The goal of an interviewer during a job interview is to find out if you are the perfect fit for the position that you have applied for. A way to do this is to ask you different types of job interview questions. One of these is to ask about what will be the most and least challenging parts of this job for you.
Prior to the interview, you should have read the job description thoroughly so that you fully understand the requirements and what is asked. By looking at the required abilities, responsibilities, and skills, you can figure out what will be the most and the least challenging parts of the job, for you.
In this blog, we will discuss this job interview question in more detail, and we will give you insights into why interviewers are asking this question and how you should respond.
Why are interviewers asking about most and least challenging parts of the job?
Interviewers ask this question during a job interview to assess what skills you already have and which skills you need to develop. By asking about the most challenging part, the interviewer gets more information about if you, for instance, already possess certain skills.
How to answer questions about most and least challenging parts of the job
Firstly, try to be honest to the interviewer in your answers without reflecting too much negativity on you as a job candidate. Think of it as answering the more general version of this question ‘what are your weaknesses.’ The same goes, of course, for job interview questions about strengths. You want to present yourself in the best way as possible, of course. However, keep in mind that the chances are that you will receive follow-up questions about your answers.
When practicing your interview answers to this interview question, you should always focus on connecting your answer to the job description. Read the job description thoroughly and create a list of the mentioned requirements. Think about the ones that are challenging to you and which are not. Break down the job description into separate parts about the experience you need for each responsibility, the knowledge you need to have, the and skills you need to possess. Think about which of the mentioned elements of the job that require (some) learning, development, or adjustment from your side.
So, what should you focus on when giving an answer? Normally, it’s best to go with an aspect of the position that is not critical to the role that you’re applying for. This means that you should not say that the main requirement is your biggest challenge, because that will make it hard for the recruiter to hire you if you don’t have experience with core responsibilities of the position. For instance, if you’re a sales representative applying for a sales position at a company, you might mention you’re working on improving your specific market knowledge and prioritizing skills. Don’t say that sales talks or clear communication with solid arguments are your biggest challenge, because those are core responsibilities of the job.
Samples of the most challenging parts of the job
Sample of a challenging part of the job 1:
‘For me personally, one of my bigger challenges will be adjusting to the new CRM software and creating new types of reports to provide to my clients. I had a similar situation once before and managed to get to know all systems in and out within the first month. Furthermore, my plan is to ask a lot of questions during the process. I’ll also ask the manager to discuss the reports before sharing it with clients.’
Sample of a challenging part of the job 2:
‘I get a lot of energy of the thought that I will be leading the team and set the new sales goals, but it will definitely be a challenge! However, although I have not managed a full team by myself yet, I have coached and mentored co-workers to help them develop as professionals. If I get this job, one of the first things I will do is meet with the other managers to discuss how they run their teams. I always enjoyed talking to colleagues about strategies to make the company perform as well as possible.’
Samples of the least challenging parts of the job
Discussing ‘Least’ challenging parts of a job can be tricky, but it can also work in your favor if you present it right. Think of a relative ‘simple’ aspect of the job that is mentioned in the job description. You can approach this the same way as you would answer a question about your strengths. However, ‘simple’ does not mean boring or easy.
Sample of a less challenging part of the job 1:
‘I already have a lot of experience with working on a result-driven basis within a sales team. Cold-calling and generating leads is something that is not new to me and I think I will feel right where I belong in the position of sales representative. My track record shows that I have closed several deals in the past and brought in new clients according to the sales goals that we’ve set as a team.’
Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers
Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!
- Career Change
- Career Goals
- Conflict Resolution
- Creative Thinking
- Cultural Fit
- Customer Service
- Growth Potential
- Honesty & Integrity
- Job Satisfaction
- Entry-Level & No experience
- Prioritization & Time Management
- Situational & Scenario-based
- Stress Management
- Telephone Interview
- Work Ethic