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Siemens Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Siemens job interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you like to spend your free time?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

The interviewer asks this question to gain a more casual insight into your personality, interests, and motivators. It is important for employees to have stress-relievers outside of work to keep their stress levels down and their productivity up while at work.

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40 Siemens Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. How do you like to spend your free time?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to gain a more casual insight into your personality, interests, and motivators. It is important for employees to have stress-relievers outside of work to keep their stress levels down and their productivity up while at work.

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      How to Answer

      Feel free to share the hobbies and interests that make you seem interesting and affable. Find relatable points of common interest. The less guarded you are about your personal life, the more it shows you'll be able to foster interpersonal work relationships. Your interviewer will take this into consideration when they are evaluating your fit into the team.

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      What NOT to Say

      Stay away from anything that might present a conflict. If you have a bowling league that requires you to take a lot of time off work or side business you are trying to build, you should avoid discussing those.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am an avid reader. Whether it's a trade publication or an autobiography, I love learning and growing. My nose is almost always buried in a book."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I spend just about every spare minute with my wife and my cat. Sometimes both. Otherwise, I'm at the gym listening to podcasts. How about you?"

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  • Behavioral

    2. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you present yourself will offer the interviewer insight into the makeup of your personality. They want to determine if you're overconfident in your answer or modest. Take the time to consider the question before giving your answer.

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      How to Answer

      This could be a tricky question as nobody is 100% honest. This question is about your self-perception. Like Einstien said, "The more I learn, the more I realize how little I understand." Explaining that you try to be as honest with yourself as possible, especially when confronted with emotionally confusing situations, is key.

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      What to Avoid

      Focusing on how honest you are with others should be avoided. The last thing you want to do is come across as dishonest or unethical in any way.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I consider myself extraordinarily honest with others when appropriate. Of course, if I had a rough weekend because of personal reasons, like fighting with my spouse over mundane tasks, I'd keep that to myself. Other than that, I am honest with others when appropriate. I would rate my honesty at a 10."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "When we try to process overwhelming or confusing situations, it's natural to jump to assumptions to explain an unknowable situation. One time I had a coworker lash out at me, and I took it personally. I wondered what I could've done that made them treat me that way, but it had nothing to do with me. They were having personal issues and later apologized. When I looked for an explanation for their behavior, I wasn't being honest with myself. But I think that's human. Of course, things happen. I try to be as honest and emotionally mature as I can be. So, I would rate my honesty at a 10."

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  • Behavioral

    3. How do you balance life and work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will offer the interviewer insight into how you handle stress, either at work or home. If you are continually stressed out at work, you'll likely burn out faster, and your performance will suffer. If you are stressed out in your personal life, it could affect your performance at work.

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      How to Answer

      Be confident in your answer. Emotional maturity goes a long way and is integral to leadership. Demonstrate that you've stricken a balance between both worlds through your approach to life. Offer an anecdote to drive it home.

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      Pro Tip

      Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain a balance between your work and home life. It's okay if you occasionally have to take your work home with you or if you need to take time off of work. The interviewer wants to know how you achieve that balance.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I think it's important to respect boundaries, whether these are boundaries I've set or ones that others set. I've worked with people who'd duck out of work and be on the phone trying to solve personal issues while they were on the clock. I've also had friends whose personal relationships because of a toxic work environment. My spouse has made it very clear I shouldn't talk about work when I get home. Instead, we discuss matters surrounding our lives together as a couple. The same thing goes with work. When I am at work, and I am getting paid for my time and my skills, I focus solely on my job."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I find that, with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, it doesn't feel like a chore. When I am at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I refuel before the work week begins. The perfect balance of work and life is difficult to achieve 100% of the time; however, I feel that to achieve a satisfactory balance, one must have hobbies outside of the workplace that they find fulfilling. These don't have to take up a lot of time, but they should energize you. I like to go mountain biking on the weekends."

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  • Behavioral

    4. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you perceive yourself may differ from how others perceive you. Keep your answers consistent. How you answer this question will give the interviewer insight into your self-awareness and how you identify your self-assessment and growth opportunities.

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      How to Answer

      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. If this is one of your strengths, offer examples of how your attention to detail benefitted the team

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      What NOT to Say

      Avoid self-deprecation. Even if you don't consider attention to detail one of your strengths, focus on others' perceptions of you. Describe how your team members would positively describe your importance to the team.

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  • Behavioral

    5. What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will give the interviewer insight into what you perceive as a challenge. It will also show the interviewer how you overcome a challenge. Some things continue to challenge us, paving the road for self-growth.

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      How to Answer

      Sometimes the greatest workplace challenge is a difficult task that puts you outside of your comfort zone. It could be something that requires skills you haven't mastered yet. Explain to the interviewer why the situation was difficult, highlight the actions you took to overcome the challenge, and explain how you continue to improve.

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      What to Avoid

      Again, don't offer examples that will paint you in a poor light. The last thing you want to do is outline ways in which you'd prove a liability should they hire you.

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  • Behavioral

    6. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will allow the interviewer to determine your placement in their team environment. Answer as honestly as you can. Frame your answer in a positive light and exhibit flexibility.

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      How to Answer

      Exhibit your ability to be productive in any environment. Discuss your ideal environment with the interviewer with realistic expectations. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position before the interview.

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      Pro Tip

      This behavioral question offers insights into the environments where your personality thrives. A more introverted individual recharges their battery in solitary environments, whereas an extroverted individual thrives in social settings. Most people fall somewhere in the middle. Focus your answer on what it takes for you to perform at your best without focusing on how difficult it may be to maintain your focus in other environments.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am most productive in a demanding environment. I find that when I have a lot to do, I tend to work smarter than when I have a lot of free time."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good! The interviewer should like to hear that you enjoy being busy. Do you have anything to add re: the workplace culture/team attitude/management style, etc.?

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  • Behavioral

    7. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see how you view your performance. Your answer will also demonstrate how effective your communication skills are.

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      How to Answer

      Be honest and confident in your answer. Consider what the interview has said so far and include this in your response if appropriate. This will demonstrate that you are an active listener and that you pay attention to details. However, be careful not to come across as defensive or presumptuous.

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      What NOT to Say

      "What I want to know is how well do you think I'm doing." Never answer a question with a question. Additionally, try not to come of as insecure.

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  • Behavioral

    8. What do you perceive as your greatest strengths?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you perceive yourself may differ from how others perceive you. Throughout the interview process, make sure your answers remain consistent. The interviewer wants to see that you take pride in your work.

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      How to Answer

      Provide the personal strengths you feel make you excellent at your job. Offer an example of a time your efforts were recognized by your team. Strengths can be skills or qualities that allow you to overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. In a work context, your strengths help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

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      Pro Tip

      If your interviewer also asks what your coworkers or old boss would say is your greatest weakness, keep your answers varied but consistent. Your consistency in how you present yourself will indicate to the interviewer that you will be consistent in your work performance should they choose to hire you.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "One of my biggest strengths is my ability to work well within a team. While I do also like working independently, I appreciate the benefits of having a team around you and getting input from a range of different people. I've had many group reports and presentations where points were made by members of the group, that I otherwise may not have thought of on my own. I truly believe working in a team improves the way you think and generate ideas."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Thriving in a teamwork environment is very important, and you do a nice job showcasing its importance. I recommend being aware of switching from the first person to 'royal we' (ie: the second and the final sentence). As much as possible, keep your answers focused on "me," "my," and "I."

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  • Behavioral

    9. What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Be sure to keep your answers consistent. How you answer this question will give the interviewer insight into your self-awareness and how you identify your weaknesses and growth opportunities.

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      How to Answer

      Frame your greatest weakness as an asset in its own right. Being a perfectionist can be a weakness. Sometimes, it can be difficult to let go and decide when good enough is good enough. At the same time, this quality can be seen as a benefit to a company.

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      What NOT to Say

      Don't say, "I would say my weakness is my attendance. I am habitually late. I've tried everything, but even when I set five alarms and have coffee right next to my bed, I somehow miss the bus to get to work. It's not even my fault most of the time. Can't be helped!"

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  • Behavioral

    10. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality. Your answer will reveal why you're proud of the example you provide and how it fits into your career goals, as well as what motivates you.

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      How to Answer

      It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments. Describe how this achievement acts as a milestone towards your goals.

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      Pro Tip

      The road to self-improvement is never-ending. Once you offer your example, offer where you hope this achievement will lead you on your path.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "My greatest work-related accomplishment is earning the ability to train new incoming classes due to my understanding of the job requirements and internal policies. Because of my efficiency and accuracy, I was requested to train new hires on our procedures and policies. I felt like I made a direct impact that was recognized by upper management."

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      Kristine Knutter

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      Great example! The employer will be interested to know an employer had faith in your abilities to provide training to new hires, especially if conducting training is part of the job that you are interviewing for. You can round out your answer by sharing how you performed your new responsibility, for example, by pointing out if your training efforts were successful. I reworded your response slightly to incorporate this suggestion.

      "My greatest work-related accomplishment was when my employer asked me to begin training new incoming classes. My employer explained they chose me because I did my job efficiently and accurately and because I had a strong understanding of job requirements and internal policies. It felt great to be recognized by upper management and to have the chance to share my knowledge with new employees. As for training the recruits, it was a success, and I felt like I was making a real contribution to the company."

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  • Behavioral

    11. Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Siemens. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The answer to this question is in the question if you've done your homework. The interviewer is asking this question with a "finish this sentence" framework.

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      How to Answer

      Exhibit your knowledge of the company. Share not only your understanding of why this is important to Siemen's, but your understanding of the culture they've built, and embrace not only why they're proud of this, but why you want to be a part of it.

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      Remember To

      Workplace culture is incredibly important since we spend so much time at work. Talk to the interviewer about what your ideal workplace culture looks like in a way that aligns with the culture they've prided themselves on building. Share with the interviewer the factors that would make you want to stay with Siemens long-term.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "My ideal workplace would be a place where active learning is encouraged, positivity is mainstream, and enough autonomy is given to ensure that I can work to the best of my ability. I also would like a workplace that provides internal growth opportunities and fair wages."

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      Kristine Knutter

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      Kristine Knutter Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great answer! It will be evident to the interviewer that you know what you want when it comes to workplace culture and that you wish to develop your skills further and add value. The employer wants to be reassured that you directions fit in the company culture, so aspects of your response should align with what you know about the company's culture. To learn about the culture of an employer, you can check out the "About Us" section of their website, check out their social media insights, observe the staff you meet in the interview process, read online employee reviews of the company, and talk with current or past employees.

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  • Behavioral

    12. We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Siemens do to stand out from the rest?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer wants to know how familiar you are with their brand. Branding is the identity and personality of a company. It is also their culture, and they want to see how well you'll fit into their culture.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview, it is important that you not only research Siemens but also its competitors. Describe how their brand sets itself apart from others.

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      What NOT to Say

      You should not say, "Siemens is the best. They've been around for a long time. No one does it better. No one." Avoid vague oversimplifications. Focus on the brand and share your understanding of their culture and brand.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "What Siemens does that I think helps them stand out from the rest is that their changes are preemptive. I see many large corporations that bring about change AFTER an issue arises. Siemens has, of course, learned from direct issues, but there have been changes that you implemented that were preemptive. There was a quote on the website that said, "only those who are able to change can control their future," and I believe that sentiment is what keeps this company going after 170 years."

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      Kristine Knutter

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      Kristine Knutter Reviewed the Above Answer

      Excellent response! You are familiar with the company's competitive advantage and share something to support you viewpoint from the company's website. You will impress your interviewer with this response! For clarity, I reworded the part of your response about learning from direct issues.

      "I think what Siemens does to stand out from the rest is to make changes preemptively. I see many large corporations that bring about change AFTER an issue arises. Siemens has, of course, learned from issues after the fact, but there have been many changes that you implemented that were preemptive. There was a quote on the website that said, "only those who are able to change can control their future," and I believe that sentiment is what keeps this company going strong after 170 years."

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  • Behavioral

    13. Siemens puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact, so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is assessing the extent to which you researched the position. It is crucial to understand the position and the company you're applying for.

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      How to Answer

      It is very important to research Siemens in great detail before your interview. Research the company, its core values, and the keywords used on the website and in the mission statement. Incorporate those components in your answer. Discuss your values and how they align with the values at Siemens.

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      Pro Tip

      Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and research any local charity efforts that Siemens supports. Discuss these points with enthusiasm. Demonstrate a desire to be a part of those efforts.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Your core company values are Responsibility, Excellence, and Innovative. I saw the emphasis Siemens has put on making conscious efforts to reduce their carbon footprint not just within the company but also extending products and services that can do the same for their clients. Making these changes while still maintaining innovation, and excellence is something I value."

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      Kristine Knutter

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      Kristine Knutter Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's evident you have researched the company and know all about its values. Nice work! You can make your response more convincing by elaborating on your values that align with the company. For example, you could share a short example of how you reduced your carbon footprint or an example of an innovative idea you shared with an employer. I made small revisions for clarity.

      "Your core company values are Responsibility, Excellence, and Innovation. I've also seen that Siemens has been making conscious efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, not just within the company, but also extending to the products and services for customers. Making these changes while still maintaining innovation and excellence must be challenging. It's something I admire about the company and is something I value and strive for as well."

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  • Behavioral

    14. Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer wants to understand your attitude about changes in a corporate environment. When your work history includes employment with large companies and/or conglomerate corporations, there is a high chance that you have experienced a merger or acquisition of some sort. Talk to the interviewer about your experience.

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      How to Answer

      Offer your experience objectively. Omit emotional details. Describe the situation, what unfolded, and your understanding of why. If you haven't experienced this, offer your understanding of why they'd ask this question, your insights into what that may look like, and ask clarifying questions.

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      Remember To

      Perhaps you have been laid off through a process such as this. Maintain a positive attitude. Avoid speaking negatively about previous employers. Change is a part of life, and exhibiting a mature understanding of this goes a long way.

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    15. What aspect of your last job did you like most? Least?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to understand what motivates you, what distracts you, and what kind of work environment might suit you best. Interviewers often look for a genuine answer.

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      How to Answer

      Keep your answer focused on you and what you loved about your last job. When it comes to what you liked least, be honest, but stay focused on the positives.

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      What NOT to Say

      Avoid laying blame on former colleagues for what you liked least. Don't hold everyone you work with to unrealistic standards or expectations. Communicating such points will reflect more poorly on you than on them.

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    16. Discuss a time you made a big mistake and explain your approach to finding a solution.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Making mistakes is human. How we deal with and remedy a mistake comes down to exercising good judgment and knowing when asking for help is appropriate. Many times, a person might feel fear of being judged for a mistake they've made.

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      How to Answer

      Consider the needs of the workplace. When you provide your example, explain the reasons behind your course of action. If you tried to fix the mistake before bringing it to the attention of your superiors, explain why. In this scenario, a good reason would be to not distract your supervisors from important matters they were dealing with, and it was simpler and less exhaustive of the company's resources for you to fix it yourself. If you brought the mistake to their attention, explain that it would've cost the workplace more to have you fix it, whereas the issue could be solved by a superior in a matter of minutes.

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      What NOT to Say

      You might not tell the interviewer that you neglected to take responsibility for your mistake, your answer could send that message. Choose your reasons and words wisely. How you reacted should be in the best interest of the company. Owning your mistake shows character and integrity.

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    17. Can you tell us about a time you had to bring a problem with a coworker's performance to the attention of management?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Situations like this can be sensitive and affect how others on your team perceive you. The interviewer wants to know how you handled such situations and your reasoning for bringing attention to the situation.

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      How to Answer

      Explain that you were working in the interest of all involved parties. Mention the welfare of your coworker, the needs of the team, and the necessity of bringing it to your superiors in your example.

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      What to Avoid

      Some employees might be on the lookout for coworkers' mistakes. Their motive for bringing a mistake to the attention of management might be out of self-gain. Avoid examples where bringing others' mistakes to light might come across as intending to make yourself look better.

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    18. What made you decide to apply for this position?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewers have read your resume and cover letter. You've had a quick chat to get acquainted. Now they want to know what makes you feel uniquely qualified, what attracted you to apply for this position, and why you want to work for them.

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      How to Answer

      Take what you've found while researching this company, and highlight the things which align with your personality and goals. Go deeper about your qualifications, the aspects of the job you are most attracted to, and how that came across through their job posting, along with the company's values.

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      Pro Tip

      If you've taken the time to explore and gain a deeper understanding of the brand culture, now is your time to focus on why you are a good fit. Expressing that you want to work for them and why you want to work for them goes a long way.

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    19. What are your salary expectations?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question can come up anywhere in the interview, but it more commonly comes towards the end. This not only gauges your expectations but your self-awareness of how the interview has gone. This is where you'll show your hand and how you not only value yourself but how realistic your expectations are. Your expectations may be unrealistic, or perhaps they sell you short. Either can be revealing with your career trajectory.

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      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Your current earnings and where you feel you are on your career path compared to where your ultimate career goals are heading should give you a reasonable expectation of what you should ask for. Be open, realistic, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary-based questions arise.

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      Pro Tip

      Find a realistic goal regarding salary by doing your research. Be wary of selling yourself short. Don't aim too high either.

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    20. Can you give me an example of a time you felt you weren't recognized for your achievements? How did you deal with it?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Businesses often have to deal with staff who don't feel their efforts are properly recognized. A wide variety of factors may come into play. Your interviewer asks this question to understand your perspective on the contributions you have to offer and what you feel you're owed.

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      How to Answer

      Describe what you feel was unrecognized in your performance. Then, explain why you feel your efforts went unnoticed. Discuss what solutions were reached, if any.

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      What NOT to Say

      Avoid bad-mouthing your previous employers or painting yourself a victim. Discuss the situation objectively.

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    21. Because Siemens is geographically widespread, we have to accommodate a variety of time zones. Do you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is about more than work experience. Employees' moods may vary depending on the time of day. Additionally, there are cultural components to take into consideration as well, as Siemens is an international company. This question touches on your communication and customer services skills. Strong communication skills rely on seeking a deeper understanding and looking for clarification of anything you don't fully understand.

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      How to Answer

      If you have experience with this, describe it in your answer. If you don't, explain your understanding of the importance of this question.

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      Remember To

      If you're not sure how to navigate this question beyond the above advice, ask clarifying questions. This will show your eagerness to learn and pick things up fast.

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    22. At Siemens, we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is trying to assess your communication skills. Communication is an integral part of any business. Solid communication is a necessity to ensure all of the company's systems run smoothly.

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      How to Answer

      Start by mirroring the key points of the question. Mirroring is the perfect way to show you are capable of great communication.

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      Pro Tip

      The message sent is not always the message received. A communication breakdown can happen anywhere in the chain. One supervisor might tell you one thing, and a different supervisor might tell you another. An employee might confirm they understand the task they're to complete but fail to communicate they've completed the task. Consistency and follow-through are integral to functional communication operations. Offer an example of a time you identified a communication breakdown and describe what you did to correct it without assigning direct blame or casting anyone in a negative light.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "My communication style is concise, clean, and friendly. I like to keep interactions simple to understand.

      I also prefer to interact with my colleagues, articulately, and eloquently."

      Written by an Anonymous User

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      You offer some great descriptors and paint a nice picture of your communication style. Well done!

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    23. At Siemens, we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Every interview process is exhaustive. To find the best candidates for any position and where they'd fit into their team, the interviewers need to evaluate how well the needs of their company and the needs of their employees align. Answer this question honestly but with tact. If you're not willing to travel for work consistently, don't say that you are. Phrase your answer in a way that shows you're a team player.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      If you're willing to travel for work or have in the past, explain this in your answer. If you're not open to traveling, don't say no. If you weren't aware travel was a prerequisite for the position, ask if it is. Tell them you're interested in the position and that you'd be open to discussing it further, but your understanding of constant business travel doesn't fit into your current lifestyle. Ask more questions about the position, if there is room for advancement from within, and if a willingness to travel is a prerequisite to grow from within.

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      What NOT to Say

      Don't say, "I didn't know travel was required. I can't imagine doing that. I like sleeping in my own bed."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Yes definitely! I love the idea of meeting new people and learning new things. This would be an ideal situation."

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      Perfect response! You exude enthusiasm in your answer, and the employer will have no doubts about your willingness to travel for work.

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    24. Tell me about your education.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job. They are also interested in whether you went to school intending to follow the career path you've chosen or if you went to school pursuing one career path and chose another. How you took the lessons learned from that experience and applied them to your career can also be informative.

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      How to Answer

      Focus on some of the relevant topics you learned while attending your courses. Explain how they helped you and talk about some of the interesting things you learned.

      Some ideas for you:

      - If you have experience working on group projects, share how you improved your listening and communication skills when working on a challenging project.

      - If you learned to use a new type of software or type of equipment you will need to know in this new job, talk about what you know and how you will apply this new knowledge.

      While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned in your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

      - Time Management
      - Creative Thinking
      - Proposal Writing
      - Public Speaking
      - Presentation Building
      - Independent Learning
      - Academic Research
      - Self-Motivation

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      Pro Tip

      Perspective and attitude are everything. Describe your college experience as the first stage of your journey on your career path. Describe how has it facilitated your trajectory so far, and share the unexpected twists and turns it may not have fully prepared you for.

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    25. Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If you weren't seen as a viable candidate, the company wouldn't interview you. The interviewer is allowing you to market yourself and explain what you have to offer and what sets you apart. The interviewer will be interested in how well you deliver that sales pitch and the confidence with which you deliver it.

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      How to Answer

      Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit this employer, despite the industry. Explain what makes you an exemplary employee. Go deeper than the work experience you've outlined on your resume and cover letter. Tell them things about yourself that they don't already know and the unique traits you bring to the table.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Take any hints you've already been given as to why they interviewed you, despite the industry being different, and capitalize on those selling points. If you come across as confident in your abilities and you believe you're a good fit for the industry, then they will believe it.

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    26. We are asking for eight years of industry experience, and you have just five. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer is interested in hearing where you feel your experience has gotten you. If you see yourself as ahead of the pack, explain why. If you were promoted ahead of your peers, go into detail about this. What you put down on paper caught their attention. Now that you are face to face, it's time to drive that message home.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      For many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible as long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Focus on what you perceive to be the advantage of eight years of experience in your field over five. Break that down, and compare and contrast yourself to that example. If you can demonstrate a deeper understanding of that, you may more efficiently demonstrate yourself as a desirable fit.

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    27. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This offers insight into where your career goals, as well as your perspective on the times things didn't go according to plan. It will also assist the interviewer in properly placing you within their organization.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Break down the situation and what decision-making influenced your detour. Be sure to end your answer on a positive note, discussing how you bounced back from the misstep, the skills you picked up along the way, and what you learned from the experience.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Discuss any positions that you have held that were not a fit. Sometimes an opportunity presents itself that you hadn't considered. Maybe a company you worked for offered you a promotion into an alternate career path. Even if, in the end, you chose to reroute and get back on course, discuss what you learned from the experience and how it helped your career path in ways you hadn't anticipated. Attitude is everything.

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    28. If a co-worker called in sick, and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      For anyone to be effective at their job, they mustn't bite off more than they can chew or put too much on their plate. The interviewer wants to know how you balance teamwork with establishing boundaries.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Show your confidence to your interviewer by explaining your willingness to be part of the team and pick up the slack when needed. Maintain your focus on the greater good, and know when taking on another person's workload could be detrimental to your success.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Stay Away From

      There are situations in which others may try to take advantage of you. When answering, steer clear of examples that might come across as bad-mouthing your coworkers. Present all situations objectively, focusing on the positives.

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    29. Can you tell us about a time you had to support an unpopular company policy?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Policies often come into play throughout the growth of a company. Change can be challenging for many. This question seeks to understand how you deal with and adapt to change and how you foster growth in a workplace.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Provide an example of a situation in which you faced such a challenge. Explain how your course of action created positive insights towards the bigger picture and the end goal. You want to come across as a supporting influence for your employer.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      Avoid describing situations in which the change affected you or your outlook negatively. You should not sound like you were sowing dissent in the workplace or contributing to upheaval.

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    30. Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Siemens?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is designed to gauge what kind of employee you are. Your interviewer wants to know whether you're happy with the status quo and prefer to cruise along day in and day out or if you have ambitions and goals. They also want to know where you hope your career path will lead you.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Before your interview, be sure to research Siemens' career opportunities online. Take note of the range of opportunities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations. Inquire about what kind of growth is available in the particular department you are interviewing with. Assure the interviewer that you desire a long-term opportunity with Siemens by discussing the career path you would like.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      If you haven't already, create a rough draft of a five-year career plan. Break it into attainable goals to help you achieve your goals. Offer some details of this vision to the interviewer, revealing the detail of your ambitions, with an understanding that sometimes these goals get modified along the way.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "If hired, I would like to move into a management role within this sector that would allow me to travel or even look into positions in the healthcare sector due to my background in healthcare. I would initially like to have a positive impact on this initial role and learn as much as I can and prove that I can be an asset to this company."

      Written by an Anonymous User

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      Good. You indicate you are prepared to stay with the company for a reasonable amount of time and give an idea of your future career ambitions. The interviewer wants to know if the job will be a good fit given your projected career path, so be sure to show how the job you're interviewing for will help you, perhaps by developing a skill set that will help you reach future goals within the company. You can share more specifics as well.

      "If hired, I would be ready to make a positive impact in the role with my background and skills and prove that I can be an asset to the company. In the position, I also hope to develop my management skills further and learn more about the company culture and way of doing things. Ultimately, I would like to move into a management role with travel opportunities, and I would especially be interested in getting into the healthcare side of the company due to my background in healthcare."

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    31. At Siemens, we seek to hire employees who are confident in their skills and proactive. How do you plan to make an impact on our business in the first 90 days?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know your approach when coming into a new work environment and how you'll fit in with the team. There are many behavior types, and how you answer this behavioral question will show the interviewers how well you'll fit into the team and what you have to contribute.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Describe your contributions to other work environments in the past, highlighting how your skills could contribute to this team. Before the interview, check the job description to see if the company has a need that you could fulfill.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      The best way to evaluate what you can contribute is by first working side by side with those who are more familiar with the environment. Learn from them, ask questions, and get a clear understanding of their systems before you offer suggestions for how to do things better.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I plan on making an impact on Siemens business by learning my training materials quickly, taking time outside of work, if needed, to learn my role and newly acquired skills well, and also create a system for myself that allows me to be efficient and impactful."

      Written by an Anonymous User

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      You have a strong start here. An employer will be especially glad to hear that you're willing to put in extra time to learn your new role. With this answer, you have an opportunity to show your specific ideas for how you could contribute. Once you know the job description like the back of your hand, you can set your primary goals such as improving efficiency in the role or your department and identify quantifiable results you wish to attain perhaps even breaking them down into 30, 60, and 90-day goals. I made some suggestions as to how you could structure your response.

      "I plan to get to know the team and learn the training materials quickly, taking time outside of work, if needed, to learn my role well. I also plan to create an organizational system that allows me to be efficient and make an impact. There's a lot I want to accomplish during my first three months in the role. During my first 30 days, I want to... After 60 days, I hope to see.... By 90 days, I'm hoping that we can achieve..."

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    32. Tell me about a time you made a suggestion requesting a change in an organization.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question can frequently be a double-edged sword. What matters here is your approach to the situation. Unless you've been with an organization since the beginning, you were likely not privy to the reasons behind everything an organization does. How you answer this question will provide the interviewer with insight into how you perceive your work surroundings.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      In addition to being able to handle change, demonstrate that you recognize when change is required. Provide examples of times you gathered information and continued to dig deeper into why something wasn't working for the organization. It often takes a detective or an investigative reporter to get to the bottom of a prolblem and find a better way of doing things. If the example you provide offers layers of team collaboration led by you and ultimately solved by you, all the better.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      There are many points in a person's career when one might offer suggestions to improve systems or workflow, but coming into an organization assuming you have thought of something no one has thought of before can be shortsighted. Understanding why things are done the way they are is the most important step to trying to improve upon them. Otherwise, all you'll be presenting is an ill-informed presumption.

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    33. Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. It will also offer insight into your leadership skills. Offering a detailed example will allow the interviewer to assess your concept of initiative and evaluate your strengths and what motivates you in your work.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you are a motivated individual by telling them about a specific time you took the lead. Include details of your project timeline, who you led, and what you had to teach yourself for the project to be successful. Complete your answer by telling the interview about the outcome.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      The interviewer is asking about the last time you were tasked with a project of this nature. If there have been many examples, elude to this, and discuss your skills with confidence.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I was tasked with creating a dashboard/centralized hub for our team that consolidated all necessary work-related information in one place. That was the only guidance I was given, along with access to an internal tool. So I had to sit down and create an outline of the necessary information that was queue/job-specific, along with facility information, pay stub/ADP information, etc. I then reached out to our project manager for any changes he would like to make or information he would like to add to create a concise dashboard with all necessary information."

      Written by an Anonymous User

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      Nice response! You picked an excellent example of a project you handled well with little guidance. The employer will see that you are flexible and can work autonomously effectively. As this is essentially a story, be sure to mention the ending, which is the outcome of your efforts. Was the project a success? Were people happy with the results? I reworded slightly for ease of understanding.

      "I was tasked with creating a dashboard/centralized hub for our team that consolidated all necessary work-related information in one place. That was the only guidance I was given, along with access to an internal tool. My first action was to sit down and create an outline of the necessary information that was queue and job-specific, along with other items like facility information, and pay stub/ADP information. I then reached out to our project manager to ask him about any changes he would like to make or information he would like to add to create a concise dashboard with all necessary information. Along with the list of items I had already identified, I incorporated his feedback into the dashboard, and the result was"¦"

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    34. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Communication is integral to the successful operations of any business. This question is designed to evaluate the importance you place on communication.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your most recent position and how communication played a part. Acknowledge the importance of clear communication in the workplace. Describe what you contributed to enhance clearer communication in the workplace.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      If the communication standards set into practice by your employer were not what you felt they should be, feel free to communicate this diplomatically. Communication is more than getting everyone on the same page. It's about how a message is conveyed. Take care with your choice of words and what they might communicate.

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    35. How do you feel about performance incentives?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will help the interviewer assess your management style. Performance incentives can be very motivating, but if abused, they can affect a department's budget. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings about performance incentives.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Describe how you influence innovation, whether by individual recognition and mentorship or by inciting a friendly workplace competition through workplace incentives. Describe your approach and your perspective on the different methods one might use to motivate their team.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      The Goal

      Success is measured in a variety of ways. Give the interviewer insight into your leadership style while communicating that you have your eye on the big picture.

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    36. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know that you can think outside the box or ask for help when you are stuck on a complicated problem. Where some might rely on instinct, others might explore all their resources before committing to a course of action. Whether you are one or the other, or both, should depend on the situation.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle different types of scenarios. Offer varied examples to display your understanding of the nature of this question.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      By phrasing the question the way they have, the interviewer set up your answer to provide greater insight. How well you pick up the meanings of each question the interviewer poses the better. The easier you make the interview process for the person interviewing you, the better an interview you'll deliver.

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    37. How do you encourage ideas in others?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will offer the interviewer a glimpse of your leadership style. They want to know how you'll complement their team.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Think about your leadership style - whether you inspire innovation in others by assigning tasks they desire, assign tasks based on their skills, or randomly assign tasks to spread them evenly across your staff. Determine your approach and the benefits you feel it offers. Perhaps you follow up with praise and ensure their efforts are recognized by all. Offering incentives at the end of the month in a competitive format is another approach. Morale is a great determiner of productivity. The ability to promote a team member's strengths and avert exploiting weaknesses is integral to effective leadership. An employee that has a general sense of accomplishment will be more effective at their job.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      Avoid examples of bribery (such as bringing in donuts) or micromanaging. Inspiring innovation is key.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would say I am a very motivating person and encourage ideas in others by making them feel comfortable when it comes to contributing. As no idea is too small, everyone is different and may have an interesting viewpoint on some things."

      Written by an Anonymous User

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      Awesome! When people feel comfortable contributing ideas, great things can happen :) Do you have an example of a time when you took this approach?

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    38. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? Describe a person who has defined the type of leader you strive to be.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will offer a glimpse into your personality, philosophy, and approach to your leadership style. The information your interviewers glean from your answer will help them determine how well you'll fit into their team and the culture of their brand.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Provide relatable examples of leaders who influenced your character. Whether you had a strong mentor in your management career or a professor in college who inspired you, describe the qualities you admired and embrace within yourself. Talk to the interviewer about how they shaped your management style.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to get to know you and how well your personality will complement their culture. The more friendly and forthright you are, and the more you open up and let them know you, the more successful you'll be in your answer.

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    39. When have you had to lead by example?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is designed to assess your leadership style. The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of the need to lead by example. How you answer will help them determine whether you lead by delegating or work side by side with your team when you can afford to. Those who lead by 'Do as I say, not as I do' can contribute to a toxic work environment. This can lead to extra work for HR and decreased productivity.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      If you hold a supervisory role, there are many occasions in which you must delegate and oversee operations. Other times, you can work side by side with your team. It is important to acknowledge the greater needs of situational management.

      If you are not in a supervisory role, mention an example of a time you took on a leadership role.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      There will always be leaders who abuse their position of authority. They may push their crew and then hang back with another supervisor having a laugh with their hands in their pockets. It's one thing if you can talk the talk. But the interviewer wants to know if you walk the walk.

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    40. How do you define success?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know what success means to you. How you answer will help them determine if you consider success to mean crossing daily items off your list or if you have your eye on the big picture and scale your sense of accomplishment on the incremental successes toward the ultimate goal. How you answer will also give them insight into what motivates your work environment.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer how you view success and be sure to mention the success you plan to bring to this particular position should you be offered the role. Consider your personality. There can be more than one answer to this question.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 4th, 2022

      The Goal

      Effectively communicating how you weigh success in your interview could lead to being placed in a position more suited to your personality and skills. Morale is a great determiner of productivity. Answer honestly, and consider what motivates you to be successful in your desired work environment.

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