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We have a very specific personality type that fits well with the strong corporate culture at Alvarez & Marsal. Describe your personality in 3 words.

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  1. 1.

    We have a very specific personality type that fits well with the strong corporate culture at Alvarez & Marsal. Describe your personality in 3 words.

      This question is a high-stress question if you are not prepared to discuss your personality, and characteristics. Rather than freezing up during your interview or saying something you regret, take a few minutes to jot down some ideas before your meeting.

      Review Alvarez & Marsal website and see if you can source any recurring keywords in their job postings or 'About Us' section. Any recurring themes or keywords will give you a great idea of the type of personality and characteristics that Alvarez & Marsal is looking for.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I could describe my personality in 3 words I would say that I am communicative, helpful, and enthusiastic. I know that Alvarez & Marsal is looking for individuals who work well as part of a team, and someone who brings a great amount of energy. That is me! I would be a great fit for the culture you have created here."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Here are some other words you can use to describe your personality:

      - Adaptable
      - Considerate
      - Diligent
      - Inventive
      - Persistent
      - Resourceful
      - Sensible"

  2. 2.

    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?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely 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."

      Rachelle's Answer

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

  3. 3.

    This position with Alvarez & Marsal requires strong research skills. What is the first resource you turn to when you need to research a person, business, or topic?

      The interviewer would like to know that you can source information when and where you need it. In this industry, and with Alvarez & Marsal, you must be in-the-know and on top of your client's needs at all times. Talk about where you first go for information when you need it the most.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When researching, my go-to source is usually LinkedIn. This website offers me a plethora of information whenever I need it. I can research clients, their businesses, their backgrounds, and their competitors in one place. I find LinkedIn to be a very reliable, up-to-date, and convenient source."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For me, when researching, using a reliable source is key. For that reason. my resources will always be a legitimate news website or books published by known authors."

  4. 4.

    This position requires a competitive yet collaborative individual. How do you plan to make an impact in your first 90 days with Alvarez & Marsal while setting a strong groundwork of trust with your new team members?

      The interviewer would like to hear more about your plan of action should you be accepted for the position with Alvarez & Marsal. Think about the skills gap that you could fill or any internal struggle that Alvarez & Marsal is trying to resolve by hiring someone like you.

      Discuss the ways you know you will make a fast impact but also address how you will ensure acceptance by your new team members.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If hired for this role with Alvarez & Marsal I would want to get to know my team by listening to their suggestions and recommendations for success. I have very strong follow up and up-selling skills that would result in a fast impact on the portfolio that you would be handing off to me. I am a naturally collaborative person, so I am confident that I will create quick results while maintaining strong relationships."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I plan to make an impact in the first 90 days by being incredibly diligent throughout my training, taking work home to study on the weekends, and getting to know the verbiage used with your clients. I plan to be more than confident in my abilities, so that I can hit the ground running, without any hesitations."

  5. 5.

    We have many strong competitors. What makes Alvarez & Marsal stand out, and how could we improve?

      It is essential that you research Alvarez & Marsal before your interview and be sure to learn about their business landscape. Who are their competitors? What are customers saying online? Check out some favorite review sites to get an idea of what the public is saying about Alvarez & Marsal vs. their local competitors. Keep your answer positive and complimentary.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "After researching Alvarez & Marsal online, I found that you stand out from the many ways that you give back to your community. On the Alvarez & Marsal website, as well as third-party review sites, people are talking about the charitable contributions and generosity coming from Alvarez & Marsal. This factor makes your company a big stand-out to me because I am serious about working for an organization that is aware of their social impact."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Without having worked in Alvarez & Marsal, it is tough to give suggestions on improvement accurately. I quite like what I have seen so far and feel that your company stands out through your quality standards and search for constant improvement."

  6. 6.

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

      One of the toughest parts of communication can be delivering bad news to people that you work with and for whom you care. Whether it is providing a less than positive work review, or terminating someone - it doesn't come easy. Assure the interviewer that you can handle this type of task in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I certainly do not enjoy communicating bad news to a co-worker, but I do have experience in doing so. When this type of task is required of me, I make sure to practice empathy. Truth is always key, so I will be honest and clear when communicating the news. For instance, if I am to terminate someone's employment, I will not sugar coat the reasons why. It's best they know so that they can learn from the experience."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have found that communicating with respect and the intent to support the associate is the best approach. It is important to communicate what behaviors are off track and what resources are available to the associate to get back on track."

  7. 7.

    How do you manage your time?

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I manage my time by exercising the idea of 'time-blocking.' This process means that I won't incessantly check my email; instead, I will allow myself to return emails in 30-minute time blocks, four times per day. Setting calendar alerts and personal deadlines for myself has also helped a lot."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Very carefully! I prioritize deadlines and work that needs completion then work backward from there. When necessary, I utilize my resources and team to pitch in and contribute."

  8. 8.

    What is your long-range career objective?

      Onboarding new employees is a time consuming and costly endeavor, so the interviewer wants to make sure that this role will be a long-term fit for you. Be open with the interviewer about your dreams within this company, on a long-term basis. Share what promotions you hope to eventually receive and discuss what you wish to learn from being a part of their organization. The key to answering this question is to express to the interviewer that you plan to be employed by the company for many years to come.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "While visiting your company website I noticed that you have some leadership opportunities available in a variety of locations. I would love to work my way into a management or leadership role with your organization and would be willing to relocate to do so. I really like what your organization stands for, and I hope to see a current fit, and future growth, here."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "That is a great question! I see myself leading a small team of like-minded and passionate individuals who enjoy the work we are accomplishing together. I also see myself working closely with a charity to give back to the community."

  9. 9.

    How do you motivate others on your team?

      You don't have to be a manager or a team leader to motivate others. Offering a listening ear or providing words of encouragement can make a world of difference to your coworkers. Sometimes, just being a positive influence and showing up consistently can also make a difference.

      If you have worked in a leadership role, think of ways you helped set clear goals or helped individuals cultivate a new skill. Reflect on your experience and share some ways that you have helped encourage others to keep up the good work!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I motivate my fellow team members by coming to work with an exceptional attitude every day. I won't allow anyone's bad mood to let me down. That influence alone has helped many of my coworkers get through their day on a more positive note."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I motivate others by complimenting their work, asking them their opinion, and making them feel like a valued part of the team."

  10. 10.

    At Alvarez & Marsal we seek to hire those who can read between the lines in order to uncover our client's potential needs. Give me an example of how you have successfully done this.

      The interviewer would like to know that you understand the nuances that come with this job. When you work for Alvarez & Marsal you must be able to think independently and out of the box at all times. This type of thinking will increase client happiness, sales results, and will help to expand your portfolio. Give one real-life example of how you helped a client by reading further into their potential needs.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One example I can give is when one of my larger clients went through a corporate restructuring last year. I was able to help them fill in some gaps in their service needs as I saw potential shifts in their business. Because I have assisted many clients with restructuring projects in the past, I was able to foresee some of the roadblocks they may face and offered my assistance there. The client was very pleased with my proactive approach, and I was able to upsell additional services."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "With each new client that I take on, I conduct a detailed questionnaire with my primary contact. I ask tough questions regarding the pain points in their business. From these answers, I can predict some of their needs faster than they can. I believe this is because it's harder to see your needs when you are directly in the middle of the scenario. Sometimes, it's easier for outsiders to uncover your business' most significant needs."

  11. 11.

    What do you know about our clients at Alvarez & Marsal and the types of services we offer?

      The interviewer wants to know that you have put some effort into getting to know their business and the types of clients that Alvarez & Marsal services. You can find this information online by combing through the company website or doing a Google search. Discuss with the interviewer what you discovered during that research. It is okay to ask the interviewer more about the services and clientele at Alvarez & Marsal as well.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "From what I understand, you provide services primarily to clients within 'ABC Industry'. Your range of services is quite broad which was a big pull for me when applying to Alvarez & Marsal. Could you tell me a little bit more about your primary client base?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have conducted a great amount of research on Alvarez & Marsal before coming here today. I believe that your product range is vast and it would attract a very diverse set of clientele. Is this correct? The one service that stood out to me was (name a service) because it offers exceptional value to established business owners and new entrepreneurs, alike."

  12. 12.

    What would you do if a client asked you about a product or service and you were unsure of the answer?

      The interviewer wants to know if you are an independent thinker. Explain that you would take the time to try and figure out the answer, but you are not afraid to ask questions if you need to.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I had a client ask me about something that I didn't know enough about, I would find the answer for them before giving a false answer. I am okay with admitting when I don't know something, and I love to learn new things. Of course, I would find the answer quickly by asking the appropriate person or finding it within the company's internal resources."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am accustomed to having to think on my feet and come up with a creative answer based on the information I have at hand. With that said, I'm not going to tell a client something that is untrue or could potentially create a long-term issue. I'm not afraid of putting myself in a position where I don't know everything or am not the expert. I am happy to get out of my comfort zone to grow, learn, and help a customer. I will not hesitate to involve the appropriate parties, do my research, and work collaboratively to solve the situation."

  13. 13.

    How do you balance life and work?

      It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I balance life and work by ensuring that my downtime is spent doing the things that I love. I enjoy hiking, playing squash, and going to the theater. These things energize me and help me to maintain a healthy balance."

  14. 14.

    Tell me about your most significant work experience that relates to this position.

      This question is an excellent example as to why it is crucial for you to review the job description, in detail, before your interview. Have you ever held a similar position to this one? Can you draw any similarities between this role and another job that you have had?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my most recent position I had many related responsibilities such as client relationships, customer service, and cold calling. The job descriptions are very similar; however, your role is a slight step up in responsibilities which would provide the growth that I am looking for."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am performing a role very similar to this one at my current employer. However, this role would be a step up for me. After years of working in this field, I am ready for the challenge of leading a team."

  15. 15.

    What is the most competitive work situation you have experienced? How did you handle it? What was the result?

      Think back to the times when you were racing others to achieve the best sales, working towards a promotion, eagerly trying to win a new contract or other situations that pushed you to rise above your peers.

      Be sure to tell the interviewer that you rose to the challenge and were excited to see what you could achieve! Tell the interviewer about how you kept yourself calm while pushing yourself to be the best. It is a definite plus if you have cheered on your competitors and helped them along the way. Finally, be sure to mention your successful outcome.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My last position was a sales position, and highly commissioned. We had a great work environment where we helped each other and built each other up. The result was a positive work environment, and I enjoyed coming to work each day."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my previous position, I worked with some very competitive individuals who were bordering the point of aggression. I can be as competitive as the next person; however, this was next level. I made the best of the situation by keeping my head in the game, remaining focused, and tuning out the unpleasantness of their competitive grind. In the end, I exceeded my targets at 105% to goal. I was happy with my results and the fact that I kept my integrity in place, at the same time."

  16. 16.

    Are you currently interviewing with any of our competitors? Why do you want to work for Alvarez & Marsal over any of our competitors?

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  17. 17.

    In this role with Alvarez & Marsal you will be required to make regular presentations to our clients. How comfortable are you with public speaking, and creating PowerPoint presentations?

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  18. 18.

    We have a healthy yet competitive culture at Alvarez & Marsal. How do you track your personal successes and metrics? How often do you look at your KPI's?

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  19. 19.

    At Alvarez & Marsal we do everything to ensure that our clients are satisfied. What is your client service philosophy?

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  20. 20.

    When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?

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  21. 21.

    Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.

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  22. 22.

    What type of manager brings out the best in you?

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  23. 23.

    How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?

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  24. 24.

    How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?

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  25. 25.

    Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?

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  26. 26.

    Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.

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  27. 27.

    Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

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  28. 28.

    Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

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  29. 29.

    When do you feel your leadership skills are most effective?

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  30. 30.

    How do you evaluate success among your team members?

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  31. 31.

    What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?

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  32. 32.

    How would you prefer to be compensated?

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  33. 33.

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

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