What changes have you made to your current job role since you started?

  | James Innes


What changes have you made to your current job role since you started?

Alternative and related questions:

How have you changed the job you’ve been doing?

The meaning behind the question:

All job roles evolve over time – some more than others. The interviewer isn’t asking how your job has changed since you were first appointed – they’re asking how you have changed it. They’re looking for evidence of initiative, drive and enthusiasm. The best employees are always looking for ways to make improvements – to change things for the better. It’s all too easy for an employee to sit back and just accept things the way they are but that’s not the sort of employee who is going to help drive an organisation forward.

Your answer:

An interviewer should only be asking this question if your current job is one in which you can reasonably be expected to have made changes to your role.

In many roles there is limited scope for making changes so your interviewer probably won’t be expecting too dramatic an example. If you have been responsible for a tangible improvement to your role then this is obviously going to be an excellent choice. Alternatively, it should be more than sufficient to describe ways in which you took on additional duties and responsibilities that weren’t part of your original job description.

Be aware that this is the sort of question that an interviewer is particularly likely to check up on when taking up your references – so it’s essential to be absolutely honest.


When I first took over the role, I noticed that my predecessor (who was in the job for many years) had been using a number of rather out-dated and laborious systems to help them manage the allocation of work to our sub-contractors. This was clearly wasting a significant amount of time – and time is money. I therefore consulted with my manager and outlined a proposal to scrap these various manual systems and replace them with a single system running on software I had become adept at using in my previous role. Given the low cost of the software and the obvious advantages of my proposal, my manager agreed to the plan. Having spent a couple of weeks setting up the new system, I consequently reduced my workload substantially and I was able to use this spare time to help my manager with his financial reporting. This gave me useful, additional experience and also freed up my manager to spend more time on other issues.

Word of warning:

For some reason, candidates are particularly prone to misunderstanding this question and interpreting it along the lines of, “What changes have you made in your current job?” This is a very different question and, no matter how good your answer to this question, your interviewer won’t be impressed if you fail to answer the question they actually asked.

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