Your potential to tackle
At times, you'll be asked questions that have nothing to do with your past duties and achievements. To make matters worse, the skills inherent in these duties will be substantially different to the skills you already have, thus making these the most challenging of all interview questions. Typically, you are asked these type of questions when you are starting off in your career, changing careers or going for a promotion that entails brand new duties such as managing a team of people. Clearly, when you have not performed the duties before, making a direct link to past duties or skills becomes problematic. However, there's no reason for despair. There are plenty of interviewees who successfully tackle these sorts of questions on a regular basis. As you have already learned, the key to success is correct preparation.
The first step involves taking each of the new duties and breaking them down into the individual skills and knowledge they comprise. The individual pieces of information you come up with will constitute the core of your answers. In terms of our four steps, this information will go under step 2.