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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.

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What challenges are you looking for in a position?

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    What challenges are you looking for in a position?

      How to Answer

      A perfect employment fit needs to go both ways. Just like the interviewer needs to know that they like you, they want to see that you love them back! Mention a few of the challenges that you are looking for in your next position and be sure to tie them into the duties and responsibilities mentioned in the job posting, or job description.

      A challenge you may be looking for could be:

      - Learning a new software program
      - Leading a bigger team than you currently do
      - Higher sales quotas
      - A larger sales territory
      - A larger client base
      - A more prominent range of products or services
      - Stepping into your first leadership role

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I started looking for a new accounting job, it was important to me that I find a role that offered an opportunity to learn the latest and greatest accounting software. My current organization is very 'old-school' in their systems, and I do not want to fall behind in my technical abilities. I appreciate that you work with the latest software and even recently implemented cloud-based solutions for your clients."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I have been an administrative assistant for some time now, and look forward to stepping into this challenging Executive Assistant opportunity. You will be the most senior executive that I have supported, and I am thrilled to be able to concentrate my time on making your work life easier, streamlining a variety of processes for you, and organizing your day."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Currently, I lead a team of 25 production technicians and general laborers. I have successfully decreased accident rates by nearly 90%, raised employee retention by 35%, and am now ready for the next challenge which includes leading a bigger team. I am ready for the challenges that this management role will offer me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "For the past six years I have worked for a wonderful agency with great clients; however, I now have bigger fish to fry! I would like to take on a larger client base with a more significant marketing budget. I know that your agency will be able to offer this challenge and I look forward to growing my marketing career with you."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "The challenge that I am seeking in my next role, which is a challenge that your store will offer me, is a wider range of products and services. Currently, I sell home computers and related accessories, but I have a much wider interest in all things tech. I also love that your company offers tech troubleshooting and repair services. Working for an all-encompassing business like yours would be a dream!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "My territory is strictly the state of California at the moment, and I am seeking a challenge that includes a larger territory. When I saw that this position includes Nevada, Oregon, and Washington - I was thrilled. I am ready for a role like this and cannot wait to show you what I can do."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "The fact that your school is larger than my current posting is very enticing to me. I am seeking a larger community where my work makes an even bigger impact. I see in your job description that you are looking for someone who can step into an assistant coach role for the girls' rugby team. That portion of the job excites me as well."

      Audra's Answer for an Elementary Teacher Interview

      "I've been teaching the fourth grade for three years, and I'm interested in challenging myself in terms of classroom management. I feel ready and experienced enough to help the school develop school-wide strategies to ensure that behavior is managed and all students can learn. I am solutions-oriented, and I'm motivated by challenges. I embrace them. And I enjoy working with a team toward solutions that will provide better outcomes for students and teachers. I do not shy away from issues; I enjoy having a seat at the table to brainstorm, learn, and grow as a school."

      Audra's Answer for a Private Tutor Interview

      "Lots of challenges present themselves when working with students. I want to continue to be challenged to come up with unique solutions to help students learn. I enjoy working with students with varying abilities because it allows me to get creative and expand my toolbox of strategies and resources."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I've worked in a UX agency where I tended to be involved in part of the design process for clients . I want to be able to get involved in end-to-end UX design projects for a company rather than their clients. Solving big problems!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      Excellent! You show a determination that the interviewer will be happy to see.

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