How has your current job prepared you for greater challenges?

  | James Innes

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.

Your answer:

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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