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1.
How did you maintain a good relationship with your most recent boss?
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The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of maintaining a harmonious relationship with those who are considered your leaders.

If your relationship with your boss wasn't fantastic, what efforts did you take to make it better? Here are some suggestions:

- Try to understand what your boss values the most
- Keep your cool, even when you want to lose it
- Anticipate their needs and stay one step ahead
- Take leadership opportunities to show your worth
- Adapt to their preferences

Some basic ground rules for a stable working relationship with your boss are open communication, proactive listening, and not taking things personally. Discuss the ways that you cultivated a healthy relationship with your boss.

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1.
How did you maintain a good relationship with your most recent boss?
The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of maintaining a harmonious relationship with those who are considered your leaders.

If your relationship with your boss wasn't fantastic, what efforts did you take to make it better? Here are some suggestions:

- Try to understand what your boss values the most
- Keep your cool, even when you want to lose it
- Anticipate their needs and stay one step ahead
- Take leadership opportunities to show your worth
- Adapt to their preferences

Some basic ground rules for a stable working relationship with your boss are open communication, proactive listening, and not taking things personally. Discuss the ways that you cultivated a healthy relationship with your boss.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My current boss is a very particular individual. Over the years I have taken the time to understand her preferences, her stress triggers, and what she enjoys seeing in my work. I find that if I stay one step ahead and maintain a positive attitude, we can work productively together."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I value having a strong working relationship with my boss. I want to learn what they do and take on as much work to help our team as possible. I scheduled regular update meetings with my boss and went the extra mile wherever I could."
Anonymous Answer
"I find it extremely important to understand what my bosses' expectations were of me and to work hard to achieve those expectations. My boss respected when I gave him some insight into things I thought, as a company we could improve on. I tried to maintain the attitude of not taking things personally and working hard to improve upon the small critics my boss would give me."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a perfectly crafted answer! You touch on some strengths, the fact that you take feedback and work to improve, and that you have an eye on opportunities for the company to improve as a whole. Bravo!
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Anonymous Answer
"Open communication, I anticipate his needs in advance and stay ahead of his deadlines. We had an open and trusting relationship and shared both positive and negative experiences. I took opportunities to show leadership and ownership of projects to carry some weight and lighten his workload."
Lauren's Answer
This is a fantastic response. You are conveying many attractive qualities to the hiring manager. I made slight edits – see below.
"I maintained a good relationship with my recent boss by learning his work style and expectations. I anticipated his needs in advance to stay ahead of his deadlines. I learned how he preferred to communicate negative and positive aspects of the workload, and I was assertive lightening his load by taking on as many projects as I could."
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Strong time management is important at Talent Plus. How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks and how those will help you to succeed in your role with Talent Plus.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I manage my time by exercising the idea of 'time-blocking'. This approach means that I won't incessantly check my email; instead, I will allow myself to return emails in 30-minute time blocks, four times per day. Setting calendar alerts and personal deadlines for myself has also helped a lot."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Very carefully! I prioritize deadlines and work that need to be done. Then work backward from there. When necessary, I utilize my resources and team to pitch in and contribute."
3.
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 slightly higher."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."
4.
When a problem arises, what is your first reaction?
The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with the team at Talent Plus.

Perhaps your computer crashes, and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to take a step back and absorb what just happened. I then go into "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have taught myself to become much calmer with my first reactions when problems arise. Now, I will step back and review my options for solving the problem rather than allow myself to become frustrated."
5.
If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
If money was no object, what kind of business would you start? The interviewer will be able to learn something new and unique about you through this question. Avoid answers that would include building a business that competes with the hiring company.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I had $50,000 to build my own business I would open up a community center in my neighborhood that offered inexpensive childcare, cooking classes, and other life skills programs. I am passionate about volunteering and see a strong need in those particular areas."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would choose to invest the $50,000 into an existing business in an industry that my spouse has an interest in. I love what I do for a career, but she has always wanted to be an entrepreneur."
Anonymous Answer
"I would love to create a sustainable grocery store to help the ecosystem by using reusable bags and jars to collect your necessities."
Rachelle's Answer
Sustainability is a super important topic, and you are showing the interviewer what you value outside of your current role. Nicely done.
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Anonymous Answer
"I love the hospitality industry and see myself staying close to it. With $50,000, I would start a consulting firm that provides basic marketing training to new Directors of Sales & Marketing. Too often, these roles are filled with strong salespeople, with little to no marketing experience. The firm would focus on techniques, report basics, finding your target audience, and activation/programming."
Rachelle's Answer
Very well thought out response! Nicely done.
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