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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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1.

What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

The interviewer wants to know that you are pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments. Have you experienced a position where the environment wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to understand the type of environment that is offered in this position before the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I can be productive in most work environments, so long as the mentality is positive and teamwork is encouraged. I cannot work in an environment that feels negative or toxic. From what I understand, Mary Kay Inc. offers a very collaborative work environment. How would you best describe the environment here?"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"In my next position, I am looking for an environment that is collaborative and positive. Currently, I work in the opposite type of situation and the negative environment is my reason for seeking a change."

2.

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."

3.

After researching Mary Kay 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 Mary Kay Inc. 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 Mary Kay Inc. before coming here today and found that you consistently look for individuals with strong integrity, vision for the future, and ability to work as part of a team. I possess all of these qualities and feel that I would be a perfect match for Mary Kay Inc.."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"The qualities and values most desired by employers include:

- Strong Communication
- Good Work Ethic
- Determination
- Flexibility
- Eagerness
- Grit
- Ability to Get Along
- Loyal"

4.

Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am very happy with the progress of my career. I am proud of my accomplishments and the path my career has taken so far."

5.

In your opinion, what is the most innovative consumer product you have seen in the past 12 months?

When you are discussing innovative consumer products, be sure to include products created or distributed by Mary Kay Inc.. You want to assure the interviewer that you have a keen interest in their particular products. This answer is where research, before your interview, becomes very important.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have seen many innovative products come onto the market in the past 12 months. The one product from Mary Kay Inc. that I was most impressed by was XYZ. I love that it offers the consumer an easy solution, it's packaging is clean, and it has many qualities never presented in a product like this before."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"This year I have fallen in love with product ABC. It has a clean design, is an affordable price point, and offers a variety of uses. What has been your favorite innovation in consumer products this year?"

6.

The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?

Being up to date on current trends is incredibly essential in the consumer products industry. Assure the interviewer that you are engaged and interested in what the market trends look like.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I agree, the consumer products market is incredibly fast moving. I keep up to date on new trends in the news and online through Google Alerts. There are a variety of industry publications that I subscribe to as well as bloggers that I am subscribed to."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"It's tough to stay up to date on current trends, in such a fast-moving industry. My favorite sources of information include ConsumerReports.org, Good Housekeeping, and CustomerReview.com."

7.

Mary Kay puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?

Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your personal traits vs. your integrity. This would 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

"Some other words you could use to describe your personality:

- Honest
- Patient
- Good-Natured
- Imaginative
- Logical
- Modest
- Perceptive
- Poised
- Kind"

8.

How did you bring value to your last position?

This question is similar to 'Why are you the best candidate?' Think about the strengths and skills that made you an asset in your last position. Maybe you influenced changes that saved the company money. Perhaps you were the top grossing sales person on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support for coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"There were several ways I was able to bring value to my last position. First, I successfully passed each sales goal in my department. Second, I was able to motivate other members of my team and share my sales techniques with them. Third, I introduced two new procedures to the sales manager that helped us eliminate employee idleness between sales calls."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I brought value to my last position through my high level of reliability, my positive attitude, and my above average organizational skills. Successful project management is a large part of my work history and the company I am currently with was lacking when it came to smooth project execution. I was able to greatly improve their performance in that area."

9.

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!

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 it's 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 8 years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I moved here from Ukraine when I was 8, speaking only Russian, and learned English from my Palestinian neighbor who spoke zero Russian. How? I'm still not sure, but we were pals and hung out daily and somehow figured out how to communicate!"

10.

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

"In my last position, I trained new hires on how to use our applicant tracking system. It was a very cool experience because it showed me that I love to teach and train. I am good at explaining how things work. It required a lot of patience, but it helped me to recognize my leadership potential."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you lack experience in training and coaching you can respond with: "I haven't had the opportunity to formally coach or train anyone in the workplace, but I am interested in learning how to be an effective leader. I am eager to learn how to best motivate others."

11.

Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I definitely see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a team in two prior roles, but also I believe that leadership does not always equate to management. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model, enthusiasm, and work-ethic of the organization. I am open to new ideas and love to tackle a new project which, to me, embodies leadership."

12.

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

"I have never, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the aspects of confidentiality and take them very seriously. I have never broken that trust."

13.

Mary Kay wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

It is important, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am most motivated, on the job, when tasks are organized, and the vibe is positive. I value strong teamwork and good leadership."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am most motivated when a team is working as a whole, and when I feel organized. When a project or situation is well planned and researched, it motivates me to keep the momentum."

14.

We believe in strong work/life balance at Mary Kay. 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

"I make sure to utilize my work hours very efficiently so the only time that I take my work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. It's all about being diligent with your time!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I try not to take my work home with me. Everyone needs downtime. However, if something needs to get done, I will get it done, even from home."

15.

Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I will rate myself an eight because I value communication. I utilize multiple methods of delivering messages, and I give ample time for questions before implementation."

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Interview Questions

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