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Name one suggested area of improvement from your last performance review.

1 of 30 Tough Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on July 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

The interviewer would like to know which area of improvement your current boss has brought up, most recently. You do not need to go into in-depth detail on your performance review. Briefly mention one area that you are looking to improve and what you are doing to implement that constructive feedback. If you do not receive formal performance reviews, you can rely on a conversation or meeting that you have had at work in the last three months or so.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"My boss most recently mentioned that she wanted to start grooming me for further leadership opportunities. She gave me some reading material and suggested a few podcasts to listen to as well. I am working on these materials every weekend."

Admin
Answer example

"In my last performance meeting, my boss asked that I start working on becoming an expert on our internal SAP program. He wants me to train our new hires on the program as they come in. I am about an intermediate level now so that it will take some time, but I am already taking some online coursework to strengthen my skills."

Manager
Answer example

"My last performance review covered my future growth with the company. We discussed that my diverse skills could be better utilized. We came to a happy medium by adding on a couple of new responsibilities; however, I cannot see them sustaining my interest for too long."

Marketing
Answer example

"My current boss recently mentioned that my knowledge in the latest social media algorithm updates could be stronger. I immediately enrolled myself in some related coursework which has proven very helpful."

Retail
Answer example

"I was recently asked by my boss to pump up my sales a little bit. This role is not commission driven; however, we do have some aggressive sales targets. I have registered for a Dale Carnegie sales course which I believe will give me even more confidence on the sales floor."

Sales
Answer example

"My sales targets are always met or exceeded, so my boss recently met with me to ensure that I did not lack motivation by way of fewer and fewer challenges. There is a lot of turnover in our company, so they are extra cautious when it comes to their top performers, like myself. We are working on increasing my budgets so that I am further motivated and challenged."

Teacher
Answer example

"In my last review, we discussed my taking on some new courseloads so that I feel rechallenged. I have been feeling slightly complacent in my current position because the curriculum changes are strict, and are rarely approved. I have been here for many years, taking on the same tasks, so it will be nice to see some changes."

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.
Published: 07/29/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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