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1.
Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?
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Terminations and corrective discipline measures can be very difficult to do but, with experience, they do get more comfortable. Talk to the interviewer about the extent of your experience with terminations and discipline. Give an example of how you handled an employee in the past or if you had to let the employee go, what you did. If you do not have the experience, share how you would handle it and that you understand the importance in being professional.

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1.
Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?
Terminations and corrective discipline measures can be very difficult to do but, with experience, they do get more comfortable. Talk to the interviewer about the extent of your experience with terminations and discipline. Give an example of how you handled an employee in the past or if you had to let the employee go, what you did. If you do not have the experience, share how you would handle it and that you understand the importance in being professional.

Carly's Answer #1
"As a manager, I have been a part of individual terminations and group lay-offs throughout my career. I am comfortable with these types of tasks. I know it can be difficult to let an employee go but I am always transparent with my employees."
Carly's Answer #2
"I have not been in a position to perform terminations or hold corrective discipline meetings; however, I would be willing to perform these types of tasks with a small amount of training and research. I once had a manager in the past who did really well with providing corrective discipline to our team. I would want to be like her, poised and fair in her actions."
2.
Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
Coaching and training experience may not be a direct requirement for this role, but they are abilities that are always valued by an employer. Briefly explain the knowledge that you do have in training, and coaching, in the workplace. If you coached another student in school or volunteered to tutor, you can mention your ability to coach and train others.

Carly's Answer #1
"In my last position, I trained new hires on how to use our POS system. It was a very cool experience because it showed me that I love to teach and train. I am good at performing a task and clearly explaining what I am doing as I do it. Then I let my co-worker try it and I give them feedback along the way."
Carly's Answer #2
"I have been a part of the interviewing and on-boarding team in numerous organizations. Whether I am training formally or not, I am always the go-to for shadowing and mentorship. It's something for which I am very passionate. I love to see others succeed and help them do so. I've done this in each company I've worked for and wouldn't have it any other way. I am excited about the possibility of mentoring others in this position."
3.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
If you are a part of any organizations, sports teams or clubs, talk about your involvement. Share the role you play and your contribution as well as what you enjoy about it. If you enjoy other activities like writing, hiking or spending time with friends, talk about those too. This question gives the interviewer a chance to get to know you. They are interested in learning about your personality and what motivates you. They also want to get a sense of what it would be like to have you on the team and if you would mesh well with others. If any of your outside activities are related to this position, definitely share the skills you have learned and the similarities. For example if your activity involves team work, mention that.

Carly's Answer #1
"I spend a lot of my free time volunteering at the local animal shelter. I think that it is important to give back to your community, whenever possible. I have heard a lot of good things about the Jack in the Box foundation."
Carly's Answer #2
"I love to read in my free time and spend as much time as I can doing that. I can be found reading anything from a 19th-century piece of British literature to the latest dystopian fantasy novel. My absolute favorite thing to do is to travel and couple it with reading: on the beach, on the plane, or just read about the cool intricacies of the place I'm visiting. In fact I have a book that I am reading in my purse right now!"
4.
Do you have reliable transportation?
Even if you're not expected to drive for the job, you will need to have some form of reliable transportation. If you take the bus or ride a bike, that works too! What matters is that you are reliable. Share that you have the means to get to work consistently and on time.

Carly's Answer #1
"I have reliable transportation. My vehicle is in great condition, and I am comfortable with the amount of travel required to get to Jack in the Box every day, plus I always make sure that I leave my home early enough in case there is traffic."
Carly's Answer #2
"I take public transit; however, I find it to be very reliable and I know the route to Jack in the Box very well. I was late to work only once last year, and that was due to a snowstorm which stalled all of our employee's commute - including those with personal vehicles. Rest assured, I am reliable and will always come to work on time."
5.
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 dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance. If you were ever late, explain what you did to make sure it didn't happen again.

Carly'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 but I let my manager know ahead of time. I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift and I give myself plenty of time to get to work."
Carly's Answer #2
"I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice. I know how difficult it can be when you are short-staffed and I always want to give enough notice so that it doesn't happen."
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