How to Answer: Name for me one task in your current job that you wish you could perform more often.
Name for me one task in your current job that you wish you could perform more often.
The interviewer asks this question to determine if the tasks of this open job opportunity match what you enjoy doing the most. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that there is a strong connection between the tasks you enjoy doing the most and the tasks you'll be doing in this new role.
What to Avoid
Avoid speaking negatively about your current or most recent role. If nothing about your job felt exciting for you, the interviewer might get the impression that you focus primarily on the negative. Instead, consider a small task you enjoy and want to do more often in your next job opportunity.
The task you want to perform more often is likely one you perform well. After all, most of us prefer to do the things we are good at. Think about your favorite moments at work and consider the tasks you find yourself accountable for during those times.
Maybe you love being on the phone with customers, helping them solve product-related issues. Perhaps you most enjoy training a coworker on the company's new software update. Or, maybe giving outstanding stakeholder presentations brings you to life!
Whatever your answer, be sure to show enthusiasm for your work. Then, make a connection between the task you enjoy the most and the aligning responsibilities of this new opportunity.
"I thoroughly enjoy many tasks in my current role, especially making client site visits. I like to interact with my clients in person and learn how their business operates. This way, I can make better product and service recommendations. I also feel I can be more hands-on and helpful this way. When I read the job description for this new opportunity, I was thrilled to see that on-site visits were a significant part of the weekly accountabilities. The responsibilities of this role align strongly with what I enjoy doing the most."
"I love to learn and conduct research. If I could perform one task more often, it would be the database searches and analysis that my current company has me perform in Salesforce. I enjoy taking client information, breaking down trends in customer buying patterns, and presenting the sales team with targeted opportunities. Businesses thrive when they can better understand their customer data and trends, and I take pride in discovering and presenting that research. I look forward to performing even more research and data analysis in this new opportunity with Company XYZ."
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Anonymous interview answers with our interview experts feedback
"I enjoy studying the market trends, looking at the business month's sales performance over the month, year over year. And anticipating what will happen next and therefore making an action plan. In real estate, the action plan is finding the right price to buy or sell a home and writing the best offer."
Nice! It seems you have a lot of enthusiasm for research, analysis, and market data.Was this response helpful? Yes (1) or No (1)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"It is conducting skip-level one-on-ones with leaders of different operational areas. Be able to plan learning programs that are longer than 4 hours."
Very specific, which will certainly help the hiring company to know where they could put more focus when it comes to your responsibilities.Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"Presentations for customers showing how great the company product is. Helping them to believe in something that I feel is a great product!"
Your enthusiasm is fantastic! You are obviously very talented when it comes to developing interest and buy-in from customers.Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"I perform many tasks in my day and one I particularly enjoy is seeing customers. I love being able to solve their problems with my line of work, so if there was an opportunity to do so, I would like to be able to be with them more and see how our great work benefits them throughout the day."
Great! In this role, will you be able to do the same? The question is designed to make sure the job you're seeking can be satisfying, so be sure to draw a connection between what motivates you currently and what will motivate you in the future, should you get this position.Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"I wish I could have performed more cases. I got a lot of satisfaction from working with the healthcare staff, coaching them through the procedure, and getting positive feedback from patients receiving the implant, reporting a significant reduction of symptoms, and improving their quality of life."
You clearly articulate the task in your current job that you'd enjoy performing more frequently. I just suggest being a bit more specific and sharing exactly what kind of cases you are referencing.Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"We were faced with complicated, multidimensional issues or problems in our company that was not limited to our own teams. My position was to practice with the Kaizen events to drive perfect solutions. I am always eager to facilitate the Kaizen events. This involves market demand planning, MR supply chain, the operations team, business and operations leaders, and the market supply chain delivery team. We follow the VSM process, define the current state and future state while identifying any hindering gaps. We also remove non-valued activities and finally as a team we are able to achieve our phase 1 target."
What exactly is a Kaizen event? Perhaps clarify this in case the interviewer isn't aware of this terminology. Also, consider talking more about why you enjoy facilitating these kinds of events. What do you like about doing that?Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"I enjoy breaking down the monthly sales data we are provided on a tableau reader to study potential market trends and changes. Enabling me to see where there is potential growth, or where competitors may have a stronghold. This means I can formulate my sales plans. I think this is really useful to discuss with customers as well as they may not be able to see what is going on in their area, and could use this to leverage a conversation/and or sales."
Awesome! This is a really interesting answer, and it shows your passion for both data and sales. Is it possible to include a specific example of when you used this type of data to close a deal or initiate a conversation? This would only strengthen an already great response. Good job!Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"I love analyzing data and seeing trends and areas for opportunity. Numbers don't lie and when I can find cost savings opportunities or get a budget back in line I feel very accomplished and satisfied."
Awesome! That's great that you enjoy uncovering cost-saving opportunities and reconciling accounts and budgets. Can you talk more about the experience you have doing this? You might also add a sentence at the end of your response that emphasizes how you look forward to doing this within your new role.Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"I currently enjoy many tasks at my job; especially creating new programs that generate revenue. It's exciting because I get to share things I created to improve people's lives, teach them, and ultimately get financially rewarded!"
This is a great start, but in order to adequately answer the question, you should mention if there is a particular task (or tasks) that you wish you could perform more.Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!
"I really enjoy facilitating cross-functional discussions to map out future state ideas. I like this because it uses my analytical skills to clearly define a problem, then utilize creativity to come up with a strategic solution. Being able to draw on the knowledge and strengths of team members makes it even more rewarding and beneficial."
You do a good job of identifying a specific task/skill that you enjoy, but you should clearly answer the question by indicating why you wish you could do this task more often. What would additional time spent on this task look like? Why do you want to dedicate more time to cross-functional discussions?Was this response helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers and responses!