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Alexandra E.

Meet Alexandra

Alexandra E. is a manager with experience leading marketing analytics at a Fortune 500 company. In this role, she led her departments' student recruitment efforts. Alexandra has had the opportunity to review hundreds of resumes and interview endless candidates.

Alexandra served as an interview coach for MockQuestions in 2019, where she helped users craft better interview answers. Her work includes contributions to the Training and Development Manager interview set and the Admissions Counselor interview Q&A set.

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Anonymous Answer

Working as head bartender at TGI Fridays, part of my role was to ensure my team, and I was always up to date with new cocktails/ promotions. As the Christmas season was rapidly approaching, there was several new products and promotions to learn. I took home the latest product information and spent some time learning them and coming up with fun games/ rhymes to help my team learn them. In result, this created a fun, lively atmosphere on the bar and the Bartenders enthusiastically promoting the new products.

Alexandra's Answer

Great answer! Again, you follow the STAR method here, which is very beneficial in a behavioral interview. I love your example - it not only shows how you learned something quickly, but also goes above and beyond to show how you also helped others learn that.

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Are you willing to travel?
Anonymous Answer

Yes, I am willing to travel. Can you share with me the travel expectations for this role?

Alexandra's Answer

Good answer.

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Anonymous Answer

What keeps me motivated on the hardest days is knowing that my career is focused on helping people. I love to assist others and to know that I make a difference in their lives.

Alexandra's Answer

Great answer!

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What unique qualities can you bring to our school?
Anonymous Answer

What makes me unique from your other candidates is that I know the opportunities that this school offers because I am a recent graduate (of this school). Also, I am a continuous learner, open-minded, and persistent.

Alexandra's Answer

Great answer! Be prepared to give examples of the qualities you listed, as that is often a follow-up question from interviewers.

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Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had, working in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?
Anonymous Answer

Work with homeless shelter staff and volunteers to organize holiday meal and pass out gifts to adults staying at the shelter. We all worked towards a goal of putting together the meal and collect gifts to wrap and pass out. It felt good to be able to make a difference in someone's life, be part of creating a happy memory.

Alexandra's Answer

This is a great example! If I were the interviewer I would follow up with a question asking what role you took on the team, so I could try to understand how specifically you work in a team environment.

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How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
Anonymous Answer

I don’t look it good or bad news. It’s news. I look at it as an opportunity for growth. On my part and theirs; “ let’s figure this out together.”

Alexandra's Answer

Great answer!

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Tell me about yourself.
Anonymous Answer

I graduated with a Bachelors's degree from Ohio State University in 2019. I majored in Business Management with minors in Public Relations and Political Science. Since graduating, I have wanted to come back to OSU because it has been a home to me. I want to grow and make a difference in this position.

Alexandra's Answer

Good start with your answer! I encourage you to expand more on yourself. This is your chance to give details about your experience and background that can be relevant to this position. A few things I recommend including: How did you decide to attend Capital University? Why did you choose your major/minor? What were you involved in on campus? It's also always nice to include a hobby or fun fact about yourself in this question because it will allow the interviewer to get to know you as a person (further than just your resume).

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How do you feel this position would fit in with your long term career goals?
Anonymous Answer

I feel that this position would fit my long term career goals because prospective students and families are always on social media, and it is a big way for schools to recruit new students. Today, there are many relationships that are built over social media, and it is a great way to instantly reach out to students. The number of applications received or students accepting, is a great way to determine whether that specific strategy is working.

Alexandra's Answer

Be sure to define your long-term career goal. I'm inferring from this & your other questions that it's to be in social media, but it would be good to state that here.

My long-term career goal is to get into social media marketing. I feel this position is a good start because a lot of relationship-building and recruiting is done through social media. Social media is a great way to reach out to students instantly. Additionally, by learning what draws students to apply and attend this university, I can apply that information to a future role in social media marketing for this university if the opportunity arises.

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Anonymous Answer

I host weekly meetings, undertake touch-bases, and one-on-ones to provide as many opportunities to discuss what is working and what isn't. I recognize that not everyone is comfortable in the same settings, I offer many opportunities to suit personalities. I have also used assessments, which depending on the setting, are conducted quarterly. Working with a team for three months only, the assessments are more casual and are undertaken monthly to keep my finger on the pulse.

Alexandra's Answer

This answer comes across more on how you monitor your team's feedback. I recommend clarifying if your assessments are performance assessments?

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Anonymous Answer

In my opinion, the most significant advancement in healthcare is the invention of the wearable artificial kidney. I stay up to date on new trends through Google searches and medical journals.

Alexandra's Answer

Great answer! I might just add why you think the wearable artificial kidney is so beneficial.

In my opinion, the most significant advancement in healthcare is the invention of the wearable artificial kidney. This device allows patients to receive dialysis treatment with less interruption to their daily life. This could be revolutionary for patients who would previously have to go to dialysis for hours at a time, 3-4 days a week. I stay up to date on new trends through Google searches and medical journals.

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