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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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How often do you give yourself challenges outside of your comfort zone?

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    How often do you give yourself challenges outside of your comfort zone?

      How to Answer

      Your response to this question will show the interviewer how eager you are to grow in your career, and how invested you are in your current job. When we sit content with our tasks, day in and day out, life can begin to feel mundane, and we often become unhappy with our work. Employees who often face challenges in the workplace tend to be happier and stay in their jobs longer. Think about the last time you performed a task that was outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps you helped a coworker reach a deadline, but it required you to learn a new skill. Maybe you volunteered to lead a project when you typically do not take on a team lead position. Whatever your example is, be sure to show enthusiasm for growth within your company.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I always welcome new challenges; whether I give them to myself or my boss presents me with them. The last time I gave myself a challenge outside of my comfort zone was when I committed to doubling my cold calls for an entire month. I wanted to see how the increase in activity could boost my sales numbers. So, rather than making 50 cold calls per week, I made 100 calls, for a total of 400 for the month. My sales numbers nearly doubled, which I found to be very exciting and rewarding. Although this increase meant that I worked late a few days, and came into the office early on others, the reward was well worth the sacrifice in the end."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Facing challenges head-on is the fastest way to grow in the workplace so, although it can be uncomfortable at times, I believe that it's always a rewarding move. Recently, I volunteered to take on a client who most of my coworkers find very difficult to appease. I decided to do this because I knew it would allow me to learn more about overcoming objections and creating meaningful rapport through solution-based approaches. So far, I was right! I have learned a lot about myself in the process."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Quite often. Each day brings new challenges, and I am there to be a resource."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Examples are your friend in an interview :) Can you think of a recent situation where you pushed and challenged yourself to learn or experience something new?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I always welcome new challenges, whether I give them to myself or my boss presents me with them. The last time I gave myself a challenge outside my comfort zone was to get my Solidworks software accreditation previous summer when I had no college work to complete. I wanted to challenge myself to increase my knowledge of software, which in turn would increase my productivity in my work. I exceeded my expectations and completed the exams in 6 weeks, although this meant working late a few days and coming into the office early on others, the reward was well worth the sacrifice in the end."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a perfect example of giving yourself a challenge that pushed you personally and professionally. Another very specific answer - well done!

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