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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated September 4th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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How familiar are you with the types of products and services we offer at Avalon Technology Inc.?

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1.

How familiar are you with the types of products and services we offer at Avalon Technology Inc.?

It is critical that you research Avalon Technology before your interview. Take note of their most popular products and any new products or services that may have been released recently.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I've enjoyed getting to know Avalon Technology in preparation for this interview. I know that the company seeks to eliminate IT complexity for customers while gaining greater efficiencies in performance and cost. That ultimately, your work exists to make life better for the end user. I know that you're a one-stop shop when it comes to data, and that you also offer cloud and consulting services. I believe you can be a trusted adviser to customers for all their IT and data needs and that I can help you achieve that status."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I am very excited about the products and services Avalon Technology offers. You've established yourselves as a key provider for industries that run the gamut from health care to education and financial services - all complicated and highly regulated industries that face unique needs. You have a comprehensive suite of products and services that are rounded out by your team's ability to consult on helping a customer find a specific, tailored solution for their unique needs. That's all exemplified by the fact that you can boast an experienced staff and hundreds of successful deployments."

2.

At Avalon Technology, we value calculated risk. When have you taken an unusual risk in the workplace? What was the outcome?

The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of taking calculated risks in the workplace and that you understand the difference between a calculated risk and a risky choice.

Think of a work-related risk, like trying out a new idea to solve a problem. You may even take on a new responsibility that you're not trained in, which is a little bit of a risk. Give an example that shows you are thoughtful and strategic when taking risks.

Rachelle's Answer #1

" I love this piece of the Avalon Technology culture - I love that you're seeking to develop client business solutions that return value through simplicity and technological superiority, and I can definitely get on board with calculated risk in pursuit of that kind of goal. For example, last month I took an unusual risk by accepting an outside sales call when I am an inside sales employee. An existing client asked me to meet him because he had some additional business he was thinking of awarding our company, but he wanted to make sure we had a strong rapport before he handed the business over. I met him in person, and we got along so well that he gave me an additional $1M in annual business. I knew it was a risk because my traditional area of expertise is inside sales accounts, but I knew the reward was greater than the potential risk, so I took it."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I certainly took a risk by leaving my strategic account management position to take an entry sales position in another organization. My family thought I was nuts. But, while it was risky, I wanted to get into sales and I wanted to experience a startup environment. It worked out great, as I got basic sales experience, and then have been steadily promoted since. My career has moved in an upward trajectory so much faster since I took that leap of faith. I believe this makes me a good fit for the Avalon Technology culture and its emphasis on taking risks in order to grow."

3.

We put great effort into being the best in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. In your opinion, what can Avalon Technology Inc. do to remain competitive?

Be sure to keep your reply upbeat, non-critical, and finish with a positive remark. The interviewer is looking for some light insight from you - this is a great chance to show what you've learned through your research of the company.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I think you're exactly right; the telecommunications industry changes at almost the speed of light! One thing that Avalon has done really well, though, is to hire for depth rather than breadth of expertise when it comes to its engineering positions. That allows you to draw on the knowledge and experience of true experts across a variety of functions in order to innovate, forecast what's coming and set the company up for success. Combine that with a passionate and purpose-driven leadership culture, and I believe Avalon is positioned for continued accomplishment within the telecommunications field."

Michelle's Answer #2

"This is an important question - while Avalon Technology enjoys tremendous success and recognition in the telecommunications industry, it's important to keep striving for improvement and to better meet customer needs. One of the most important things Avalon can do along these lines is to keep engaging its customers - survey them, talk to them, engage them in brand ambassadorship so that those who are close to and love your brand can have a direct line to let you know what they need next. The customer-centered approach Avalon Technology is centered on can provide tremendous opportunity for this type of engagement."

4.

At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?

Are you accustomed to working in an environment where clear communication with others is critical? Talk to the interviewer about your most recent work and how communication played a part.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my previous role, healthy communication was required to protect the safety of our employees. We transported dangerous goods, and our management required that we all take specific workshops on team communication and appropriate documentation. The company was committed to upholding the body of research that shows that teams who communicate better also perform better. Because of this, I feel confident in my prior training and am sure that my communication skills are solid."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I currently do not enjoy a healthy level of team communication in my workplace - communication skills are neither required nor modeled by our management team. This is part of the reason I am seeking new employment. I highly value clear communication and believe I do my best work within teams who are highly communicative and collaborative. How do you encourage strong communication among employees here at Avalon Technology?"

5.

At Avalon Technology we receive many applications on a daily basis. Why should we hire you?

When answering this question, you always want to refer to what you can do for Avalon Technology. This question is not about you and your needs/desires. What unique skills do you bring to the organization that other applicants may not - be as specific as you can.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I understand that you receive many applications every day, and I'm thankful for this interview. I believe I am a stand-out candidate because I have an affinity for technology and an impressive customer service record. I believe I am a problem solver and creative thinker, which allows me to excel both at appreciating real world challenges and crafting innovative solutions for them. In addition, because I am well versed in the communications service industry, the time required to train me will be minimal. I am dedicated, come with strong references, and can start immediately."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I am a stand-out candidate because I offer an attitude that fits well with the customer-focused attitude at Avalon Technology. I fit your culture well and am exactly the kind of employee you describe - instead of going a mile wide within my specialty, I've gone a mile deep, ensuring an expertly designed and deployed solution for every customer. In addition, I have the personal desire, drive and determination to be successful."

6.

Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. Show the interviewer that you are a motivated individual by telling the interviewer about a specific time that you took the lead. Include details of your project timeline, which you led, or what you had to teach yourself for the project to be successful. Be sure to also emphasize the outcome.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I'm drawn to this piece of the Avalon Technology culture: its focus on entrepreneurship and innovation for customers' benefit, and believe I can exemplify these qualities. I love that the company leader is looking for passionate and purpose-driven people that share his entrepreneurial style, and I believe I can do that. For example, my current team recently had a major inventory count requested of us by the corporate head office. At the time, our manager was away on vacation. No one quite knew where to start or who should take the lead. I took the initiative to lead my co-workers through the inventory project. I taught myself the tracking software in a short amount of time and created a schedule so that everyone knew what was expected of them, and we completed the project three days ahead of schedule! It was a great success."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Avalon Technology's focus on client dedication, authenticity and continuous product and service innovation is one of the most attractive aspects of this position. I often display initiative in my current position; for example, my current organization recently switched over its entire leadership team at the same time we were updating our team's compensation plan, so it was a lot of organizational change for the team to process. I took the initiative to manage the culture during this time by reaching out to all associates individually to gain their feedback on what compensation they would like to see in our change. I explained some possible options and gained their feedback on the new leadership team. This, on top of my day-to-day responsibilities, demanded strong time management skills, organization and initiative. However, I was able to guide our associates through a seamless compensation transition while gaining strong feedback on leadership changes."

7.

At Avalon Technology Inc., we give everyone the opportunity to be a mentor. Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?

Interviewers want to hear that you have experience teaching or mentoring other employees one-on-one. You may have taught a new hire all of your department's standard processes. Perhaps you taught a long-standing employee how to use Excel. You may have mentored an employee who was struggling to hit monthly goals. All of these scenarios are great examples to draw on.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe I have always grown from the opportunity to teach or mentor my colleagues. For example, last month our company introduced a new module in our SAP system, and I could see that one of our team members was having some trouble with the new module. I was familiar with it already, so I offered to help him. We spent his lunch hour for the next three days working on it. He eventually perfected his interaction with the module, and he's now teaching others. One of the things I've loved learning about Avalon Technology during my research is how the organization specifically calls authenticity and collaboration as part of its team standards - I believe I will fit this well."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Absolutely. In each of my two previous roles, I have been tasked with leading a small team. I have worked on everything from appointment-setting and overcoming objections to price negotiations with those respective teams. What's more, I always look for an opportunity to connect with new team members. I try to always invite them out for coffee so they not only have a friendly face in the office, but also know that I can be a resource for them. I was promoted from their role, so I am always happy to share how I did it on such a fast timeline and what I've found effective that can help them be a change-maker in the company, too."

8.

At Avalon Technology, we take having the right team members very seriously. Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?

Terminating an employee is never a task that people like to do. Talk to the interviewer about how you go about employee terminations. What does that conversation usually look like?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have had to terminate employees in the past, yes. These terminations generally stemmed from missed targets or insubordination, all of which were carefully documented and discussed at length with both our Human Resources team and the employees in question. I find it challenging to terminate employees because I do care about them and their well being. I have to remind myself that I did absolutely everything I could to ensure their success, but I cannot carry the full weight."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Unfortunately this is a part of wearing your management hat. I recently had to separate employment with someone who was under-performing. We coached the employee in question, offered additional learning experiences and worked with them on a performance improvement plan. It was the right person in the wrong role, and we had to decide to move forward. While these decisions are difficult, in my experience, separation ends up being best not only for the company, but also for the employee involved."

9.

If Avalon Technology hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate and hired at Avalon Technology.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My first priority would be soaking up as much information about culture, process and KPIs as possible. I'd embark on a 'listening tour' in order to engage in deep conversation with my team and with my colleagues to discover the greatest current needs and how to prioritize them based on company goals for the quarter. Overall, I would strive to meet or exceed all KPIs for the business quarter as efficiently as possible, keeping in mind the primary goal of eliminating IT complexity for customers while gaining greater efficiencies in performance and cost."

Michelle's Answer #2

"If hired today, I would start with analyzing all quantifiable data from the last month, quarter and year to identify any challenges and set a plan to address them. I'd also look for team and company strengths in order to capitalize on or expand them in order to increase the company's bottom line. Overall, I'd be looking for patterns that help me make an immediate contribution to the team and the organization."

10.

The telecommunications market is crowded and competitive - tell me about what stands out to you about Avalon Technology Inc. as a potential employer.

This is your chance to showcase the research you've done and what you know about Avalon Technology Inc., along with connecting that knowledge to your own goals and passions so that you become memorable to the interviewer. Try to take your knowledge of the company and add a personal connection.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I've researched Avalon Technology, and I'm very attracted to what I see. The company is a true innovator within the technology industry and has made a name for itself by following the simple premise on which it was founded: that IT professionals who have worked on both the data center and consulting side are better equipped to understand different IT environments and the optimal product configurations that work best in each. This approach, combined with Avalon's refreshing, customer-centric approach, makes Avalon a very exciting potential employer for me."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Everything Avalon Technology stands for speaks directly to my own personal mission and values. This company was built on the idea of assembling a team of experts with deep, rather than broad, expertise within their respective areas. This team can now use that tremendous knowledge, expertise and experience to problem-solve and provide unparalleled service to customers that returns value through simplicity and technological superiority. From a business standpoint, I love that Avalon is committed to the client's success as the company's one and only true benchmark, and I would be very excited to become part of this culture."

11.

What are your career aspirations beyond this job at Avalon Technology Inc.?

Everyone has some dream or aspirations on where his/her career could go. Openly share with the interviewer where you'd like to see your job with Avalon Technology Inc. take you. Be sure to include how you feel Avalon Technology Inc. would fit in with those specific aspirations.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have some pretty lofty career goals, and I also want to make a positive difference in the world. After researching Avalon Technology and learning more about this position, I feel that this role fits with my future aspirations and allows me to do both. I would love to see myself promoted based on my hard work and results, eventually managing a team of my own. I believe there are many opportunities for advancement and professional development as Avalon Technology continues to grow and innovate."

Michelle's Answer #2

"This particular position is a goal that I have set my sights on for quite some time. I believe it is the next step in a long and fulfilling career in the telecommunications industry. The industry leadership that Avalon Technology offers, combined with its higher purpose and its emphasis on continued education, is immense for me, and I feel confident I will gain skills in this role that will make me successful and professionally fulfilled. I'm most excited about Avalon's Innovation Center and would love to be part of the teams that use this space to develop and test tomorrow's technology innovations."

12.

Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.

Public speaking can be intimidating, so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations should it be required in your role with Avalon Technology.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Considering the importance Avalon Technology places on its refreshing, customer-friendly approach to projects of all sizes, the ability to present and garner support from a variety of groups will be imperative for success. In my last two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of more than 200. I have also been part of my local Toastmasters group, which helped a great deal. Overall, I feel that I am a confident public speaker, and I would be proud to present on behalf of Avalon."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I do not have a lot of experience in presenting to large groups, but I do present regularly to groups averaging around 4 to 6 people. I am a confident speaker in that setting and am sure that I could present in front of many people - I'd be happy to take on that challenge on behalf of helping Avalon Technology solve unique IT business challenges on behalf of its clients. In alignment with Avalon's brand and culture, I would strive to be authentic, approachable and highly responsive in all presentations."

13.

Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.

Possessing the skills to improve communication in the workplace is a very valuable asset. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to enhance communication in the workplace. Be sure to tie in how your skills will benefit Avalon Technology.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I know that Avalon Technology is committed to crafting innovative solutions to clients' real-world problems, so I can see how strong communication skills are imperative. In my current position, I have one particular client who is a very brief communicator. If I ask two questions, he tends to answer only one. I learned quickly that he would not acknowledge anything for which he did not have a direct answer, so I began to ask him questions in a different way. For example, I would say 'Do you have an answer for me on question X?' and he would say yes or no. We would then go from there. This method was an effective form of communication for that particular client. I have a few approaches that will be useful when working for Avalon Technology."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Good communication is really important to me, and a skill that seems to get at the heart of Avalon Technology's mission of dedication to clients, respect for partners and continuous product and service innovation. I once had a client who often missed email updates. It caused us to cross our wires a few times. I suggested that we book a quick call every week to review any outstanding areas that need to be addressed, and I followed each call with a status report so that the conversation was documented. I believe this process would work nicely for Avalon as well."

14.

What do you know about the culture at Avalon Technology Inc.?

Company culture and fit are significant factors when considering a career move. Assure the interviewer that you have put thought, research, and consideration of how the company culture at Avalon Technology will work for you.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would first describe the culture at Avalon Technology as entrepreneurial, purpose-driven and passionate, which is very attractive to me. From my research, I've seen that Avalon is looking for team members who are creative thinkers and problem solvers, which indicates that the culture is focused on innovation and is solutions-oriented. I'm most excited about the Avalon Innovation Center, which allows an environment not only to test current client solutions, but also to experiment with tomorrow's next big idea."

Michelle's Answer #2

"While researching Avalon Technology, I was delighted to learn that the company shares so many of my own values - especially the belief that technology can be used to make the world a better and more connected place. I love the breadth of industries that Avalon serves, and I believe that the culture is one that encourages entrepreneurship, creative thinking and problem-solving on behalf of the customer. Overall, I believe the culture at Avalon stands for dedication to clients, respect for partners and continuous product and service innovation."

15.

How can Avalon Technology motivate you, as a leader?

Your motivation may be that the idea of success and achievement drives you. Perhaps you are working towards career advancement. Take some time to think about what truly motivates you.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe that the Avalon Technology purpose and culture are organically motivating. When you know that the work you do is ultimately designed to make life better for your customer, that seems like a very powerful motivator. I believe that I am also highly intrinsically motivated. However, I am often encouraged by verbal recognition of my impact, along with compensation-based rewards. Being a leader comes naturally to me, so I don't find it an onerous task. My competitive side keeps me motivated as well."

Michelle's Answer #2

"In a competitive industry, I want to work for the best and with the best. I am motivated by a company that sets high performance standards, and by colleagues who work hard to meet them. Specifically related to Avalon Technology, I believe I would be motivated by the emphasis on its team members being authentic, approachable and highly responsive. I believe this focus has created the vibrant, innovative culture at Avalon that would help me thrive - I love being challenged by my peers to deliver my very best work on behalf of our customers."

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  1. How familiar are you with the types of products and services we offer at Avalon Technology Inc.?
  2. At Avalon Technology, we value calculated risk. When have you taken an unusual risk in the workplace? What was the outcome?
  3. We put great effort into being the best in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. In your opinion, what can Avalon Technology Inc. do to remain competitive?
  4. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
  5. At Avalon Technology we receive many applications on a daily basis. Why should we hire you?
  6. Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  7. At Avalon Technology Inc., we give everyone the opportunity to be a mentor. Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?
  8. At Avalon Technology, we take having the right team members very seriously. Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
  9. If Avalon Technology hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  10. The telecommunications market is crowded and competitive - tell me about what stands out to you about Avalon Technology Inc. as a potential employer.
  11. What are your career aspirations beyond this job at Avalon Technology Inc.?
  12. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  13. Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
  14. What do you know about the culture at Avalon Technology Inc.?
  15. How can Avalon Technology motivate you, as a leader?
  16. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  17. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue? At Avalon Technology, we view our employees holistically and understand it's important for them to be passionate about things outside of work.
  18. We value industrious employees who can solve problems and get up-to-speed quickly at Avalon Technology. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
  19. At Avalon Technology, we want our team members to be engaged and invested in our success. What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
  20. Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
  21. Would you say you are a better oral or written communicator?
  22. How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
  23. How would you describe your written communication skills?
  24. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  25. When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
  26. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
  27. Tell me about a time when your communication skills greatly benefited your team.
  28. We value communication at Avalon Technology Inc. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  29. Work volumes can become very high at Avalon Technology Inc. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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