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Name three positive traits you already have.

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  1. 1.

    Name three positive traits you already have.

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  2. 2.

    What steps do you take to improve yourself and value of yourself?

      Nike is focused on continually being great at what they do, and they want team members who want to be great too! Part of this is showing that you do not want to settle for being mediocre. Instead, the interviewer wants to hear that you love working on getting better all the time. How do you grow yourself? Get excited to share with the interviewer how you were enjoying improving your performance.

      Here are some ideas for personal and professional development:

      - Reading business books
      - Watching TED talks
      - Attending conferences and seminars
      - Taking on new wellness challenges
      - Engaging a mentor
      - Having a philosophy or motto

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am an avid reader and will find myself reading a new book every week, if possible. It's important to me that I fee my mind and teach myself new facts, and skills."

  3. 3.

    Who is your favorite Nike endorsed athlete?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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?"

  4. 4.

    What competitors of Nike do you see posing the largest threats and why?

      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!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  5. 5.

    How would you describe your work style?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  6. 6.

    What would your previous employer say about you?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  7. 7.

    What makes you most excited about joining the team at Nike?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  8. 8.

    What markets do you see Nike having the most growth in the next few years?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  9. 9.

    How would you gain your team's trust?

      Tell the interviewer that trust is obtained through personal accountability, carrying through on your word, and being respectful of your peers. Mention that you plan to do all of these things on an ongoing basis to ensure your team always trusts you.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will gain the trust of my team by always meeting my deadlines. I am sure to hold myself accountable for any mistakes that I make. Also, I do not support gossip because it opens doors for mistrust."

  10. 10.

    What are your most definable leadership characteristics?

      This question is your opportunity to shine! Think about what makes you a great leader. These are often the traits that other people admire about you.

      To which of these qualities do you most identify?

      - Confident
      - Optimistic
      - Encouraging
      - Accountable
      - Engaged
      - Passionate
      - Integrous
      - Loyal
      - Charismatic

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I possess great leadership qualities that include diligence, tenacity, and open communication. I look forward to taking these skills to work for Nike!"

  11. 11.

    Tell me about a time when you have helped resolve a dispute between others.

      Being a team player is critical at Nike, and the interviewer wants to hear that you are ready to take on professional challenges with ease ensuring that the team stays unified. The key to answering this question is to talk about each person only in favorable terms; be careful not to make fun of any person or play down the angst they may have felt during the dispute. To do this, mention that both people had good intentions, and they were just not meeting each other's expectations or seeing eye-to-eye.

      Next, share how you helped resolve the dispute. Maybe you talked with each person one-on-one to get both sides of the story first. Perhaps you mediated a conversation between the two of them. Finally, be sure to tell the interviewer how well the conflict resolution turned out thanks to your efforts.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A couple of people in my office recently had trouble seeing eye-to-eye when it came to their scheduling. The situation was entirely one of miscommunication, and I was able to sit them down together and work out the confusion quite quickly. I can look at a situation from all sides and have no problem helping my co-workers to see eye-to-eye."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I was working with another SalesRep who was having a difficult time communicating with a peer, and the emails were starting to escalate in intensity. I advised my colleague to "fall on his sword," so to speak. I explained that it didn't matter "who was right," the issue was about communicating the necessary information. He tried my advice and found it resolved the extraneous issue and helped propel a satisfactory conclusion."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You offered some excellent advice to your colleague! Your answer and approach shows a maturity that any interviewer should appreciate.

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  12. 12.

    What new Nike products are you most excited about?

      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!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  13. 13.

    Where do you see yourself in this company, in the next 12 months?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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!"

  14. 14.

    What is your favorite Nike shoe?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  15. 15.

    What experiences do you have with other cultures? In other words, how have you prepared yourself to work in this global environment?

      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

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  16. 16.

    Who would you want Nike to endorse?

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  17. 17.

    Tell me about a suggestion or successful contribution you have made in your past job or in college.

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  18. 18.

    Tell me about a time when you received bad customer service?

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about a past experience you have that will make you excel the most at this position.

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  20. 20.

    Tell me about a problem you've had with a previous supervisor.

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  21. 21.

    How would you build your supervisor's confidence in you?

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  22. 22.

    What is your favorite shoe that is not a Nike brand?

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