The interviewer is looking to see what area of this role you may be the most nervous about taking on. It's okay to know that you will face challenges. It's how you react to that challenge, that is important. Of course, there will be some aspects of the position that are unfamiliar to you or sound difficult. The first time you try anything, it can be a little bit scary because you don't know what to expect. If there are skills or responsibilities that you have little to no experience, those might be significant challenges for you, but also exciting opportunities for growth.
Prepare beforehand by writing down some of the challenges or concerns you have about the position.
Let's say you are interviewing for a job waiting tables. Since you have never done it before, you are nervous about forgetting people's orders when you are busy and have a lot of customers.
"I realize that on busy days, things will move fast. It could be overwhelming to serve so many customers at once; however, with training and practice, I know I will do a great job."
"I think the biggest challenge for me in this job, at first, will be to learn the computer systems that you use here. I am a quick learner, so I'm sure it won't take me long to catch on."
"This will be my first leadership opportunity so I believe that the biggest challenge, at first, will be to gain the confidence of the team that I will lead. I plan to be transparent with my new team regarding my experience while also letting them know that I am actively growing my knowledge as a leader, and will remain open to feedback."
"The marketing world is ever-changing which leads me to believe that the most challenging aspect is going to be launching into my first ever professional opportunity while also staying on top of industry trends. There will be a lot of learning at first, so it's a great thing that I love research, reading, and learning new skills!"
"The biggest challenge, initially, is going to be learning all about your significant product range, including every feature and benefit, along with your robust service menu. I plan to start studying right away to expedite my training so that you can put me on the floor faster than expected."
"I think the biggest challenge is going to be learning an unfamiliar industry. With that said, I love to read and am already immersing myself in industry publications so I can become more knowledgeable before I even start here. Once onboard, I'm sure that the team and training will get me up to speed quickly."
"A challenge in this role is to be the 'new' teacher at the school. I know that kids will initially challenge me, knowing that I am newer to my career. I plan to make a strong impression immediately while also establishing the fact that, despite my being green, I am very well qualified and knowledgeable."
"I feel that the most difficult part about being a pastry chef is also the part that makes me most excited to come to work every day. The pressure of deadlines and thinking on my feet is the most difficult but it's nothing that I cannot handle."
"The most challenging aspect of a career in translation for me is actually the same thing that draws me in and keeps me in the field: texts with unfamiliar content and terminology. Of course, it is difficult to dive into a complex text that I don't understand, and it certainly takes me more time and effort to translate. That said, I value the learning I gain from such texts. It makes me a better translator and a more knowledgeable person in general, so I embrace the challenge."
" One of the most difficult parts of being a Psychiatric Technician is trying to help people that I don't like. Perpetrators of violence, angry clients who dislike people who don't think as they do, aggressive clients who wish others, including the therapist, harm. These are the people that I find it difficult to work with. They have been the hardest part of my job so far."
"When our company came under new management last year many new methods and policies came into place. I was able to learn many new approaches to our challenges in product movement and customer management. I quite enjoyed the process, and it brought a sort of fresh air to my daily routine."
"One of the most difficult situations is working with patients that don't have healthcare insurance. This situation is becoming better with changes in healthcare laws, but I have always had a hard time turning away patients knowing that they needed my help."
"I haven't had a lot of experience working with radioactive substances but I'm learning from my mentors and senior technicians."
"Content marketing is a robust topic and one that, as a writer, I need to remain knowledgeable in at all times. Right now, at a time when content needs to be pushed out on a near-hourly basis, I see the biggest mistake is when companies publish content just for the sake of publishing. This strategy does more harm than good because it dilutes your content and frustrates your audience. It's much more valuable to have 50 engaged readers, who will click your call to action, than 1500 readers who swipe away or unsubscribe, the moment your content reaches them."
"While people are your greatest asset, they also will surprise you with various challenges along the way. Effectively adapting to new issues that arise while continuing to meet HR deadlines is an important yet challenging part of my work. I make sure to actively learn from these difficulties to be better as a polished HR professional."
"When I began as an MRI Tech, the most difficult part of my job was juggling all of the daily tasks and expectations of my supervisor. I learned to seek my supervisor's feedback so that I could prioritize the daily tasks and focus on what was most important. Now in my career, I think I am one of the most productive techs on staff, and I'm proud of the quality of my work."
"I think the hardest part for me as a coach is watching a player graduate that I have worked with since freshman year. It is amazing to help them grow as an athlete and an individual, it is also bittersweet to watch them move on to other things. Thankfully, many times I have had players come back to visit just to tell me how things are going."
"As a Criminal Investigator with over twenty years of experience, I say that my work hours and schedule remain the most challenging part of the job. Crime does not have a 9-5, Monday to Friday mindset. I often find myself working back to back shifts, to meet the critical needs of an investigation. There can be intense pressure to finish reports, while caseloads continue to build. These situations can be emotionally draining; however, I combat this by keeping my eye on the prize and visualizing how great it will feel when I close the case on a file. I find my work to be incredibly rewarding, no matter the workload I face."