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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published October 9th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?
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1.
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My current supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team also lets me know if I need to clarify anything. Based on this feedback from my current co-workers, I would rate my communication skills as an 8 out of 10. I'm definitely strong in this area, but still have room for improvement as I continue to grow as a leader and become more familiar with the Kimberly-Clark communication values."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I believe in being clear, direct and up front with my co-workers. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator - to always be clear but kind - so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
2.
What questions do you have for me about working with Procter and Gamble?
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
"Thank you very much; I do have a few questions for you. First and foremost, what is the company's long-term vision for this particular role, and one year from now, how will you know that the new employee has been successful? What does that success look like?"
Michelle's Answer #2
"Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. First, can you tell me a specific story that exemplifies the P&G culture? I'd love to hear more about how the corporate values of integrity, leadership, ownership, passion for winning and trust come to life in everyday work situations. I'd love to hear about your experience with others on your team and how they live out those values."
3.
As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
Everyone has his/her weaknesses, and that is OK. Talk to the hiring manager about what you feel you could work on the most, and what you are doing about it. Avoid discussing a weakness that could be detrimental to you securing the position.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As a manager, I feel that my greatest weakness is in separating employees as quickly as possible when they begin to show signs that they are not going to work out. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and have been known to continue trying to nurture people when they really are overdue for termination. I have taken a couple of management training classes focusing on this area, and I'm also working with an industry mentor; I feel I'm improving in being able to objectively approach separating employees who aren't a good fit, in a way that is respectful to the employee and for the overall good health of the organization."
Michelle's Answer #2
"One thing I've consistently worked to improve since my first management position is increasing the level of trust I have in my employees. For me, it was a difficult transition to move from a front-line employee to one who manages the work of others. I wanted to jump in and help my employees accomplish their goals instead of offering support and allowing them to set and reach their own goals. I continue to improve in this area, and I believe I'm at the right point in my career development to live out the P&G value of trust - having confidence in each other's capabilities and intentions and believing that people work best when there is a foundation of trust. That sense of trust is more important than making sure people do things my way."
4.
Work volumes can become very high at Procter and Gamble. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stressing out about the multitude of tasks ahead of me. With P&G's focus on interdependency, I also believe that I could reach out to team members and/or colleagues in order to effectively divide and conquer particular challenges that lead to a heavy workload."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I try to take a few deep breaths, review my list of tasks, and concentrate first on those that are of highest strategic priority to the organization - in other words, the tasks most likely to positively affect the company's bottom line. If I can put my highest expenditure of resources there, I'm more likely to make a positive impact on the organization overall."
5.
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentorship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I definitely see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a team in two prior roles, but also I believe that leadership does not always equate to management. Leadership is more of a mindset than a title or specific position. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model, enthusiasm and work ethic of the organization. I am open to new ideas and love to tackle a new project which, to me, embodies leadership."
6.
How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
Even the most well-meaning coworkers can distract you from getting things done at work from time to time. The funny and entertaining coworkers who like to chat online and send YouTube videos are often the ones who can get in the way of your productivity if you let them. How do you respond? Show off your ability to set professional boundaries, when needed.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I typically just set a kind, but clear, boundary and tell my coworker that I need to focus at the moment. I will offer an alternate time for a catch-up, over lunch for example. It is important for the sake of workplace culture to set aside time to be social with coworkers, so I usually just let them know when I'll be available for a quick break in the day."
Michelle's Answer #2
"If I have a distracting co-worker, I will highlight the distraction right away while remaining kind. I feel it's always best to nip issues in the bud before they get out of control. Overall, I'm very good at setting personal and professional boundaries, so this has never been much of an issue for me. I've found that if I'm clear that my time is currently allocated to another task, people respect that and are happy to catch up and be social at another specified time."
7.
How would you handle a situation where your Procter and Gamble supervisor did not properly communicate information to you?
Others don't always communicate with you in the style that you would prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have handled a supervisor who does not interact with you in a way that you like or that is clear to you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I first try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. I also try to ask a lot of questions and document instructions in writing as much as possible in order to make sure I'm understanding."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I try to be independent and find as many answers as possible on my own. As much as I would love to always work with supervisors who are great communicators, that is not always a realistic ask. I also try to repeat instructions just to verify that I'm hearing and interpreting what the supervisor really wants."
8.
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."
9.
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."
Anonymous Answer
"Currently, I earn a base salary of $30,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. I want to stay in the same range or gain a slight increase. I was not able to find out the current range of salary for this position, can you please put some light on it?"
Rachelle's Answer
This is a great answer because you are specific yet offer room for feedback/conversation. Well done!
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10.
The environment is fast-paced and challenging at Procter and Gamble. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"First and foremost, I will prioritize projects that most closely align with P&G's strategic goals and have the highest potential to affect the company's bottom line. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed- per P&G's focus on leadership, I want to make sure I have a clear vision of where we are going and can effectively focus resources to achieve leadership's objectives and strategies."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I interview each to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact. Just like Procter and Gamble values ownership among its team members, I accept personal accountability to meet business needs, improve systems and help others improve their effectiveness. Looking for this kind of continual process improvement can help clearly delineate priorities and eliminate wasteful efforts on projects that don't directly contribute to P&G's bottom line."
Anonymous Answer
"Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I analyze each project to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact. Just like Procter and Gamble value ownership among its team members, I accept personal accountability to meet business needs, improve systems, and help others improve their effectiveness. Looking for this kind of continual process improvement can help delineate priorities and eliminate wasteful efforts on projects that don't directly contribute to P&G's bottom line."
Rachelle's Answer
Perfection! You bring in many excellent points and needs related to P&G, perfectly personalizing your response. Well done.
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