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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Published September 18th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What do you know about Jo Malone Limited and our work environment?

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1.

What do you know about Jo Malone Limited and our work environment?

Do you know anyone who has worked for Jo Malone Limited before? Have you researched employee reviews online? Talk to the interviewer about your findings when it comes to the work environment at Jo Malone Limited.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have researched the company in preparation for this interview, and I like what I see. I know the culture centers on timeless luxury, bespoke scent and inspired individuals. Jo Malone is a world-class brand that is synonymous with elegance, simplicity and a twist on unique ingredients. The consistent feedback that I have come across is that Jo Malone Limited, as a part of the Estee Lauder Companies portfolio, offers a culture centered on a long-term focus on sustainable growth and a respectful, inclusive and collaborative workplace with a strong drive to win."

Michelle's Answer #2

"As part of the Estee Lauder Companies portfolio, I know that Jo Malone Limited has at its heart a passion for creativity and innovation -- a desire to push the boundaries and invent the unexpected -- as you continue the bold work of founder Est?e Lauder. From what I've seen, the kindness, caring and respect shown to employees underscores Jo Malone's belief that people are the brand's greatest strength. My research shows me that each team member is empowered to lead, regardless of their role or level, or when they joined the company. This form of leadership is a great source of personal and professional development and a catalyst for employee engagement."

2.

Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Jo Malone Limited?

Talk to the interviewer about your reasons for wanting to work for Jo Malone Limited specifically. With all of the competitors out there - why them? Be as specific as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would like to join Jo Malone Limited because you represent the height of luxury, elegance, simplicity and taste within the beauty industry. I want to work with outstanding people from diverse businesses and backgrounds who want to be part of an exciting and growing industry. And I want to be part of an organization that nurtures those talents with a focus on development and career paths within and across the organization -- helping to develop future leaders."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Jo Malone Limited has been on my radar for some time now. Yours is a brand I love personally, and I also admire what the brand has come to stand for. Jo Malone products are distinctive and elegant, and I admire the niche the brand has carved for itself within the marketplace. I also want to be part of an organization that stands for something - that operates responsibly and is motivated us to build a sustainable business based on uncompromising ethics, integrity, fairness, diversity and trust. I believe Jo Malone Limited is just such a company."

3.

Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?

The interviewer would like to know if you are specifically targeting positions within the same industry. Talk to the hiring manager about your desire for a role specifically in their industry. Be sure to reiterate your keen interest in the role with Jo Malone Limited.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have applied to a variety of roles within the consumer products industry and am currently interviewing with one other company. My primary interest, though, is with Jo Malone because your products align perfectly with my product expertise, and I believe your overall philosophy on everything from corporate expansion to sustainability meshes well with my personal values."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I am active in my search and previously have interviewed with two of your local competitors. With one, I have advanced to a second interview. With the other, I participated in a telephone interview just yesterday. With that said, I am most interested in this role with Jo Malone - this position is the best fit for my education and experience, and your corporate values reflect the kind of environment in which I believe I'd be most successful."

4.

We believe in strong work/life balance at Jo Malone Limited. How often do you take work home with you?

The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home. If you do take work home with you, make sure to express that it is due to overachieving and not procrastination or poor time management.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Only occasionally. I make every effort to utilize my work hours efficiently so that the only time I take work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline or some type of emergency. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. Now, that's on the execution side, but on the ideation side, I can tell you that I'm constantly thinking about new ways to do things, new innovations to try or new approaches to problem, so that 'script,' if you will, is constantly running in my brain!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I try very hard not to take my work home with me. For me, it's very important to compartmentalize work and life and keep them separate so that I can give each of them my full focus in the moment. That means I have to be very disciplined throughout the workday, stay focused, and use effective time-management techniques to help me maximize my performance. This way, I'm meeting or exceeding goals, while still enjoying time with my family to disconnect from work and just 'be.'"

5.

Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your experience with confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Absolutely not. Confidentiality agreements allow for complete trust between an organization and its clients - and an organization and its employees. I have never broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer or client in any way."

Michelle's Answer #2

"No. Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization, its clients or customers and its employees. I fully understand these aspects of confidentiality and take them very seriously. I have never broken that trust."

6.

Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.

Coaching and training experience may not be required for this role, but they are abilities that are always valued by an employer. Briefly explain the experience that you do have in training, and coaching, in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have always enjoyed the opportunity to teach or mentor my colleagues. For example, last month our company introduced a new module in our SAP system, and I could see that one of our team members was having some trouble with the new module. I was familiar with it already, so I offered to help him. We spent his lunch hour for the next three days working on it. He eventually perfected his interaction with the module, and he's now teaching others."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Absolutely. In each of my two previous roles, I have been tasked with leading a small team. I have worked on everything from appointment-setting and overcoming objections to price negotiations with those respective teams. What's more, I always look for an opportunity to connect with new team members. I try to always invite them out for coffee so they not only have a friendly face in the office, but also know that I can be a resource for them. I was promoted from their role, so I am always happy to share how I did it on such a fast timeline and what I've found effective that can help them be a change-maker in the company, too."

7.

What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

Everyone will have particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfaction on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace, along with how you might overcome them.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have felt dissatisfaction on the job when I am not feeling heard or when there is a lack of respect among team members. I work best in more harmonious situations where there is little drama or gossip, and where people are aligned behind common goals. From what I understand, Jo Malone fosters a respectful, inclusive and collaborative workplace with a strong drive to win, so that seems like a very good sign. How would you best describe the environment here?"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I have felt dissatisfied on the job when I feel that I am undervalued as someone who has good ideas and can improve the customer experience. Some employers don't necessarily value the thoughts and experience of front-line employees or empower them to solve problems to the benefit of customers. I'm very pleased with what I've learned about Jo Malone's culture of empowering and developing employees, and I believe that will help me be engaged and successful here."

8.

What is your greatest weakness?

Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our own weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in a project, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also definitely inhibit the outcome of the project and my growth as a team player and individual. I am currently working on this, as I know it is a deficit."

9.

What are your salary expectations?

The best way to discuss your salary expectations is 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 gain a slight increase. According to my research, this seems consistent with the market."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I would like to earn slightly above where I am now. 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 an opportunity for growth. If that is out-of-range for this position, I would hope we could discuss alternative benefits and/or a path to reach that salary goal."

10.

Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?

Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on consumer product regulation. Be sure to remain positive and avoid going on a rant if there are regulations with which you do not agree.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I understand that regulations are essential for the protection of the consumer, as well as, ultimately, for the companies that manufacture and distribute consumer products. Like many people, if I could change anything, I would wish for some approval processes to be more streamlined; however, I know that when regulations are understood and planned for on the front end, the overall approval and regulatory process can be managed relatively painlessly."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I feel that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies ultimately have all of our best interests in mind - both the end user and those of us involved in the manufacturing and distribution process. I appreciate the regulations and the protection they provide for consumers - I know they add a layer of complexity and sometimes uncertainty to the whole process, but as long as that is factored into an initial timeline, it can be tackled without drama."

11.

Jo Malone Limited likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The greatest accomplishment of my career thus far was graduating from college as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was at the top of my class, plus working full time. This showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and to be recognized for my dedication."

Michelle's Answer #2

"My greatest career accomplishment so far is being promoted the fastest in the entire organization's history and topping it off by closing a major deal less than 48 hours later. I was not only proud of myself, but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was a really special moment. I took a pay cut to move into my original role, so to exceed expectations, be promoted, and be financially ahead of where I was previously was exhilarating."

12.

The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?

Talk to the interviewer about any experience you have in advertising and marketing; whether that be on the job training or formal education. Discuss how you have seen robust marketing strategies directly affect the performance of a product.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have always been fascinated with the correlation between marketing strategies and product performance. This is why I studied marketing and communication in college. I have a bachelor's degree in marketing, plus additional training in advertising methods from my current employer. I have seen creative and strategic marketing campaigns take an underperforming product and make it a strong contender in as short as 90 days. I look forward to putting my knowledge in marketing and advertising toward a role with Jo Malone."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Although I do not have formal training and education in advertising and marketing, I love to research new marketing techniques. I'm a strong writer, so I feel that I could put that skill to use in helping the organization communicate effectively with both internal and external audiences. On the consumer front, I also have a strong understanding of several social media algorithms, including how to have your posts seen by the right audience. I'd look forward to using that skill for the good of the organization, along with learning more about more traditional marketing, advertising and communications tactics."

13.

After researching Jo Malone Limited and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?

Display to the interviewer that you are engaged in the interview process by showing off the research you have conducted on Jo Malone Limited before your interview. What types of qualities do they consistently mention on their website? In their job postings, do they refer to their company culture?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have conducted a strong amount of research on Jo Malone Limited before coming here today and found that you consistently look for individuals with creativity, drive and passion for the health and beauty industry. I possess all of these qualities and feel that I would be a perfect match for Jo Malone Limited."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Based on my research, I'd say that the top three qualities you're looking for are vision, ambition and creativity. You need innovators and bold questioners to maintain Jo Malone's reputation for pushing the envelope and developing signature scents that are fresh and unexpected. You need team members who are focused on high performance and pushing for the very best for your consumers."

14.

Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.

Public speaking can be intimidating, so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations should it be required in your role with Jo Malone Limited.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my last two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of more than 200. I have also been part of my local Toastmasters group, which helped a great deal. Overall, I feel that I am a confident public speaker."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I do not have a lot of experience in presenting to large groups, but I do present regularly to groups averaging around 4 to 6 people. I am a confident speaker in that setting and am sure that I could present in front of many people - I'd be happy to take on that challenge."

15.

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

Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"Setbacks happen no matter what, and for that reason I try not to let them affect me emotionally in the least. I am a pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite challenges that come my way. I once had a colleague who described setbacks as "forward fumbles," which is a philosophy I have internalized and try to share with others. What looks in the moment like a setback can often, in retrospect, be a catalyst for change or an inadvertent step toward a successful outcome you weren't even able to imagine."

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  1. What do you know about Jo Malone Limited and our work environment?
  2. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Jo Malone Limited?
  3. Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
  4. We believe in strong work/life balance at Jo Malone Limited. How often do you take work home with you?
  5. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  6. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
  7. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  8. What is your greatest weakness?
  9. What are your salary expectations?
  10. Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
  11. Jo Malone Limited likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  12. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?
  13. After researching Jo Malone Limited and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?
  14. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  15. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  16. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  17. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  18. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  19. How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
  20. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  21. How did you bring value to your last position?
  22. Jo Malone Limited wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  23. Jo Malone Limited puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  24. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  25. Change is par for the course with Jo Malone Limited. When have you had to adapt to change?
  26. If Jo Malone Limited hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  27. The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?
  28. Sales performance is of utmost importance to Jo Malone Limited. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  29. Despite more current trends, many consumer products have been tested on animals. What are your thoughts on this?
  30. At Jo Malone Limited we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  31. In your opinion, what is the most innovative consumer product you have seen in the past 12 months?
  32. At Jo Malone Limited we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?
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