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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published September 4th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Question 1 of 30
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!
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1.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My greatest work-related accomplishment was the management promotion I received at Oracle after just one year. I worked very hard for that promotion and was so happy when my work and dedication was rewarded. It kick-started my career."
2.
At Workday, we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
Signing a non-disclosure agreement is quite common in the software and technology 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 agreements or a non-compete agreement with your present employer, now is the time to discuss that.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 #2
"I am happy to review any privacy and confidentiality agreements that you have."
3.
What do you think we do better at Workday, than any of our competitors?
Before your interview, be sure to research Workday, and any awards or recognition they have recently received. In their industry, and competitive space, where do they stand out?

Some research will show you that Workday has received awards for:

- Best Workplaces for Giving Back
- Best Workplaces in the Bay Area
- Best Workplaces for Technology
- Best Workplaces for Millennials
- Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work
- Best Workplaces in Chicago

Be sure to speak positively about the organization's recent achievements to show that you are interested and engaged in their work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I was preparing for this interview I noticed that Workday is one of the best places to work for millennials. You are a trailblazer in this particular arena, realizing that the majority of the workforce will be millennials in the next few years. I appreciate that you value more than just years and years of experience when acknowledging your workforce."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"After reading reviews on your company, I believe that your reputation is the most solid and sincere of all your competitors. Workday is consistently recognized for excellent workplace culture, and for giving back to the community."
4.
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
Workday does not always require a degree for their roles as they value on the job experience, displays of expertise, and even self-taught knowledge. The interviewer would like to know your thoughts on being paid based on your work performance, versus being compensated solely on your years of experience.

As millennial employees continue to dominate the work scene, more and more employees are requesting compensation based on delivered results. Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on their performance. A new employee will find motivation in being rewarded for performance, and it encourages a healthy competition with tenured employees."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As a manager of people myself, I feel that both performance and experience should be weighted when deciding compensation, pay increases, and promotions. You want to ensure that you compensate your highest performers appropriately but that their growth is stable and manageable in the long-term."
5.
How did you prepare for this interview?
The interviewer is putting you on the spot just slightly. They want to hear the steps that you took to prepare for your interview today. The wrong answer is that you are winging it! Even if you did not have a lot of time to prep for the meeting, or it was a last-minute booking, chances are you still took the time to search the company online or read through the job description. You can be brief and quickly touch on the ways that you prepared for the meeting.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am well versed in what your company offers and have spoken with a couple of my friends who have worked for your organization in the past. Also, I updated my resume for you since the one you found online was slightly outdated."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your organization is one that I have had my eye on for some time now. I am well aware of your company history and took some time this week to get to know your new product line. I feel well prepared for our meeting today."
Anonymous Answer
"I went through the job description and made sure this is something I want; this is something that would progress my career. Then I researched the latest info about the company and brushed up a few of my skills."
Rachelle's Answer
Good start! Try adding in more specifics regarding where you researched the company and which skills you brushed up on.
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6.
Workday refuses to cave to corporate politics, and heirarchical attitudes. In your opinion, how can a company best achieve this kind of culture?
On Workday's website, they claim to not bend to typical 'ivory-tower' attitudes, in an attempt to focus only on the factors that have made them successful up to this point. Share with the interviewer some ideas on ways that a company can maintain these goals of a happy and healthy corporate structure.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I appreciate Workday's efforts when it comes to their workplace culture. You are doing something very right, considering all of your awards including Best Workplaces for Technology, Best Workplaces for Millennials, andFortune 100 Best Companies to Work. I believe that a key to maintaining this environment is to offer flexibility to staff who need to work from home on days their kids are off of school or offering flex hours when it comes to start and end times during the week. It's the small things that make the biggest difference, in my opinion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"From my research, I see that Workday truly believes employees are the heart of the business, which is the most important first step of achieving an excellent workplace culture. Other ways to achieve this includes performance incentive programs and offering promotions based on results rather than tenure only."
Anonymous Answer
"I believe it comes down to a lot of things but especially a sense of honesty and openness as well as an emphasis on the employees. A happy employee is a productive employee and will need less bureaucracy to be motivated."
Lauren's Answer
Fantastic, well-rounded response. I assisted with condensing your response as well as speaking to employee retention.
"A company can best achieve a culture free from hierarchal attitude and corporate politics by putting an emphasis on its employees. If Employee Retention is a core value of the organization, employees will rely less on bureaucracy to be motivated. Happy employees will have a balance of inner-motivation and environmental motivation. An honest and open atmosphere may seem like a simple goal, but in actuality, it carries many benefits."
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Anonymous Answer
"Culture is the most important aspect of any organization. This kind of culture will be achieved by being more transparent and more flexible."
Rachelle's Answer
These are great points! Try to dig deeper by discussing how you would encourage flexibility and transparency in the workplace if you were the CEO.
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7.
Culture fit is important to us at Workday. How would you describe your personality?
Workday has earned a plethora of awards for being an excellent employer. They employ over 8,000 employees with a vast range of personalities and values. Discuss the ways that you believe your character will be a compliment to the existing culture at Workday.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Try to include a variety of words that the interviewer does not hear all the time. Be unique! Here are some ideas:

- Adaptable
- Considerate
- Diligent
- Intuitive
- Persistent
- Resourceful
- Sincere
- Witty"
8.
I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?
The software and technology industry is all-encompassing, and it is essential for the interviewer to have a full understanding of the sectors and types of projects in which you bring experience. Be sure to highlight any projects or clients mainly related to Workday, as that may pique the interviewer's interest!

Some of the Workday's most significant clients include:

- Adobe
- VISA
- LinkedIn
- Johnson & Johnson
- Sony
- Toyota

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have experience in a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive, and education. Most notably, I have worked with organizations similar to yours including Mastercard, and Volvo."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"A great alternative to explaining your projects is to bring a substantial portfolio with you. "I wanted to show you a full range of my experience, so I have brought you a digital portfolio of my work. Would you like to take a look?"
9.
We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Workday take you?
Have you researched Workday enough to know how their internal hierarchy works? You will see, through research, that they have a variety of departments and management levels, offering you choices when it comes to carving out your career path.

Some of their departments include:

- Product Development
- Information Systems
- Program Management
- Strategy
- Executive Management

Talk to the interviewer about your career ambitions specifically related to this role and their organization.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"One of the reasons I was so excited to interview with Workday, is because of the endless growth opportunities you appear to offer your high performing employees. My biggest ambition is to be awarded an executive management role in the next 2-5 years. I was reading your job posting for a Sr. Global Mobility Specialist and would love to work into a role like that one, for instance."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"What interests me most about your company is that there are so many options when it comes to career growth. Ideally, I would like to earn my way into a program management role; once my PMP is completed. Eventually, a Program Manager role within Risk & Compliance would be ideal. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work."
Anonymous Answer
"What interests me most about your company is that there are so many options when it comes to career growth. Ideally, I would like to earn my way into a program management role; once my PMP is completed. Eventually, a Program Manager role within Training and Development would be ideal. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work."
Rachelle's Answer
Your career desires are well laid out and clear. The hiring authority should appreciate that you have a long-term plan that fits well within the Workday growth offering.
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10.
In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in cloud technology this past year?
Display to the interviewer that you have an invested interest in the technology industry by discussing your thoughts on recent advancements. Because Workday focus' on cloud technology, your answer should touch on that area of expertise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There have been many great advancements in cloud technology this year. Recently, I was reading an article discussing how the next couple of years will see nearly all US companies focusing on major digital transformations. I am thrilled to see that companies are now embracing cloud technology, something that once seemed like an impossible feat."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The most impressive advancement, in my opinion, is in artificial intelligence, and how cloud computing solves what was once a major capacity problem. The ability to store in the cloud has now improved our abilities when it comes to machine learning."
11.
At Workday, we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
It is critical that you research Workday, and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. What does Workday 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.

Some of the Workday's competitors may include:

- Oracle HCM Cloud Suite
- SAP SuccessFactors
- Dayforce HCM
- Epicor HCM

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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, 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 Workday by committing my most attentive work to you every day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I think that the best way to stay ahead of competitors is to keep your new product launches as simple as possible while remaining innovative. People want simple, easy to use software products, which they can understand. What I've seen from my competitors lately is that they overcomplicate their products. I offer clean and consistent work that your clients will appreciate."
12.
We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Workday. Do you think it's essential to research before beginning a project or would you instead jump right in?
Talk to the interviewer about your work habits and the way in which you prefer to approach a new project. If you have a sense of how Workday prefers to approach their projects, you should discuss that method. For instance, if the interviewer tells you that they prefer extensive research before beginning a project, that is your cue to talk about your excellent research skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I agree that research is the backbone of a strong project. Without it, important details are missed and much time is wasted. 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 #2
"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 your preferred methods here at Workday, should I be hired."
13.
With Workday, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a significant component of your project due to the presentation of new information?
Being able to swivel the focus of your project is a necessary skill for your success in most careers. Talk to the interviewer about a time when a significant change occurred on a project. How did you handle the implementation of the new information?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had a large project last month that was nearly complete when the client called to say that the dimensions provided were incorrect. Because of this, our team had to re-do the entire proposal. It took us an additional four days of work but, in the end, the client was delighted with our work, and it resulted in new opportunities with them."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would say that being in the software and technology business means changing major components on projects on a very regular basis. I am very well accustomed to changing gears on a moment's notice and can adapt very well. In my current position, my clients often pivot direction or present new information that changes our strategy or focus. It's important to be able to adapt in this industry easily."
14.
At Workday, we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
Since Workday specializes in cloud-based software, you will be required to have experience and knowledge in computer sciences or a related topic if applying for a role within technical operations, product development, or the like.

The interviewer will likely have an idea of your education background from your resume. What they are asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them. What was your major? Did you receive any special academic recognition? Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how you plan to utilize them in your new position with Workday.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"While reading through your iOS Developer job posting I was pleased to see that you are seeking 3-5 years' experience with preferred education in software engineering. I completed my Bachelor of Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. During that time I specialized in Software Analysis. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA, one of the top in my class."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently completed a few certificates in software development, which are listed fully on my resume. I also have a great deal of on the job training and certifications, all listed on my resume. I noticed that you do not require a specific degree for the iOS Developer position but instead focus more on years of experience, ability to deliver clean code, and skills in HTTP, HTML, and JSON. I am confident in my abilities in all of these areas mentioned."
15.
Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.
Workday seeks to hire the best employees in the world, who never settle. Their expectations are high, and the rewards are high in return. You will face many challenges while working for Workday. Can you handle the pressure? The interviewer knows that you are not perfect; however, they need to know that you can professionally overcome work-related roadblocks. Maybe you had a significant project that almost went sideways. Perhaps you had a conflict in the workplace that you could have handled more professionally. Explain your approach to resolving the issue and be sure to highlight the steps you took to reach that resolution.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The most challenging problem that I encountered in my career was when my former company experienced a major merger. It was a lot to adjust to but, after some time, I was able to get a good pace again."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The most significant challenge I have faced as a manager would be the labor dispute and lockout that our company went through in 2016. Many of our permanent employees are union based. We could not come to a new collective agreement, and so I ended up having to utilize a lot of temporary staffing options during that time. It was a lot of re-training, and strain on the company culture overall."
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Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  2. At Workday, we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
  3. What do you think we do better at Workday, than any of our competitors?
  4. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  5. How did you prepare for this interview?
  6. Workday refuses to cave to corporate politics, and heirarchical attitudes. In your opinion, how can a company best achieve this kind of culture?
  7. Culture fit is important to us at Workday. How would you describe your personality?
  8. I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?
  9. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Workday take you?
  10. In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in cloud technology this past year?
  11. At Workday, we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
  12. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Workday. Do you think it's essential to research before beginning a project or would you instead jump right in?
  13. With Workday, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a significant component of your project due to the presentation of new information?
  14. At Workday, we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
  15. Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.
  16. Workday believes in a transparent workplace. How do you respond to unsolicited feedback?
  17. What advice would you give to a colleague who was stressed out?
  18. How would you explain the cloud to someone outside of the industry?
  19. Tell me about a time when you worked with a person who did things very differently than you. How did you collaborate?
  20. If you could meet anyone in the tech industry, who would you choose?
  21. What is your favorite data structure, and why?
  22. What is the riskiest decision you have ever made in the workplace?
  23. What questions do you have for me?
  24. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your technical abilities?
  25. How will you guide your team in terms of personal development?
  26. What is your personal mission statement?
  27. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  28. Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.
  29. This role with Workday is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
  30. What would you consider your technical specialty?
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