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How has your current job prepared you for greater challenges/responsibility?
Alternative and related questions:
In what ways has your current job prepared you to take on greater challenges/responsibility?
How do your skills and experience match the job description/person specification?
What have you learned in your last job?
The meaning behind the question:
The interviewer is driving at what you have learned and how you have developed in your current (or last) job which could now be of use – to you and to them – in the job for which you are applying, with specific regard to your ability to take on new challenges and responsibilities.
Why are you looking to move on to a new job? The chances are that greater challenges and greater responsibility are pretty high on your list of reasons. You need to demonstrate to the interviewer that you're ready for this – and explain why.
The key to this question is to cite specific examples, examples which are pertinent to the job you're now applying for.
You should have a very clear idea of the key requirements of this vacancy. Use those as your guide when picking your examples, aiming for two or three examples which you can turn into strong selling points.
My current job has prepared me in many ways to take on new and greater challenges and responsibility. This is one of my main reasons for wishing to move on to a new job – so as to capitalise on what I have learned. As I became increasingly proficient in my role, I was entrusted with training and coaching newer members of staff, something I much enjoyed and found very rewarding. I was also asked to participate in increasing numbers of management-level meetings so as to represent matters from the point of view of the 'shop floor'. Also, I was called upon to deputise for our manager and oversee operations whenever he was away. I consequently feel I've reached the level where I'm no longer sufficiently challenged by my current role and, keen to learn and develop further, it's clearly the right time for me to move onwards and upwards into a management role.
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Talking about your current employment
- Can you tell me what you enjoy about your current job?
- What will you remember most about your last job?
- Is this the first time you have made an effort to move away from your current employers?
- How do you feel about the possibility of leaving your current job?
- How would you describe your current employer?
Talking about this vacancy
- Wouldn’t you be better suited to working in a larger/smaller organization?
- How do you feel this vacancy differs from your current role?
- What reservations do you have about your ability to undertake this job?
- Can you describe your ideal working environment to me?
- How do you feel we compare to our competitors?
- What would you say is our Unique Selling Point?
- What would be your analysis of the current trends in our industry/sector?
Understanding your career path, plans and ambitions
- What aspects of your career path would you like to have been different?
- What are your greatest regrets about the path your career has taken?
- What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career to date?
- What do you think are your main career options for the next five years?
- What exactly does the word ‘success’ mean to you?
Addressing problems in your career history
- Why did you only stay with this organization for such a short time?
- Why did you stay with this organization for such a long time?
Coping with stress and pressure
- Are you able to multitask?
- Can you juggle a number of different projects simultaneously?
- How do you handle rejection/disappointment/failure?
- How do you deal with interpersonal conflict?
- What does tact and diplomacy mean to you?
- What makes for a successful team?
Management and leadership
- Would you describe yourself as a good manager?
- Do you really think you’re management material?
- What is your attitude to delegation?
- Can you give me an example of a time when you had to lead from the front?
- Have you ever had to fire or lay off a member of your staff?
- How would you describe your ideal team member?
Personal and professional development
- In what ways do you intend to improve upon your performance?
- How has your current job prepared you for greater challenges/responsibility?
Interests and activities
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- What newspaper do you take?
- Are you interested in current affairs?
The amateur psychiatrist
- If you won the lottery what would you do?
- Can you tell me about the best teacher you ever had?
- If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
- What are you most afraid of?
Money, money, money
- Why aren’t you earning more?
- How much do you think you are really worth?
- How much does money matter to you?
- Would you still be interested in this job if you current employer offered a pay rise?
- Have you ever had to take a pay cut to keep your job?
- Have you ever asked for but been refused a pay rise?
Author: James Innes