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How do you handle a larger than average workload?

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  1. 1.

    How do you handle a larger than average workload?

      Thomson Reuters is a multi-billion dollar company so you can bet you will never run out of things to do when helping the business run smoothly. The interviewer wants to know that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

      Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload:

      - List your tasks and prioritize them
      - Think of which jobs add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!)
      - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself
      - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with
      - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself
      - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I first take a step back and make a list of all the deliverable work that I have. Then, I prioritize the list by deadline and ease of completion. I always try to hit the easy tasks first and get them off my to-do list. Feeling like I am making progress keeps me motivated."

  2. 2.

    At Thomson Reuters, we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?

      One way that Thomson Reuters stands out from the competition is in their dedication to corporate responsibility and inclusion. Thomson Reuters believes in a shared responsibility to do business in ways that respect, protect and benefit their customers, employees, communities, suppliers, and environment.

      It is critical that you research Thomson Reuters and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. What does Thomson Reuters do best, and who is trying to do it better? Speak openly with the interviewer about your ability to work competitively and how you plan to contribute to their continued success.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe the best way to stay ahead of your competitors is to pay a big amount of attention to the fine details. When you put out a great product or service, others will try to mimic your work, but they will cut corners because they will feel rushed to get it out on the marketplace first. I will contribute to the success of Thomson Reuters by committing my most attentive work to you every day."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I think that the best way to stay ahead of competitors is to keep your projects as simple as possible while remaining innovative. People want simple, easy products, which they can understand. What I've seen from your competitors lately is that they overcomplicate their products. I appreciate that Thomson Reuters remains true to its mission of simple yet effective solutions."

  3. 3.

    What is your approach to working with a large amount of information/data?

      When you work in data management, you will be required to handle large amounts of data and information, keeping it all organized and easily accessible to yourself, and other project stakeholders. The interviewer would like to know that you can successfully juggle and organize it all. If you would like to know more about Thomson Reuters's process, you can certainly ask.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I learned a technique years ago from a data science blog to take a three-tiered approach when working with large amounts of data, and information. I evaluate, define, and control. What this means is that I first evaluate the type of data that I have. I can then define and categorize it, allowing me to ensure it is organized and protected. From there, I can control its use and distribution. How do you prefer large amounts of data be managed here at Thomson Reuters?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When managing large amounts of information, I create lists, and collections, so that the information is easy to find. I am aware of keeping the data stored as flat as possible. I also archive old information regularly so that it is not a distraction. I want to learn more about how Thomson Reuters prefers the management of large amounts of information and data."

  4. 4.

    At Thomson Reuters, we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?

      Signing a non-disclosure agreement is very common in the information media industry. If hired, you will likely become privy to trade secrets, pending patents, and other innovative projects that must remain confidential. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to sign an agreement. If you are currently under non-disclosure or non-compete agreement with your present employer, now is the time to discuss that.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have signed non-disclosure agreements in the past; although I am not currently under one. I see the importance of agreements such as this and am most willing to comply."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am happy to review any privacy and confidentiality agreements present at Thomson Reuters."

  5. 5.

    What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?

      When you show that you have goals and achievements on the horizon, you are letting the interviewer know that you put thought into your career and what you bring to your employer. Employees who do not have goals set just beyond their reach are typically disengaged and unmotivated. This achievement does not need to be complicated. It can be as simple as finishing a beautiful Powerpoint presentation, finishing work-related coursework, or reaching a sales target.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have some great accomplishments on the horizon including the launch of my biggest clients' digital marketing strategy later this month. This account is the biggest that I have worked with, and it's a fascinating campaign. With that said, I look forward to joining your organization and working with large clients like this more often."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "On the horizon for me right now is finishing this quarter, top in my company. My sales goal for Q2 was $65,000, and I am currently at $98,000. I seek to tip the scales at over $100K in sales. I love competition so being top of the pack in my organization is very exciting to me."

  6. 6.

    What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?

      The term 'innovation' is often overused in business these days and has now become a buzzword that many people don't fully understand. The interviewer would like to know what you feel innovation indeed is. Include an example of a time when you have witnessed an innovative change in the workplace, or when you have exercised creativity.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "To me, innovation means presenting a new idea or making an existing idea better. It's important to be innovative in the workplace, but often it's a misunderstood concept. An example of when I was innovative was when our company was facing budget cuts. I suggested that we begin to operate as though the cuts were already made, in an attempt to preemptively save funds. The concept worked well, and we were able to eliminate many unnecessary expenditures."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I encourage my team to be innovative by asking the impossible of themselves, and their coworkers. We will get together once per week and bring up situations that we think are out of our scope and then reverse engineer these ideas to see how we could go about putting them into action. To me, this is being innovative in the workplace."

  7. 7.

    We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Thomson Reuters. Do you think it's essential to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?

      Talk to the interviewer about your work habits and how you prefer to approach a new project. If you have a sense of how Thomson Reuters prefers to approach their work you should discuss that method. For instance, if the interviewer tells you that they prefer extensive research before beginning a project, that is your queue to talk about your excellent research skills.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I agree that research is the backbone of a strong project. Without it, we miss important details and waste time. I like to research before starting a project so that I can lay out a plan and understand the potential hurdles as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although there are some instances where jumping right it may be required, I always prefer to research before I being a project. Rest assured; I would always follow the preferred methods at Thomson Reuters, should I be hired."

  8. 8.

    What are your salary expectations?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Currently, I earn a base salary of $55,000 per year, and I would like to earn slightly higher in my next position, as I have additional certifications since my last salary negotiation took place."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am currently making $80,000 per year with two bonus opportunities based on project completion. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the responsibilities of this role and provides an opportunity to learn new skills."

  9. 9.

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

      Public speaking can be intimidating! Did you know that the fear of public speaking is the #1 phobia? It comes ahead of the fear of death and the fear of spiders! It is okay to find public speaking a bit intimidating but do assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations. If you have given presentations, you can also mention the topic, what the setting was, and to how many people you presented.

      Rachelle's Answer

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

      Rachelle's Answer

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

  10. 10.

    How do you stay up-to-date on current events, and general news topics? Which news sources do you follow?

      Of course, the interviewer wants to hear that you follow Reuters as one of your news sources! However, you need to be truthful, or your lack of knowledge regarding their network or programming will be apparent. This question is why it's important to do as much research as possible before your interview. Mention your top two or three news resources, mentioning why they are your go-to sources.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I like to diversify where my news is coming from, ensuring that I have a well-rounded view of the topics at hand. My go-to resources include Reuters for trusted news, Fox for sports, and BBC for political news pieces."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I stay up to date through watching traditional broadcasts, reading Twitter, utilizing Google alerts, and joining in on conversations on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. I also subscribe to a few online news resources such as Medium and Forbes. Of course, Reuters is on my list of favored resources for trusted news."

  11. 11.

    We offer services in areas such as asset optimization, customer experience, finance transformation, and risk mitigation. In which field of data management do you specialize?

      Thomson Reuters will have clients that span many industries, all with a variety of needs. Discuss with the interviewer the areas of data management which you have worked, highlighting your level of expertise.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Of the five years I have spent in data management, approximately three of them are working directly in the field of risk mitigation, and two with finance transformations. My experience lends well to clients who need to reduce financial risk and optimize their profits. When it comes to risk mitigation, I am especially well versed in planning, implementation, and progress monitoring."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When you combine my degree in communications, as well as my experience working with clients on data related to their services, team, and culture management, I would say that my specialization is in the area of customer experience and workforce optimization. With that said, my skills are highly transferable, and I can make an impact on Thomson Reuters's other areas of focus."

  12. 12.

    What work situations excite and motivate you?

      It is essential, 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

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

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I love to feel like I am making a difference in the workplace so what excites me most is the idea that I could train and mentor junior employees while growing my leadership capabilities at the same time."

  13. 13.

    Why should we hire you?

      Interviewers want to hear about that one unique skill that sets you apart from the other candidates applying for this job. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

      Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This skill could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In addition to winning the 'Top Consultant of the Year' award in my current role, I also bring an elevated level of education compared to most candidates. I have my MBA and have also taught first-year University classes for future consultants. I look forward to bringing this knowledge and influence to Thomson Reuters."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I read the job description, I smiled because it was as though you wrote it with me in mind. I have three years dedicated to exceeding my clients' goals, and I know many of the Thomson Reuters client industries well, including Accounting and Government. Also, I was the fastest promoted in my previous position and have led the rollout of new markets in my current job, making me ideally positioned to help you continue to build into new markets. I am looking for a company that I can stay with for the long haul, something that you said Thomson Reuters values, as well."

  14. 14.

    If your current company shut down today, what would you do to adapt quickly?

      The interviewer would like to know more about your ability to adapt and thrive, in stressful situations. This question is hypothetical, so you'll likely need to use your imagination when answering. Show the interviewer that you are capable of adapting to a tough situation.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If my current company shut down today I would tap into my network, call everyone I knew, and look for a company that needed someone with my skillset. I wouldn't let it get me down, and I would certainly hit the ground running in my job search."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "That's a tough question! I have been with my company for so long that this is the first role I have applied for in ten years. If I lost my job today, I would call in a few favors from industry peers. I have a strong network and a good reputation in this industry so I wouldn't be too worried about finding work quickly."

  15. 15.

    Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

      The interviewer would like to know about your relationship with your most recent employer. Be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My previous boss and I got along well. We had very different interests, so we did not spend a lot of time chatting, but our work interests were aligned, and we respected each other."

  16. 16.

    How would you describe your work ethic?

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  17. 17.

    Tell me about a time that you failed. How did you get back up again?

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  18. 18.

    How do you present bad, or disappointing news, to your team members or clients?

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  19. 19.

    What questions do you have for me?

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  20. 20.

    We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Thomson Reuters to take you?

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  21. 21.

    In your opinion, what is the most exciting collaboration between data analysis and artificial intelligence in the past year?

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  22. 22.

    What is your favorite data management tool at the moment?

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  23. 23.

    Explain qualitative vs. quantitative reasoning.

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  24. 24.

    Are you LEAN Six Sigma certified?

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  25. 25.

    In your opinion, is data a true asset for a business? Why or why not?

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  26. 26.

    Part of our business is in big data, which is continuously changing as new technology and products enter the market. How do you keep up-to-date on these changes?

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  27. 27.

    How does data drive a business' success?

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  28. 28.

    What is pervasive business intelligence, and what does it mean to you?

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  29. 29.

    What do you know about Thomson Reuters's competitive position within the data analytics industry?

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  30. 30.

    Explain data visualization, and why it is important to a business.

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