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Our industry is a competitive one. In your opinion, what makes Epic Research Company stand out from our competitors?

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  1. 1.

    Our industry is a competitive one. In your opinion, what makes Epic Research Company stand out from our competitors?

      It is vital that you thoroughly research Epic Research Company, Inc. before your interview, as well as their competitors. Be prepared to talk about their competitive landscape and why Epic Research Company, Inc. comes out on top. You can keep your answer brief but be as specific as you can. Show off the research you've done!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I fully understand that this is a competitive industry. You get one chance to impress your customers, so first impressions are everything. When I looked online at the industry reviews, Epic Research Company, Inc. seemed to have many more positive reviews than any competitor. You say on your website that your customer service values are the most important focus and that truly does stand out."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "After researching Epic Research Company, Inc. I think that the verbiage you use on your website and your social media content has the most positive and customer-centered message. That was a real stand out to me."

  2. 2.

    At Epic Research Company we are always looking for new ways of improving services. Do you have any suggestions for us?

      The interviewer is indeed not asking you to reinvent their wheel. The worst thing you could do here is speak negatively about Epic Research Company, Inc. without any constructive feedback. If you do have a suggestion, keep it light and be sure to close your answer on a complimentary, and positive note.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I think that you are doing an impressive job at Epic Research Company, Inc. and I look forward to coming to work with you. If I could make any suggestion, I would recommend more updates on the company blog. People are interested in what Epic Research Company, Inc. has to say!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I appreciate all of the hard work that Epic Research Company, Inc. puts into the services and other creative solutions. My primary suggestion would be to include more digital downloads and worksheets related to your products on your company website. Customers greatly value free resources."

  3. 3.

    At Epic Research Company we seek to hire problem solvers. When were you able to resolve a workplace related problem?

      Problem-solving and dispute resolution are critical skills to possess. Display to the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving within the workplace and that you will do so with Epic Research Company, Inc..

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my most recent position we had a consistent problem with employees showing up late for their shifts or calling in sick at the very last moment. Rather than the typical documenting and reprimanding style that management usually takes, I decided to track the results of an accountability reward system. For 180 days, my employees were rewarded for coming to work 10 minutes early. Also, for every month with zero sick days, a bonus was added. In the end, we awarded those with perfect attendance a $600 bonus. The bonus' cost us less money, in the end than the cost of lowered productivity due to absent employees. The program was a success, and upper management chose to keep it implemented for another six months. We will re-assess in December, but it seems to be working very well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I often solve small problems in the workplace related to merchandising. I am often researching new merchandising techniques to push out some of the older merchandise, to make room for the new."

  4. 4.

    We prefer that employees at Epic Research Company have some form of post-secondary education. Walk me through your education and how you feel it has prepared you for this role.

      You likely have your post-secondary education listed on your resume; however, the interviewer would like further details on your accomplishments, or experience in general.

      Perhaps you graduated top of your class! Did you receive any special accolades or recognition during your time in post-secondary studies? You can also discuss a course that you found intriguing.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a Degree in Computer Engineering from DeVry University. I felt very prepared after earning my degree because the classes were incredibly hands on. I was able to learn a great deal about business management as well. These are all skills I feel would help me greatly in this position with Epic Research Company, Inc.. Even though I worked part-time through my studies at DeVry, I was still able to earn excellent marks and graduate top of my class. I would bring the same level of engagement and enthusiasm to this role."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I understand that Epic Research Company, Inc. prefers hiring those with formal post-secondary education. Although I have not completed my degree, my seven years of related experience has given me a great deal of knowledge. I am prepared for this role because my current employer has allowed me to take many courses and workshops related to our industry. This year I have taken additional training in A, B, and C."

  5. 5.

    Clear and simple communication is a must-have in our industry. Tell me about your communication skills.

      When you are working with more complex products and services, it is imperative that you simplify your communication. Talk to the interviewer about your communication style and how it will benefit the goals of Epic Research Company, Inc..

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that Epic Research Company, Inc. has built a culture of openness where your teams can bounce ideas off of each other. My communication style fits well with this. I put a lot of effort into keeping my communication style simple, engaging, and to the point. I enjoy collaborating with my team and participating in positive brainstorming sessions."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some communication-related keywords that you can use when discussing your communication skills:

      - Adaptable
      - Balanced
      - Clear
      - Decisive
      - Energetic
      - Fresh
      - Helpful
      - Logical
      - Mature
      - Open
      - Powerful
      - Relaxed
      - Sincere
      - Tasteful
      - Upbeat"

  6. 6.

    Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

      The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate for Epic Research Company, Inc.!

      Focus on special non-work related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when its possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I recently completed a computer programming course that I have not had a chance to add to my resume yet. I enjoy continued education and will take multiple courses throughout the year."

  7. 7.

    Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

      The interviewer wants to know more about your strengths when it comes to communication in the workplace. Discuss your preference with the interviewer, and support your answer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Being a millennial, I have grown up always preferring written communication via email, or text message. With that said, I am a strong verbal communicator as well."

  8. 8.

    If you are hired at Epic Research Company you may become privy to trade secrets and confidential information. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement?

      The interviewer would like to know that you are willing to comply with their non-disclosure requirements before you start working for Epic Research Company, Inc..

      Your willingness to sign a non-disclosure agreement will tell the interviewer that you are not looking for a short-term employment situation where you can be frivolous with the knowledge that you gain. If you are not comfortable agreeing to sign a non-disclosure immediately, simply state your openness to reviewing the agreement.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Yes, I am willing to take a look at your non-disclosure agreement. Most agreements are very reasonable and since I plan to work for Epic Research Company, Inc. long-term - this is not a concern for me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I agree that non-disclosures are important in most industries and I am willing to sign one should I be hired at Epic Research Company, Inc."

  9. 9.

    Epic Research Company is looking for reliable people. How many days were you absent from work last year?

      A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the nose. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am very committed to my employer and am only absent in events of sickness or the odd family emergency. I do my best always to be available and present when expected."

  10. 10.

    At Epic Research Company we seek to hire those with a strong understanding of the computer, IT, and electronics industry. Walk me through your background and highlight your most relevant experience.

      The interviewer can see that you have previous positions which qualify you for this job with Epic Research Company, Inc.; however, they want for you to go into further detail on the roles which you feel are the most relevant to the position at hand. This question also helps the interviewer to see that you understand the job description and requirements of the role. If you do not understand the position requirements fully, a question like this will make that transparent to the interviewer. Be sure you know your stuff! Use the keywords provided in the job posting/job description to keep the attention of the interviewer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From my understanding of this position, you are looking for a professional who is skilled in X, Y, and Z. I bring about seven years of experience in each of those skills - primarily from my jobs with Company A and Company B. In total; I have over ten years of industry experience which means a full understanding of your organizations' primary focus."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I feel that my current position is the most relevant to this particular role with Epic Research Company, Inc. because we use the same software, and the business model is very similar. My current position aside, I have approximately ten years of related experience in skills A, B, and C - which you mentioned as required skills for this position."

  11. 11.

    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.

      Rachelle'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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although my current salary is $45K/year, I am seeking $52K in my next position. Because I work for a very small organization, they are not able to offer me a competitive compensation compared to the industry marketplace."

  12. 12.

    At Epic Research Company we like to develop Subject Matter Experts (SME's) in multiple fields. If you could sum up your knowledge to one area of expertise, what would it be?

      Everyone has their strengths and areas of expertise. The interviewer wants to know what your is. Talking about your strong suits is not bragging, but it can still be tough to pump your tires. Think about times in the recent past where your manager or co-workers have come to you for answers. Do you seem to have the answers when it comes to a particular subject? Perhaps you just completed additional education or certification in a specific area. Discuss an area where you think you bring above average industry knowledge.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have spent a few years sharpening my knowledge and expertise in X. In my current position, my coworkers will often come to me with questions relating to this subject. I am always happy to help, and if I do not know the answer, I will research until I have found one."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If I could sum up my knowledge in one area of expertise, I would say that I am a subject matter expert in heavy duty electronics and equipment. I am very passionate about the subject. With that said, I do enjoy continued education in a range of subjects."

  13. 13.

    If we hire you at Epic Research Company, how can we motivate you on the job?

      Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am very much self-driven and self-motivated. As long as I am being treated with respect and feel appreciated, Epic Research Company, Inc. will get the best work from me."

  14. 14.

    Workplace culture is important to us at Epic Research Company. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

      Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to know the type of environment that is offered by Epic Research Company, Inc., before the interview.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can be productive in most work environments, so long as the mentality is positive and teamwork is encouraged. I cannot work in an environment that feels negative or toxic."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Rather than focusing on the negative, try spinning your answer into a positive focus: "I do best in a supportive environment where there is room to grow, the ability to ask questions, and healthy co-worker relationships."

  15. 15.

    We have multiple avenues for career growth. Where would you like to see your career with Epic Research Company take you?

      Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming process for Epic Research Company, Inc.. Since there are likely many career opportunities available to you at Epic Research Company, Inc., be prepared to discuss how you would like to see your career grow. This shows the interviewer that you are engaged in this process and interested in becoming a long-term fixture in their organization.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was browsing your online job board to see what types of growth opportunities were available with Epic Research Company, Inc.. One role that stood out to me was the IT Department Manager position. It seemed that this could be a very natural step in my career once I have grown with you for a couple of years. I'd like to learn more about what I can do to prepare myself for a role like that."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, I have had my sights set on the senior leadership position in my department. If I were to join Epic Research Company, Inc., my goal would be the same. I plan to take a few leadership workshops in the coming months to help get me there."

  16. 16.

    As you know, we have a very high customer service standard at Epic Research Company. If you could sum up your customer service style in 3 words, which would you choose?

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  17. 17.

    Do you have any questions for me about this role, or working for Epic Research Company?

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  18. 18.

    We seek to hire ambitious and dedicated people at Epic Research Company. What is your definition of hard work?

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  19. 19.

    What do you think our biggest business challenge is at Epic Research Company, and how will you help?

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  20. 20.

    We value honesty at Epic Research Company. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

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  21. 21.

    Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.

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  22. 22.

    We have a strong team culture at Epic Research Company. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

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  23. 23.

    We value our customers at Epic Research Company. How do you respond to customer or client complaints?

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  24. 24.

    When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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  25. 25.

    Why do you want to work for Epic Research Company?

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  26. 26.

    Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?

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  27. 27.

    Working at Epic Research Company can become stressful from time to time. How do you handle stress on the job?

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  28. 28.

    Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?

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  29. 29.

    What makes you a great problem solver?

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  30. 30.

    Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?

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