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What is your current salary?

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1.

What is your current salary?

A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

Ryan'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.

At Alliance Data Systems Corporation we seek to hire those who can think on their feet. Choose a popular brand and tell me one thing you would do to improve their branding.

The interviewer is asking this question because they would like to know that you keep up to date on current branding trends. The more you know, the more apparent it is that you have a genuine interest in this industry. To an interviewer, this gives added security that you are in this career for the long term.

Briefly discuss a well-known brand. For a balanced answer, give your opinion on one thing the company could improve on and one thing they are doing right.

Ryan's Answer #1

"It's no secret that United Airlines has been in a public relations nightmare as of late. When I look at their branding I can't help but think that they should be spending marketing dollars on spinning their mishaps into some sort of positive. Their name is so well known that their logo is all they really need for consumer recognition so - they are definitely doing some things right."

Ryan's Answer #2

"If I could choose any brand to improve, I would choose the Red Lobster or other family style restaurant who still rely on outdated messaging in their marketing. The glamour shots of food with the traditional families sitting down for dinner just doesn't catch the eye of the discerning customer any longer. I would first change their commercials to include more diversity. Then, I would encourage hiring a social media manager whose tweets and posts would rival notorious brands such as Starbucks or McDonalds."

3.

Tell me about your greatest work accomplishment.

Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Ryan's Answer #1

"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I have many accomplishments that I am very proud of. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry."

4.

What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?

Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of environments that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position prior to the interview.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the 'buzz' of a team around me. I can also be productive in quieter environments although that isn't my preference."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I work well in a high pressure, demanding environment that requires you to work smart and make your mark. I am competitive in nature and love to be personally challenged."

5.

At Alliance Data Systems Corporation we value continued education. If you could choose any marketing related course to attend, what would you choose?

Many employers look to hire employees who have a penchant for knowledge and growth. Express your interest in continued education by passionately discussing a topic that you would love to learn more about. Be sure to keep your answer industry and job related.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I love the idea of expanding my knowledge within internet marketing. If I could choose any topic for continued education, I would choose to learn more about search engine optimization and search engine marketing. You can dive really deep into each of those topics which is an exciting challenge for me."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I am really pleased to hear that you appreciate continued education. Thank you for this consideration! If I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge in any area of marketing, I would choose Consumer Behavior Insights. There is so much to learn when it comes to consumer spending and buying patterns- it's fascinating."

6.

How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

This question can make an interviewee feel the pressure, that is for sure! Be honest about your thoughts and feelings regarding your interview performance.

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

Ryan's Answer #1

"I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

Ryan's Answer #2

"If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more that I can clarify for you I would be happy to do so."

7.

How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?

Often, our work environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be difficult to know how to respond when you have a coworker who is moody, or when your coworker lacks social skills and constantly asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I have had my share of awkward situations, and having raised 2 kids, I am no stranger to them! In the workplace, if an uncomfortable situation arises I tend to face the issue head on, but in a tactful way. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my team or colleagues if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I try to avoid conflict, but I have a high tolerance for discomfort. I've learned to try to let the people in question sort it out, but have no problem rolling up my sleeves and diving in to help mediate the problem."

8.

Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?

It is easy to say that you are trustworthy and honest but it's best if you can back it up with a review or words from a previous supervisor.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual and you will be able to hear that directly from my supervisor when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as very important virtues."

Ryan's Answer #2

"My friends and family rely on me heavily because I am trustworthy and honest. They can count on me to be straightforward with them and depend on me to be there when it matters least or most."

9.

If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

Ryan's Answer #1

"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to completely start over in a new direction I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I am very satisfied with the direction my career has taken. If I could change anything I would perhaps have furthered my education to include a more unique focus; however, I have no regrets!"

10.

What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?

The interviewer wants to know that you are able to think outside the box, or even ask for help, when you are stuck on a complicated problem.

Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues or even patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need in order to find the best way to solve the problem.

Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

Ryan's Answer #1

"When I am faced with a complicated problem, I will look to the resources that my current company has provided me. The answer is almost always in there. If it's more of a moral dilemma vs. a knowledge based dilemma, I will ask my supervisor for his thoughts and opinion since I value him as a mentor and expert in our industry."

Ryan's Answer #2

"In order to solve a complex issue, I will reach out to a manager or mentor from a previous role to ask them how they've handled such issues in the past. I am always ready to dive back into our handbook, but these types of scenarios are often not covered there, which is why I really value a human, experiential approach. I know that there are so many folks in the industry who have so much to teach me and have probably already "been-there-done-that", so I love to utilize them as a resource."

11.

At Alliance Data Systems Corporation we look for those with a sincere interest in marketing and advertising. Tell me about your favorite project at the moment.

The interviewer would like further insight into the types of projects that you find the most interesting, and rewarding. Briefly discuss the most exciting project that you have on the go. Explain a bit about the project, and why it is so interesting to you. If possible, compare this project to some of the projects that Alliance Data Systems Corporation works on.

Ryan's Answer #1

"At the moment, I am working on a brand development campaign for a not-for-profit organization. This project is very exciting for me because it blends my two passions - marketing and volunteerism. I think everyone should become involved in their community as much as possible and it's exciting when you can use your professional skill set to do so. I understand that your organization takes on a variety of clients in not-for-profit, as well. I would love to learn more about those projects!"

Ryan's Answer #2

"I often have multiple projects on the go that are very interesting and exciting. At the moment, I am revamping the online presence for a small sized toy company. It's been a lot of fun because they are allowing me to exercise my creativity, with a significant budget as well."

12.

Our industry is innovative and ever-changing. How do you stay on top of industry related news?

Talk to the interviewer about a few ways that you stay in touch on new trends within the marketing industry. Knowing that you keep in touch on the latest trends will show the interviewer that you are engaged in this industry and willing to invest your time into learning more. You can also start a great conversation by asking the interviewer how they prefer to say up to date.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I agree - this industry is fast changing, and it's really important to stay up to date on the new trends in the market. To keep up to date, I subscribe to AdWeek as well as Communication Arts Magazine. I read a variety of publications; however, these two are the ones I read daily. Do you have any recommendations for staying on top of industry trends?"

Ryan's Answer #2

"I have a Google alert set up for a variety of industry related keywords that include marketing, sales, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, and content development. I learn a lot from absorbing these small bits of news on a daily basis. in ad"

13.

We have a culture of collaboration and high energy here at Alliance Data Systems Corporation. Describe your workplace personality in 3 words.

The interviewer would like to know what first comes to mind when you are asked to describe your personality. Be prepared by writing down some keywords ahead of time that best describe you.

If you can, visit the company website, read their job posting and see if you can find a common set of descriptive words that seem to resonate really well with Alliance Data Systems Corporation. Incorporate those if you can. Avoid giving generic, run-of-the-mill answers and make sure to compliment Alliance Data Systems Corporation on their efforts when it comes to an energetic workplace culture.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I can see that you have a great energy here and I've really enjoyed that during this interview process. If I could describe my personality in 3 words I would say that I am motivated, positive, and dedicated. After researching your company further, I believe I am a strong fit for the culture that you have worked so hard to achieve."

Ryan's Answer #2

"Other words you could use to describe your workplace personality:

- Ambitious
- Approachable
- Cooperative
- Charismatic
- Diiligent
- Efficient
- Energetic
- Focused
- Inquisitive
- Meticulous
- Patient
- Responsible"

14.

What do you know about our clients at Alliance Data Systems Corporation?

Getting to know Alliance Data Systems Corporation before your interview is a very important step. In addition to reviewing the company history, you also want to have a good understanding of who Alliance Data Systems Corporation services, collaborates with, and does the bulk of their business with. A thorough read through their website, online reviews, and a Google search can tell you a lot.

Ryan's Answer #1

"From the research that I have conducted, it appears that the bulk of your clients are within the consumer services sector. It is apparent, after reading through your website and online reviews, that you have a strong client base and a very faithful client following. I would love to learn more about your biggest clients and the work you do for them."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I understand that the majority of your client are owners of small to medium business"

15.

In your opinion, what has been the biggest breakthrough in social media marketing as of late?

The interviewer is asking this question because they would like to know that you keep up to date on social media trends. The more you know, the more apparent it is that you have a genuine interest in this industry. To an interviewer, this gives added security that you are in this career for the long term. Discuss a recent change in social media marketing and how you think it will change the face of the marketing industry.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I think that the whole idea of Facebook Live is a game changer. This puts large and small brands in the same space where they can offer free and direct communication with their consumers. The options are now endless! Virtual tours, live give-away's, and private looks backstage....it's really incredible."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I would say that the biggest change that social media marketing will see in the next few months is the decline of visible organic content and the extra push for paid or boosted content to have priority."

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32 Alliance Data Systems Corporation Interview Questions
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Interview Questions

  1. What is your current salary?
  2. At Alliance Data Systems Corporation we seek to hire those who can think on their feet. Choose a popular brand and tell me one thing you would do to improve their branding.
  3. Tell me about your greatest work accomplishment.
  4. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  5. At Alliance Data Systems Corporation we value continued education. If you could choose any marketing related course to attend, what would you choose?
  6. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  7. How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?
  8. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
  9. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  10. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  11. At Alliance Data Systems Corporation we look for those with a sincere interest in marketing and advertising. Tell me about your favorite project at the moment.
  12. Our industry is innovative and ever-changing. How do you stay on top of industry related news?
  13. We have a culture of collaboration and high energy here at Alliance Data Systems Corporation. Describe your workplace personality in 3 words.
  14. What do you know about our clients at Alliance Data Systems Corporation?
  15. In your opinion, what has been the biggest breakthrough in social media marketing as of late?
  16. Being able to think creatively is important at Alliance Data Systems Corporation. If you had a very small budget to work with, what marketing technique would you use first?
  17. At Alliance Data Systems Corporation we provide marketing services to a wide range of customers. Are you prepared to deal with a variety of personalities?
  18. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  19. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  20. Why do you want this job with Alliance Data Systems Corporation?
  21. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  22. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  23. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  24. What gives you satisfaction in this particular career?
  25. When have you taught someone important skills or knowledge, in the workplace?
  26. What do you think our company's biggest challenge is?
  27. If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
  28. What would you do if a client asked you about a product or service and you were unsure of the answer?
  29. Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
  30. Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team. What made it rewarding?
  31. What questions do you have for me?
  32. Why do you believe you will have success in this position with Alliance Data Systems Corporation?
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