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29 Questions and Answers by Carly Zucker

Published August 7th, 2018 | Carly Zucker is an Instructional Designer who creates training for higher education, K-12 and organizations, with an additional background in corporate recruiting.
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If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
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A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?
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1.
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

Carly's Answer #1
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to completely start over in a new direction I would likely pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering and become an Engineer. Both of my parents were Engineers and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I always enjoyed hearing about their days when I was growing up. I enjoy analytics and research which I tend to do a lot of in my role as an educator."
Carly's Answer #2
"I am very satisfied with the direction my career has taken. If I could change anything I would perhaps have furthered my education to include a Masters' degree. I would want to research about adaptable technology for students for my thesis. I would still like to pursue this someday."
2.
What questions do you have for me?
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and their social media platforms to ensure that 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 a simple Google search. It's a good idea to write these questions down.

Carly's Answer #1
" When would you like to have this position filled?
- What is it the culture like here?
- What will be my biggest challenge getting started?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is K12 Inc.'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 the education industry over the past 3 years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?"
Carly's Answer #2
"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, what do you think makes K12 Inc. different from its competitors?"
3.
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate! If you have a special talent or a passion, now is the time to share it!

For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when it's possible! (This will make you unforgettable!) So choose something that you are confident in doing.

Carly's Answer #1
"I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last 8 years to compete in a variety of races.My favorite country to race in was Brazil, it was so beautiful. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit."
Carly's Answer #2
"I am bilingual in Spanish and have some proficiency in French and Italian, too. I love learning new languages and it is my dream to travel more. I also am a huge Harry Potter fan and could pretty much quote each book to you!"
4.
How do you handle stress on the job?
Whether you apply to be a teacher or take on an administrative role, you can expect to take on some stressful situations. 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, and give some examples.

Carly'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. For instance, if I have stack of papers to grade, I make a checklist and set myself a deadline. I don't let the pressure get in the way of doing my job well."
Carly'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. Teaching can be draining, so outside of work I do yoga. I find that I come into work ready to take on any challenge."
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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. It's also a good idea to check if the job description includes a range they are looking for. If you want to make $40,000 but the max budget is $28,000, are you willing to take a pay cut?

Carly'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."
Carly's Answer #2
"I am currently making $50,000 per year. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth. I see that the range for this position is $50,000 to $55,000, I would be comfortable in the $53,000 to $55,000 range."
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