What skills did you learn in your most recent position that will help you in this new role?
This question has been answered 7 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.
Before answering this question, you need to know which critical skills are a must in this new role. Review the job description, compare it to your most recent job, and give examples that demonstrate your competency in these skills.
For instance, if the interviewing company is looking for someone with experience in a particular technology, talk about how you learned the ins and outs of this technology in your past job. If the company is looking for someone with excellent customer service skills, give an example of how you learned to meet the needs of customers in your last role by listening and positively communicating with them.
Admin answer example
"I learned the ins and outs of the accounting system in my most current role. I was responsible for migrating our information into the same system, so I spent a good amount of time researching and training within it."
Basic answer example
"In my current role, I grew my sales skills an immense amount. I was pretty good at sales previously, but the amount of training I have gained in cold calling, prospecting, and pipeline building has been incredible. I look forward to taking this knowledge and applying it to this role with your company."
Manager answer example
"In my most recent position, I learned how to be a better strategic manager, and I think this will help me better balance being both tactical and strategic in this new role."
Marketing answer example
"I've been in both inbound and outbound marketing, and in my current role, I plan the entire content marketing schedule and strategy, in collaboration with the owner of the business. Because it's such a small business, and because of my hand in the entire marketing strategy, I feel as though I am equipped to jump in just about any role in the company."
Retail answer example
"I learned the art of upselling! Coming here today I see that you have many items available to upsell which means I can easily take my current skills and apply them here."
Sales answer example
"In my most recent position, I learned the ins and outs of Salesforce.com, which I understand are what you use as your CRM. I am accustomed to detailing my conversations, calls, and follow-up tasks within the CRM but I also have some experience in customizing fields and setting various alerts and reminders. We house everything in Salesforce.com, rather than in the CRM, emails, and chats. It helps increase productivity."
Teacher answer example
"I've learned classroom management, curriculum development, and also working well in other people's spaces. I have refined the art of coming in on a tight schedule, but developing a consistent routine with my students so they know what to expect, that we'll have fun and get down to business all at once, and how to pack the most punch into my shortened class periods. These are all valuable skills that make me the best candidate for your position."