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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated June 19th, 2020 | 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 are you the best candidate for us?

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1.

Why are you the best candidate for us?

When it comes to hiring decisions, a company will choose the person that they believe will help them to solve a problem or a pain point. By clearly discussing how you will address the hiring company's most significant needs, you are positioning yourself as the top choice candidate. When you arrive at an interview with a compelling pitch prepared, you can answer this question with utmost confidence.

Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given individual accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"From our discussion, I believe that one of your company's most important goals is to increase sales numbers, and quickly. I am the best candidate for you because I have a consistent history of exceeding my targets and goals. Because of my dedication to exceeding targets, I have been promoted two times in the last year, which is nearly unheard of in my current company. In addition to these successes, I have very excellent cold calling skills, which I will immediately put to good use."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe my success with your company will come from having advanced-level skills in a significant range of administrative programs and the ability to troubleshoot technical issues for the team. My technical abilities have saved my current employer hundreds of hours of downtime and IT billing. I also have strong vendor relationships with local conference facilities, trainers, keynote speakers, and hotels, which makes me a highly efficient Executive Assistant who can save you a lot of funds when it comes to travel, bookings, and company-related events."

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Anonymous Answer

"I feel like I have the experience you need. I’m a hard worker and a quick learner."

Rachelle's Answer

These are great reasons to hire you! Try to make your response a bit more compelling by answering more affirmatively.

"I am the best candidate for you because my level of dedication is second-to-none. I am hardworking, and a quick learner. Also, I have the CNC Machine experience you are looking for."

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Anonymous Answer

"I am an extremely dedicated employee. At my current position, I will pull the hours needed to complete a task with no questions asked. I help lead our team and am usually the person someone will go to to help solve their issue. I take personal pride in a project being successful and not harping on how we got there or who did what, instead, focusing on the fact that we did get there. I not only have the career background for this position but also have the experience as an end user with your software. I know how it is on both sides and can use my experience to help our end users."

Rachelle's Answer

Fantastic! Your response makes me want to hire you!

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2.

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. You need 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. For instance, I care deeply about giving back to the community, and I see that your company tracks employee volunteer hours as a business KPI. Also, I believe I will reach my goal of earning a management position in the next three years since this organization has experienced rapid growth while maintaining a focus on employee career development."

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 temporary admin function and loved the atmosphere. Your customers are friendly, and you have well-organized procedures - a factor that is important to me, as someone who values detail and organization."

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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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3.

How would you describe your work ethic?

When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific wording to which they can relate. When you read the company job, posting, or job description, do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about the company's values and how those align well with your work values.

To solidify your answer, consider adding in a story example that showcases these qualities in action.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on the company website that value those who are honest, transparent, and go the extra mile for clients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and ready to work hard for my employer every day. For instance, in my current role, I am often the last to leave because I am committed to returning every clients' voicemail and email before I leave for the day."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am very proud of my reputation as a reliable Executive Assistant. I base my work ethic on being reliable, honest, and consistent. Just last week, I found a discrepancy in my pay that I alerted our payroll department to right away. I know that this instance would have gone unnoticed; however, it would never sit well with me to act in a way that hurt my employer, no matter how small."

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Anonymous Answer

"I am honest, dependable, and hard-working. I am sure that any of my coworkers would agree. As a manager, these are the qualities that I expect from my team in return."

Lauren's Answer

I really like your personal and mutual accountability.

"My work ethic is honest, dependable, and hard-working. I believe in mutual respect and accountability. I never expect anything from coworkers that I am not willing to do myself. I take a lot of pride in my work, and I think my coworkers would agree."

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Anonymous Answer

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I have always gone the extra mile to help any employee and work towards assisting the company in advancing towards fulfilling long term goals."

Rachelle's Answer

You come across as dedicated and loyal, indeed! Between your responses, employer reviews, results, and accolades, it sounds like you're a great bet for any hiring company.

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4.

Tell me about your dream job.

The interviewer would like to know how this particular position fits in with your employment goals and dreams.

This open-ended question can be tricky to navigate! First, you need to remember that you are not talking to a friend about all of your hopes and dreams. Instead, you are giving a professional answer that ties into the role in question.

For instance, maybe you want to be a dolphin trainer, but this reception job has nothing to do with dolphins. What do you do? The right approach is to discuss what excites you most about this exact role. Keep your answer brief and focused while showing enthusiasm for the position.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My dream job is to work for a company that will allow me to grow in the hospitality industry while applying the knowledge I gained while earning my Hospitality Management diploma. I am most excited about this role with your hotel group because it will allow me to put into practice everything I learned about guest services, business management, human resources, and hospitality marketing."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My dream job is not necessarily a specific function but more focused on the workplace vibe and company culture. I set my sights on your organization after I saw your name on the city's 'Top 25 Employer' list. I researched your methods and mission and was very impressed. This company would be a dream 'fit' for me."

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Anonymous Answer

"My dream job is the position that will allow me to grow and learn new aspects of industry and help apply my current education knowledge. I am most excited about this role with your company as it ticks all the boxes as a practice manager."

Rachelle's Answer

This is a good start; however, adding in more detail will improve your response. For instance, in what ways do you want to grow? What would you like to learn? Which parts of your current education and knowledge will you be able to apply most frequently in this role?

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Anonymous Answer

"My dream job is one where I am working with a team to build a product that makes a difference. I have the opportunity to explore how to deliver this product more efficiently while getting everyone on the team involved and feeling equally satisfied with their contributions as well."

Rachelle's Answer

These are excellent details to include in your response. You know what you want, and the interviewer will appreciate that.

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5.

How would your most recent manager describe you?

Hopefully, your current leader is communicative with you, allowing you to understand what they enjoy and appreciate when it comes to your work ethic. If possible, draw your response from takeaways from your last performance review or a piece of feedback you have recently received from your leader. Avoid 'guessing' what your manager thinks of you. If you can, solidify your reply by referring to the reliable employment references you can provide.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my last performance review and also in some casual discussions, my manager has described me as motivated, encouraging to others, and consistent. I strive to exceed expectations when I can, and I encourage my fellow team members to deliver their best work. My current manager is happy to speak on my behalf as a positive reference."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My last manager and I had a close relationship. She appreciated all of my efforts when it came to working overtime and taking my work home when required. In the past, she described me as unique, reliable, and energetic. I have many emails from her expressing thanks for my positive influence and reliability."

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Anonymous Answer

"My manager would describe me as a dependable, flexible, hard worker and consistent employee. We had a close relationship."

Rachelle's Answer

Great! I like the added fact that you had a close relationship with your previous manager. It says a lot about your work ethic.

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Anonymous Answer

"My most recent manager would describe me as dependable, patient, and dedicated. They know that I am always willing to help in any way that I can. Because of that, I always form positive relationships with my managers that last long after I move on."

Rachelle's Answer

This answer is perfect, with the exception of your final sentence. You want to avoid drawing attention to movement or creating a sense that you often leave your jobs. I have provided a slight revision, below.

"My most recent manager would describe me as dependable, patient, and dedicated. They know that I am always willing to help in any way that I can. I am keen on forming positive relationships with my managers."

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6.

Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.

Even though you may have a great relationship with your employer, there may be times where you don't see eye to eye. Think of a conflict or disagreement you had with your boss where you responded well, either by suggesting a compromise or taking a calm, relaxed stance when you could have answered in a heated tone.

Getting along well with others puts you in a favorable position because it shows your desire to collaborate and highlights your ability to problem solve and produce excellent results, despite a challenging situation.

When asked a 'Tell me about a time...' question, it's important to remember that the interviewer is looking for a specific story-based example that highlights your behavior in challenging situations. By using the STAR interview method (an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result), you can more easily form a story-based response.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"(Situation) A few months ago, the role of Administrative Lead came up in a different department. (Task) My boss and I disagreed about whether my assistant was right for promotion. I knew that I needed to support my case and support my recommendation for her promotion. (Action) He believed that she should remain in her current role, and I also knew she wasn't quite ready; however, I knew that we'd lose a valuable team member if she weren't given a new opportunity soon. I made a 30-day growth plan for her, along with milestones and regular check-ins. (Result) After the 30 days, my boss and I agreed to promote her since she responded very well to the additional coaching and met promotion requirements."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"(Situation)My previous boss wanted to have a large hand in our social media marketing despite his lack of understanding of how it worked. He wanted to add complicated pricing and photo collages. (Task) As an experienced designer, I felt that a simple teaser and call to action was enough. (Action) After much discussion, we compromised, and each did it our way for one week. We then collected the insights related to customer engagement on each. (Result)I was correct in my stance. After that, he allowed me to manage our social media independently."

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Anonymous Answer

"I had a conflict with my manager over vacation time. My parents were coming to visit from France, and I requested two days off to spend time with them. My coworker had recently gotten a month off to travel to Mexico. However, my manager refused to give me any time off. I was very disappointed and went to his office to discuss the issue with him privately. I managed to reach a compromise with him by assuring I would get all of my work done before I took time off. It was worth it, as I was able to reach my work obligations and visit my parents. My ability to get my work done on time also helped to rebuild trust with my manager. The situation taught me hard work and dedication do pay off eventually."

Rachelle's Answer

It's great that you came to a compromise with your boss, despite his original firm stance against time off. Your answer shows a lot of dedication.

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Anonymous Answer

"I get along with everybody, which puts me in a high position with my supervisor and my co-workers because acceptability shows my desire to work together and highlights my creative problem-solving abilities."

Kristine's Answer

Good start. With this question, you should respond with an example of a time you disagreed with a boss using the STAR method. It would be excellent to mention you talked in a calm manner and did not challenge your superior's authority.

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7.

How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

The interviewer wants to see that you will take accountability for conflict while maintaining poise and professionalism in the workplace. How you handle conflict is what the interviewer would like to know. This question is not an opportunity to start venting about your current workplace or a co-worker.

Handling workplace conflict tactfully, and with grace, should be the focus when giving your response. If you have a story example of a time when you dealt with a conflict in the workplace, your answer will be even stronger.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My style of conflict management is upfront, yet - I swiftly move on. In the five years that I have worked for my current company, I have only come across one instance of conflict. One of my staff members did not show up for their shift, so I had to cover their shift. Because of this, I missed my daughter's dance recital. I was upset about it but wanted to do my part as a team player. The next day, the delinquent employee came in and didn't say a word. He didn't apologize to me or thank me for my time. I approached him and told him how his actions impacted my day. He did not respond how I wanted; however, I let it go after I said my part. I cannot change the actions of others, but I have to take responsibility for how I handle my side. I will always respond to conflict professionally."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"When obtaining my Business Admin degree, I learned that conflict is often a symptom of poor communication. So when conflict arises in the workplace, I am sure to address the situation by starting at the root of the issue, which is the communication breakdown. With most things in life, I like to address conflict upfront rather than let feelings fester into a more significant issue. Speaking to someone openly, while making sure they don't feel as though I am attacking them, can yield excellent results."

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Anonymous Answer

"I would speak to the person privately and hope we could resolve our conflict among ourselves. If not, I would try to speak to the person in charge for assistance."

Rachelle's Answer

Good answer! I have altered the grammar a touch.

"If faced with conflict in the workplace, my first instinct is to approach the person privately to resolve the conflict ourselves. If a resolution could not be made, I would approach my supervisor."

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Anonymous Answer

"I believe that when I have a conflict, I will talk with the person privately. And I can solve the conflict amongst us."

Rachelle's Answer

This is a very respectful approach. Have you ever had to face this type of situation?

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8.

What do you know about our organization?

Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, put in the effort to research the opportunity and go to your interview well-prepared.

You don't need to be an expert on the company history, but you should be knowledgeable about the company mission, its goals, and the job mandate.

Start by searching the company website and take particular note of any recent news articles, events, or contributions they have made to the community. Identify their mission and values.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Your company mission of excellent customer experience and your commitment to environmental responsibility are two stand-out factors. I believe that this level of commitment to excellence is why you are the longest standing business of all your competitors. I also appreciate that the organization is working to make all offices green in the next 12 months through a better recycling program and optimizing new energy initiatives."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I conducted a great deal of research before coming in today. I see that you are expanding your existing business into the South American market. This expansion is a great sign of growth, and I am thrilled with the idea of being part of the administration team in an organization with global reach."

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Anonymous Answer

"I loved Lockton Affinity's mission of excellent customer service and doing what is right for clients. I excel at customer service and believe it is vital to good business. I am also impressed that Lockton Companies is the world's largest privately-held insurance brokerage firm."

Rachelle's Answer

It certainly seems you have done your research! This is great.

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Anonymous Answer

"I have research the Window Clerk position, and the USPS is looking for candidates who could work pleasantly with customers while completing their tasks with accuracy and confidence."

Kristine's Answer

Good start. The interviewer will see you can appreciate the hard work of USPS to deliver packages on time during the holidays. The phrase "out producing itself" may be a bit confusing for the interviewer, so I assisted with rewording. Before the interview, do some additional research about the company so you can speak about more aspects of the organization, such as their commitment to sustainability, social responsibility initiatives, business services, and government services.

"While researching the USPS, I learned it has a long history of being agile and being able to respond quickly to an increase in demand for its services. For example, during the Christmas season, many letters, parcels, and packages need to be delivered on time. Most people do not know that USPS workers put in more overtime during this period than at any other time of the year. They have just come to know and expect that their letters, parcels, and packages will arrive at their homes on time, no matter the day of the year. While researching the company, I also learned about..."

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9.

What do you think we could do better?

As a candidate, you have a unique advantage because you have gone through their hiring process and have performed recent unbiased research on their organization. For that reason, the interviewer wants to know if you have insight regarding opportunities for business improvements. Discuss what you have observed as a candidate, or even as a past customer. Your reply should not be a severe critique. Instead, give a lighter observation and be sure to finish your answer on a positive note.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have been through much of your hiring process, and I must say that your company has the fastest callback time, and are the most responsive overall. The only point I could mention is that the job portal was a bit tough to navigate on my mobile phone. This factor aside, I am thrilled with the candidate experience your company has created."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I did notice that your company profiles on social media could be stronger. Company profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and even Instagram can be helpful resources for candidates. I set these social profiles up for my previous employer and would be happy to do the same for you, should I be the successful candidate."

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Anonymous Answer

"I have been through a great deal of your interview process at this point. I heard that your company could be more efficient in the hiring process. This task is one that I can certainly tackle once I am on board."

Rachelle's Answer

This response sounds passive since you "heard" the company could be more efficient in the hiring process. You are in the middle of it, so you should work from your own experience. Try to be as specific as possible.

"I have found your hiring process quite efficient up to this point; however, I would recommend taking a look at the user-friendliness of your current ATS. Most candidates are on mobile these days, and the current system is not mobile friendly. When initially applying, I lost my work a couple of times and had to return to my application on my desktop at a later time. I feel this could hinder your company in capturing keen applicants quickly. I do have some recommendations for down the road, should this be a conversation you would like to explore."

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Anonymous Answer

"I have been thrilled with the interview process. I felt that your company was very responsive and welcoming. The only thing that I could even mention is that I would have loved a more detailed timeline of the 18-month training period. Overall, my entire experience has made me excited about the opportunity to work for such a great company."

Rachelle's Answer

Your answer is very positive! Asking for more detail on their training period is a fantastic decision because it further showcases your interest in the position.

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10.

Which other companies are you interviewing with?

The interviewer would like to know if you are entertaining any close competitors or discussing similar roles. You are never under obligation to disclose the specifics of your job search. Still, be honest with the interviewer about your job search progress and status.

Be direct without giving away too much. Let the interviewer know that you are active in your search but are being very discerning regarding your applications, and final decision.

Avoid giving the impression that you are putting all of your eggs into this one basket. Think of this as a 'first date' question - you want to show your interest, but also keep some mystery!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have been interviewing for a couple of similar positions; however, I am furthest in the interview process with your organization. I am very pleased with the impressions your management and HR team members have left on me so far."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am interviewing with two other organizations for similar roles. One position, I am in the third interview stage, and the other was a pre-screen call with an in-person interview tomorrow. It is important to me that I find work soon; however, I will hold out for the right opportunity."

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Anonymous Answer

"I have been interviewing for a couple of similar positions; however, I am furthest in the interview process with your organization."

Rachelle's Answer

You offer up enough information to satisfy most interviewers as it's likely the timing to hire that they want to assess the most.

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Anonymous Answer

"This is the only company I'm interviewing with."

Rachelle's Answer

Try expanding on why you have chosen only to apply to this company.

"This company is the only one I have applied to at this point. Your job description, as well as the company reputation, are significant drivers for me in my job search."

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11.

What is the hardest decision you have had to make recently?

The example you use in this answer will help the interviewer to determine the level of responsibility you have in your current position. For instance, if your hardest decision is what to have for lunch, you may not leave a fantastic impression on the hiring manager.

Discuss some of the weightier responsibilities and decisions assigned to you in your current or most recent role. In the end, you can give a qualifying statement that addresses how these decisions and experiences have shaped your ability to excel in this new role.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The hardest decision I made recently was related to budget cuts. Tasked with eliminating non-core expenses in the sales department, narrowing down which ones to cut was more challenging than I initially thought. After a day of deliberation, I presented two options to my boss. He is currently weighing the options I brought to him. The experience taught me a great deal about cost analysis, and I even strengthened my knowledge in Excel spreadsheets, a skill that I know will be very important in this new role. "

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Last quarter, I had to decide which temporary associate to choose for our Sales Administrators' vacation coverage. I carefully chose a temp associate who I knew would catch onto the job quickly, but also fit in well with our clients and staff. This responsibility strengthened my skills in reading resumes and performing better pre-screen interviews. I understand that this role requires some HR administrative responsibilities, and I am glad to have gained even more exposure to these tasks."

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Anonymous Answer

"The hardest decision that I had to make was to let go of employees due to budget cuts. The company no more could afford the extra burden of employees, so in that place, we had to let go of the employees who were not technology-friendly."

Rachelle's Answer

This would have been challenging, indeed. Try walking the interviewer through how you decided on who to let go, what the benchmarks were for your decisions, and how you led the termination conversations.

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Anonymous Answer

"I had to decide to push a supplier very hard in a negotiation. I was a bit worried it would push the supplier away, or the entire negotiation would backfire. Instead, the supplier and I went through 3 levels of negotiation, and it was a win/ win for both sides that was one of my best negotiations ever."

Rachelle's Answer

Excellent! Can you offer more details while keeping the STAR format for this response (Situation, Task, Action, Result)?

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12.

How did you hear about this position?

Companies will often ask this question because they want to know which of their candidate attraction strategies are delivering the best results. They also ask because they would like to understand if an employee referral is involved. Employee referral based hires are statistically more successful, as they are happier employees who stay longer. You can be brief and to the point in your reply.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I learned about this role from Indeed.com when searching for internship opportunities. I believe the keywords that I used were 'recent graduate' and 'business development.' I hope that information is helpful to you!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"The position details were sent to me by a former colleague who knew that I was looking for a role within the oil and energy industry. I believe she saw your job posting on an industry-specific job board. I can find the details for you if you would like."

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Anonymous Answer

"I learned about this role from LinkedIn while searching for full-time opportunities. I believe the keywords were recent graduate and healthcare management."

Rachelle's Answer

Fabulous! You are super-specific, which the hiring authority should appreciate.

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Anonymous Answer

"I read about it on Indeed."

Rachelle's Answer

Good! If you remember any specific search terms, this data is always very helpful for a company and their future hiring efforts.

"I came across your position on Indeed after searching for positions."

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13.

Are you willing to travel for work?

The interviewer would like to know if you are willing to put in overnight or daytime travel. Be sure to express how willing and flexible you are (or are not) when it comes to travel. It is okay to ask questions! The number of expected overnights and the overall travel schedule are essential factors for you to know.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I understand that regular travel is not a requirement of this role; however, I am certainly willing to travel for trade shows, conferences, or client appointments as needed. Could you share with me a bit more about any travel requirements for this position?"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Travel requirements are new to me, but I am certainly happy to accommodate the travel needs for this position. Could you share with me how much travel is involved in this position?"

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Anonymous Answer

"I understand that regular travel is not required, but occasional is required as you have more than 30 centers. I have been traveling for my previous job to meet clients and check on various hospitals, so I am completely okay to do the same here."

Rachelle's Answer

Great response. You are agreeable and also show that you have been delivering this need for some time already.

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Anonymous Answer

"Yes... in fact I'd be excited about traveling."

Rachelle's Answer

Fantastic! Showing excitement and enthusiasm is always the best approach :)

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14.

Tell me about your education.

The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job. When outlining your training, be sure to discuss the learning opportunities and experiences most relevant to the position. You will also want to highlight any particular involvement, and awards or accolades received.

While attending post-secondary studies, you learned core skills that are transferable to any career path. For instance, if you worked on group projects in school, you could share how your education improved your ability to collaborate in challenging environments.

In addition to the core knowledge gained from your diploma, certificate, or degree, think about the soft skills that you have gained:

- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
- Self-Motivation

If you do not have a formal post-secondary education, that is okay! Self-learning is education, too! Perhaps you recently gained a skill that will help you to perform in this new role better. Discuss what you have learned, and how you will apply the knowledge to benefit the hiring company.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I graduated from USD with my Bachelor of Science, major in Computer Science in 2007. I received a variety of scholarships due to strong grades, and I was on the Dean's list for three of four years. My best grades were in courses surrounding Algorithms, and I did very well with learning complex concepts. My education helped build a strong foundation and professional discipline, allowing me to continue to develop in-demand skills while working for the fastest-growing tech companies in the world."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My post-secondary education was in Communications and Journalism. The courses in this program helped me to develop stronger business relationships through professional correspondence. I also learned persuasive writing skills, which have proven to be incredibly helpful when editing client proposals."

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Anonymous Answer

"I graduated with an associate degree in electrical installations, from South Texas College. During school, I was involved in 2 volunteer programs that helped with the building of homes for low-income individuals or people that had lost their home due to natural disasters. I provided the knowledge from school and worked on the electrical side of the house."

Rachelle's Answer

This is a nice overview of your education and the ways in which you were able to use this knowledge to help others.

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Anonymous Answer

"I studied liberal arts. My focus was on Spanish, Psychology, and Philosophy. In these courses, I learned a lot of communication skills, including in the Spanish courses. I believe the courses helped me understand people better. That is one reason I am so good at building long-term positive relationships with internal and external customers."

Rachelle's Answer

You do a fantastic job qualifying yourself in this answer! Very nice approach.

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15.

What are your strengths?

The interviewer wants to know, specifically, what will make you good at this job. Dissect the job posting for the needs of the company. Focus on the strengths that will ensure your success in this job.

Avoid overused responses such as' I am an excellent communicator,' or 'I am a hard worker.' The interviewer wants to see how you stand out from other candidates. Your strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My greatest 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. I understand, from the job description that you seek a Client Manager who brings an honest and empathetic approach to customer engagement. These strengths that I mention align very well with this need."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I place a lot of value on continually educating myself and spend a great deal of my spare time learning and growing professionally and personally. I am thoughtful and have a high level of emotional intelligence. I appreciate that everyone has an opinion and a unique approach to work. Taking this understanding, I can patiently adapt to a variety of communication approaches. Lately, I have been working on my technical skills, and for the past six months, I attended an online course focused on Excel skills. I am proud to say that I am now an Excel power user!"

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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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