Advice and Examples: When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience? For a Davita Interview Question.
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience?
How to Answer
Think of a time you had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. Describe the outcome of the situation and what you learned.
"When my manager went on unexpected medical leave for three months last year, I was asked to step into her position in the interim. I knew the basics but was certainly not trained on the specifics of the role. I was able to take it on successfully by leaning on my team, reading a lot of company manuals, and asking many questions. When my manager returned, she was pleased with the progress I made, and I received a promotion."
"At times, I will be asked to perform tasks in our computer system that I am not completely familiar with. When this happens, I do not ask for help right away. Rather, I search for the answer either in our manuals or online. I am comfortable taking on new tasks and enjoy learning new skills."
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"When I had my first baby I had no experience or idea of how to take care of her. So I asked a lot of questions of my family and friends and read a lot of books related to pediatrics."
Alexandra's Feedback for the Answer Above
This is a unique answer! I like that you use this because it's clearly something you care about. I might add to this answer to show how you knew if you were successful, or what you did when you realized you needed to course-correct.
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"When I first started nursing, there were many tasks that I didn't have experience with. But I would just ask my fellow nurses to help me, or I would look in our Manuel's to get familiar with."
Lauren's Feedback for the Answer Above
Great response. On-the-job learning is a huge part of taking on a new role's learning curve. I helped supplement your response slightly to include openness to new experiences. The interviewer would like to know that you're open and willing to take on new functions if asked or required.
"When I first began my career in nursing, there were many new experiences, tasks, and functions to learn. On-the-job learning from colleagues helped with the initial learning curve. I welcome new tasks because growing as a nurse is a lifelong experience."
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