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What are your salary expectations?

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    1.

  1. What are your salary expectations?
    • The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."

    2.

  1. What is your personal mission statement?
    • Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you, or a saying that you grew up with that really resonates with you?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My personal mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly important to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My personal mission is to give my best 100% of the time. It's important to me that I have a great reputation in this industry through hard work and a positive attitude."

    3.

  1. How do you evaluate success among your team members?
    • When you are leading a team it is very important to be aware of the level of success that each team member is experiencing. One underperforming team player can drag down the entire group. Talk to the interviewer about how you are able to stay aware of each team members' success.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a very in-depth and successful system for evaluating success among my team members. I check in twice per week with each member of my team. On Monday's - to set our goals together. Then, on Friday's, to discuss any successes and challenges. I have them self-evaluate and then we create a plan for success for the upcoming week. I evaluate their success based on their follow through and willingness to work hard to reach their goals."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I typically have KPI (key performance indicators) in place to measure the success of each of the members of the team. I also manage our overall success in working together. For example, are we hitting on key initiatives within the department, developing each other for succession planning and having fun along the way!"

    4.

  1. Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
    • When you answer this question be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your colleagues.

      If you had a good relationship with your previous colleagues: "I get along well with most personalities. My colleagues were great team players and we would often meet up after work for drinks or team activities."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I get along well with most personalities. My colleagues were great team players and we would often meet up after work for drinks or team activities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you did not have a good relationship with your previous colleagues: "I have had better relationships in the past but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were all very different which made it challenging at times."

    5.

  1. Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.
    • It is very important to be goal-oriented and determined. What do you do, outside of your own personal goals, to ensure that everyone on your team is successful? Assure the interviewer that you are always willing to keep the team, or company as a whole, in mind.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last quarter we hired someone who ended up struggling significantly with sales. I sat him down and realized that he simply didn't understand the product. We spent a few hours together over that next week learning the product. In the end, his sales increased by 64% and he was significantly more confident. It helped the team morale as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "One of my coworkers was fundraising for a particular cause that was close to his heart. I suggested that we start an office based 50/50 draw, where our team could contribute financially in hopes to win part of the pot. Our clients became involved as well and we had a lot of fun. He was able to raise the funds needed and it ended up being a great team building exercise as well."

    6.

  1. At ALDAR Academies we offer a wide range of products and services. How do you plan to positively impact our business, if hired?
    • The interviewer is looking for a couple of main points in your answer. One, they would like to know that you have clearly researched the products / services offered at ALDAR Academies LLC. Two, they would like to see that you have actively thought about your potential fit with ALDAR Academies LLC and the ways that you would make a fast and positive impact on their organization.

      Your answer should display your confidence and touch on your particular specialty. This could include your great ability to memorize product features, your natural sales abilities, or your cold calling skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I really appreciate the range of products that you offer your clients at ALDAR Academies LLC. I am sure that it is a bit of work to become familiar with all of the products; however, I am very good at memorization and my recall abilities are above average. I expect that I will be up to date on your product lines much faster than your average employee. This strength also helps when it comes to my up-selling percentages because I can easily recommend additional products based on the customers needs."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I plan to positively impact your business, very quickly, by being incredibly diligent in my training, getting to know your service offerings in and out, and being an engaged member of your team from day one."

    7.

  1. When have you had to think quickly in response to sudden change?
    • Sudden changes will occur in the workplace from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of responding quickly, and professionally, to sudden changes in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am able to think quickly on the job and I do respond well to sudden change. Last week I was asked to tweak a presentation with just 30 minutes notice. The changes were significant but luckily I work well under pressure. The presentation went well and our clients were very happy."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Every day, in my current role, we face last minute order changes which can be very expensive if not addressed immediately. I am very good at thinking on my feet and I do enjoy the challenge."

    8.

  1. Because ALDAR Academies is a diversified organization, we offer a wide range of opportunities for career growth. Where would you like to see your career in 5 years?
    • Before your interview be sure to visit ALDAR Academies LLC career opportunities online. Take note of the range in opportunities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations? What kind of growth is available in the particular department you are interviewing with? Assure the interviewer that you desire a long term opportunity with ALDAR Academies LLC by discussing the career path you would like.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I saw a few leadership opportunities posted on your company website that seemed very interesting. Ultimately, I would like to work my way into a management role that offered leadership opportunities. I am very interested in working for ALDAR Academies LLC because of the multiple growth opportunities present here and I look forward to proving my capabilities to you."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In 5 years I would like to be seen as an authority in our industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here at ALDAR Academies LLC."

    9.

  1. Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work hard to avoid here at ALDAR Academies. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
    • Workplace culture is incredibly important since we spend so much of our time at work! Talk to the interviewer about what your ideal workplace culture looks like. Share with the interviewer the factors that would make you want to stay with ALDAR Academies LLC long term.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am seeking a role with an organization like ALDAR Academies LLC where employees matter. This means fair wages, regular opportunities for continued education, and strong internal growth opportunities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have researched your company through your social media channels, and on Glassdoor. Your employees have really great things to say and overall it seems that you have fun while you work. I am looking forward to joining an organization, like yours, that is upbeat and thoughtful with an eye on helping the community at the same time."

    10.

  1. Tell me about a time when you created a unique idea or solution, and it was rejected by your colleagues. How were you able to bounce back?
    • Putting yourself out there with new ideas can be intimidating and we all want to be accepted. Talk to the interviewer about how you would handle the feelings that come with having your idea rejected.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "A couple of years ago I made a recommendation for scheduling that would have included some split shifts. The result was less overtime and reduced expenses for the company. My colleagues were unhappy with the idea of split shifts. I was able to see their perspective which made it much easier to bounce back from the rejection. My overall attitude is, you win some - you lose some!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I once requested a 'suggestion box' when we were faced with high turnover and employee morale issues. My suggestion was rejected because management thought it would just turn into a complaint box. I was disappointed, but I did not let that deter me from continuing in my pursuit to help find a solution to our turnover issue. Instead, I verbally checked in with the employees, creating a safe place for them to provide feedback and suggestions."

    11.

  1. Do you believe you are a leader? When have you led a team?
    • Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500, or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

      Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I definitely see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a team in two prior roles, but also I believe that leadership does not always equate to management. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model of enthusiasm, and work-ethic. I am open to new ideas and love to tackle a new project which, to me, embodies leadership."

    12.

  1. Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
    • If you work for a larger company, you may have been asked to work on a project with teams from another department. Your ability to work with cross-functional teams will be a big asset to your potential employer, especially if they are a larger organization.

      Maybe you headed a project which required you to collaborate with the members from the engineering and sales teams. You may have had the opportunity to organize a volunteer activity or team building exercise, company-wide. Share any challenges that came up and what you learned from the experience.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am regularly exposed to cross-functional teamwork in my current position. I believe that when expectations are communicated clearly from the beginning, a cross-functional team project can be very successful. I go into these types of projects with an understanding that everyone has their own strengths and limitations based on their expertise and job function."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have worked in a cross-functional setting for many years. Primarily with the HR department and the Accounting department. Clear communication is key when collaborating with different teams. Clarity in expectations is of huge importance."

    13.

  1. ALDAR Academies puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?
    • It is very important that you research ALDAR Academies LLC in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that ALDAR Academies LLC supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at ALDAR Academies LLC.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have always spent time volunteering with local organizations. This includes the animal shelter, the children's hospital, and our local food bank. I believe that no matter how busy we are we always have time to give back. I have researched the efforts that ALDAR Academies LLC puts in when it comes to charity. Your values and interest in your global impact are impressive. It's one of the reasons I am so attracted to your organization."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The fact that ALDAR Academies LLC puts so much focus on your local and global impact is part of the reason why I applied here. I follow your organization on social media and have seen pictures of the great work you are able to do. I am excited for the opportunity to be on board with this!"

    14.

  1. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
    • Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took initiative in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was able to present and implement one specific change in the office this past year. It was a recycling program that I felt was very important, even for our smaller office. We had significantly less waste after my initiative was implemented and I enjoyed seeing others take pride in helping our environment."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my previous position, I noticed that our written procedures were not exactly how the employees were doing things. I decided to interview the employees and compare it to the written procedures that management wanted used. We were able to come to a compromise that met all of the safety and quality requirements of the company, but still worked a bit faster and easier for the staff."

    15.

  1. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
    • To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Along with my 5 years working in this industry, I have worked in related industries my entire career. Also, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

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