How to handle the biggest challenge interview questionThis question is a chance to show an employer how, when faced with tough times, you turn to your inner strength and innate skills to find solutions. As with all answers to interview questions, it’s important to be thinking about how this helps paint a picture of someone they want to hire … and not just someone who has had a lot of bad stuff happen and survived.Keys to answering the question:
- If at all possible, look for work-related things that presented huge challenges and for which you were able to find solutions.
- Ideally, you want to think of things that relate to the needs of this job in some way. For example, if the job requires you to work with customers, think back to a time you did a great job handling someone who was especially tough to deal with. Or if the employer wants someone who has good analytic skills, think back to a time when you came up with a solution to a huge problem others couldn’t see.
- Include why you considered it such a big challenge, so it doesn’t look like you are skirting their real question.
- If you are just out of school and want to use things like an athletic accomplishment or project you spearheaded, those are great.
- Stay away from purely personal stories (such as having an illness or a dysfunctional home you overcame) unless they point directly to the job in some way.
- Tell the story naturally and keep it to a few minutes at most. It shouldn’t be too long or dramatic. Just a picture of what you are like at your best under tough circumstances – and how that benefited your employer or teammates.