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Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

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  1. Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
    • 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 employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

      If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by a strong mutual respect."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by a strong mutual respect."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

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


  1. How would you like to be recognized for your accomplishments at Paycom?
    • We all like to be recognized in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would like to be recognized for your hard work.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is to be given words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is being noticed."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some ways that a company can recognize you for your accomplishments:

      - Corporate gifts
      - Financial perks and bonus'
      - Public recognition
      - Kind words
      - Continued encouragement
      - Title promotions"


  1. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
    • In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I like to leverage both methods of communications when dealing in business. Sometimes, situations call for verbal communications and other times, written. As a rule of thumb, I tend to practice verbal communications, with written follow up or visa versa. Utilizing multiple methods creates repetition and therefore, change."


  1. If you were to be hired at Paycom, what are your salary expectations?
    • The best way to discuss your salary expectations are 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 slightly higher."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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 opportunity for growth."


  1. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
    • Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my grandmother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I try to live like her as much as I can."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My previous manager was a huge inspiration to me. Her passion for this industry was motivating and really put the fire in me to climb the ladder in my own career."


  1. How can Paycom motivate you on the job?
    • Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position we have a leader board and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition in me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "People are most commonly motivated by:

      - Positive environments
      - Clear and positive communication
      - Good managers who lead by example
      - Feelings of empowerment
      - The ability to work autonomously
      - Opportunities for career growth
      - Incentives and contests"


  1. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers at Paycom?
    • Workplace relationships are important to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that the best way to earn the trust of my co-workers is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some ideas on how to build trust with your coworkers:

      - Show that you care about them, and their personal lives
      - Understand that you can learn from your coworkers and attempt to do so
      - Show consistency in the quality of your worl
      - Behave in consistent and predicable ways"


  1. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
    • Often times we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in an act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully leave a task for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question clearly.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If I were given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I do not believe in procrastination so I tend to take on the most challenging aspects of a project first, and then work my way into the easier, less time-consuming portions of my work. Especially in the field of human resources, procrastination can be very problematic."


  1. As a human resources professional, you will come across difficult scenarios. How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
    • Often, our work environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be difficult to know how to respond when you have a coworker who is moody, or when your coworker lacks social skills and constantly asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have had my share of awkward situations, and having raised 2 kids, I am no stranger to them! In the workplace, if an uncomfortable situation arises I tend to face the issue head on, but in a tactful way. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my team or colleagues if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Uncomfortable situations don't really phase me. As a human resources professional, I truly have seen and heard it all. It's important to remain professional and collected, even in the most awkward of situations."


  1. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
    • It is always best to support your reply with a real life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out spelling discrepancies in communication and will notice the small things. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My attention to detail is a point that I have been working on a lot this past year. I am meticulous but, in the past, have pushed my documentation back a little bit. It's something I am conscious of and continually working on."


  1. What is your long-range career objective?
    • Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time consuming process for any company and hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long term fit with your next employer.

      Take a look at the career growth options with the company. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to specifically mention them to the interviewer. Your expressed interest in those particular internal opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long term fit with them.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had strong progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I did notice on your website that you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Long range, I would like to see myself making strong progress towards a leadership role with Paycom. I sincerely hope this can happen within your organization as I understand that you choose to promote from within wherever possible."


  1. Do you have any questions for me about working for Paycom?
    • 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 questions you could have found the answers to from simply 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 biggest change in this industry over the past 3 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? In addition, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"


  1. Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team.
    • The interviewer wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or project collaboration.

      An example may be a time when you worked on a team project in University, a recent work collaboration, or possibly an extracurricular experience such as coaching a little league team.

      Discuss the positive results of the teamwork and how you attained a positive outcome as a group.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The most rewarding team work experience that I have had was in my last year of university. We were assigned a project in teams of 4 which accounted for quite a large part of our grade. I believe everyone pulled more than their own weight because so much was at stake. Team work is very rewarding when everyone has sometime to win, or lose."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "One of my most rewarding team work experiences was while I was attending University. I learned so much by working with my classmates. I gained new problem solving skills and learned a lot from their research preferences."


  1. How do you handle stress on the job?
    • Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Stress is part of any demanding job and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself personally and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."


  1. Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.
    • This answer can vary based on experience. Think about your personality and how you present your ideas to someone else, make sure you avoid words such as pushy, forceful. ie: Do you present facts and statistics and explain the results from your research? Do you influence them by coming up with inspirational concepts?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I would like others to see my way, I am sure to carefully lay out the ways that my idea will benefit them. I review those reasons, collect agreement from them, and then close them on the idea by having them verbally agree that it's the soundest decision or choice."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Some additional ways that you can gain the agreement of others:

      - Collect a few 'yes' answers from them before making your final request
      - Ensure that your timing is always appropriate
      - Get to know them and what they value / need. Build your proposition from there
      - Have credibility, be honest, and logical"


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