experience with jobs that require multitasking, and I get satisfaction in keeping priorities addressed, and deadlines met.

Examples of How You Met Challenges in Past Positions

You can continue by describing specific examples of challenges you have met and goals you have achieved in the past.

  • We had to complete the Zenith Project in two months with our team at half strength, and we delivered it in six weeks.
  • I filled in on the customer service complaint desk for a week when they were having a high volume of calls. I received 98% positive customer ratings.
  • I was detailed to a department that had lost several employees and ensured they met their quotas over the four weeks I was there.
  • My supervisor asked me to revise the policies and procedures before our Joint Commission survey as our past survey had several deficiencies. I got them into shape, and we received our first clean survey in 10 years.

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