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What do you think will be a challenge for you in this job?

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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.

Professional Answer Examples
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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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!"

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

Pastry Chef
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"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."

Psychiatric Technicians
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" 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."

Warehouse Clerk
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"An example of a challenging duty is (X easy duty on the job posting/any other difficult duty related to the position you applied for), because when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I (X similar difficult duty successfully performed despite the challenging nature and what contributed to your success)."

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"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."

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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.
First written on: 12/16/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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