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

How to Answer

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.

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32 Consumer Products Interview Questions & Answers

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

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

  • 2. At Company ABC we always think of the consumer first. What are the top 3 ways that we can ensure consumer satisfaction?

      How to Answer

      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 Company ABC?

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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

      How to Answer

      When you are discussing innovative consumer products, be sure to include products created or distributed by Company ABC. 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.

      1st Answer Example

      "I have seen many innovative products come onto the market in the past 12 months. The one product from Company ABC 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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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?"

  • 4. What do you know about Company ABC and our work environment?

      How to Answer

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

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  • 5. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Company ABC?

      How to Answer

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

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  • 6. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about any experience you have in advertising and marketing; whether that be on the job training or formal education. Discuss how you have seen robust marketing strategies directly affect the performance of a product.

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  • 7. At Company ABC we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary education, being sure to highlight the best parts of your performance. If you do not have the formal post-secondary education, you will need to sell the interviewer on the idea that you have gained the knowledge required to succeed with Company ABC.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 9. Sales performance is of utmost importance to Company ABC. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your sales targets, results, and contributions in the past. Be sure to highlight your biggest wins and talk about the ways you will bring the same performance to Company ABC, if hired.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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

      How to Answer

      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 Company ABC.

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  • 12. Company ABC likes to hire those who take pride in their work. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong 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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  • 13. If Company ABC hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

      How to Answer

      When you start a new position, it is important to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

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  • 14. Change is par for the course with Company ABC. When have you had to adapt to change?

      How to Answer

      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?

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

      How to Answer

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

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  • 16. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 17. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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

      How to Answer

      Public speaking can be intimidating so 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.

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  • 19. We believe in strong work/life balance at Company ABC. How often do you take work home with you?

      How to Answer

      The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home. If you do take work home with you, make sure to express that it is due to overachieving and not procrastination or poor time management.



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  • 20. Company ABC puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?

      How to Answer

      Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your personal traits vs. your integrity. This would include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

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  • 21. Company ABC wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 22. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments. Have you experienced a position where the environment wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to understand the type of environment that is offered in this position before the interview.

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  • 23. How did you bring value to your last position?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 24. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 25. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 26. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

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      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.



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  • 27. After researching Company ABC and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?

      How to Answer

      Display to the interviewer that you are engaged in the interview process by showing off the research you have conducted on Company ABC before your interview. What types of qualities do they consistently mention on their website? In their job postings, do they refer to their company culture?

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 29. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

      How to Answer

      Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

      Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

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  • 30. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.

      How to Answer

      Coaching and training experience may not be required for this role, but they are abilities that are always valued by an employer. Briefly explain the experience that you do have in training, and coaching, in the workplace.

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  • 31. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate!

      Focus on special non-work related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when it's possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

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  • 32. What is your greatest weakness?

      How to Answer

      Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our own weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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