The goal of this question is to see if you are in tune with Nike's advertising and endorsements from the past. Nike endorses a lot of athletes. Completing a simple Google search for Nike Endorsed Athletes will provide you with an up-to-date list of who Nike is currently sponsoring. Just pick your favorite athlete, and share why you like that athlete so much.
"Lebron James is my favorite Nike athlete. I am amazed at his basketball skills, and he also has a pretty exciting life that I like to keep up to date on. Who has been your favorite Nike endorsed athlete so far?"
Tell the interviewer that you understand Nike's most significant competitors are Adidas, Reebok, and Under Armour. Next, share that you support the Nike brand and believe Nike will continue to dominate these competitors. Be sure to never speak negatively about these other brands; it will show the interviewer that you are a team player. Instead, focus on how great Nike is!
"If there is any threat right now, I believe it is with Under Armour. Under Armour has found a knack for providing waterproof/windproof attire that is trendy and fashionable. Customers seem to like it. I think it is something Nike is likely cognizant of."
Twelve months is not a significant duration of time, and the best answer is sharing that you will likely be in the same role that you were hired into, but working your way up.
"One year from now I would like to see myself as a top sales representative in this region. It's important to me that I am a winner - I'm competitive!"
There are so many products from which to choose! Visit the Nike website before your interview to freshen up your knowledge on the latest styles and trends. Remember, it's not just shoes. There is athletic wear, and more. Come prepared with the specific name of the product(s), and be sure to mention what gets you so excited about it! You might like the fun fashionable colors. You might enjoy the materials used. Or, you may love how great the product looks on the celeb endorsers!
"I love the vintage throwback to some of the products you have recently released. Also, the collaboration between Nike and pro skateboarder, Nyjah Huston, is amazing."
You understand that every culture is unique, and the interviewer wants to hear that you know how this impacts the Nike environment. Start off by sharing your experiences with other cultures. Next, express that you understand how diversity should be embraced. This exposure could include: -Foreign Travel - Courses in college or professional seminars that helped prepare you for working with other cultures - Exchange program in University - Previous experience working in a diverse environment
"I have worked with many individuals from all different cultures. I am thankful to have experienced a great amount of exposure to diversity in my life. I traveled around Europe for a while after graduating University which also gave me the opportunity to learn about various cultures."
There are so many to choose from! Visit Nike's website before your interview to freshen up on the latest styles and trends. Perhaps you have a shoe at home that you love; this will work great too! Share what shoe you like most, and explain why you want the shoe so much. Nike has named all of their shoes, so be sure to come ready with the specific name of the shoe.
"I like my Nike Metcon 2 iD Training Shoes for hard gym workouts. I like that they keep my feet comfortable when I'm doing box jumps and completing circuit training."
The interviewer wants to learn more about who you are as a person. Think about the things that people have repeatedly commended you on. What are the typical qualities that you have received praise for at work, in school, or within your family? These things make great examples! Just share your three qualities, and tell the interviewer that other people have said they like these qualities in you. Some examples might include your joyful attitude, your kindhearted spirit, your ability to help others, your knack for striking up a conversation, or your patience.
"My top three traits include my willingness to help, my ability to retain information, and my firm moral compass. I look forward to bringing these traits to work for you at Nike."
This question is an opportunity to share a little about yourself with the interviewer. Start off by telling the interviewer a couple of your work strengths. You might be a planner, organizer, innovator, cheerleader, mentor, or goal driven. Next, share how you use your strengths to set yourself up for success in the workplace. If you have taken a work style assessment, this is an excellent opportunity to share your results and how this relays into your work style.
"I am analytical and enjoy organization, so my work style plays off these traits nicely. I like to analyze everything that I need to do each day and then create a plan of attack. I work through my plan meticulously adjusting as necessary as changes come up through my day."
The interviewer wants to know what is it that gets you excited about Nike. Is it a dream to work for Nike? Are you pumped to be a part of providing excellent athletic fashion trends? Perhaps it's knowing that you will be working with a lot of other people who enjoy athletics and staying fit. Just share whatever it is that gets you excited about the Nike brand and working for Nike.
"I love what the Nike brand stands for; bringing inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. But you don't stop there - you focus on the fact that anyone can be an athlete, no matter the ability or body shape. I am excited to work with such a thoughtful organization."
This question is designed to see how well you understand the Nike brand and athlete endorsements. Start by sharing the athlete who you would like to see endorsed by Nike, and as a bonus, share who the athlete is currently supported by. It will show the interviewer that you understand the industry and will surely impress.
"I wish Aaron Rodgers was endorsed by Nike instead of Adidas. Aaron Rodgers is my favorite athlete, and I wish he would be endorsed by the great brand that Nike is."
The interviewer wants to hear that you understand what poor customer service truly is. We've all been there. Think about the last time you received terrible service. You might state that you were at a grocery store checking out, and the cashier never smiled and never said a word to you until you received your total. Finally, be sure to share what you wish would have happened instead. For instance, you might state that it would have been nice to have been greeted, asked if you found everything okay, and had a cashier with a smile on their face.
"Poor customer service is all too common these days, unfortunately. I was recently at a restaurant where the server was incredibly grouchy. She was impatient and you could tall that she didn't want to be there. When you work in customer-driven environments its incredibly important to put those feelings behind you and deal with whatever comes your way, with a smile."
Interviewers want to hear a great suggestion that was implemented or a substantial contribution to show that you genuinely care about furthering the success of the team. Just tell the interviewer how you contributed and how positively your idea was received. Be sure to mention the positive outcome after your plan was implemented or your contribution was made!
"Our store was experiencing significant issues with theft. I created a proposal to head office that included a paid security officer at the door during peak business times. I researched the cost and compared it to the cost of what we were losing. It was less than 25%, so I figured it was certainly worth the investment. They agreed!"
The interviewer wants to hear that your previous employer will positively describe you. Think about the positive things your past employer has said about you. Make your answer unique, and memorable.
"My most recent employer has told me that I am a hard worker, and he has told me that he likes how I am always happy to be at work! I like to be a positive light in the office and will do that here at Nike as well."
The interviewer is hoping to hear that you are in tune with current market trends and where Nike's niche area could be. Think about what is currently trendy as well as what the up-and-coming trends are. Is there an apparel trend that is becoming popular? Is there a new style or trend in shoes that are going to soar? Are there any celebrities who will help drive an area of Nike's growth in the next few years? Pick one of these areas, and share why you think you will see an increase in that area.
"Kate Middleton has been seen lately wearing trendy sports vests. I think Nike could capitalize on this and see growth in this area in the coming months."
Think about all of the past experiences you have had that have helped prepare you for this job. Think about the group projects that have gone well. Think about your failures or about the encouraging conversations you have had with your manager. What sticks out the most in your mind? Begin by giving the interviewer an overview of your specific experience. Next, share how that experience prepared you for the future.
"One of my biggest fears of moving into a leadership position has been having to implement disciplinary action. I shared this with one of my past managers who graciously allowed me to sit in on some of these conversations to help me understand how to approach these situations, so they are never uncomfortable. I learned that I need to address things as soon as they happen making sure I have all the facts first. My manager also shared that her secret was having a great relationship with each of her employees She said it allowed her to talk about the tough stuff with them more easily. This advice has helped me feel comfortable with taking on a management position."
Interviewers want to hear that you have not had a conflict with a supervisor. Instead, choose something that you wish your previous supervisor had done differently which shows the interviewer that you are continually thinking about how to make things even better than they already are. Try to keep your reply as positive and constructive as possible. Nobody wants to hear you complain about a boss in an unconstructive manner.
"I had a supervisor in my past role who was great at leading meetings and meeting with us one-on-one on a weekly basis. I really wish he would have come out of his office more often to walk around our cubicle area. I think he would have built more meaningful relationships by doing this, and it would have made him feel more approachable. He is a good leader, and I think he could have been a great leader by allowing himself to be more relationship oriented."
This question is your opportunity to show the interviewer that you are confident and that you will perform well on the job! Start off by telling the interviewer that you will build your supervisor's confidence by listening well to training to ensure you are meeting all company expectations. Next, share that you will come to work every day with a consistently positive attitude on which your supervisor can always rely. Finally, be sure to mention that you will work hard every day that you are at work resulting in your supervisor ever feeling at ease that you are on their team.
"If hired at Nike, I will ensure that my direct supervisor can immediately see my dedication to the role. I will show up early for each shift, and be an active participant in my training."
The interviewer understands that Nike isn't the only shoe brand on the market today, and they want to hear that you know what makes a shoe great! We recommend picking a shoe that is not a direct competitor with Nike. Selecting a good dress shoe is a stellar option. Simply share the shoe that you like, and explain why you like that particular shoe.
"I like my Steve Madden dress shoes. They look great with a suit, and they are comfortable on my feet all day at the office."
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