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General Motors HireVue Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a HireVue interview at General Motors, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What do you consider your greatest achievement?

What You Need to Know

This question assesses your work ethic and career goals while providing insights into your personality. The assessment vendor and recruiter will also gauge your level of honesty with how you present your answers. Exaggerating or telling the interviewers what you think they want to hear will come across as disingenuous and, more often than not, can be spotted from a mile away.

Some non-verbal cues the assessment vendor will use to evaluate your honesty are gaze avoidance, the direction of your eyes, fidgeting, restless foot, and leg movements, frequent body posture changes, grooming behaviors such as playing with hair or pressing your fingers to lips, stroking your chin, covering your mouth or your eyes, and excessive fidgeting. Verbal cues they'll analyze to identify if you're exaggerating or not being completely honest include repeating a question before answering, speaking in sentence fragments, displaying a change in speech pattern, irregular speech, and rising and falling tone.

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General Motors HireVue Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

      What You Need to Know

      This question assesses your work ethic and career goals while providing insights into your personality. The assessment vendor and recruiter will also gauge your level of honesty with how you present your answers. Exaggerating or telling the interviewers what you think they want to hear will come across as disingenuous and, more often than not, can be spotted from a mile away.

      Some non-verbal cues the assessment vendor will use to evaluate your honesty are gaze avoidance, the direction of your eyes, fidgeting, restless foot, and leg movements, frequent body posture changes, grooming behaviors such as playing with hair or pressing your fingers to lips, stroking your chin, covering your mouth or your eyes, and excessive fidgeting. Verbal cues they'll analyze to identify if you're exaggerating or not being completely honest include repeating a question before answering, speaking in sentence fragments, displaying a change in speech pattern, irregular speech, and rising and falling tone.

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      How to Answer

      Remember, when your words don't match your gestures, it's your gestures that will be seen as the truth. So maintain eye contact and confident body language, be comfortable, and speak from the heart. Steady on. Effectively communicating how you weigh success in your interview could lead to being placed in a position more suited to your personality and skills. Break down what success means to you across all fronts; short-term goals, long-term goals, and the big picture.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Our company had an 'opportunity buy' for a great product. This was a one-time featured product. We aimed to push this item and boost our sales company-wide. The product was underperforming. I stepped in and identified a missed opportunity in the display and branding of this item. By reinventing the display and branding of our signage, our location sold out. Soon we requested more of the product from our other locations. At first, they were happy to unload it until they studied what we were doing and borrowed our methods. Within a week, the item was out of stock, and I gained the attention of our regional manager, who expressed gratitude for my hard work."

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  • Behavioral

    2. Tell us something about you that isn’t on your resume or cover letter.

      What You Need to Know

      This is more than a "getting to know you chat." This is an assessment to see how well-suited you are for this role. The interviewer asks this question to gain a more casual insight into your personality, interests, and motivators while looking for any conflicts your hobbies would present with your commitment to the role, work hours, or expectations. It also evaluates, in part, how balanced your time is with your work life. To prevent burnout, employees need to have stress-relievers outside of work to keep their stress levels down and productivity up while at work.

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      How to Answer

      Share hobbies and interests that advertise additional unique skills that could prove of value. Remember, after the assessment vendor screens your interview performance, it will be viewed by a recruiter. So find relatable points of common interest. The less guarded you are about your personal life, the more it shows you'll be able to foster interpersonal work relationships.

      Even though you are talking to the algorithm, you want to imagine you are speaking to a real person. Practice in front of a mirror, trying not to come across as too rehearsed, since you don't want to sound wooden or dull. Try to come across as natural. Make eye contact, exude confidence, and communicate clearly. If you can align your interests with the elements of what this opportunity offers, all the better.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I've built a few cars in my garage. The last one I built a few years ago was a T-Model Ford that I tricked out and installed a hybrid engine in. It's a great car and a fun project. It took me about six months to complete."

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  • Behavioral

    3. Tell us the first thing your previous employer would say about you.

      What You Need to Know

      This question tests how well you deal with stressful situations in real time. This question has a habit of making people nervous or out of control of their situation as if they are being placed under scrutiny or judgment or may be caught in a lie. When this question makes a candidate nervous, it raises concerns surrounding your honesty as a candidate. If the interviewee comes across as confident and provides a notable answer consistent with the rest of the interview, the interviewer may be more trusting of the candidate's claims.

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      How to Answer

      There is no need to feel nervous about this question. Answer confidently and stay on course with what you have to offer should you be chosen to move forward to the next stage of the interview. Be mindful of the nonverbal cues of nervous or stressful behavior, such as fidgeting, which could include any small movements of your hands or feet, swaying, shifting your weight, rocking or tilting back in your chair, leaning to one side or the other, straightening and freezing your posture, cradling your neck with one or both hands, crossing your arms, cracking your knuckles or biting your nails.

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      1st Answer Example

      "They'd say I am a natural-born leader. I take every new addition to our teams under my wing to help them get up to speed. I'd mentor and develop anyone who shows a drive to advance within the company. He'd say I am a successful gardener."

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  • Behavioral

    4. Tell me a little about yourself.

      What You Need to Know

      One of the biggest challenges the assessment vendor and recruiters face in an interview is getting to know the real you. This question is an icebreaker intended to get you out of interview mode, to get you to lower your defenses and open up. They'll better be able to identify the tells you might reveal in your answer throughout the rest of the interview through your tone, choice of words, and body language.

      The other aspect of this question is more sincere. It aims to assess how well your personality will fit in with their culture. Your resume and cover letter got you this far. Now the assessment vendor and recruiters want to know more about you. Your answer will clue them into your passions, hobbies, and job-centric interests.

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      How to Answer

      Hirevue uses proprietary machine learning algorithms that analyze data points found in the video interview, which allow the company's hiring authority to study those non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions, eye movements, body movements, clothing details, and voice nuances. Keep it natural. Show your personality. Wear professional clothing appropriate to the role. Maintain eye contact with the camera as if you're speaking face-to-face with a person (while avoiding looking at yourself on the screen). Make sure to speak clearly and avoid speech crutches and long pauses. Try to present yourself as a professional in every way.

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  • Behavioral

    5. When you experience a great deal of stress, how do you deal with it?

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      This question aims to gauge how well you cope with stress. More often than not, when a person recalls situations from their past, they'll revert to that situation. For example, if a person recalls getting into a volatile conflict, those emotions come to the surface, and the person will narrow their eyes, fold their arms, and furrow their brow. The assessment vendor will evaluate how you cope with stress at work by studying your tone and nonverbal cues as much as your choice of words. Consider this when you aim to convey that you keep calm under pressure.

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      How to Answer

      Share the tips and tricks you employ to manage your stress at work. Make it seem like second nature by maintaining open body language, relaxing the muscles in your face and around your eyes as you smile softly, and maintaining eye contact with the camera lens. Exhibit your leadership skills by detailing how you maintain your calm under pressure. Exemplify emotional maturity by acknowledging that we face stressful situations every day, and highlight your ability to take such situations in stride. A positive attitude can go a long way in demonstrating your ability to lead by example while fostering a positive work environment.

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  • Behavioral

    6. What will you miss most about your last job? What will you miss the least?

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      This question assesses your motivations, distractions, and the work environment that suits you best. They'll watch for any personal issues or negative preconceptions that you'll likely bring with you. They'll also compare what they have to offer regarding the positives and determine whether they can meet your expectations.

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      How to Answer

      Keep your answer focused on yourself and what you loved about your last job. When discussing what you liked least, be honest, but stay focused on the positives. Remain objective and confident, keeping your face and posture relaxed and your body language open and at ease.

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    7. Tell us about a time you received negative feedback you feel you didn't deserve.

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      This behavioral question is asked to determine how well you respond to feedback, how proactive your approach to your professional development is, and whether you proactively seek feedback or wait for others to come to you. Your verbal and non-verbal cues will clue the assessment vendor and recruiter into your receptiveness to feedback, defensive or proactive, and what you learned from that feedback if anything.

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      How to Answer

      While preparing for your recorded on-camera interview, keep in mind that your surroundings are also a reflection of you as a professional. You'll want your focus to be on you and not on your background. Make sure your space is organized, free of distractions, and work-appropriate.

      Respond thoughtfully to this question and with a respectful tone. Be humble in your answer and avoid defensive posturing, such as furrowing your brow or folding your arms. The key is to present yourself as calm and professional. Persuade the interviewers that you always strive to improve your performance and learn and grow. When sharing your example, objectify the situation and not the individual who offered the feedback.

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  • Behavioral

    8. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

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      The assessment vendors and recruiters use this question to evaluate your comfort level, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and assess your honesty. Your consistency in your tone and body language when discussing your strengths and weaknesses could reveal your level of honesty and confidence. It could also reveal your self-awareness and ability to identify your weaknesses and growth opportunities. This will speak to your skill development and experience.

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      How to Answer

      Think about self-assessments you may have done and see if any of those growth opportunities can be applied to your answer. When discussing your weakness, your goal is to turn that weakness into a strength. Remain conscious of your body language throughout the interview process. Try to use the same tone when discussing both your strengths and weaknesses, remaining consistent and no more or less enthusiastic when sharing either. Remain professional and strategic in your answers.

      Before the interview, go into a private space with a mirror, look yourself in the eye, and give yourself a pep talk. Pump yourself up with physical exercise to manifest confidence. Raise your arms, stretch your back and make yourself as big as possible. Research the body language of a confident and relaxed person in a seated position. Practice your answers in front of the mirror and record your voice. Keep an ear out for any stutters, awkward pauses, or speech crutches, such as 'like,' 'you know,' 'uh,' 'um,' etc. Smile and pretend you are talking to a person.

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  • Career

    9. Why do you want to work for General Motors?

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      The assessment vendors are testing your comfort level in how you answer this question. The aim is to determine whether you've performed your homework on the company and decided it's a good match for what you are looking for in an ideal work environment or if you are trying to land any job somewhere. The recruiter is primarily interested in finding candidates who would complement their brand, team, environment, values, and mission. They're testing to see if your personality fits the role.

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      How to Answer

      If you make it through the screening, it's the recruiters' goal to evaluate, side by side, which candidates most align with GM, their team, their environment, and their mission and values. Be enthusiastic and ensure your tone and body language communicate honesty and sincerity. Save them the trouble and do your homework. Make sure you research General Motors to align your goals with theirs. Find genuine reasons you want to work with them beyond preferred pay, hours, or location. Aim for like-minded values and mutual goals and growth. The interviewer is curious how above and beyond you've gone in researching the position and how well you've paid attention. They want to know if you know what sets you apart from the other candidates competing for this opportunity.

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    10. What are your long-term career plans?

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      The assessment vendor will evaluate how comfortably and capably you can align your long-term career goals with what this position has to offer. They'll be assessing how sincere your interest is in expanding your career with them as opposed to hunting for a job anywhere, having no genuine interest in mutual growth. Every employer aspires to invest their resources in those interested in mutual growth towards like-minded opportunities. Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming process striving toward that aim. One way to gauge your interest is to determine the measure of your career goals and how they align with what the company offers. How you answer this question could inform them of your ambition and where you aim to take your career.

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      How to Answer

      Any career-minded individual will take charge of their development. One tool utilized towards this aim is the five-year career plan. Writing out your core values and mission statement and having a clear understanding of how the position you are contending for aligns with that plan will present you as a like-minded professional and a potential match for a mutually beneficial employer/employee relationship.

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    11. Tell us about your ideal work environment or company culture.

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      The assessment vendor will gauge your comfort level by asking you to describe what you are looking for and what you've learned about this position at GM. GM states on their website, "Our growth strategy is the compass for where we are going. It's a context for the choices we make and don't make in pursuit of our vision."

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      How to Answer

      Perform thorough research on GM, reading through every page on their website. Take notes on their taglines, mission statements, values, keywords, and key phrases. Try to incorporate their language as naturally as possible into your answers. Practice enough times in the mirror to where you feel you can answer such questions as naturally as possible. The aim is to not look at yourself on the screen to study how well you are performing. You want to come across as genuine and natural as possible while maintaining eye contact with the camera.

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  • Career

    12. What circumstances led you to apply for this position?

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      The assessment vendor will evaluate your response for signs of how comfortable you feel about answering this question. Many candidates who were fired, quit, or laid off will try to re-contextualize the conditions of their severance from the previous employer. So the algorithm will evaluate your performance for your honesty. They are also curious about the terms your employment was severed, amicably or acrimoniously.

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      How to Answer

      Focus on the positives. Don't reveal anything that would paint you in a negative light. If there were reasons which might sound defamatory towards yourself or others, try to keep those details to yourself. Focus your answer on what you gained in your professional development from your previous employers, where you'd like to develop your skills next, and the manners in which you feel this position at GM can accommodate your career goals.

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    13. What makes General Motors a good fit for you at this point in your career?

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      The assessment vendor will look for signs of honesty and confidence in your skills. They'll be looking for verbal and non-verbal cues to determine if you can identify what makes you unique and sets you apart from the other candidates and if you can self-identify what makes you uniquely qualified for this position. They are asking you to give them a reason they should hire you while studying your behavior to ascertain if you believe in what you are saying.

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      How to Answer

      Your hard skills are those which end up on your resume. Your soft skills, such as communication and interpersonal skills, usually don't translate well into paper. While studying your behavior, the assessment vendor will look for confidence, honesty, strong communication skills, and strong attention to detail. The traits the recruiter will review later on will also include being self-motivated, adaptable and flexible, reliable, strong work ethic, and being a team player with a positive attitude.

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  • Communication

    14. Tell us about a time you had to explain something complex to someone.

      What You Need to Know

      The interviewers are gauging how comfortably you communicate with others. Your answer will help them assess how developed your communication skills are. The more comfortable you are, the more confident you'll come across. They're also trying to ascertain what talents or perspectives you have, if any, on the example you provide. It should seem like second nature in how you communicate it.

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      How to Answer

      Everyone has their own style of communication; feel free to share yours. However, emphasize your communication skill level rather than your style. Key points to touch on are your non-defensive communication skills, being an active listener, and your ability to mirror, validate and empathize. Extra points if you can adapt your communication style to others, especially where others are less skilled and less adaptable.

      Remember, the AI of the assessment vendor will be screening you for how well you communicate. Pay close attention to your choice of words and what they might indicate. Enunciate and try not to stutter or take long pauses. Record your voice while answering some of these questions. Take note of your use of any speech crutch words such as "like," "um," "you know," "so on and so forth," "and," "well," "but," "so," "ah," "er," and "Etcetera." Practice answering these questions without relying on those words. That will present you as a clearer communicator and more of a professional.

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    15. Tell us about a time you were involved in a work dispute.

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      The assessment vendor's algorithm will study you for any defensive cues while you recall your experience with a conflict at work. You may think coming across as a strong figure could be beneficial, but true strength comes from within. Therefore, you want to come across as confident and relaxed. Avoid any defensive behavior, posturing, movements, or gestures that could be interpreted as insecure, closed-off, unapproachable, hostile, or disinterested.

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      How to Answer

      You'll want to come across as emotionally mature and not regressing into the emotion of that conflict when reflecting upon it. Practice in front of a mirror and record your voice. Make eye contact and smile, posturing yourself in a relaxed and comfortable position. Objectify the situation, exhibiting an emotionally mature perspective, and how you navigated this terrain, ultimately leading to a successful resolution. Focus on the positives and how the overall outcome benefitted the team.

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  • Competancy

    16. Tell us what it's like working at your previous employer.

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      This question to aims to assess your emotions and perspectives of your current or previous employer. Often when a person is moving onto another role, they've already checked out of their current role. This question studies your tone and non-verbal cues to see if you are disinterested or biding your time until you find another job. Your answer will offer insights into your work ethic and integrity.

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      How to Answer

      Imagine you are responsible for hiring and recruiting your successor before you can effectively leave your current role. You are responsible for selling them on this opportunity and setting them up for success. Speak highly of your current or previous employer. After all, you accepted the position and carried it as long as you have. Focus on the positives and what you enjoyed about your last job. Align your experience with the requirements of the position you are applying for. Be at ease, talking as comfortably and as articulately as possible.

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    17. What is the name of GM's CEO?

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      This is another question that tests your company knowledge and comfort level in sharing that knowledge. The algorithm will evaluate how naturally you speak and whether you stutter, pause, look up while trying to recall information, or glance down at your phone to look up the information.

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      How to Answer

      Approach the Hirevue interview as you'd study for a test. Research, study, memorize, and be ready. Test yourself in the mirror, since your performance and eye contact will say as much about you as your answers. Additionally, try to score extra points wherever you can. It helps to have the correct answer, but the lengths you go to will reveal your work ethic. So throw in an extra fact or two to suggest that your 'go-to' work ethic is 'above and beyond,' offering an indication of what they can expect from you.

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    18. Tell us what it's like to work for General Motors.

      What You Need to Know

      This question is another where the assessment vendor evaluates your comfort level in discussing the depth of research you've performed on the company and your comfort level in sharing the wealth of your knowledge. They'll also gauge your enthusiasm for working for the company and how invested you seem in this opportunity.

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      How to Answer

      Try to come across as relaxed as possible, speaking in a level yet enthusiastic tone. Maintain eye contact, and smile softly. Confidence, poise, and natural is the demeanor you want to strike. Imagine you've worked for the company for years and were just asked this question by a stranger. Answer the question as you would in that situation - relaxed, content, and proud.

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    19. Tell us what customer service means to you.

      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor will look for clues as to your comfort level when talking about your experience in customer service. Working with the public has its challenges, and not everyone is cut out for it. The algorithm will watch for those clues and determine whether working with the public makes you uncomfortable or not.

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      How to Answer

      As they say on GM's website, "Our goal is to deliver world-class customer experiences at every touchpoint and do so on a foundation of trust and transparency, putting the customer at the center of every decision." Incorporate their approach and philosophy into your answer. A brand's workforce is the representatives of that brand. Incorporate their keywords and phrases into your response. Describe how you would represent their brand and maintain your customer's brand loyalty if you worked for GM.

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  • Experience

    20. Which of GMs brands do you like most?

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      A company often expects its employees to embrace and embody its brand. This question has a dual purpose. One is to determine your brand loyalty. You can only effectively represent that brand to their loyal base if you embrace their brand. The other purpose of this question is a personality assessment, in trying to unravel what product of theirs you cannot live without and what that says about your personality. The assessment vendor will study your vocal inflections and nonverbal cues for your sincerity behind your statement.

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      How to Answer

      If you have experience with one of their brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Onstar, ACDelco, GMC Financial, Periscope, Ultrium, and Vehicle Intelligence Platform, then volunteer the positives of your experience. If you don't have experience with any of their brands, research everything there is to know about them and detail what you identify with the most and why. Be knowledgeable and confident in your approach to answering this question.

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    21. The previous person who held this position was greatly admired. How will you fill those shoes?

      What You Need to Know

      This question aims to assess your approach when coming into a new work environment and how you'll build relationships with the pre-existing members of their team. There are many behavior types, and how you answer this behavioral question should reveal how well you earn the trust of your new coworkers and adapt to their environment.

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      How to Answer

      Familiarize yourself with the 30/60/90 rule: The first month of a new hire's 90-day probation period should focus on familiarizing themselves with the team, company, products/services, clients, etc. Month two should be spent studying current processes and procedures and identifying strengths and weaknesses. In the last month, that hire should be well-grounded in their role and capable of identifying growth opportunities. Past the 90-day mark is considered an acceptable time to implement innovation.

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    22. How do your experience and background make you a strong candidate for GM?

      What You Need to Know

      GM wants to know how your relevant work experience translates to the position you are competing for. They're also curious about how you measure your career development and skill level against what they're looking for and why you think you are ready for this role. By examining your career progression, you should be able to effectively rate your productivity, work style, and approach against the expectations of this role. Don't wing it. You want to sound confident. This is a sales pitch, and you need to be in top form. You already know why this position would benefit you, but you have to convince the assessment vendor's algorithm first.

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      How to Answer

      Talk about the tools and resources you use to stay organized on the job. Exhibit strong time management skills and elaborate on your standards and how you prioritize your work. Multitasking is challenging for most people. How you track your progress and pick up where you left off on a task is worth mentioning.

      Think of the assessment vendor's algorithm as a composure test. Practice practice practice. This will boost your composure and confidence in the long run. Fake it till you make it.

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    23. Tell us about the last time you were creative at work.

      What You Need to Know

      They're using this question to measure how adaptable your preferred working style is and whether you're resourceful and exhibit 'outside-of-the-box' thinking. Your answer will speak to your leadership potential and how well you manage stress and overcome task paralysis when unexpected circumstances disrupt regular workflow.

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      How to Answer

      Exhibit feeling at ease and being adept at managing your emotions when things don't go according to plan. Reveal your confidence and self-control. Determination equates to motivation here. Frame yourself as resourceful, with a propensity to think fast on your feet. Demonstrate that you aren't easily discouraged. Show that you are invested in the team's success and that this is a matter of integrity. Use the STAR method in your response. Describe the Situation, the Task at hand, the Action you took, and the Results of your actions.

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    24. What makes you more qualified than the other candidates are interviewing?

      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor will evaluate your confidence that you are the right fit for this opportunity for the right reasons. This question will help them determine if you are shooting for the stars or a more realistic target. Discuss what you have to offer and why you believe.

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      How to Answer

      Consider how you stood apart from your previous coworkers, where your skills were more developed, what you were valued for and how you shined. If you're applying for this position because you feel confident in your abilities, explain why. Show that you 'get it.' Describe how your core values and principles align with theirs. The easier it is for them to get you trained and up to speed and assimilated into their teams, the more attractive a candidate you'll be. Show them that you are already one of them.

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    25. What are your salary expectations for this role?

      What You Need to Know

      This question can come up anywhere in the interview but more commonly comes towards the end. This question gauges your expectations and self-awareness of your professional worth. This is where you'll show your hand and how you not only value yourself but how realistic your expectations are. Your expectations may be unrealistic, or perhaps they sell you short. Either can be revealing.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss the benefits and current pay rate you receive from your current employer. Share any bonuses or incentives, your commute, retirement packages, stock options, PTO, etcetera.

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    26. Tell us about a time you disappointed the others on your team.

      What You Need to Know

      This question tests your ability to take responsibility for your actions, whether you can step outside of your comfort zone and publicly own your mistakes, and even more so, what you learn from such growth opportunities. It evaluates how you handle disappointment, your attitude towards life, and what you learn from such experiences.

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      How to Answer

      Describe your mistake, how you dealt with it, and what you learned from it. Explain the situation, what you would've done differently, and how you avoided repeating it. Demonstrate your emotional intelligence by discussing how you learn from and let go of your failures. Additionally, you want to exhibit that you have a clear view of the big picture and that informing the rest of the team of your mistakes is nothing more than damage control. It's common to have an emotional response to failure. Resist that impulse if you feel it. The only emotional tell you to want to reveal is the confidence you have that this event will not repeat itself because of what you've learned from it.

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  • Honesty

    27. Can you be trusted with confidential communications?

      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor will be studying your performance for any signs of discomfort or dishonesty. The recruiter is looking for candidates who exhibit integrity with this question.

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      How to Answer

      This question assesses your integrity. Answer the question as honestly as you can. Remember to practice. The assessment vendor will screen you on your non-verbal cues, facial expressions, eye movements, body movements, tells and posture, and the nuances of tone and choice of words.

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    28. How well do you perform repetitive and monotonous tasks?

      What You Need to Know

      This question aims to determine your preferred work and sustainability as an employee. They're assessing if you are flexible in your work and whether you prefer more solitary, introverted work or more socially interactive and cooperative tasks. Your answer will help them determine how quickly you'll burn out from the more monotonous aspects of the job or if you'll thrive in a regimented environment. Being skilled at something doesn't mean you're guaranteed to do a good job, especially if it is work you dread.

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      How to Answer

      The goal is to communicate your understanding of the expectations of this position. Try to come across as impartial concerning questions on preferred tasks. Elaborate on how your experience correlates with your emotional intelligence when approaching your work. Explain that, regardless of the task, you meet all expectations of the job, and draw correlations between your work experience, your work ethic, and how you are ready to meet all the expectations of the position you're contending for.

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  • Teamwork

    29. Tell us about a time you worked with someone who wasn't contributing to the team.

      What You Need to Know

      They want to know if you are supportive of the rest of the team or would prefer to take the path of least resistance and turn a blind eye. Not only can an employee's poor performance negatively impact the rest of the department, but how you handle such challenges can make matters worse. Any insights they glean from your approach to teamwork and supporting a healthy work environment will help them determine your impact on a team.

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      How to Answer

      Craft your example around the company's core values, treating others with respect and exhibiting integrity. This requires empathy, transparency, discretion, and respecting the chain of command. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) when framing your example.

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    30. How comfortable are you working with people from different lifestyles and cultures than your own?

      What You Need to Know

      General Motors states on their site, "We aspire to be the world's most inclusive company and to conduct ourselves with fairness and transparency toward everyone we interact with. Creating an environment where all voices can be heard."

      The assessment vendor will evaluate your vocal inflections and nonverbal cues to assess your comfort level regarding being immersed in a culturally diverse environment. They'll look for indicators such as stammering, struggling to find the right words, folding arms, leaning back in the chair, or giving off any other defensive posture. A person who has experience working with people from all walks of life, and has no difficulty being immersed in a culturally rich environment, will have no trouble navigating this question.

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      How to Answer

      Familiarize yourself with GM's taglines and phrases surrounding 'inclusiveness' and 'diversity,' and try to weave those key terms into your answer organically. Speak sincerely about your open-mindedness and being a universally inclusive person. The subtlety of this question is in "increasing your awareness." Keep your body language open, and maintain a relaxed and comfortable demeanor and friendly eye contact with the camera.

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