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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated July 25th, 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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Why do you want this job?
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How to Answer
Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and research the opportunity. Think about how this job will help you in your career. It's essential for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.

While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to have some hard facts to back it up. For instance, saying 'I have heard great things about your company, and I know I would be a great fit for this job,' is not very specific. If you find recent news articles or press releases which talk about the company's accomplishments, mention how that impressed you.
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Why do you want this job?
Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and research the opportunity. Think about how this job will help you in your career. It's essential for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.

While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to have some hard facts to back it up. For instance, saying 'I have heard great things about your company, and I know I would be a great fit for this job,' is not very specific. If you find recent news articles or press releases which talk about the company's accomplishments, mention how that impressed you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am excited about this opportunity because your values are very much in line with mine. I deeply care about giving back to the community. I also feel like this job will help me reach my goal of working in a management position, because of the leadership opportunities within this role."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have had my eye on new administrative openings in your company for some time now. I worked for your organization last year in a temp function and loved the atmosphere. Your customers are friendly, and you have solid procedures which are important to me, as someone who values detail and organization."
Anonymous Answer
"I am excited about this opportunity because your values are very much in line with mine. I deeply care about giving back to the community within the transportation industry. I also feel like this job will help me reach my goal of working in a management position, because of the leadership opportunities within this role."
Rachelle's Answer
Very good response! You are offering short and long-term options for job satisfaction which is exactly what the interviewer wants to hear.
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Anonymous Answer
"I want this job because it has many opportunities to move up my career to the next level by attending the training class, learning different jobs, and working in specialty programs. It is one of the most prestigious companies in the country and has an excellent reputation. I will uphold this company's integrity."
Rachelle's Answer
You certainly have the right idea! Try adding in specifics so the interviewer knows you have done your homework on the role.
"I want this job because {company} offers many opportunities for advancement, starting with this role. I see you have many specialty programs available for your employee to gain new skills, such as {program name}. I am interested in joining a company like yours who is all about helping employees grow in their career."
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What are your strengths?
Which personal strengths make you excellent at your job? Advantages can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role. If you can tie these strengths into the qualities mentioned in the job posting, even better!

Some great strengths to mention are:

- Communicative
- Loyal
- Collaborative
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think my strengths are in my perceptiveness and ability to be observant of the needs of others. These strengths are part of what makes me an excellent performer in a client facing role."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have developed many strengths in my career. One strength that consistently stands out is my strong technical skills. I am an expert user of Excel and SAP."
Anonymous Answer
"I am hardworking, driven, and dedicated to every task that I take on. I am very adaptable and anticipate the needs of my bosses. Collaborating within teams is also a strong suit of mine. As I value the importance of education, I am always looking forward to learning."
Rachelle's Answer
The strengths that you mention are very strong. I have reworded your response for clarity.
"I am hardworking, driven, and dedicate myself to every task given to me. I am very adaptable and able to anticipate the needs of my supervisors. Team collaboration is also a strong suit. I value education and am always seeking out new learning opportunities."
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Anonymous Answer
"I have great attention to detail and investigating skills. I'm the ultimate team player, always willing to help out where I can. I'm good at following up and seeing something through to the end."
Rachelle's Answer
These are excellent strengths to mention. Nice work!
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Why do you want to work for our company?
If you are interested in working for this company, you must be prepared to highlight the main reasons why you are excited about the opportunity. In which ways do they stand out from their competitors? Don't forget to tell the interviewer that you want the job!

Perhaps this company offers an excellent continuing education program, excellent health benefits, or an irresistible growth plan. Highlight a couple of the reasons why you want to work for this company and be sure to close your statement with an expression of pure enthusiasm.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The primary reasons your company stands out to me include your focus on employee development and continued education. You have a strong reputation for nurturing the human resources that you have. I would be so grateful to work here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your company has an impressive industry reputation, and I would be thrilled to learn from your leadership team, and be in a support role to them. From my research, I find that you are very involved in the community and put a lot of efforts into developing your employees."
Anonymous Answer
"I would like to work for Citgo because of the contribution Citgo has made to the community in the quality product it produces and the value Citgo adds to the Community by being conscious of the environment, volunteer hours, and scholarships it has given to many young adults."
Rachelle's Answer
These are all excellent reasons to work for Citgo. I recommend organizing your response a bit more so that it does not sound like you are only listing off bullet points from memory. I have provided an example, below.
"I want to work for Citgo for a few reasons. One, because of the remarkable contribution you have made in the community regarding the quality product and value that you produce. Second, Citgo contributes to our community by being environmentally conscious. Third, you value volunteer hours put in by your employees, which shows that you care. Lastly, I appreciate how you give back to education and learning by providing valuable scholarships to young adults."
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Anonymous Answer
"I have done some research and found that your company has a very high NP score of company culture and a high percentage of diversity. I think that's important. Also, it is a fast-growing company and a leader in its industry, which equals more and more improvement in the company, like growth opportunities. I love brands like yours, and the international theme that it has."
Rachelle's Answer
Very well done, with your research on NP scores! Your answer will have more impact with a slight rewording, and if you drop the final statement. Also try to avoid statements like "fast-growing" when discussing a company that goes back 100 years. I recommend focusing on longevity and history. Fast-growth is often reserved for startups, for instance.
"Gucci has an impressive NP score of company culture and a high diversity percentage. Gucci is an ever-successful staple in the luxury fashion world, with a nearly 100-year history. Gucci continues to impress, shifting with movements in technology and fashion trends, all the while, embracing diversity, and change."
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How do you get along with others at work?
The interviewer wants to gauge if you can maintain healthy relationships in the workplace. They want to know more about the dynamics with your coworkers. Think about what you enjoyed about some of your relationships with past coworkers. Excellent communication, sense of humor, and support are all great qualities that make co-worker relationships healthy and harmonious.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I get along great with my coworkers. I try to maintain a positive attitude and be supportive, whether I am offering to assist someone who is overwhelmed, or if I am taking time to listen to someone who is having a bad day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have never had an issue when it comes to getting along with others at work. I am a conscious communicator and am sure always to express myself in a kind and professional manner. A positive attitude is a must when working in an administration role!"
Anonymous Answer
"I work well with others and tend to build relationships outside the workplace."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a good start; however, try to dig a bit deeper. You can even mention a positive comment from a co-worker or a great performance review.
"I get along well with my coworkers by getting to know them and what they enjoy doing outside of work. My fellow teammates often mention that they enjoy how approachable I am, and my boss recently applauded me for being such a great team player."
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Anonymous Answer
"Communicating and helping co-workers are great tools to maintain healthy relationships with them in the office. I am not a computer expert, but I have basic skills. I always help my coworkers if I see somebody having problems doing something on the computer. I greet them by name and discuss work-related matters."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! I have reworded this to help with the flow.
"I get along well with others at work. I am strongest when it comes to helping others and communicating with them."
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Where do you see yourself in five years?
Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time-consuming process for any company and the hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long-term fit with your next employer.

Take a look at the career growth options with the company. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to mention them to the interviewer explicitly. Your expressed interest in those particular internal opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long-term fit with them.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had strong progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I did notice on your website that you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Five years from now, I would like to be an executive assistant in your c-suite. I am gaining a great deal of experience as an administrator and feel that I will be ready for this responsibility in that time frame."
Anonymous Answer
"Although it is hard to see what job title I would acquire in 5 years, I would see myself moving up the ladder to managing a team of creatives based on my performance level. I am eager to help the company in any way I can."
Rachelle's Answer
Brilliant response!
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Anonymous Answer
"I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had steady progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I noticed on your website you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled!"
Rachelle's Answer
Perfect! Mentioning a specific role further up the ladder, is an excellent way to respond to this question.
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