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33 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Published September 24th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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PZ Cussons Nigeria wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

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1.

PZ Cussons Nigeria wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

Every hiring manager wants to know how to keep you best motivated and excited about the job. Talk to the interviewer about what excites you and keeps you happy at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have a healthy competitive edge, even if its a personal competition. For me, I am excited and motivated by winning, whether that be winning over a new client, exceeding my KPIs or being recognized for a job well done. I am also motivated and energized by a strong team that supports and challenges one another."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I get excited when new challenges are presented in the workplace. This could include a new program, a new customer initiative, a sales contest, or even the training of a new employee. A fresh problem to solve or a fresh obstacle to conquer is highly motivating and exciting for me."

2.

What questions do you have for me about working with PZ Cussons Nigeria?

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!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I've really loved reading about PZ Cussons Nigeria's CAN DO mindset and culture. I'm wondering if you can tell me a story from your personal experience that illustrates that culture in action."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I would love to hear more about measures of success for this position. One year from now, when you say to yourself, 'that was a really great hire,' how will you know? What are the KPIs and culture indicators that will let you know this person was the right choice?"

3.

How would your current or former supervisor describe your work ethic?

This is a chance to offer some real-world examples of when you've gone the extra mile or solved a tricky problem in a previous position.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My current/former boss would describe me as an employee who puts in the time and effort to make sure my work is something the company can be proud of. I pay attention to detail and never leave a task unfinished. I believe I would be described as dependable and committed and would be a tremendous asset to the PZ Cussons Nigeria team."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I am the type of person who can identify a problem or workplace challenge and put a plan in place to solve it. I love intellectual challenges and making order out of chaos. I believe this is why I was promoted so quickly in my current role, and why I would do well at PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc. I believe my current supervisor would describe me as a dependable yet innovative problem-solver."

4.

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 salesperson 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 exceeded 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 downtime between sales calls."

Michelle'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."

5.

PZ Cussons Nigeria is a global brand with employees from all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?

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

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The global nature of the PZ Cussons Nigeria business is one that I'm most excited about. I'm accustomed to being around people who aren't exactly like me, and I've been able to learn from exposure to a lot of different perspectives. However, I believe that truly being part of the global economy will be a life-changing experience that I will relish."

Michelle's Answer #2

"In my current company, we have a very diverse group of people that range in age, race, experience, gender, and more. I embrace it fully, and the commitment to all teams working together in concert with the CAN DO spirit, no matter their geographical locations or backgrounds, is one of my favorite aspects of the PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc brand."

6.

PZ Cussons Nigeria likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The greatest accomplishment of my career thus far was graduating from college as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was at the top of my class, plus working full time. This showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and to be recognized for my dedication."

Michelle's Answer #2

"My greatest career accomplishment so far is being promoted the fastest in the entire organization's history and topping it off by closing a major deal less than 48 hours later. I was not only proud of myself, but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was a really special moment. I took a pay cut to move into my original role, so to exceed expectations, be promoted, and be financially ahead of where I was previously was exhilarating."

7.

In our industry you will communicate with customers of all kinds including designers, builders, commercial companies, and private customers. How will you adjust to the variety of contacts?

Assure the interviewer that you can communicate with a wide range of customers who have varying needs. Talk about the scope of customers that you deal with in your current position.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I love this kind of challenge. At the end of the day, anyone interacting with PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc has a need to be met and/or a problem that needs to be solved. Once we can clearly define that need or challenge, we can get started on brainstorming all the 'new thinking' and ambitious solutions that can solve those problems in ways the consumer can't even fathom."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I have always had a knack for getting along with a variety of personalities. I enjoy the process of meeting new customers, exploring their needs and goals, and then working with a team to develop solutions for them. From what I've researched about PZ Cussons Nigeria Pl, I believe that its customers understand its innovative approach to adding a little bit of 'extraordinary' to everyday life with a wide variety of products and brands. If we all come together with that same spirit of passion and zeal, I'm confident we can work together to find the best solutions."

8.

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 gain a slight increase. According to my research, this seems consistent with the market."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I would like to earn slightly above where I am now. 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. If that is out-of-range for this position, I would hope we could discuss alternative benefits and/or a path to reach that salary goal."

9.

How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?

One of the toughest parts of communication can be delivering bad news to people that you work with and care for. Whether it is delivering a less than positive work review or terminating someone - it doesn't come easy. Assure the interviewer that you can handle this type of task in a transparent, concise and professional manner.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe no one enjoys sharing bad news with a co-worker, but I do have experience in doing so. When this type of task is required, I make sure, first, to practice empathy. Truth is always key, so I will be honest and clear when sharing the news. For instance, if I am to terminate someone's employment, I will not sugar coat the reasons. It's best they know so that they can learn from the experience."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I try to be very direct with my communication skills. While showing empathy is always important, I try not to be over-emotional when sharing non-ideal information with team members - most news of this nature is fact-based and can be presented calmly and rationally. A sense of optimism can also help. Good or bad news, there is always a way to improve the situation and create something good from it. After delivering bad news, I will work with my coworker to find a positive solution."

10.

When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"Setbacks happen no matter what, and for that reason I try not to let them affect me emotionally in the least. I am a pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite challenges that come my way. I once had a colleague who described setbacks as "forward fumbles," which is a philosophy I have internalized and try to share with others. What looks in the moment like a setback can often, in retrospect, be a catalyst for change or an inadvertent step toward a successful outcome you weren't even able to imagine."

11.

When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?

The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with their existing team at PZ Cussons Nigeria.

Perhaps your computer crashes and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to take a step back and absorb what just happened, define it and clearly articulate its consequences. I then go into 'brainstorm mode,' jotting down potential ways to resolve the issue. From there, I can generally use a pros and cons list to determine the best course of action for a fast and amicable resolution."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I have taught myself to be as calm as possible with my first reaction when problems arise. I take some deep breaths, step back and review my options for solving the problem rather than allowing myself to become frustrated or panicked. I often can confer with my team and/or peers on worst-case scenario repercussions, along with how to mitigate them. We typically explore several different scenarios in order to make a collaborative decision on which path forward is best for the company."

12.

At PZ Cussons Nigeria, we want to make sure we are the right fit for our employees. Describe to me your ideal employer.

Tell the interviewer what your ideal employer looks like. Be specific and be sure to keep the conversation positive. Avoid speaking poorly of any previous managers or organizations.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My ideal employer is one that is mission-based and acts with integrity and a higher purpose. That's why PZ Cussons Nigeria is such a good fit for me; with its commitment to responsibility, sustainability and giving back, I know I can find a connection between my own values and purpose. I love the company's mission of enhancing the lives of consumers every day with quality, innovative products."

Michelle's Answer #2

"In the day-to-day, my ideal employer/supervisor is one who allows me to take the reins when it comes to problem-solving. I like to be hands-on and prefer to work for people who value this in me. My ideal supervisor might let me struggle a bit with a problem before just jumping in and showing me the answer."

13.

PZ Cussons Nigeria 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, energetic, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me. I would also classify myself as bold - I'm willing to take risks in order to achieve higher and better results, ultimately for the good of the company and the good of the consumer."

Michelle's Answer #2

"It may seem like an odd combination, but I would describe myself as both logical and imaginative. I'm imaginative in the sense that I'm always looking for new ways to approach consumer issues and new ideas to test out. And then I'm logical in the sense that I want experimentation, data and results to know for sure that what my imagination comes up with is truly feasible."

14.

Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Both tenure and performance are important, but I do lean toward performance incentives. I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on the documented value they bring to the organization. This approach is a strong motivator - a new employee would be greatly encouraged by being rewarded for performance, and this approach also facilitates a healthy competition with more tenured employees."

Michelle's Answer #2

"This is a classic question, isn't it? Experience and company knowledge are so important and are certainly of value to an organization, while performance is the documented articulation of an employee's value to the company. I believe the best compensation programs figure out a way to honor both, with the emphasis on performance. Doing so encourages good employees to stay, since they know they're valued for their tenure and experience - but it discourages people from getting so comfortable in a long-time role that they don't strive for their highest performance."

15.

We believe in strong work/life balance at PZ Cussons Nigeria. 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

"Only occasionally. I make every effort to utilize my work hours efficiently so that the only time I take work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline or some type of emergency. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. Now, that's on the execution side, but on the ideation side, I can tell you that I'm constantly thinking about new ways to do things, new innovations to try or new approaches to problem, so that 'script,' if you will, is constantly running in my brain!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I try very hard not to take my work home with me. For me, it's very important to compartmentalize work and life and keep them separate so that I can give each of them my full focus in the moment. That means I have to be very disciplined throughout the workday, stay focused, and use effective time-management techniques to help me maximize my performance. This way, I'm meeting or exceeding goals, while still enjoying time with my family to disconnect from work and just 'be.'"

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Interview Questions

  1. PZ Cussons Nigeria wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  2. What questions do you have for me about working with PZ Cussons Nigeria?
  3. How would your current or former supervisor describe your work ethic?
  4. How did you bring value to your last position?
  5. PZ Cussons Nigeria is a global brand with employees from all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?
  6. PZ Cussons Nigeria likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  7. In our industry you will communicate with customers of all kinds including designers, builders, commercial companies, and private customers. How will you adjust to the variety of contacts?
  8. What are your salary expectations?
  9. How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
  10. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  11. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
  12. At PZ Cussons Nigeria, we want to make sure we are the right fit for our employees. Describe to me your ideal employer.
  13. PZ Cussons Nigeria puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  14. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  15. We believe in strong work/life balance at PZ Cussons Nigeria. How often do you take work home with you?
  16. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  17. At PZ Cussons Nigeria, we take having the right team members very seriously. Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
  18. Work volumes can become very high at PZ Cussons Nigeria. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  19. How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
  20. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  21. At PZ Cussons Nigeria, we value calculated risk. When have you taken an unusual risk in the workplace? What was the outcome?
  22. When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?
  23. At PZ Cussons Nigeria we seek to hire those who want a long-term fit. What is your long-range career objective?
  24. Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
  25. If PZ Cussons Nigeria hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  26. How would you handle a situation where your supervisor did not properly communicate information to you?
  27. Sales performance is of utmost importance to PZ Cussons Nigeria. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  28. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  29. At PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  30. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?
  31. What do you know about PZ Cussons Nigeria and our work environment?
  32. At PZ Cussons Nigeria, we pride ourselves on being nimble and able to adapt to changes within a complex business environment. Tell me about a time when you have had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes.
  33. At PZ Cussons Nigeria we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?
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