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Competency Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Competency was updated on May 4th, 2019. Learn more here.

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Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?

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Competency Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see that you have a desire to learn, grow, and try on new challenges! No hiring authority wants to hire the complacent employee so show them you are willing to see opportunity when it arises!

      Your willingness to take on additional tasks, with a positive attitude, gives the interviewer all the more reason to want to get to know you better. Hiring managers are looking for people who will be proactive and help to carry the team.

      Here are some ways you can gain extra responsibilities in the workplace:

      - Talking to your boss about your career goals and having a conversation about new tasks that may help to get you there
      - Offering to take work off of a colleague's plate, if they seem stressed.
      - Studying hard to become an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in software or topic that your boss would find useful
      - Just jumping in and take on a new responsibility!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role I asked my boss if I could take over the social media marketing. We are a small company, and my supervisor was struggling with it. Being a millennial, I am always on social media, and I understand what types of posts gain attention. After taking over the task, I grew our Instagram following from just 400 to 2000 in 2 months! I am always game for taking on new tasks, especially when they are in my wheelhouse."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Most of the time, yes. I don't like to get "bored" or have an empty to-do list. Working hard makes the time go by faster. I don't ask for more work when I have a full load and am staring at overtime possibilities, though."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "To be an excellent manager and leader, I need to show that not only am I proactive, but that being so will positively impact career growth. I need to lead by example, so I am always looking for more projects or responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I like to take it on myself to figure out the fastest way to get something done while maintaining my high standards. Then, I continue to innovate on that. I like being efficient and effective. The most recent addition to my responsibilities includes planning all promotions for the annual calendar and coordinating with sales on how they will pitch and execute those promotions."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I ask for extra responsibilities all of the time! I am constantly seeking out new ways that I can learn more and exceed customer expectations in my role."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Yes, I will request extra responsibilities when it's appropriate. I will on occasion ask 'what more can I do?' or 'what's next?' I like going above and beyond, and I always have my eye on the end game prize. I know that often the way to get there, faster, is to request the extra responsibilities and demonstrate my want for it."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I often seek out more responsibility, either in mentorship or curriculum writing, for example. Even if it's nothing specific or mandated, I take on these responsibilities willingly. I want to help better the department and myself. Also, I am the freshman girl's soccer coach at the district's high school."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Auto Mechanic Interview

      "In my current role I asked my boss if I could take over the social media marketing. We are a small shop, and my supervisor was struggling with it. Being a millennial, I am always on social media, and I understand what types of posts gain attention. After taking over the task, I grew our Instagram following from just 400 to 2000 in 2 months! I am always game for taking on new tasks, especially when they are in my wheelhouse."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Secretary Interview

      "In my current role I asked my boss if I could take over the social media marketing. We are a small company, and my supervisor was struggling with it. Being a millennial, I am always on social media, and I understand what types of posts gain attention. After taking over the task, I grew our Instagram following from just 400 to 2000 in 2 months! I am always game for taking on new tasks, especially when they are in my wheelhouse."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Dishwasher Interview

      "In my current role I asked my boss if I could take over the social media marketing. We are a small restaurant and my supervisor was struggling with it. Being a millennial, I am always on social media and I really understand what types of posts gain attention. After taking over the task, I grew our Instagram following from just 400 to 2000 in 2 months! I am always game for taking on new tasks."

      Heather's Answer for a Health Information Technician Interview

      "Just last week I stepped up to cover an additional shift. My colleague called out sick and her shift needed to be covered. I know she would do the same for me."

      Heather's Answer for a Medical Coder Interview

      "My past supervisor was impressed with my coding knowledge as well as my ability to speak in front of people. We recently had an increase in denied claims and thought it would be best to education our professionals on the errors we were finding. My presentation was well received and I've helped bridge the gap between our medical professionals and coding team."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "yes, I did take a few responsibilities, whenever some guys want to go home early and their task needs completion, I would voluntarily take that responsibility if there is not much on my plate."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good to hear that you took on extra work when it was available to you. This response showcases your willingness to be a team player.

      "Yes, I often take on extra responsibilities at work. In my current job, if someone wants to go home early, I will volunteer to take on their tasks for the day if my schedule allows."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I asked for more challenging and complex audits, such as regulatory and compliance audits. I used the technical expertise of SMEs involved in the audit to learn and improve my skills. I assigned my self to review a complex area of the audit and asked for the SME guidance when needed. I have the initiative to learn and improve in my own ways and ask for help when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Asking for more challenging and complex work is a perfect example because it shows you have confidence in your work and abilities. Good answer!

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