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During the interview process, the hiring manager may ask you questions regarding your experience and duties at your current position. They may do this to understand if your skills and responsibilities align well with the projects they need completed at their company. You should explain your current job responsibilities and duties clearly and in detail to help them visualize the tasks you successfully complete.
In this article, we discuss why employers ask you to describe your current job responsibilities, how to answer this question in an interview and we list examples to help you better answer this question.
Related: Interview Question: Tell Me About Your Work Experience
Why employers may ask you to describe your current job responsibilities
Employers may request information about your current job responsibilities to gain an idea of how your duties and experience relate to the responsibilities of their role. They may feel more confident about hiring you for the role if they know you have completed similar tasks and projects. If you have responsibilities similar to the ones in their role, then it often means you can complete their company’s projects with limited training.
When asking about your job responsibilities, employers may also want to know what results you may have provided your company when completing these work duties. This helps gain an idea of what benefits you may bring their company if you were to complete similar responsibilities.
How to answer “describe your current job responsibilities” in an interview
As you interview for your desired role, you should provide detailed examples and instances involving how you use your skills and qualifications to successfully complete your job responsibilities. Follow the steps below to learn how to describe your current responsibilities in an interview.
- Remember the responsibilities listed in your resume
- Connect your responsibilities to the ones in the job posting
- Use details when explaining your larger and important projects
- Describe how you use your skills to benefit the company
1. Remember the responsibilities listed in your resume
As you prepare to answer the interview question, think about the responsibilities and duties you listed in the work experience section of your resume. If you sent your resume to the hiring manager beforehand, your interviewers may have already seen the responsibilities listed in your resume and are expecting you to elaborate on these duties in the interview.
2. Connect your responsibilities to the ones in the job posting
Once you have an idea of the responsibilities mentioned in your resume, you can begin explaining these duties and responsibilities in detail to the interviewers. Try to remember the responsibilities listed in the job posting and connect your current responsibilities with those mentioned in the posting.
For example, if the job posting states that one of the position’s responsibilities is writing social media posts, you can explain how one of your responsibilities is creating and implementing weekly social media posts for specific outlets. Describe any results these posts brought in, if possible.
Employers are asking this question to learn if your experience matches the responsibilities required in their position. If you explain your similar experience and mention your accomplishments when completing that responsibility, this may give them a better idea of how you’ll complete these same tasks for their company.
3. Use details when explaining your larger and important projects
You may have completed many projects and tasks when working at your previous position. As you answer this question, try to mention only the projects that are more impressive to employers and that relate closer to the position you’re interviewing for. This can help you elaborate and provide greater detail on the more impressive projects you completed, rather than the smaller ones hiring managers may show less interest for.
4. Describe how you use your skills to benefit the company
As you explain your job responsibilities, you should explain how you used your skills and qualifications to complete your job duties. You can detail which skills you applied when completing a certain task or project. For example, you can mention how you used your communication skills to collaborate with clients daily to meet their needs and answer any questions they may have.
Related: Interview Question: What Skills Would You Bring to the Job?
When describing your current job responsibilities, you should provide a detailed answer that lists your duties and gives as much detail as possible. You can use the example answers below to develop your own answer to this question.
- Data analyst example
- Marketing coordinator example
- Dental assistant example
- Web developer example
- Executive assistant example
Data analyst example
“During my position as a data analyst, I’ve completed many tasks and projects that provide valuable data for the leadership team in my company. For example, I use my analytical and technology skills to gather statistical data regarding the company’s performance and evaluate it. I then break this data down into a document that is easy for other employees in the company to understand. Once this document is distributed, I perform a quarterly presentation for leadership and other staff members to help them determine what elements should be improved within the company.”
Marketing coordinator example
“I work to provide my company with a strong online presence through brand awareness and audience conversion. I accomplish this by creating marketing material and advertising campaigns that have successfully reached our target audience and created a conversion rate of prospects to customers by 20% in two months. I also use my research skills to conduct regular competitive research to determine ways we can improve and stand out from other companies.”
Dental assistant example
“My duties and responsibilities regularly consist of ensuring the dental office is running properly and solving any problems the patients or doctors may face. I keep each operating and cleaning room sanitized and assist with any medical procedures if the doctor and hygienist need extra support. I will also use my strong customer service skills to check a patient in, retrieve any of their patient information and gather their x-rays when they first come in for their appointment.”
Web developer example
“As a web developer, I ensure the company’s website is functioning properly for users and customers. Employees will report to me if they see any troubles with the website and I will use my coding skills to resolve these issues. I regularly scan the website for any user issues and will provide regular updates and enhancements. I also apply collaborative skills when meeting with the creative team to ensure their front-end design aligns well with my back-end design.”
Executive assistant example
“My typical job responsibilities involve booking travel arrangements, making sure all executives are staying up to date on their schedules and ensuring executives regularly receive all their necessary reports, records and documents. I also work to keep myself and the executive team informed of any important company information. I do this by using my advanced typing skills to take notes regularly throughout all meetings and create minutes for other staff members.”