What Part of the Job Will be the Least Challenging?

Job Interview Question on Strengths and Weaknesses

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Be prepared to answer questions about what part of the job will be easiest to handle. Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Employers will often ask candidates to reflect upon the aspects of the job that will be most and least challenging for them. You should be prepared for a question like, "What part of this job will be the easiest for you to master?"

This line of questioning is a way for the interviewer to appraise your strengths and weaknesses without asking directly about them. By going at the question in this way, the interviewer is able to get further insight into your talents, as well as to compare with how you answered previous questions on your skills and abilities.

They probably just asked you about what would be the most challenging, so now it's time for the flip side. If not, expect that one as the next question.

Best Answers for What Part of the Job Will be the Least Challenging

You should think of a question about the simplest aspect of a job much in the same way as you would a question about your greatest strength. Start by reviewing the job description and breaking the position down into its components.

Then, focus special attention on the parts of the job that appear to add the most value to the organization and look for a connection with your skill set. It won't mean as much if you say you'll be able to easily handle the parts of the job that they don't value as highly. But you can make favorable points if you match your skills with what they value the most.

Be prepared to share multiple examples of similar tasks that you have successfully completed in past jobs.

  You should be able to describe the situation, actions which you took, skills you drew upon and the results which you generated. Having multiple examples gives you a better chance of striking gold with matching your skills to the ones they consider key to the position and to the success of their company.

Answers to Avoid in What Will be the Least Challenging

You don't want to give the impression that you will be quickly bored in the job as it will present you no challenge at all. Respond with enthusiasm about the parts of the job that won't be challenging, perhaps focusing on skills that you enjoy using even though you are skilled and experienced with them.

Follow Up Questions

Even though the employer may start by asking for the one simplest aspect of the job, they may well follow up by asking about other parts of the job that would be relatively easy for you to carry out.  You should be ready to share parts of the job that would be comparatively simple for you to master.

In addition, an employer might follow up with a question like, "What part of the job do you think would be most challenging?" Although this can be a tricky question to answer, you should be prepared in case the interviewer decides to keep you on your toes.

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