I've been asked in interviews before questions along the lines of "How did you tackle a challenge in a previous position?" however I haven't really experienced any challenges in my previous positions (mainly because they were very simple volunteering roles). If faced with a question like this could I admit that I've not really faced many challenges in the workplace but explain what I would do if I were faced with a challenging situation?
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- Thread Starter
- 14-08-2016 22:26
- 14-08-2016 22:32
Ok, even if it were a very simple task, mention it as a challenge. Then say that you're looking for a greater challenge, such as "being in unfamiliar territory"
- 14-08-2016 23:20
No, you need to come up with an example. This is why having some kind of experience in a workplace, volunteering, extra curricular etc helps massively.
If you have nothing else, use stuff from school etc, but think of something and explain clearly. It doesn't need to be huge.
The place I'm at now recommended using the *STAR* approach - situation, task, action and result. It's a good basis to use for any such competency type questions.
- 15-08-2016 11:06
where have you volunteered?
it doesn't have to be something crazy and original, they just want to hear that you weren't sure what to do/a customer was difficult etc and you stayed calm, problem solved and found a solution