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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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Why do you believe you will have success at this position at HarQen?

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1.

Why do you believe you will have success at this position at HarQen?

Why are you the right fit for this particular position? This is a good time to highlight the skills you possess and show the interviewer that you are the best choice for the position.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that I will be successful in this position because I am passionate about what your organization stands for. I can clearly see your vision and have already drafted some great ideas on how I can help you to get there. My organizational skills will be a major asset to you and I also bring with me a strong track record of increasing sales and client base."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"In addition to meeting the 'must-have's' for this role, I also bring 3 years of industry specific experience in human resources. I have researched your organization to a great extent and feel that our values align very well."

2.

What is your personal mission statement?

Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you, or a saying that you grew up with that really resonates with you?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My personal mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly important to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am known to say 'Kindness wins'. I truly believe that if we approach all situations with kindness first, the world would be a happier place."

3.

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

In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? 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

"I like to leverage both methods of communications when dealing in business. Sometimes, situations call for verbal communications and other times, written. As a rule of thumb, I tend to practice verbal communications, with written follow up or visa versa. Utilizing multiple methods creates repetition and therefore, change."

4.

How do you handle stress on the job?

Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Stress is part of any demanding job and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself personally and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."

5.

How will you earn the trust of your coworkers at HarQen?

Workplace relationships are important to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that the best way to earn the trust of my co-workers is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Here are some ideas on how to build trust with your coworkers:

- Show that you care about them, and their personal lives
- Understand that you can learn from your coworkers and attempt to do so
- Show consistency in the quality of your worl
- Behave in consistent and predicable ways"

6.

HarQen is asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Along with my 5 years working in this industry, I have worked in related industries my entire career. Also, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

7.

If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

Often times we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in an act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully leave a task for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question clearly.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"If I were given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I do not believe in procrastination so I tend to take on the most challenging aspects of a project first, and then work my way into the easier, less time-consuming portions of my work. Especially in the field of human resources, procrastination can be very problematic."

8.

As a human resources professional, you will come across difficult scenarios. How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?

Often, our work environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be difficult to know how to respond when you have a coworker who is moody, or when your coworker lacks social skills and constantly asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have had my share of awkward situations, and having raised 2 kids, I am no stranger to them! In the workplace, if an uncomfortable situation arises I tend to face the issue head on, but in a tactful way. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my team or colleagues if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Uncomfortable situations don't really phase me. As a human resources professional, I truly have seen and heard it all. It's important to remain professional and collected, even in the most awkward of situations."

9.

What is your long-range career objective?

Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time consuming process for any company and hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long term fit with your next employer.

Take a look at the career growth options with the company. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to specifically mention them to the interviewer. Your expressed interest in those particular internal opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long term fit with them.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had strong progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I did notice on your website that you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Long range, I would like to see myself making strong progress towards a leadership role with HarQen, Inc.. I sincerely hope this can happen within your organization as I understand that you choose to promote from within wherever possible."

10.

Do you have any questions for me about working for HarQen?

It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from simply watching a video on their company site!

Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

Rachelle's Answer

"Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? In addition, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"

11.

Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team.

The interviewer wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or project collaboration.

An example may be a time when you worked on a team project in University, a recent work collaboration, or possibly an extracurricular experience such as coaching a little league team.

Discuss the positive results of the teamwork and how you attained a positive outcome as a group.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The most rewarding team work experience that I have had was in my last year of university. We were assigned a project in teams of 4 which accounted for quite a large part of our grade. I believe everyone pulled more than their own weight because so much was at stake. Team work is very rewarding when everyone has sometime to win, or lose."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"One of my most rewarding team work experiences was while I was attending University. I learned so much by working with my classmates. I gained new problem solving skills and learned a lot from their research preferences."

12.

Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.

This answer can vary based on experience. Think about your personality and how you present your ideas to someone else, make sure you avoid words such as pushy, forceful. ie: Do you present facts and statistics and explain the results from your research? Do you influence them by coming up with inspirational concepts?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I would like others to see my way, I am sure to carefully lay out the ways that my idea will benefit them. I review those reasons, collect agreement from them, and then close them on the idea by having them verbally agree that it's the soundest decision or choice."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some additional ways that you can gain the agreement of others:

- Collect a few 'yes' answers from them before making your final request
- Ensure that your timing is always appropriate
- Get to know them and what they value / need. Build your proposition from there
- Have credibility, be honest, and logical"

13.

If you were to be hired at HarQen, what are your salary expectations?

The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."

14.

When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?

When it comes to complex problem solving, the decisions do not always come easily. It takes practice, experience, and confidence to learn what sorts of decisions yield the best results.

Problems that require you to act quickly can be emergency situations such as knowing where the fire extinguisher is and grabbing it fast enough to put out small grease fire in the company kitchen. Other quick decisions could be if you are asked to take on a new responsibility and only given five minutes to decide if it's something you are prepared to take on.

Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make these types of decisions. Demonstrate that you are confident and able to react swiftly when the need arises.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When an urgent problem arises at work, I always try to respond in a calm and assuring manner. I am a natural leader which means that my team often looks to me for answers. One instance of my fast-thinking was just last week when we had an administrative employee no-show on a very important and busy day for us. I called a temp agency and they had the position filled in just one hour."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I react swiftly in emergency situations. Perhaps my skills come from my years as a parent, having to think fast and put out fires! If a quick solution is required I will do a fast overview of the facts and make a decision based on risk factors."

15.

How do you balance life and work?

It is important to keep a healthy work/life balance in order to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you are able to maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1

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

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am aware of my need for balance so I will take small actions when I come home from work such as putting my cell phone away for awhile, choosing to not check my emails every hour, and taking some time to spend outdoors. All of these small choices help me to find my balance after a hard day at work."

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Interview Questions

  1. Why do you believe you will have success at this position at HarQen?
  2. What is your personal mission statement?
  3. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
  4. How do you handle stress on the job?
  5. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers at HarQen?
  6. HarQen is asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  7. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  8. As a human resources professional, you will come across difficult scenarios. How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
  9. What is your long-range career objective?
  10. Do you have any questions for me about working for HarQen?
  11. Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team.
  12. Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.
  13. If you were to be hired at HarQen, what are your salary expectations?
  14. When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
  15. How do you balance life and work?
  16. What are you reading right now?
  17. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
  18. What characteristics or events have contributed towards your success as a leader?
  19. How can HarQen motivate you on the job?
  20. How do you feel about joining a new organization?
  21. With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our team at HarQen?
  22. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
  23. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
  24. Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
  25. What do you know about the company culture at HarQen?
  26. You will be required to present to large teams at HarQen. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  27. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
  28. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  29. What is the riskiest decision you have made? What happened in the end?
  30. How would you like to be recognized for your accomplishments at HarQen?
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