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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What are your strengths?
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Which personal advantages make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

Some great strengths to mention are:

- Communicative
- Loyal
- Collaborative
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills
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1.
What are your strengths?
Which personal advantages make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

Some great strengths to mention are:

- Communicative
- Loyal
- Collaborative
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think my strengths are in my perceptiveness and ability to be observant of the needs of others. These strengths are part of what makes me an excellent performer in a client facing role."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am not sure what others would pick, but I feel that my strengths are my dedication, determination, and ability to build long-lasting and trusting professional relationships."
Anonymous Answer
"I believe my greatest strengths are: analytical thinking, eagerness for knowledge, persistence, adaptability, and dedication. I think this is a valuable skillset to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry."
Rachelle's Answer
This is an incredibly valuable skill set, and one that any employer would benefit from. If possible, give a recent example of a time when this collection of skills benefited a project you were involved with.
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2.
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Prioritizing is a skill that requires practice. There are many approaches you can take. Here are some suggestions:

1) Make a list. By thinking through and writing down each item that needs completion, you can see it on paper.
2) Mark what is urgent or essential. Take into account deadlines and meetings.
3) Order each task based on effort and estimated value. Considering due dates and how long it will take to do each item (also considering how much time you have).

In answering this question, show the interviewer that you have a system in place that helps you to think through what needs to happen, and when. The better you can prioritize, the more productive you will be, making you an asset to their company!"
Anonymous Answer
"Usually, I prioritize the projects by taking into account urgency and deadlines. For long term projects, I set short term goals, and I work on them regularly. Also, I estimate how long it takes to complete each project, and I allocate my time effectively. I am very organized, and I create a daily planner with my deadlines."
Rachelle's Answer
You sound very organized and efficient! Are there any special tools or applications that you like to use to keep project stages on track?
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3.
When have you shown great integrity at work?
Integrity comes from honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about the way (s) that you show your integrity in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my last position, I was responsible for the cash deposit on a daily basis. There was never a discrepancy, in the four years that I worked there. I best show my integrity by being a consistently reliable employee."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Always! Honesty and integrity are two values at the center of my being. I like to think I practice this in the workplace by always doing the right thing by the company, its customers, and its people."
4.
Do you prefer to work with studies related to humans, animals, or plant life?
Perhaps you have a preference, and maybe you don't. However, you answer this question, be sure to keep your reply positive. (IE: Avoid saying "I dislike studies related to animals." You don't want to shut down any particular practice.)

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I dislike studies related to animals."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I can honestly say that I do not have a preference as of yet. As I continue to carve out my career, that may change; however, for the moment, I am happy to be working in the biotech industry in any related focus."
Anonymous Answer
"My research studies up to date have been related to humans. Humans are the direct recipients of new developments and benefit from treatments. This makes human studies more exciting. However, I would be also interested in working with studies related to animals, or plant life, if this is required for the project."
Rachelle's Answer
It's great that you are open to other avenues; however, you have solid reasoning behind your human-centered focus.
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5.
List 3 qualities that make you the best candidate for Johnson and Johnson.
After researching Johnson and Johnson you should have a firm idea of the qualities they admire most in their candidates. Discuss the attributes that will help you to stand out as a top candidate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that this role requires stand-out skills in organization, leadership, and an energetic demeanor. I would say that these are 3 of my top skills, and I have many others! My references would attest to these skills as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some qualities that make you a great candidate for any company:

- A robust existing network in the industry
- A great reputation
- Leadership capabilities and experience
- Integrity and likability
- Strong minded
- Thirst for knowledge"
Anonymous Answer
"I am good at multitasking, goal-oriented, and good at teamwork."
Rachelle's Answer
These are all good qualities to have; however, I encourage you to dig deeper. Most candidates offer up these words so, to stand out, try giving specific and more unique qualities.
"The three qualities that make me the best candidate include my ability to be a solid decision maker, my conflict resolution skills, and my adaptability."
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6.
This position requires a minimum Bachelor's Degree in a science related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education.
Your post-secondary career is significant when it comes to displaying your ability to complete a degree, multitask, and apply yourself. Walk the interviewer through your post-secondary experience making sure to highlight any recognition or awards you may have achieved.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Tampa College of Natural and Health Sciences. I graduated with Honours which was an especially proud moment for me since I had also been working part-time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently graduated from the University of Georgia with my Degree in Pharmaceutical Science. With this degree, I look forward to joining Johnson and Johnson and carving out a great career with you. When the timing is right, I do plan to return to school to obtain my Master's Degree in a science-based field. This extension of learning, of course, would be in tandem with my full-time job."
7.
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
When an interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will immediately want to determine whether this is by your own choice, any outside circumstances, or if you are not motivated to create growth. If your career has progressed slower than you wish, you must be honest with the interviewer when discussing this.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2001 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was ownership and the business wasn't for sale. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Early in my career, I was left to care for an elderly, sick parent. Her care required more of me than expected, so I allowed my career to sit and wait. I am happy with that decision. Spending those last precious moments with a loved one is worth the setback."
8.
What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
The interviewer wants to know that you can think outside the box, or even ask for help when you are stuck on a complicated problem.

Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues or even patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need to find the best way to solve the problem.

Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When faced with a complicated problem, I will look to the resources that my current company has provided me. The answer is almost always in there. If it's more of a moral dilemma vs. a knowledge-based dilemma, I will ask my supervisor for his thoughts and opinion since I value him as a mentor and expert in our industry."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"To solve a complex issue, I will reach out to a manager or mentor from a previous role to ask them how they've handled such issues in the past. I am always ready to dive back into our handbook, but these types of scenarios are often not covered there, which is why I value a human, experiential approach. I know that there are so many folks in the industry who have so much to teach me and have probably already "been-there-done-that," so I love to utilize them as a resource."
Anonymous Answer
"When I have to solve a complicated problem, first, I go back to the resources I have, such as documents, handbooks, and online research. As a next step, I reach out to colleagues or to my supervisor, who has previous experience in resolving similar issues. Even if they don't give me a direct solution, I will use their feedback to handle the situation."
Rachelle's Answer
You sound highly competent, and this methodology is excellent when you need to approach complex issues.
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9.
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
This question can create feelings of stress and anxiety, so it's best to be prepared. Be honest with the interviewer on how you feel the interview has gone so far.

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more that I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Anonymous Answer
"I believe that this interview has been quite informative, and I am satisfied with my performance. I hope I have portrayed myself accurately. If there is anything I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do it."
Rachelle's Answer
Perfectly said! You leave room for clarification while remaining confident in your approach.
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10.
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 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 an opportunity for growth."
Anonymous Answer
"Given that this is an entry-level position that involves mostly training, I would expect a compensation similar to the one of a trainee in academia. Currently, I earn a salary of $42,000, and I would like to stay in the same range."
Rachelle's Answer
You are nice and specific while still giving flex. Well worded!
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11.
How do you define success?
What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Success, to me, is achieved when I am pleased with the quality of my work and feel proud to submit it."
Anonymous Answer
"For me, success is the ability to evolve continually, personally, and professionally. Success is to be pleased with your life and the people around you. On a work level, success is to feel motivated and keep setting new goals."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response shows a true desire to grow in your work and personal life. Well said!
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12.
When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
When it comes to complex problem solving, the decisions do not always arrive quickly. 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 a 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 crucial 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."
13.
Who would you say inspires you?
Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my grandmother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I try to live like she did, as much as I can."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My previous manager was a huge inspiration to me. Her passion for this industry was motivating and put the fire in me to climb the ladder in my career."
14.
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
Some tasks will require a keener eye and additional diligence. Discuss a time when you were extra thorough during a work-related project.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have to be extra thorough from time to time when I have clients that are especially detail oriented. Often this will mean spending additional time on calls with them to highlight project changes. I am okay with being extra thorough when needed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am always thorough, but we do have monthly team meetings where we discuss our performance metrics. That reporting takes a little longer."
Anonymous Answer
"I had to be extra thorough when I was preparing and submitting my research articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. I had to make sure that my data and interpretation was clear, accurate, and of high quality. Also, I had to comply with the guidelines of each journal when preparing the manuscript and the figures, and address all the comments made by the reviewers."
Rachelle's Answer
This sounds like a highly meticulous process. Very strong example of being extra thorough in your work.
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15.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a definite 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 in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This success 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 receive recognition for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am proud of having been chosen to be a mentor to new hires in the department. I think I've informally mentored and exhibited leadership since day one, and to be recognized for being a great teacher and being able to train and shape the new additions to the department is an awesome pat on the back."
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Interview Questions
  1. What are your strengths?
  2. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
  3. When have you shown great integrity at work?
  4. Do you prefer to work with studies related to humans, animals, or plant life?
  5. List 3 qualities that make you the best candidate for Johnson and Johnson.
  6. This position requires a minimum Bachelor's Degree in a science related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education.
  7. By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
  8. What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
  9. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  10. What are your salary expectations?
  11. How do you define success?
  12. When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
  13. Who would you say inspires you?
  14. When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
  15. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  16. In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Pharmaceuticals in the past 3 years?
  17. Would you further your post-secondary education to include a Ph.D. in your field?
  18. How many years have you worked in the Pharma/Biotech industry? What keeps you interested in our line of work?
  19. Why did you choose a career in the Pharma/Biotech industry?
  20. What industry related changes do you foresee in the next 12 months?
  21. How do you stay informed on changes in the Pharma/Biotech industry?
  22. If you could choose any special area of focus with Johnson and Johnson, which would you choose?
  23. In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Biotechnology in the past 3 years?
  24. If you could choose any area in your field to study further, which area would you focus on? How you do feel that would help you with a career at Johnson and Johnson?
  25. If you could research any particular disorder, disease, or illness which one would you choose, and why?
  26. In your opinion, why is it important to develop relationships with coworkers?
  27. How does this position fit into your career goals?
  28. Describe to me your ideal employer.
  29. Are you applying for any other jobs?
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