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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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What characteristics or events have contributed towards your success as a leader?

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1.

What characteristics or events have contributed towards your success as a leader?

Why do you think that you are a successful leader? Talk to the interviewer about the variety of things that you think have lead you to your success.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"There are a multitude of factors that have helped me to become a strong leader. First and foremost; I had a very good mentor from a young age. Secondly, I have studied leadership at great length. My personality has also contributed to my success as I am a natural coach, teacher, and leader."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Here are some other characteristics that can make you a successful leader:

- Being self-aware and utilizing self-control in tough situations
- Being able to manage your time and guide others towards successful time management
- Showing support for the corporate or organizational structure
- Being decisive when challenging problems arise
- Showing empathy for your team
- Encouraging a teamwork and collaborative environment, while personally participating"

2.

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

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?"

3.

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."

4.

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

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"

5.

Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

When you answer this question be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by a strong mutual respect."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by a strong mutual respect."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."

6.

How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

It is always best to support your reply with a real life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out spelling discrepancies in communication and will notice the small things. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My attention to detail is a point that I have been working on a lot this past year. I am meticulous but, in the past, have pushed my documentation back a little bit. It's something I am conscious of and continually working on."

7.

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."

8.

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."

9.

What are you reading right now?

Do you feed your mind on a regular basis? What kind of literature do you prefer and why? Talk to the interviewer about a book that you are currently reading. If you are not currently reading a book - talk about one that has impacted you the most.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Currently I am reading 'Ego is the Enemy' by Ryan Holiday. It is a book about ambition, resilience and success. I feel that every professional should read it - it comes highly recommended."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I love to read and will pick up a book as often as I can - I just wish that were more often. The latest book I read was "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. I think it's an important book that everyone should read."

10.

How do you feel about joining a new organization?

Changing employers can be exciting, scary, and all of the feels wrapped into one weird emotion. Talk to the interviewer about how you feel regarding this particular career move.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"For me, the thought of joining a new organization is very exciting. I am excited about learning new skills although I am also aware that it will be a lot of hard work. Overall, I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Finding and accepting a new job opportunity always elicits a range of emotions. I would prefer for my most recent position to have been a longer term fit, because I do not like jumping from position to position. With that said, I am excited by the opportunity that Insperity, Inc. offers. It's career growth that I am ready for."

11.

List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In the past few years I was able to upgrade my education while still working full time. The biggest skill that I gained was my ability to multi-task as I worked the dual role of employee and student. I also have strong skills in a variety of Microsoft programs such as PowerPoint and Excel."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Here are some additional skills to mention, that may be transferable to any role:

- Experience leading others
- Ability to motivate a team
- Experience in giving positive feedback
- Ability to terminate employees with tact
- Strong research skills
- Clear written and verbal communication skills"

12.

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 Insperity, Inc.. I sincerely hope this can happen within your organization as I understand that you choose to promote from within wherever possible."

13.

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."

14.

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"

15.

If you were to be hired at Insperity, 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."

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Interview Questions

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