Interview Question 42 – Do you feel you are ready to take on greater responsibilities?
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Interview Question 42 – Do you feel you are ready to take on greater responsibilities?

Advice

This question is only going to be asked if you are going for a more senior position to the one you currently hold. You could simply answer it with a yes and leave it at that but our usual advice is to answer it and provide evidence to show why you are ready to take on greater responsibilities, linking existing responsibilities with other responsibilities you expect to have. If you are unable to give evidence as to why you feel you are ready to take on greater responsibility you are applying for the job that is probably out of your depth. You must be able to give examples that will give the employer confidence that you are the person they need despite you possibly coming from a lower job level.

Examples of Answers

“Yes. During my current post I have regularly deputised for the senior manager and dealt with all issues coming across his desk. Specific examples of work I have dealt with include disciplinary action against employees, dealing with a faulty product from a supplier where a production line was shut down until it was resolved and attending board meetings as the stand-in manager for the plant. I feel that my experience dealing at this level as left me ready to take on greater responsibility.”

Or:

“Yes. I am used to handling a high level of responsibility in my current post and have always been able to successfully perform any tasks set for me with any of my previous roles or activities I have undertaken so far in life. In terms of management I have enjoyed some parts of my current role that have involved management tasks being delegated to me as well as in sporting and non-academic activities captaining my local hockey team and being the Chair of the local school governors. I welcome any increases in the levels of responsibility.”

Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 17 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at www.legalcareercoaching.co.uk. You can contact Jonathan at cv@ten-percent.co.uk