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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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How did you bring value to your last position?

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1.

How did you bring value to your last position?

This question is similar to 'Why are you the best candidate?' Think about the strengths and skills that made you an asset in your last position. Maybe you influenced changes that saved the company money. Perhaps you were the top grossing sales person on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support for coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"There were several ways I was able to bring value to my last position. First, I successfully passed each sales goal in my department. Second, I was able to motivate other members of my team and share my sales techniques with them. Third, I introduced two new procedures to the sales manager that helped us eliminate employee idleness between sales calls."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I brought value to my last position through my high level of reliability, my positive attitude, and my above average organizational skills. Successful project management is a large part of my work history and the company I am currently with was lacking when it came to smooth project execution. I was able to greatly improve their performance in that area."

2.

What do you know about The Yankee Candle Company and our work environment?

Do you know anyone who has worked for The Yankee Candle Company before? Have you researched employee reviews online? Talk to the interviewer about your findings when it comes to the work environment at The Yankee Candle Company.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have looked at employee reviews online and have talked to a couple of your current employees on the workplace culture at The Yankee Candle Company. The consistent feedback that I have come across is that The Yankee Candle Company values its employees through fair pay, a great benefits package, and a lot of performance incentives. My findings were, overall, very positive."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I know that your employees are happy! I read a few reviews on Glassdoor and see that you have very high ratings for your interview process, onboarding, as well as overall company culture."

3.

How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?

Even the most well-meaning coworkers can distract you from getting things done at work from time to time. The funny and entertaining coworkers who like to chat online and send YouTube videos are often the ones who can get in the way of your productivity if you let them. How do you respond? Show off your ability to set professional boundaries, when needed.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I typically just set a kind, but clear, boundary and tell my coworker that I need to focus. I will offer an alternate time for a catch-up, over lunch for example. It is important for the sake of workplace culture to set aside time to be social with coworkers, so I usually just let them know when I'll be available for a quick break in the day."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If I have a distracting co-worker, I will highlight the distraction right away while remaining kind. I feel it's always best to nip issues in the bud right away before they become out of control."

4.

Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?

The interviewer would like to know if you are specifically targeting positions within the same industry. Talk to the hiring manager about your desire for a role specifically in their industry. Be sure to reiterate your keen interest in the role with The Yankee Candle Company.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have applied to a variety of roles inside this industry and am currently interviewing with one other company. My primary interest is with The Yankee Candle Company because your products align perfectly with my product expertise."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am active in my search and have interviewed with 2 of your local competitors. With one, I am in the second interview. With the other, I just had a phone interview yesterday. With that said, I am most interested in this role with The Yankee Candle Company."

5.

Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join The Yankee Candle Company?

Talk to the interviewer about your reasons for wanting to work for The Yankee Candle Company specifically. With all of the competitors out there - why them? Be as specific as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would like to join The Yankee Candle Company because you have the strongest reputation for compliance and consumer concern in your industry. It's essential to me to work for a company with an honest reputation."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"The Yankee Candle Company has been on my radar for some time now. I have a few friends who work for your organization, and they have the best things to say about working here. Specifically, I believe that you value your teams and their career growth. These are important factors for me in my next opportunity."

6.

When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Setbacks happen for a reason, and they do not affect me emotionally in the least. I am a very pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite the challenges that come my way."

7.

Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your experience with confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have never, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the aspects of confidentiality and take them very seriously. I have never broken that trust."

8.

The Yankee Candle Company wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

It is important, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am most motivated, on the job, when tasks are organized, and the vibe is positive. I value strong teamwork and good leadership."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am most motivated when a team is working as a whole, and when I feel organized. When a project or situation is well planned and researched, it motivates me to keep the momentum."

9.

At The Yankee Candle Company we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?

When it comes to consumer goods, the satisfaction of the consumer is everything! These days with reviews online and the power of social media. How will you ensure that consumer satisfaction is a priority when working at The Yankee Candle Company?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that consumer satisfaction comes first from offering value. The product must be surprisingly high quality for the price being asked. The other top ways I ensure consumer satisfaction is through easy access to answers, and fast delivery/shipping/order fulfillment."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"There are many ways to ensure consumer satisfaction; however, I feel that the 3 top ways to ensure customer satisfaction are through top-notch service, excellent follow-up, and consistently providing a product that solves a specific need."

10.

Despite more current trends, many consumer products have been tested on animals. What are your thoughts on this?

The testing of products on animals has been a long time controversy in the consumer products realm. Discuss with the interviewer your thoughts on testing consumer products on animals.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Science has come a long way, and I do not see a need to test products such as mascara and shampoo on animals. I believe that products should not contain harmful chemicals and the more natural, the better. "

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I do not support testing on animals. I believe that science has come far enough that we do not need to exercise this practice. Alternatives may be more expensive, but I fully believe that the right consumer will be okay with paying a premium for ethically produced products."

11.

Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am very happy with the progress of my career. I am proud of my accomplishments and the path my career has taken so far."

12.

Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?

Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on consumer product regulation. Be sure to remain positive and avoid going on a rant if there are regulations with which you do not agree.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that strong regulations are essential for the protection of the consumer as well as for the distributor. If I could change anything, I would wish for some approval processes to be more streamlined; however, I do agree with most consumer product regulations."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I feel that the FDA and other health organizations have our best interest in mind. I appreciate the regulations and the protection they provide for consumers."

13.

In your opinion, what is the most innovative consumer product you have seen in the past 12 months?

When you are discussing innovative consumer products, be sure to include products created or distributed by The Yankee Candle Company. You want to assure the interviewer that you have a keen interest in their particular products. This answer is where research, before your interview, becomes very important.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have seen many innovative products come onto the market in the past 12 months. The one product from The Yankee Candle Company that I was most impressed by was XYZ. I love that it offers the consumer an easy solution, it's packaging is clean, and it has many qualities never presented in a product like this before."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"This year I have fallen in love with product ABC. It has a clean design, is an affordable price point, and offers a variety of uses. What has been your favorite innovation in consumer products this year?"

14.

The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?

Being up to date on current trends is incredibly essential in the consumer products industry. Assure the interviewer that you are engaged and interested in what the market trends look like.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I agree, the consumer products market is incredibly fast moving. I keep up to date on new trends in the news and online through Google Alerts. There are a variety of industry publications that I subscribe to as well as bloggers that I am subscribed to."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"It's tough to stay up to date on current trends, in such a fast-moving industry. My favorite sources of information include ConsumerReports.org, Good Housekeeping, and CustomerReview.com."

15.

Change is par for the course with The Yankee Candle Company. When have you had to adapt to change?

Being able to adapt to change in the workplace is a crucial skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. How did you handle the change? Was it a positive reaction?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my current role there is a lot of turnover when it comes to our management team. I have had to adapt to 3 new managers in the past four years. It is not the ideal situation, but I can adjust for the good of the team."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"In my previous role at a high-growth tech startup, the sales organization was restructured a number of times, from a new boss to new teams and territories. Some of the accounts I had been nurturing but had not yet converted were now handed off to another sales rep who received the fruits of my labor. Of course, this can be very frustrating; however, by sitting down with management to understand the "why" of the change, I was able to see the bigger objective and ultimately increase my sales performance."

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Interview Questions

  1. How did you bring value to your last position?
  2. What do you know about The Yankee Candle Company and our work environment?
  3. How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
  4. Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
  5. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join The Yankee Candle Company?
  6. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  7. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  8. The Yankee Candle Company wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  9. At The Yankee Candle Company we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?
  10. Despite more current trends, many consumer products have been tested on animals. What are your thoughts on this?
  11. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  12. Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
  13. In your opinion, what is the most innovative consumer product you have seen in the past 12 months?
  14. The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?
  15. Change is par for the course with The Yankee Candle Company. When have you had to adapt to change?
  16. The Yankee Candle Company puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  17. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?
  18. At The Yankee Candle Company we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  19. Sales performance is of utmost importance to The Yankee Candle Company. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  20. The Yankee Candle Company likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  21. If The Yankee Candle Company hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  22. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  23. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  24. We believe in strong work/life balance at The Yankee Candle Company. How often do you take work home with you?
  25. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  26. What are your salary expectations?
  27. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  28. After researching The Yankee Candle Company and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?
  29. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  30. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
  31. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  32. What is your greatest weakness?
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