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Published August 15th, 2018 | Jordan Henry is a resume specialist with additional experience in career development and cover letter writing.
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How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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At Williams-Sonoma, we love our employees and always put them first -- it's right there at the top of our list of company values. We are committed to recognizing high performance in our employees. Let the interviewer know how you like to be recognized for your performance.
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1.
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
At Williams-Sonoma, we love our employees and always put them first -- it's right there at the top of our list of company values. We are committed to recognizing high performance in our employees. Let the interviewer know how you like to be recognized for your performance.

Jordan's Answer #1
"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is through words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is noticed."
Jordan's Answer #2
"As a sales professional, I am driven by a challenge with a financial perk. Sales contests, for example, are a great way to motivate me."
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How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
At Williams-Sonoma, we want to make sure that all of our employees are empowered to be high achievers and who pursue quality and excellence in all that they do. One of the ways that an employee can prove their leadership and excellence is by planning ahead for the unexpected. Talk to the interviewer about how you react when unexpected situations arise that threaten to make you late for work.

Jordan's Answer #1
"I'm a mom to three sports-lovers, so I'm no stranger to running into complications when shuttling my girls to their separate practices, games, and meets. My go-to strategy to prevent being late to any event, including work, is to have a plan B, C, and D -- that way, if something unexpected happens, I don't have to worry about how I'm going to stick to the tight schedule."
Jordan's Answer #2
"I hope never to be late! When I started working at a restaurant at sixteen years old, we were taught the adage of 'if you're on time, you're late,' so I've worked to implement that into my life. I always try to arrive 15 minutes early, but there are unforeseen circumstances that can arise. I handle surprises using common sense and keeping courtesy to others top of mind."
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Do you have reliable transportation?
Even if you're not expected to drive for the job, you will need to have some form of reliable transportation. If you take the bus or ride a bike, that works too! Merely share that you have the means to get to work consistently and on time.

Jordan's Answer #1
"I have reliable transportation. I have a well-maintained vehicle, and I am comfortable with the amount of travel required to get to your office every day."
Jordan's Answer #2
"I take public transit; however, I find it to be very reliable. I was late to work only once last year, and that was due to a snowstorm which stalled all of our employee's commute - including those with personal vehicles. Rest assured, I am reliable and will always come to work on time."
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What do you hope to learn from this job at Williams-Sonoma?
At Williams-Sonoma, we're interested in hiring lifelong learners who enjoy the process of acquiring product knowledge, communication skills, and leadership tools. There are many opportunities to learn when you work here, including taking part in our in-store tutorials and trainings. Talk to the interviewer about what you're hoping to learn from your job here.

Jordan's Answer #1
"I am looking to lay the foundation for the rest of my career with this position. I'm currently in culinary school and am hopeful that this part-time job at Williams-Sonoma can turn into something that really boosts my career in the future. If nothing else, I'm excited to gain so much knowledge about the newest kitchen electronics and techniques!"
Jordan's Answer #2
"I hope to gain stronger skills in communication and customer service. I understand that retail can be challenging because of the multiple personalities you are faced with on a daily basis. I believe this will help my confidence to grow, and my sales skills as well."
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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.

Jordan'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."
Jordan's Answer #2
"I am currently making $22/hour with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."
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