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Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.

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    1.

  1. Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.
    • Once you are in your career, it certainly doesn't mean that you need to stop learning. There are many job-related courses available. Talk to the interviewer about the last time you took advantage of these available courses.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Our company offered the Sandler Sales program to anyone in the company who was interested. I took this workshop in 2014 and enjoyed it. My sales increased by 23% that year."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I took a one-day seminar in Microsoft Excel. I already knew the basics, but my boss like using macros and pivot tables, and I was spending a lot of time reading the support section to figure out how to use them. The course was very informative."

    2.

  1. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
    • The interviewer would like to know if you genuinely feel that honesty is the best policy. Many will argue that honesty is not always the best policy. What is your take? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self-esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Honesty is always the best policy. Often, it is just a matter of how you communicate and deliver your message so managing this with each situation is critical to building honest and trustworthy relationships."

    3.

  1. How can we motivate you on the job?
    • Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am motivated by knowing something about the end customer and being able to relate to them as a person. A personal touch is always helpful for me."

    4.

  1. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?
    • Being able to swivel the focus of your project is a necessary skill for your success in most careers. Talk to the interviewer about a time when a significant change occurred on a project. How did you handle the implementation of the new information?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I had a large project last month that was nearly complete when the client called to say that the dimensions provided were incorrect. Because of this, our team had to re-do the entire proposal. It took us an additional four days of work but, in the end, the client was delighted with our work, and it resulted in new opportunities with them."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Last year I was nearing the end of a client project when we had an unexpected parts recall. It set us back a few weeks and was quite discouraging. I reminded my team that we could not control changes like this, and we agreed to do our best work with what we had."

    5.

  1. At Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) we do not have a lot of local competitors; however, the ones we do have are strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out in the marketplace?
    • Researching the company is a crucial step to take before your job interview. Take note of what Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) focus' on most. Check online reviews to see what the customers are saying. Be sure to research their competitors so that you know what those particular companies are doing well. Where is Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) performing better when measured against their competitors? Keep you answer positive and stick to the facts.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have conducted some research on Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland), your industry, as well as your competitors. One point that stood out to me was the fact that you manufacture your products rather than importing lower quality versions. Your customers seem very pleased with the quality of your products, and I read some positive online reviews!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe that what makes Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) stand out in the marketplace is the fact that all forms of advertising used are clear, concise, and fit with your brand. Clean branding is a major key to creating trust with consumers; thus, resulting in a successful business!"

    6.

  1. There are strict federal regulations and guidelines in our industry that must always be followed. Are you familiar with these, and do you have a history of compliance?
    • If you have experience in the healthcare equipment and service industry, you are likely familiar with the fact that there are strict guidelines and regulations surrounding best practices. Assure the interviewer that you are familiar with this fact and that you understand the importance of compliance.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Earlier in my career, I worked for the U.S Department of Health & Human Services. I became very familiar with the role that the federal government plays in the regulations and guidelines associated with the healthcare industry. I am eager to learn more about the regulations and guidelines which specifically affect Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland)."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I am new to the healthcare supply and equipment industry, and do not have a thorough understanding of your regulations, I can tell you that I have a strong history of compliance. My background is in health and safety and, with that experience, comes the ingrained knowledge that will transfer well to this role with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland)"

    7.

  1. How would you describe your personality?
    • Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. Your example could include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some additional descriptive words related to personality:

      - Adaptable
      - Considerate
      - Diligent
      - Exuberant
      - Frank
      - Generous
      - Inventive
      - Persistent
      - Resourceful
      - Sincere"

    8.

  1. How do you handle stress?
    • Are you someone who can handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to control 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 not to 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 and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."

    9.

  1. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
    • Are you the individual who will approach an assignment head-on, or do you need to research and plan first? Do you jump in and get it all done immediately or do you balance it with other assignments? Talk to the interviewer about how you approach essential assignments at work.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When my supervisor gives me an important assignment or task I am sure to assess the depth of the project then take a look at my schedule to see how I can appropriately balance it with my other work. I do not procrastinate because then it's easy to forget to fit them in."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I tend to jump right into an assignment and plan my steps once things are underway. It's the best way that I can create a strategy without wasting any time at the start."

    10.

  1. What is something you would be happy doing everyday for the rest of your career?
    • If you could choose any task to do every day for the rest of your career, what would it be and why? Talk to the interviewer about what would make you the happiest and be sure to tie it into something related to their organization.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I enjoy helping people, and one of the reasons why I am so interested in your organization is because of the charitable foundations that you support. Over time, I would love to transition into a role where I could lead the team in that particular department."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Crunching data and analyzing statistics is a big passion of mine. If I could do that for the rest of my career, I would be happy!"

    11.

  1. If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
    • Most organizations want to avoid on-boarding someone who will make immediate and significant changes. Significant changes are hard on the staff and usually, result in knee-jerk reactions such as mass turnover. It's always best to explain to the interviewer that you plan first to observe to gain a better understanding of the organization's culture and team dynamics. Focus your discussion on building a strong rapport with the staff.

      If you are applying for a promotion within your current organization, you may already know what changes you would like to make upon receiving this position. Share with the interviewer what you have observed while in your current job, the changes you would make, and why you would make those changes.

      Discuss the fact that you will address any urgent and glaring issues immediately; however, assure the interviewer that you will implement significant changes only after you have a thorough understanding of the organizational dynamics.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If chosen for this position, I do not believe that major and immediate change would be the answer. My first action would be to have a one-on-one meeting with everyone on the leadership team. I would want to learn what the teams greatest challenges are, and how I could alleviate those difficulties. From there, the trickle effect will be strong, and we will see an increase in sales and employee engagement. Only after that would I consider a stronger approach to change."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I like to train in current processes before making changes. I know that my first question would be to ask what is not working. If I can see a quick fix to try, I would try it, but I would likely still need to learn more about the business before making any changes."

    12.

  1. 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 capabilities 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 that may be transferable:

      - Proven experience in motivating others
      - Ability to effectively prioritize
      - Time management
      - Leadership experience
      - Research skills
      - Experience delegating tasks"

    13.

  1. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
    • If you have an expense account or resource allowance, it is very respectful to the company to be as thoughtful with that allowance as possible. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have recently implemented a schedule that allows for ride-sharing rewards which have cut down on our company's fuel expense by $9000 per month. I am quite proud of this initiative because it is not only financially responsible but also environmentally friendly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I recycle a lot of company materials to make the most of our resources. I also do this with people regarding cross training and sharing understanding across departments."

    14.

  1. Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
    • Possessing the skills to improve communication in the workplace is a precious asset. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to enhance communication in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position I have one particular client who was an exceptionally brief communicator. If I asked two questions, he would answer just one. I learned that he would not acknowledge anything for which he did not have a direct answer. I began to ask him questions in a different way. For example, I would say 'Do you have an answer for me on question X?' and he would say yes or no. We would then go from there. This method was a valid form of communication for that particular client."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "We recently rolled out a large organizational change. I took a very transparent approach to communication throughout the process. I asked the team for their feedback and buy-in early in the process. We discussed some options that could be expected. When the time came to roll out the change, there was minimal surprise with the new process. It was a success!"

    15.

  1. What career path interests you the most in this company?
    • This question is where it is essential to have completed some research on the interviewing company. Be sure to envision where you can see yourself fitting, and growing, with the organization before your interview. Do some research on what a career path could look like with this particular company.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "What interests me most about your company is that there are so many options when it comes to career growth. Ideally, I would like to earn my way into a Territory Sales role, then a Regional Manager position. Eventually, a Director of Sales or Marketing position would be ideal. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am interested in quality control. I am very analytical and love to solve problems. I understand that I have to learn the products before I can measure their quality."

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