What major challenges and problems did you face and how did you handle them? How to answer this question

“How do you (or did you) manage a challenge?” is a difficult question to answer. On the one hand, it’s an opportunity for you to demonstrate your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as your ability to perform well under pressure.
A challenge, on the other hand, can be approached in a variety of ways. A person who takes a controlled, methodical and planned approach may be preferred by one firm, whereas those who plunge in and do everything they can to tackle the task without considering the broader picture may be preferred by another.

How to answer
To develop an effective answer, use this three-step strategy:

  • Recall a challenge that was significant, but one that you consider a success.
    Above all, you want to be able to talk about a real professional difficulty or problem, not some random or irritating incident. You should also be able to explain how you overcame the problem.
    Mention a difficulty that is most relevant to the position you’re looking for, if feasible.
    You should clearly and simply bring out the challenge in your response.

  • Don’t just say what you did—explain how you did it.
    The employer wants to know how you approached a problem, including what steps you took and how you thought about it. Don’t go straight to the ultimate result. Describe what you did to contribute to the solution in detail.

  • Emphasize the outcome and what you learned from it.
    Employers need those who can transform obstacles into possibilities. Consider methods to stress how you made the most of a tough situation while contemplating an answer. Of course, in the real world, waving a magic wand and turning every problem into a big success isn’t doable. You may learn from your mistakes and use what you’ve learned to future problems. Make sure to share your key lessons and how you’ve grown as a result of the struggles you’ve faced.