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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Question 1 of 30
Our industry is a competitive one. In your opinion, what makes MAQ Sonar stand out from our competitors?
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It is vital that you thoroughly research MAQ Sonar before your interview, as well as their competitors. Be prepared to talk about their competitive landscape and why MAQ Sonar comes out on top. You can keep your answer brief but be as specific as you can. Show off the research you've done!
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1.
Our industry is a competitive one. In your opinion, what makes MAQ Sonar stand out from our competitors?
It is vital that you thoroughly research MAQ Sonar before your interview, as well as their competitors. Be prepared to talk about their competitive landscape and why MAQ Sonar comes out on top. You can keep your answer brief but be as specific as you can. Show off the research you've done!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I fully understand that this is a competitive industry. You get one chance to impress your customers, so first impressions are everything. When I looked online at the industry reviews, MAQ Sonar seemed to have many more positive reviews than any competitor. You say on your website that your customer service values are the most important focus and that truly does stand out."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"After researching MAQ Sonar I think that the verbiage you use on your website and your social media content has the most positive and customer-centered message. That was a real stand out to me."
2.
What do you think our biggest business challenge is at MAQ Sonar, and how will you help?
The interviewer would like to see that you have more to offer than just a warm body in a seat! What is this particular company's biggest challenge, and how do you think that you can assist? This question requires research on MAQ Sonar, their business goals, and the competitive landscape.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"After speaking with you further about MAQ Sonar, and this role, I believe that the biggest challenge this company has faced is in hiring the right talent. I have a strong background in recruitment as well as management and do feel that I can assist with this hurdle. Having the right team players is imperative to a company's success and, if we can tackle that, I see great things happening."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When I applied to MAQ Sonar I knew exactly which gaps I would be able to help fill. I want to assist with refreshing your sales strategy. I would also like to help train your new hires to make a stronger impact on your clients."
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 for MAQ Sonar!

Focus on special non-work related skills or hobbies. 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 its possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently completed a computer programming course that I have not had a chance to add to my resume yet. I enjoy continued education and will take multiple courses throughout the year."
4.
MAQ Sonar is looking for reliable people. 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 nose. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

Rachelle'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, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am very committed to my employer and am only absent in events of sickness or the odd family emergency. I do my best always to be available and present when expected."
5.
Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.
How have you implemented creativity in the workplace when a conventional approach was not suitable? Display for the hiring manager how you can think outside of the box when necessary.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In 2009 our economy suffered, and a lot of businesses were struggling to keep their doors open. At that time, a conventional approach was to take out additional ads on the radio or TV. Social media was starting to become a major advertising outlet - and it was free. I launched a social media campaign that was very successful. We were able to generate new and repeat business while coming in under our advertising budget."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I rarely take a conventional approach when it comes to my work. Conventional is often predictable and predictable does not equal great sales numbers."
6.
At MAQ Sonar we seek to hire problem solvers. When were you able to resolve a workplace related problem?
Problem-solving and dispute resolution are critical skills to possess. Display to the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving within the workplace and that you will do so with MAQ Sonar.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my most recent position we had a consistent problem with employees showing up late for their shifts or calling in sick at the very last moment. Rather than the typical documenting and reprimanding style that management usually takes, I decided to track the results of an accountability reward system. For 180 days, my employees were rewarded for coming to work 10 minutes early. Also, for every month with zero sick days, a bonus was added. In the end, we awarded those with perfect attendance a $600 bonus. The bonus' cost us less money, in the end than the cost of lowered productivity due to absent employees. The program was a success, and upper management chose to keep it implemented for another six months. We will re-assess in December, but it seems to be working very well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I often solve small problems in the workplace related to merchandising. I am often researching new merchandising techniques to push out some of the older merchandise, to make room for the new."
7.
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
The interviewer wants to know more about your strengths when it comes to communication in the workplace. Discuss your preference with the interviewer, and support your answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Being a millennial, I have grown up always preferring written communication via email, or text message. With that said, I am a strong verbal communicator as well."
8.
If you are hired at MAQ Sonar you may become privy to trade secrets and confidential information. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement?
The interviewer would like to know that you are willing to comply with their non-disclosure requirements before you start working for MAQ Sonar.

Your willingness to sign a non-disclosure agreement will tell the interviewer that you are not looking for a short-term employment situation where you can be frivolous with the knowledge that you gain. If you are not comfortable agreeing to sign a non-disclosure immediately, simply state your openness to reviewing the agreement.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Yes, I am willing to take a look at your non-disclosure agreement. Most agreements are very reasonable and since I plan to work for MAQ Sonar long-term - this is not a concern for me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I agree that non-disclosures are important in most industries and I am willing to sign one should I be hired at MAQ Sonar"
9.
As you know, we have a very high customer service standard at MAQ Sonar. If you could sum up your customer service style in 3 words, which would you choose?
Most companies rely heavily on their customer service reputation. Assure the interviewer that you will value their client base by providing the same excellent service they have come to expect from MAQ Sonar.

When using keywords to describe your customer service style try to avoid overused terms such as 'friendly'. If there are keywords you see frequently used by MAQ Sonar on their website, in their job postings, or in their job descriptions, you can draw on those as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have heard great things about the customer service provided by MAQ Sonar and I look forward to joining your esteemed team. If I could sum up my customer service style in 3 words, I would choose attentive, personalized, and energetic."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some traits that many hiring managers look for when determining your ability to provide great service to their clients:

- Ability to Handle The Unexpected
- Attentive
- Calming
- Communicative
- Confident
- Intuitive
- Knowledgeable
- Patient
- Persuasive
- Positive / Positive Language and Outlook
- Timely"
10.
What is your current salary?
A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although my current salary is $45K/year, I am seeking $52K in my next position. Because I work for a very small organization, they are not able to offer me a competitive compensation compared to the industry marketplace."
11.
At MAQ Sonar we like to develop Subject Matter Experts (SME's) in multiple fields. If you could sum up your knowledge to one area of expertise, what would it be?
Everyone has their strengths and areas of expertise. The interviewer wants to know what your is. Talking about your strong suits is not bragging, but it can still be tough to pump your tires. Think about times in the recent past where your manager or co-workers have come to you for answers. Do you seem to have the answers when it comes to a particular subject? Perhaps you just completed additional education or certification in a specific area. Discuss an area where you think you bring above average industry knowledge.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have spent a few years sharpening my knowledge and expertise in X. In my current position, my coworkers will often come to me with questions relating to this subject. I am always happy to help, and if I do not know the answer, I will research until I have found one."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If I could sum up my knowledge in one area of expertise, I would say that I am a subject matter expert in heavy duty electronics and equipment. I am very passionate about the subject. With that said, I do enjoy continued education in a range of subjects."
12.
We value our customers at MAQ Sonar. How do you respond to customer or client complaints?
If you are interviewing for a customer or client facing role, you want to show off your ability to deal with conflict and nurture client relationships. Give an example of a time you successfully helped resolve a customer's issue.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"A customer called me very frustrated about a problem with one of our software products. I listened and told them I would be happy to help. I asked more questions to understand the problem and then suggested once I had a better idea of what might solve it. The customer was very relieved and grateful that I took the time to listen and make sense of the issue."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently completed a course on customer service and dispute resolution, so I am confident in my ability to handle client related issues. Active listening and genuine empathy is always the backbone of my approach with customers."
13.
We seek to hire ambitious and dedicated people at MAQ Sonar. What is your definition of hard work?
Hard work and dedication can be interpreted differently by everyone. To one person, another person's hard work could seem like slacking. Talk to the interviewer about how you interpret a successful workday.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"For me, hard work means that I did what I could that day to exceed expectations. I come to work early and stay late if needed and I go over and above the requirements without hesitation."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I fully believe in the work smarter, not harder, motto. This means that I am efficient throughout the day, not allowing for distractions. Hard work means not only meeting the expectations of your employer but also exceeding them whenever possible."
14.
At MAQ Sonar we seek to hire those with a strong understanding of the computer, IT, and electronics industry. Walk me through your background and highlight your most relevant experience.
The interviewer can see that you have previous positions which qualify you for this job with MAQ Sonar; however, they want for you to go into further detail on the roles which you feel are the most relevant to the position at hand. This question also helps the interviewer to see that you understand the job description and requirements of the role. If you do not understand the position requirements fully, a question like this will make that transparent to the interviewer. Be sure you know your stuff! Use the keywords provided in the job posting/job description to keep the attention of the interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From my understanding of this position, you are looking for a professional who is skilled in X, Y, and Z. I bring about seven years of experience in each of those skills - primarily from my jobs with Company A and Company B. In total; I have over ten years of industry experience which means a full understanding of your organizations' primary focus."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel that my current position is the most relevant to this particular role with MAQ Sonar because we use the same software, and the business model is very similar. My current position aside, I have approximately ten years of related experience in skills A, B, and C - which you mentioned as required skills for this position."
15.
We have multiple avenues for career growth. Where would you like to see your career with MAQ Sonar take you?
Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming process for MAQ Sonar. Since there are likely many career opportunities available to you at MAQ Sonar, be prepared to discuss how you would like to see your career grow. This shows the interviewer that you are engaged in this process and interested in becoming a long-term fixture in their organization.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was browsing your online job board to see what types of growth opportunities were available with MAQ Sonar. One role that stood out to me was the IT Department Manager position. It seemed that this could be a very natural step in my career once I have grown with you for a couple of years. I'd like to learn more about what I can do to prepare myself for a role like that."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current position, I have had my sights set on the senior leadership position in my department. If I were to join MAQ Sonar, my goal would be the same. I plan to take a few leadership workshops in the coming months to help get me there."
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  1. Our industry is a competitive one. In your opinion, what makes MAQ Sonar stand out from our competitors?
  2. What do you think our biggest business challenge is at MAQ Sonar, and how will you help?
  3. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  4. MAQ Sonar is looking for reliable people. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  5. Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.
  6. At MAQ Sonar we seek to hire problem solvers. When were you able to resolve a workplace related problem?
  7. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
  8. If you are hired at MAQ Sonar you may become privy to trade secrets and confidential information. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement?
  9. As you know, we have a very high customer service standard at MAQ Sonar. If you could sum up your customer service style in 3 words, which would you choose?
  10. What is your current salary?
  11. At MAQ Sonar we like to develop Subject Matter Experts (SME's) in multiple fields. If you could sum up your knowledge to one area of expertise, what would it be?
  12. We value our customers at MAQ Sonar. How do you respond to customer or client complaints?
  13. We seek to hire ambitious and dedicated people at MAQ Sonar. What is your definition of hard work?
  14. At MAQ Sonar we seek to hire those with a strong understanding of the computer, IT, and electronics industry. Walk me through your background and highlight your most relevant experience.
  15. We have multiple avenues for career growth. Where would you like to see your career with MAQ Sonar take you?
  16. At MAQ Sonar we are always looking for new ways of improving services. Do you have any suggestions for us?
  17. Clear and simple communication is a must-have in our industry. Tell me about your communication skills.
  18. Do you have any questions for me about this role, or working for MAQ Sonar?
  19. We prefer that employees at MAQ Sonar have some form of post-secondary education. Walk me through your education and how you feel it has prepared you for this role.
  20. If we hire you at MAQ Sonar, how can we motivate you on the job?
  21. We value honesty at MAQ Sonar. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
  22. We have a strong team culture at MAQ Sonar. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  23. Workplace culture is important to us at MAQ Sonar. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  24. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  25. Why do you want to work for MAQ Sonar?
  26. Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
  27. Working at MAQ Sonar can become stressful from time to time. How do you handle stress on the job?
  28. Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?
  29. What makes you a great problem solver?
  30. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
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