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What challenges are you looking for in a position?

1 of 17 Direct Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"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."

Answer example

"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."

Answer example

"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."

Answer example

"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."

Answer example

"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!"

Answer example

"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."

Answer example

"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."

Elementary Teacher
Answer example

"I've been teaching the fourth grade for three years, and I'm interested in challenging myself in terms of classroom management. Everyone knows the seventh grade has the rowdiest and unruliest students, and I want to gain experience with maintaining order and discipline because I'm interested in at-risk youth and may want to be a dean some day."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Published: 06/29/2018
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What challenges are you looking for in a position?
How it is organization to learn everything es quick es possible can I make anything quicker,
I have always enjoyed the cutover process for a new 911 system, I find the work interesting and enjoyable.
The ones that challenges me mentally and continue to offer growth.
Very busy days, inacceptable samples.
Learning new things in the medical field,New medicines, New methods.
Basically everything would be challenging for me because im switching careers.
Ability to learn new ideas, new products, and new ways of thinking.
I am looking for involving with many type of patients be it prosthetics & orthotics involving all amputation levels and all age groups so that I can help your organisation to move further more effectively.
To work as a retail customer for a growth oriented company.
What challenges you are looking for this position.
Competative and Creative.
I am looking for challenges that will make me think and challenge me to try differnent techniques.
I'm looking forward to all challenges that will help me improve on a daily basis. We grow the most from planned and unexpected challenges and I look forward to facing them all.
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