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33 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Published September 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?

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1.

How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?

Even the most well-meaning coworkers can distract you from getting things done at work from time to time. The funny and entertaining coworkers who like to chat online and send YouTube videos are often the ones who can get in the way of your productivity if you let them. How do you respond? Show off your ability to set professional boundaries, when needed.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I typically just set a kind, but clear, boundary and tell my coworker that I need to focus at the moment. I will offer an alternate time for a catch-up, over lunch for example. It is important for the sake of workplace culture to set aside time to be social with coworkers, so I usually just let them know when I'll be available for a quick break in the day."

Michelle's Answer #2

"If I have a distracting co-worker, I will highlight the distraction right away while remaining kind. I feel it's always best to nip issues in the bud before they get out of control. Overall, I'm very good at setting personal and professional boundaries, so this has never been much of an issue for me. I've found that if I'm clear that my time is currently allocated to another task, people respect that and are happy to catch up and be social at another specified time."

2.

Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?

When you are thinking about examples of criticism, it's best to show that you want to grow as an employee and that you can handle constructive criticism because it helps you learn and improve the quality of your work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Not long after beginning my current role, I was charged with creating a presentation for an important event. After my manager reviewed my work, he felt that some of the slides required additional copy, and he had different design concepts in mind. He had a background in graphic design, and since I do not, I listened to his ideas and incorporated them. I also appreciated the fact that he was clear and specific in the revisions he expected. In the end, I felt the presentation was much improved, since then I have tried to include those same design concepts."

Michelle's Answer #2

"My current manager often double checks to ensure that I am following protocol at all times. I understand that she values thoroughness and I welcome this kind of review because I am very detail-oriented myself. I believe that our customers deserve that level of attention and care, and I feel fortunate and accomplished that she rarely has recommendations for how to improve my work."

3.

Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Beiersdorf?

Talk to the interviewer about your reasons for wanting to work for Beiersdorf specifically. With all of the competitors out there - why them? Be as specific as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would like to join Beiersdorf, Inc. because you are clear about what you want to achieve and who you want the company to be for the future. I admire that. I love that your vision is to be the number one in skin care in your relevant markets and categories. That's a clear goal that I can contribute to and get behind. I'm very drawn, overall, to your Blue Agenda, because it gives your team members a clear path in order for them to be successful individually, and to contribute collectively to the organization's success."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Beiersdorf, Inc. has been on my radar for some time now. I appreciate the company's values of care, simplicity, courage and trust, and I love that they provide an orientation for employees' daily behavior and serve as a benchmark they can measure themselves against. Having a clear direction, clear goals, and clear expectations about the type of team members you'd like to attract makes Beiersdorf the kind of environment in which I can thrive."

4.

We believe in strong work/life balance at Beiersdorf. How often do you take work home with you?

The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home. If you do take work home with you, make sure to express that it is due to overachieving and not procrastination or poor time management.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Only occasionally. I make every effort to utilize my work hours efficiently so that the only time I take work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline or some type of emergency. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. Now, that's on the execution side, but on the ideation side, I can tell you that I'm constantly thinking about new ways to do things, new innovations to try or new approaches to problem, so that 'script,' if you will, is constantly running in my brain!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I try very hard not to take my work home with me. For me, it's very important to compartmentalize work and life and keep them separate so that I can give each of them my full focus in the moment. That means I have to be very disciplined throughout the workday, stay focused, and use effective time-management techniques to help me maximize my performance. This way, I'm meeting or exceeding goals, while still enjoying time with my family to disconnect from work and just 'be.'"

5.

Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your experience with confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Absolutely not. Confidentiality agreements allow for complete trust between an organization and its clients - and an organization and its employees. I have never broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer or client in any way."

Michelle's Answer #2

"No. Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization, its clients or customers and its employees. I fully understand these aspects of confidentiality and take them very seriously. I have never broken that trust."

6.

Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be for my level of education, experience and ambition."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I love this question, and I can't imagine that there are very many people who can say that their career has progressed exactly as expected. And if they can say that, it tells me they haven't taken very many risks or disrupted the status quo. Because of my entrepreneurial approach in general, I'm open to new opportunities and willing to take risks in order, ultimately, to enjoy greater success. When you approach your career in that fashion, you never know where it will take you - except on to greater challenges and success."

7.

Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?

The interviewer would like to know if you are specifically targeting positions within the same industry. Talk to the hiring manager about your desire for a role specifically in their industry. Be sure to reiterate your keen interest in the role with Beiersdorf, Inc..

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have applied to a variety of roles within the consumer products industry and am currently interviewing with one other company. My primary interest, though, is with Beiersdorf, Inc. because your products align perfectly with my product expertise, and I believe your overall philosophy on everything from corporate expansion to sustainability meshes well with my personal values."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I am active in my search and previously have interviewed with two of your local competitors. With one, I have advanced to a second interview. With the other, I participated in a telephone interview just yesterday. With that said, I am most interested in this role with Beiersdorf, Inc. - this position is the best fit for my education and experience, and your corporate values of authenticity, accountability, innovation and caring describe the kind of environment in which I believe I'd be most successful."

8.

Beiersdorf likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related 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!

Rachelle'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 could 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."

Michelle's Answer #2

"My greatest career accomplishment was having been promoted the fastest in the entire organization's history and sweetening the deal by closing a deal less than 48 hours later. I was not only proud of myself but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was a really special moment. I took a pay cut to move into the role, so to exceed expectations, be promoted, and be financially ahead of where I was previously was exhilarating. "

9.

Change is par for the course with Beiersdorf. When have you had to adapt to change?

Being able to adapt to change in the workplace is a crucial skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. How did you handle the change? Was it a positive reaction?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my current role, our sales goals can change frequently based on marketplace behavior or trends, and sometimes this happens at the last minute. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes, and to respond with creativity. This really speaks to the heart of what it means to be successful in the consumer marketplace. I believe in making sound plans, but also being prepared to abandon those plans based on last-minute changes in circumstances."

Michelle's Answer #2

"In my previous role at a high-growth tech startup, the sales organization was restructured a number of times, from a new boss to new teams and territories. Some of the accounts I had been nurturing but had not yet converted were now handed off to another sales rep who received the fruits of my labor. Of course, this can be very frustrating; however, by sitting down with management to understand the "why" of the change, I was able to see the bigger objective and ultimately increase my sales performance."

10.

Beiersdorf wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

Every hiring manager wants to know how to keep you best motivated and excited about the job. Talk to the interviewer about what excites you and keeps you happy at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have a healthy competitive edge, even if its a personal competition. For me, I am excited and motivated by winning, whether that be winning over a new client, exceeding my KPIs or being recognized for a job well done. I am also motivated and energized by a strong team that supports and challenges one another."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I get excited when new challenges are presented in the workplace. This could include a new program, a new customer initiative, a sales contest, or even the training of a new employee. A fresh problem to solve or a fresh obstacle to conquer is highly motivating and exciting for me."

11.

When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?

The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with their existing team at Beiersdorf, Inc.

Perhaps your computer crashes and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Remaining calm when a problem arises is key. When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to take a step back and absorb what just happened. I then go into 'brainstorm' mode, jotting down potential ways to resolve the issue. From there, I can generally use a pros and cons list to determine the best course of action for a fast and amicable resolution."

Michelle's Answer #2

"The important thing is to remain calm and carefully discuss scenarios with the team in order to brainstorm possible solutions. I believe that team members must trust one another and support decisions once made; that will be key when deciding which path forward during a crisis."

12.

After researching Beiersdorf and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?

Display to the interviewer that you are engaged in the interview process by showing off the research you have conducted on Beiersdorf, Inc. before your interview. What types of qualities do they consistently mention on their website? In their job postings, do they refer to their company culture?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have really enjoyed getting to know the Beiersdorf culture in preparation for this interview. I love that you have a clearly articulated Blue Strategy that guides the company's decisions and development. I believe you're looking for candidates who exemplify all four of the Beiersdorf core values - care, courage, simplicity and trust. "

Michelle's Answer #2

"I love that Beiersdorf has such a clearly defined and communicated strategy and culture - that makes it so much easier to determine whether candidates are a good fit and will be successful. I believe your core values will drive your hiring decisions; if a candidate can show that he or she can live out the core values of care, courage, simplicity and trust, then he or she is likely to be successful within the Beiersdorf culture."

13.

Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be for my level of education, experience and ambition."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I love this question, and I can't imagine that there are very many people who can say that their career has progressed exactly as expected. And if they can say that, it tells me they haven't taken very many risks or disrupted the status quo. Because of my entrepreneurial approach in general, I'm open to new opportunities and willing to take risks in order, ultimately, to enjoy greater success. When you approach your career in that fashion, you never know where it will take you - except on to greater challenges and success."

14.

As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?

Everyone has his/her weaknesses, and that is OK. Talk to the hiring manager about what you feel you could work on the most, and what you are doing about it. Avoid discussing a weakness that could be detrimental to you securing the position.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"As a manager, I feel that my greatest weakness is in separating employees as quickly as possible when they begin to show signs that they are not going to work out. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and have been known to continue trying to nurture people when they really are overdue for termination. I have taken a couple of management training classes focusing on this area, and I'm also working with an industry mentor; I feel I'm improving in being able to objectively approach separating employees who aren't a good fit."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Some feedback that I have received in my current role is that I could improve my technical skills when it comes to Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. I have all the basics covered, but when it comes to more complicated formulas or visualization of data, I don't have much experience. To remedy this, I have enrolled in a course for next month, and my goal is to come out of that experience as a more intermediate user."

15.

Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Both tenure and performance are important, but I do lean toward performance incentives. I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on the documented value they bring to the organization. This approach is a strong motivator - a new employee would be greatly encouraged by being rewarded for performance, and this approach also facilitates a healthy competition with more tenured employees."

Michelle's Answer #2

"This is a classic question, isn't it? Experience and company knowledge are so important and are certainly of value to an organization, while performance is the documented articulation of an employee's value to the company. I believe the best compensation programs figure out a way to honor both, with the emphasis on performance. Doing so encourages good employees to stay, since they know they're valued for their tenure and experience - but it discourages people from getting so comfortable in a long-time role that they don't strive for their highest performance."

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  1. How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
  2. Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
  3. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Beiersdorf?
  4. We believe in strong work/life balance at Beiersdorf. How often do you take work home with you?
  5. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  6. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  7. Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
  8. Beiersdorf likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  9. Change is par for the course with Beiersdorf. When have you had to adapt to change?
  10. Beiersdorf wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  11. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
  12. After researching Beiersdorf and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?
  13. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  14. As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
  15. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  16. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
  17. Beiersdorf puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  18. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  19. How did you bring value to your last position?
  20. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  21. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  22. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
  23. What part of your career brings you the most stress?
  24. Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
  25. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  26. If Beiersdorf hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  27. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
  28. Sales performance is of utmost importance to Beiersdorf, Inc. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  29. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
  30. At Beiersdorf, we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  31. At Beiersdorf, we greatly value teamwork. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
  32. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  33. At Beiersdorf we seek to hire those who want a long-term fit. What is your long-range career objective?
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