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30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on April 17th, 2019 | 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
Name for me some of the publications we have in circulation. Which do you read most often?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to be sure that you have done your homework on their publication. Many publishing companies offer multiple sub-publications geared towards niche markets. Discuss which Sandhills publications you are best versed in and why. Be sure to support your interests.

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Question 2 of 30
Besides compensation, what do you value the most in the workplace?
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How to Answer
Financial compensation aside, the interviewer would like to know what is most important to you when looking for a new job. Your answer will show the interviewer some direction when they are ready to make you an offer of employment. You can talk about health benefits, work-life balance, workplace culture, growth, or even continued education opportunities. The sky is the limit!

Question 3 of 30
What questions do you have for me?
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How to Answer
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the Sandhills website and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely 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 for Sandhills?
- 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 most significant change in the publishing industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

Question 4 of 30
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
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How to Answer
The interviewer is hoping that your coworkers will describe you positively and uniquely. The hiring authority wants to know that you can honestly say that your co-workers enjoy collaborating with you! Select a few positive and unique keywords that genuinely define your work ethic, but also position you as a stand-out candidate.

Some great words to use:

- Encouraging
- Helpful
- Engaged
- Positive
- Hard-working
- Punctual
- Reliable
- Adaptable
- Compassionate
- Exuberant
- Intuitive
- Persistent

Question 5 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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How to Answer
In many states, it is now illegal for hiring authorities to ask about your current earnings. A question like this will give the interviewer a solid idea of what you are hoping to earn. When you change positions, you want to see an increase in wage. Most interviewees will typically aim for a 7-15% increase for each time they change jobs. This range offers room for negotiations with the new company. This percentage increase reflects economic inflation, the unique skills you bring to the table from the last time you joined an organization, and growth in responsibilities.

The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example if you are comfortable doing so. If this makes you uncomfortable, do give as many indicators as you can. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

If you are newer to your career, or the area, and are unsure of what a fair ask may be, there are many reliable salary calculators available online.

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Writers for Sandhills Publishing Company Answers and Questions

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.
Helen Lee
Helen Lee is a freelance data analyst and writer with over 15 years of experience in the Marketing field working for companies and clients in a variety of industries including financial services, quick service restaurant (QSR), consumer packaged goods (CPG) and education technology. She has experience managing marketing research projects, conducting strategic analyses and writing and editing a variety of pieces including marketing material, blog entries and user guides.
Published: 04/17/2019

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