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What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?

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  1. 1.

    What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?

      Think about some mistakes you have made at work. How did you handle them? If a manager were to give you feedback or criticism, what might they say? Use an example that shows you are the type of person who is looking to improve and grow. You may have gotten some harsh criticism in the past, but you know how to be constructive and improve from it.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I started at my last job I had a pretty big learning curve. The software and my daily tasks were all very new to me. I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning because I felt rushed and wanted to learn as quickly as I could. My manager told me to slow down and not worry so much about keeping up with the people who have been there for a while. He was understanding, and it helped to learn that it's okay to take my time so that I can notice the details and avoid mistakes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have received constructive feedback in regards to my patience level when it comes to my own mistakes. I have been working on allowing myself to make errors and quickly recover from them."

  2. 2.

    When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I can work cordially with all types of individuals, and I appreciate and encourage diversity in the workplace. Most of the positions I have been in have offered a great deal of diversity."

  3. 3.

    What questions do you have for me, about Meijer?

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!

      Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the company'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 most significant change in the grocery industry over the past three years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"

  4. 4.

    Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.

      Display to the interviewer that you can do more than the bare minimum. Show that you can react appropriately when you see that your employer has a need that goes beyond your usual day-to-day expectations.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last week I noticed that my manager had not completed the schedule for the following week. Some of the staff were complaining that they didn't have their work schedule yet. Rather than going to my manager with the complaint, I offered to take on some of her workload so that she would have the time to complete the schedule. We worked together for a couple of overtime hours that day and were able to catch her up on everything. It felt good to help but also benefited me by way of organization."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I often go above and beyond what is expected of me. Most recently, I agreed to cover for a co-worker who was on short-term medical leave. I worked 10 hour days for two weeks so that our productivity did not suffer."

  5. 5.

    What do you know about Meijer?

      The interviewer would like to know that you are engaged in the interview process and that you have researched Meijer before attending your interview. Discuss a couple of the positive points you have come across and be sure to compliment the organization on a recent award or achievement.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched your company online and see that you have been around for over 50 years, first starting out as a family owned and operated local grocer. Your work environment seems very friendly, your stores are clean, and I am happy to see that you always offer low prices on quality items, even local and organic produce!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have researched your company online and like what I see so far. I know that you are very focused on your customers while still keeping a great investment in your employees. Your workplace culture seems open and communicative which is what I am looking for."

  6. 6.

    At Meijer we take our theft prevention programs very seriously. Have you ever caught a coworker stealing? What did you do?

      Meijer has multiple locations and tons of employees. Of course, employee theft would be a concern when your company is so large. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have faced dishonesty in the workplace. Show that you are capable of handling a situation like this with integrity and professionalism.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I completely empathize with companies that struggle with theft prevention. My parents are small business owners, and I understand the efforts that go into theft prevention programs. If I were to catch a co-worker stealing, I would report the situation immediately. There should be zero tolerance for theft and dishonesty in the workplace."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Fortunately, I have never been a situation where I caught a co-worker stealing. If I caught an employee stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a previous manager, I understand the value of employee honesty."

  7. 7.

    We have very busy and productive work days at Meijer. How do you handle a larger than average workload?

      The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload:

      - List your tasks and prioritize them
      - Think of which tasks add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!)
      - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself
      - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with
      - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself
      - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team"

  8. 8.

    Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.

      On occasion, mistakes will happen, and communication will be broken. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this occurred in the workplace. How did you resolve the situation?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I recall one instance where I misread an email from one of my subordinates. The punctuation was incorrect, and I read it in in a dire tone rather than in a positive one, as it was intended. After a tense conversation, the employee clarified her intention, and it seems I was mistaken. She and I agreed to exercise verbal communication on a regular basis to avoid a similar situation from happening again."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "We recently had a missing link in communications to one of our vendors, who we signed on to provide a large service. They were not aware of a change in the agreement which cost the company wasted time, resources and money. We were able to identify the breakdown in communication and change the process to ensure it does not happen again."

  9. 9.

    Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

      In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself).

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have found, in the past, that I work best in an individually driven environment; however, I can certainly be productive in a team-based setting as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a fan of team-based positions where everyone has something unique to offer. It creates a great diversity and generates ideas that may not have occurred in an individual based work environment."

  10. 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 $28,000. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making $50,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."

  11. 11.

    What are you looking for in a job?

      This can be a tricky question to answer if you've never had a job before! Think about your education and any volunteer experience you have received or training. What are some aspects of those experience that you enjoyed? For many people, working in an environment that is positive helps them to feel more motivated and often more productive. Your coworkers can have a huge influence on your experience as well. If you work with positive and encouraging people, you will feel appreciated and cared for at work. Review the job description so that you can also share some of what you're looking forward to learning. The most exciting part of a new job is that you have so much room to grow and learn. This is the beginning of your career so get excited!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am new to my career so I am looking for a job that will give me great training and a positive work environment."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I'm looking for a company with which I can grow, and a team that will help me do it. I want to make the right decision with my first job out of school that will put me on the right career path."

  12. 12.

    What work situations excite and motivate you?

      It is essential, 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

      "It does not take a lot to keep me motivated. If I work in a positive environment with a forward-thinking team, I am a very happy employee. If you see me going above and beyond, a quick thanks or small recognition of my hard work is good enough for me."

  13. 13.

    Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.

      When you answer this question be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your colleagues.

      If you had a good relationship with your previous colleagues: "I get along well with most personalities. My colleagues were great team players, and we would often meet up after work for drinks or team activities."

      If you did not have a good relationship with your previous colleagues: "I have had better relationships in the past, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were all very different which made it challenging at times."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I get along well with most personalities. My colleagues were great team players, and we would often meet up after work for drinks or team activities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "All of the colleagues I have worked with have shared a very respectful relationship with me. We have shared goals, and we share knowledge to accomplish those things to the best we can. Each of us has a part in the company's success, and we utilize communication to make it happen."

  14. 14.

    Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.

      Even though you may have a great relationship with your employer, there may be times where you don't see eye to eye. Think of a conflict or disagreement you had with your boss where you responded well, either by suggesting a compromise or taking a calm, relaxed stance when you could have responded in a heated tone. Compromise puts you in a great position with your boss, because it shows your desire to work together and highlights your creative problem-solving abilities.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I had a boss that regularly forced overtime on employees at the last minute with no opportunity to make childcare arrangements or plan changes. Sometimes he knew about the need for plenty of time to warn everyone but did not. I spoke with him at length about morale, and eventually, he started giving the notice sooner, making everyone's lives easier."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have done my best to always get along with my bosses, but inevitably I've disagreed with some of them in the past. Generally, the disagreements have been surrounding distribution of tasks among the staff. When I see that employees are unfairly treated, it bothers me. I'm not very confrontational, but I did pull my boss aside on a few occasions to let her know that the treatment seemed unfair and it was hurting morale. She was not thrilled at first since it questioned her authority and knowledge of the team, but after explaining how it was impacting the morale and productivity, she understood."

  15. 15.

    Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.

      Every place of employment will have its challenges. Talk to the interviewer about a specific issue that you were able to overcome in your previous role. Be sure to remain positive. Avoid complaining or saying negative things about your last employer or co-workers.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my most recent position we had an ongoing concern with our most popular stock depleting before the new shipment would come in. Customers would become annoyed and upset, which then became an issue for me as the Customer Service Manager. I decided to document the cycle and then approach the Inventory Manager about my concern. We were able to work on a solution for ordering from that particular supplier. In the end, this solved the majority of supply issues."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my most recent positions, communication was our biggest problem. I implemented, with the support of management, a weekly email update that kept our departments talking to each other instead of pointing fingers when an issue would arise."

  16. 16.

    How do you handle dissatisfied customers?

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  17. 17.

    Do you have experience in handling monetary transactions?

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  18. 18.

    What type of career growth do you feel we can offer you here at Meijer?

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  19. 19.

    At Meijer our success is greatly based on the engagement level of our employees. Do you consider yourself a reliable employee?

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  20. 20.

    This position requires you to lift boxes up to 50 pounds. Are you physically capable of this task?

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  21. 21.

    Our stores are open nearly 24/7. Are you able to accommodate early start times, late start times, split shifts, weekends, overtime hours, and holidays?

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  22. 22.

    We are in a very competitive market. Why do you want to work for Meijer?

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  23. 23.

    In this role with Meijer there are a few levels of management. Tell me about your ability to accept guidance and feedback from multiple managers.

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  24. 24.

    At Meijer we are set apart from our competitors by our incredible customer service. What is your customer service philosophy?

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  25. 25.

    If you could choose to work in any department at Meijer, which would you choose?

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  26. 26.

    Are you looking for a long term employment opportunity?

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  27. 27.

    At Meijer we like to train and promote our employees as often as possible. Where would you want to see your career with Meijer take you?

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  28. 28.

    Do you have any experience in up-selling?

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  29. 29.

    Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?

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  30. 30.

    How do you deal with stressful situations?

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  31. 31.

    Do you have reliable transportation?

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  32. 32.

    How do you motivate your fellow team members?

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