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Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team. What made it rewarding?

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1.

Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team. What made it rewarding?

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.

Ryan'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."

Ryan'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."

2.

What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?

The interviewer wants to know that you are able to think outside the box, or even ask for help, when you are stuck on a complicated problem.

Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues or even patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need in order to find the best way to solve the problem.

Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

Ryan's Answer #1

"When I am faced with a complicated problem, I will look to the resources that my current company has provided me. The answer is almost always in there. If it's more of a moral dilemma vs. a knowledge based dilemma, I will ask my supervisor for his thoughts and opinion since I value him as a mentor and expert in our industry."

Ryan's Answer #2

"In order to solve a complex issue, I will reach out to a manager or mentor from a previous role to ask them how they've handled such issues in the past. I am always ready to dive back into our handbook, but these types of scenarios are often not covered there, which is why I really value a human, experiential approach. I know that there are so many folks in the industry who have so much to teach me and have probably already "been-there-done-that", so I love to utilize them as a resource."

3.

What do you think our company's biggest challenge is?

What is this particular company's biggest challenge, and how do you think that you can assist?

Ryan's Answer #1

"After speaking with you further about the company, and this role, I believe that the biggest challenge this company has faced is in hiring the right talent. I have a strong background in recruitment as well as management and do feel that I can assist with this hurdle. Having the right team players is imperative to a company's success and, if we can tackle that, I see great things happening."

Ryan's Answer #2

"That is a tough question because I have not spend time working within your organization. Knowing the industry, my best guess would be that the biggest challenge is the same challenge any marketing company faces, and that is keeping up with the fast paced changes in marketing, advertising, and social media."

4.

Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?

It is easy to say that you are trustworthy and honest but it's best if you can back it up with a review or words from a previous supervisor.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual and you will be able to hear that directly from my supervisor when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as very important virtues."

Ryan's Answer #2

"My friends and family rely on me heavily because I am trustworthy and honest. They can count on me to be straightforward with them and depend on me to be there when it matters least or most."

5.

At RR Donnelley we look for those with a sincere interest in marketing and advertising. Tell me about your favorite project at the moment.

The interviewer would like further insight into the types of projects that you find the most interesting, and rewarding. Briefly discuss the most exciting project that you have on the go. Explain a bit about the project, and why it is so interesting to you. If possible, compare this project to some of the projects that RR Donnelley works on.

Ryan's Answer #1

"At the moment, I am working on a brand development campaign for a not-for-profit organization. This project is very exciting for me because it blends my two passions - marketing and volunteerism. I think everyone should become involved in their community as much as possible and it's exciting when you can use your professional skill set to do so. I understand that your organization takes on a variety of clients in not-for-profit, as well. I would love to learn more about those projects!"

Ryan's Answer #2

"I often have multiple projects on the go that are very interesting and exciting. At the moment, I am revamping the online presence for a small sized toy company. It's been a lot of fun because they are allowing me to exercise my creativity, with a significant budget as well."

6.

Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.

Public speaking can be intimidating so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations.

Ryan's Answer #1

"In my past 2 roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of over 200. I have taken a couple of Toastmasters sessions which helped a great deal. I am a confident public speaker."

Ryan's Answer #2

"Presenting to large groups is a big part of successfully rolling out large communications to teams organization wide. I have experience preparing the deck to be presented to ensure it is simple and thorough. I utilize different communication techniques to make a presentation fun, interesting, and engaging."

7.

If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

Ryan's Answer #1

"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to completely start over in a new direction I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I am very satisfied with the direction my career has taken. If I could change anything I would perhaps have furthered my education to include a more unique focus; however, I have no regrets!"

8.

At RR Donnelley we provide marketing services to a wide range of customers. Are you prepared to deal with a variety of personalities?

In the marketing industry, your experience with clients may be widespread. Talk to the interviewer about the range of personalities you have been exposed to. Be sure to appear confident in your ability to handle a wide variety of personalities.

Ryan's Answer #1

"The majority of my work experience is with a wide range of clients and personalities. Happy customers are always the easiest to deal with; however, I do have some training in conflict management. I am confident in my ability to successfully and professionally handle the range of clients you work with at RR Donnelley."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I have worked with a large range of personalities and needs, in my employment history. I am very well prepared to work with a range of client personalities and do have a strong level of patience."

9.

At RR Donnelley we seek to hire those who can think on their feet. Choose a popular brand and tell me one thing you would do to improve their branding.

The interviewer is asking this question because they would like to know that you keep up to date on current branding trends. The more you know, the more apparent it is that you have a genuine interest in this industry. To an interviewer, this gives added security that you are in this career for the long term.

Briefly discuss a well-known brand. For a balanced answer, give your opinion on one thing the company could improve on and one thing they are doing right.

Ryan's Answer #1

"It's no secret that United Airlines has been in a public relations nightmare as of late. When I look at their branding I can't help but think that they should be spending marketing dollars on spinning their mishaps into some sort of positive. Their name is so well known that their logo is all they really need for consumer recognition so - they are definitely doing some things right."

Ryan's Answer #2

"If I could choose any brand to improve, I would choose the Red Lobster or other family style restaurant who still rely on outdated messaging in their marketing. The glamour shots of food with the traditional families sitting down for dinner just doesn't catch the eye of the discerning customer any longer. I would first change their commercials to include more diversity. Then, I would encourage hiring a social media manager whose tweets and posts would rival notorious brands such as Starbucks or McDonalds."

10.

We have a culture of collaboration and high energy here at RR Donnelley. Describe your workplace personality in 3 words.

The interviewer would like to know what first comes to mind when you are asked to describe your personality. Be prepared by writing down some keywords ahead of time that best describe you.

If you can, visit the company website, read their job posting and see if you can find a common set of descriptive words that seem to resonate really well with RR Donnelley. Incorporate those if you can. Avoid giving generic, run-of-the-mill answers and make sure to compliment RR Donnelley on their efforts when it comes to an energetic workplace culture.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I can see that you have a great energy here and I've really enjoyed that during this interview process. If I could describe my personality in 3 words I would say that I am motivated, positive, and dedicated. After researching your company further, I believe I am a strong fit for the culture that you have worked so hard to achieve."

Ryan's Answer #2

"Other words you could use to describe your workplace personality:

- Ambitious
- Approachable
- Cooperative
- Charismatic
- Diiligent
- Efficient
- Energetic
- Focused
- Inquisitive
- Meticulous
- Patient
- Responsible"

11.

Our industry is innovative and ever-changing. How do you stay on top of industry related news?

Talk to the interviewer about a few ways that you stay in touch on new trends within the marketing industry. Knowing that you keep in touch on the latest trends will show the interviewer that you are engaged in this industry and willing to invest your time into learning more. You can also start a great conversation by asking the interviewer how they prefer to say up to date.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I agree - this industry is fast changing, and it's really important to stay up to date on the new trends in the market. To keep up to date, I subscribe to AdWeek as well as Communication Arts Magazine. I read a variety of publications; however, these two are the ones I read daily. Do you have any recommendations for staying on top of industry trends?"

Ryan's Answer #2

"I have a Google alert set up for a variety of industry related keywords that include marketing, sales, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, and content development. I learn a lot from absorbing these small bits of news on a daily basis. in ad"

12.

At RR Donnelley we value continued education. If you could choose any marketing related course to attend, what would you choose?

Many employers look to hire employees who have a penchant for knowledge and growth. Express your interest in continued education by passionately discussing a topic that you would love to learn more about. Be sure to keep your answer industry and job related.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I love the idea of expanding my knowledge within internet marketing. If I could choose any topic for continued education, I would choose to learn more about search engine optimization and search engine marketing. You can dive really deep into each of those topics which is an exciting challenge for me."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I am really pleased to hear that you appreciate continued education. Thank you for this consideration! If I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge in any area of marketing, I would choose Consumer Behavior Insights. There is so much to learn when it comes to consumer spending and buying patterns- it's fascinating."

13.

What do you know about our clients at RR Donnelley?

Getting to know RR Donnelley before your interview is a very important step. In addition to reviewing the company history, you also want to have a good understanding of who RR Donnelley services, collaborates with, and does the bulk of their business with. A thorough read through their website, online reviews, and a Google search can tell you a lot.

Ryan's Answer #1

"From the research that I have conducted, it appears that the bulk of your clients are within the consumer services sector. It is apparent, after reading through your website and online reviews, that you have a strong client base and a very faithful client following. I would love to learn more about your biggest clients and the work you do for them."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I understand that the majority of your client are owners of small to medium business"

14.

In your opinion, what has been the biggest breakthrough in social media marketing as of late?

The interviewer is asking this question because they would like to know that you keep up to date on social media trends. The more you know, the more apparent it is that you have a genuine interest in this industry. To an interviewer, this gives added security that you are in this career for the long term. Discuss a recent change in social media marketing and how you think it will change the face of the marketing industry.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I think that the whole idea of Facebook Live is a game changer. This puts large and small brands in the same space where they can offer free and direct communication with their consumers. The options are now endless! Virtual tours, live give-away's, and private looks backstage....it's really incredible."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I would say that the biggest change that social media marketing will see in the next few months is the decline of visible organic content and the extra push for paid or boosted content to have priority."

15.

Being able to think creatively is important at RR Donnelley. If you had a very small budget to work with, what marketing technique would you use first?

The interviewer would like to see that you are creative and inventive at the same time. Marketing and branding can be easier with a big budget so, what are you made of when the budget is low? Discuss some of your favorite methods of marketing on a small budget.

Ryan's Answer #1

"In my opinion, social media marketing is the absolute best solution for anyone on a tight budget. You can easily reach your client and fan base by using Snapchat, Instagram Stories, and Facebook Live. They may take extra prep time but are perfect for the budget conscious client."

Ryan's Answer #2

"If I had a small budget to work with, the first thing I would focus on is building a strong email list for the company or project in question. Email lists are valuable and in order to create one I would offer a download, resource, or free product in exchange for the potential email address. Consumers are very drawn to a hook like that."

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Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team. What made it rewarding?
  2. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  3. What do you think our company's biggest challenge is?
  4. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
  5. At RR Donnelley we look for those with a sincere interest in marketing and advertising. Tell me about your favorite project at the moment.
  6. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  7. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  8. At RR Donnelley we provide marketing services to a wide range of customers. Are you prepared to deal with a variety of personalities?
  9. At RR Donnelley we seek to hire those who can think on their feet. Choose a popular brand and tell me one thing you would do to improve their branding.
  10. We have a culture of collaboration and high energy here at RR Donnelley. Describe your workplace personality in 3 words.
  11. Our industry is innovative and ever-changing. How do you stay on top of industry related news?
  12. At RR Donnelley we value continued education. If you could choose any marketing related course to attend, what would you choose?
  13. What do you know about our clients at RR Donnelley?
  14. In your opinion, what has been the biggest breakthrough in social media marketing as of late?
  15. Being able to think creatively is important at RR Donnelley. If you had a very small budget to work with, what marketing technique would you use first?
  16. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  17. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  18. Tell me about your greatest work accomplishment.
  19. Why do you want this job with RR Donnelley?
  20. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  21. How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?
  22. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  23. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  24. What gives you satisfaction in this particular career?
  25. When have you taught someone important skills or knowledge, in the workplace?
  26. If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
  27. What is your current salary?
  28. What would you do if a client asked you about a product or service and you were unsure of the answer?
  29. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  30. Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
  31. What questions do you have for me?
  32. Why do you believe you will have success in this position with RR Donnelley?
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