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Lauren McCabe

Meet Lauren

Lauren McCabe has over ten years of experience in job coaching, having assisted hundreds of candidates with interviewing, resume writing, self-promotion, and self-marketing.

She has been a recruiter, director-level employee and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

In 2019, Lauren created numerous interview question and answer sets for MockQuestions, including H&M, Fisher Investments, and Kaiser Permanente.

Learn more about Lauren McCabe on LinkedIn.

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Why do you want to work for USPS?
Anonymous Answer

I want to work for the USPS because it is a great company that is stable. I love to learn new jobs and positions thru out the company and strive for customer service. I would be proud to work for a company like this.

Lauren's Answer

Very solid response! I assisted with some alternate wording.

USPS is an extremely recognizable company with high service standards. I would be proud to work for such a large, stable company. I strive to grow in my customer service career, and I believe this position would give me the growth opportunity I am looking for. I have aspirations to grow within the company as well, so the more learning I can have on the job, the better.

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How do you feel I stand out from your other candidates?
Anonymous Answer

I love to help people get problems solved, so when they call in and tell me they were in an accident and I can assist them in getting something fixed is awesome.

Lauren's Answer

I am innately a people person. I gain so much satisfaction by helping others. I am eager to receive an opportunity where I can let my best qualities shine.

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Why did you apply for this position?
Anonymous Answer

I was delighted to see this opportunity with Qatar Airways. I have been looking for an overseas company where I can meet new people. This is an excellent opportunity that I sincerely hope I am considered for.

Lauren's Answer

This is a great and honest answer.

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Why should we hire you?
Anonymous Answer

You should hire me because I am a uniquely strong employee. At my last company, I was promoted within one year and was the only woman working in the team. I am an extremely dedicated employee who takes pride in their work. I am goal-oriented and aspire to complete projects efficiently and meticulously. I believe I possess many positive qualities that would be quickly realized and utilized.

Lauren's Answer

This is a positive and impactful response. Great job!

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Why should we hire you?
Anonymous Answer

Because I am a very focus individual, who's engaged and eager to achieve results. I also love your company, and I would be proud to be part of it.

Lauren's Answer

Great start. I assisted in expanding your response slightly. See my suggestion below.

I am the right fit for this position because I possess a high level of skill, focus, and eagerness to succeed. I have explored areas of improvement, and I am dedicated to exceed expectations and grow my career through this opportunity. I have a strong affinity for the company and would be honored to be a part of it.

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When would you be available to start?
Anonymous Answer

I'd be available soon enough cause right now I already resigned from my last company.

Lauren's Answer

No need to disclose your resignation.

I am available to start as soon as possible.

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Describe to me a time when you made an error at work, and the impact your mistake made. How did you correct the mistake, and what did you learn from it?
Anonymous Answer

I do believe that no one is perfect all the time, even when you always carefully do your work, mistakes could happen. I am not afraid of making a mistake; I take a positive attitude to take the responsibility and action to fix my errors, and also one of the important things to me is learning from my mistakes by making my own checking styles, so next time I won't make the same mistakes anymore.

Lauren's Answer

Your response is well-intentioned, but should be more specific. The interviewer wants to get to know your problem-solving skills, how you work under pressure, and a better understanding of your work style. I provided a hypothetical scenario below that may help you get started.

(Hypothetical response) There was an instance when I did not meet a monthly sale’s goal. I addressed the issue by speaking with my manager. I explained that I tried my best, but I fell short. I am a positive person who can take responsibility for mistakes. My monthly sales goal impacted the department as a whole, but I devised strategies with my manager to get back on track for the next month. I learned that ownership of one’s mistakes is important, and doing all you can to become better will render positive results.

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Do you work well under pressure?
Anonymous Answer

Yes, I do work well under pressure. An example of this is when I was organising a careers networking night for the Australia China Youth Association. I had to manage my team to ensure that we were able to finish budgeting, writing up proposals, contacting company representatives by our deadlines. It was important for me to remain calm and professional in the situation to optimise efficiency within the team, despite the looming deadline.

Lauren's Answer

Great situational example! Be mindful of spelling errors; I have altered the words “organize” and “prioritize” several times.

Yes, I consider myself a person who handles stress and pressure very well. Being organized helps me to remain calm and diligent. I once organized a networking event for the Australia China Youth Association. This particular project was large in scale with many team members to manage. I was charged with finishing the budget, writing proposals, and contacting company representatives. I met all of the required deadlines with the use of a clear action plan and calendar system.

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How would you describe your work ethic?
Anonymous Answer

I am honest, dependable, and hard-working. I am sure that any of my coworkers would agree. As a manager, these are the qualities that I expect from my team in return."

Lauren's Answer

I really like your personal and mutual accountability.

My work ethic is honest, dependable, and hard-working. I believe in mutual respect and accountability. I never expect anything from coworkers that I am not willing to do myself. I take a lot of pride in my work, and I think my coworkers would agree.

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Anonymous Answer

I handled the problematic feedback by listening carefully to what was said. I then took the time to review the points raised and put in an action plan to improve my performance.

Lauren's Answer

Collaboration versus isolation is a key message you can drive home with your response.

When I have received difficult feedback, I use it as an opportunity to collaborate with the person reviewing my performance. Creating an action plan helps my problem-solving nature and, together, my manager and I have a working document to visualize my progress and remain accountable.

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