The interviewer wants to see that you have a desire to learn, grow, and try on new challenges! No hiring manager wants to hire the complacent employee so show them you are willing to see opportunity when it arises!
Your willingness to take on additional tasks, with a positive attitude, gives the interviewer all the more reason to want to get to know you better. Hiring managers are looking for people who will be proactive and help to carry the team.
"In my current role I asked my boss if I could take over the social media marketing. We are a small shop, and my supervisor was struggling with it. Being a millennial, I am always on social media, and I understand what types of posts gain attention. After taking over the task, I grew our Instagram following from just 400 to 2000 in 2 months! I am always game for taking on new tasks, especially when they are in my wheelhouse."
"Here are some ways you can gain extra responsibilities in the workplace:
- Talking to your boss about your career goals and having a conversation about new tasks that may help to get you there
- Offering to take work off of a colleague's plate, if they seem stressed.
- Studying hard to become an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in software or topic that your boss would find useful
- Just jumping in and take on a new responsibility!"
"I often seek out more responsibility. Even if it's nothing specific or mandated, I take on additional responsibilities willingly. I want to help better the shop, and myself. Also, I am the freshman boys' soccer coach at the district's high school, so I know a great deal about added responsibilities."