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30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on September 25th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
At PayPal, we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
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How to Answer
PayPal is an award-winning, globally recognized company. They need to hire the best of the best. Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

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Question 2 of 30
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

If you feel that your performance in the inFterview is going well: 'I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?'

If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Question 3 of 30
What do you know about the PayPal Giving Fund?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know how much research you have performed on their organization before your meeting. The PayPal Giving Fund is a charitable service that allows PayPal users to support their favorite organizations through fast and easy online donations.

Charities can enroll with the PayPal giving fund. Their supporters can then send grant money through Paypal, eBay, and GoFundMe. PayPal provides the donation to the charity on your behalf, directly to their PayPal accounts.

This question offers an excellent opportunity for you to discuss the interest that you have in supporting charitable organizations and other efforts close to your heart.

Question 4 of 30
Over the last ten years, PayPal has acquired 19 competitors. If you could recommend our next corporate acquisition, which would it be?
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How to Answer
eBay purchased PayPal in 2002, and since then, the company has acquired an immense amount of smaller companies - helping the online financial giant to grow exponentially.

Some of the companies that PayPal has acquired include:

- 2018 acquisition of iZettle, PayPal's largest acquisition to date at $2.2B
- BillMeLater
- Xoom Corporation
- Braintree
- CyActive
- Swift Financial

The interviewer is interested in hearing where you think PayPal would benefit when it comes to additional acquisitions. There is not necessarily a right or wrong reply to this question. The interviewer wants to see your line of thought and how active you are in the payment solutions industry and trends.

Question 5 of 30
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like an explanation for the gaps in your resume. There are many reasons for having a gap in your resume, and it's best, to be honest about what you were doing. Keep your answer short and sweet, and ensure the interviewer that you did not allow your industry knowledge to become stale, or redundant, during that time.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 09/24/2018
Last modified on: 09/25/2018

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