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Where do you see yourself in five years?

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  1. 1.

    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.

      Conduct some LinkedIn research on the company and its team members. Gain a better understanding of the typical career trajectory of the people who held this role before you. For instance, your LinkedIn research may show that the previous General Manager was promoted to Regional Manager after five years, and then promoted to Area Director after three years. This research would give you a strong sense of what is reasonable when it comes to career growth in the organization. If you have stable tenure with jobs in the past (the length of time you've been there), be sure to highlight this positive factor.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am looking for a long-term career opportunity. As you can see, I have had solid and consistent career growth. I would love to see the same pattern of success and tenure with your company. I understand that, as an international organization, you have global leadership opportunities that arise from time to time. If I could work my way into a leadership role here, or in another country, I would be thrilled."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Five years from now, I would like to be an Executive Assistant supporting one of your corporate executives. I have built a great deal of experience as an Administrator and feel that the next step to EA is reasonable in that time frame. To meet this goal, I plan to learn more about employee recognition software and begin to build more tech prowess with systems such as Hootsuite and Salesforce."

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      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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  2. 2.

    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

      "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

      "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

      "The hardest decision I had to make was to let go of a long term employee. I gave her adequate notice and helped with the hiring process. I made sure she found good employment. Because I was empathetic in the job process, I was able to retain her for future projects."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's terrific that you were able to keep a good relationship with this person for future projects. The primary goal with this question is to discover your process amid challenging times. When it came to deciding to terminate, be sure to take the interviewer through that decision making process.

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  3. 3.

    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

      "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

      "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 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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      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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  4. 4.

    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

      "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

      "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 {job title} positions."

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  5. 5.

    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

      "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

      "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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  6. 6.

    Describe your leadership skills.

      If the position you are interviewing for requires leadership skills, be sure to go to your interview prepared with examples of when you have been a proactive leader. If this is an entry-level role without a leadership component, the interviewer will still want to see that you can take the initiative when there is an opportunity.

      Author and speaker, Simon Sinek says: 'Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune, or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you--not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.'

      With this definition of leadership in mind, take some time to think about how you influence others because you want to, not because you have to.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have an open, enthusiastic style of leadership. To me, a leader wants to nurture others to their fullest potential, and it is something I have enjoyed doing most of my life. I love to be an example for others to follow and help guide people to bettering themselves and improving their career trajectory. I've found that my teammates aren't afraid to bring me their questions or most significant challenges since they know we will collaborate to figure it out and learn from the situation together."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Today, as a Director of Account Administration, I live by open-door leadership because I remember how hard things could be when I was first starting my career. I give our junior account administrators space and freedom to complete their work, but my door is always open for guidance and advice. I genuinely want to see other people grow and succeed."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I feel I am open, enthusiastic, and calm in pressure situations. To me, a leader is someone who is an example to the team that they are leading. Since childhood, I have always wanted to work in a leadership position and be as subtle as possible but as effective where I can get work done."

      Rachelle's Answer

      A strong, calm force - leading a team. You paint a nice picture of leadership in your response.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I would describe my leadership skills as strategic, visionary, and inclusive. When leading others, I seek to put together a plan which is informed by the knowledge of understanding everyone on the team and allows each of them to play a key role in its execution as much as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer is exactly what the interviewer would love to hear. Great examples, and buzz words.

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  7. 7.

    Why are you looking for a new job?

      The interviewer wants to be sure that this role, and the company, will meet your needs in the long term. If you are employed and looking for a new opportunity, the hiring authority will want to know how their job is different than the one you are looking to exit. Be honest about your current situation, but be careful not to overshare or speak negatively about your current position. It is best if you can focus primarily on your future wish list versus dwell on what is going wrong in your current job.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role there are minimal opportunities for career growth. The owners' son holds the next position in line, so I see now that I have reached my peak growth with the organization. I am very thankful for everything my current employer has offered me the past four years; however, I am ready to expand my horizons and progress in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My current company is closing its doors at the end of this month. It was a small family-run business, and the owner recently retired. He and his wife decided it would be best to sell the business, and the new owners are merging the company into their existing operations."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "As I am a recent graduate, and I want to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge in today's healthcare world."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Nice, simple response, fitting to your current situation.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I just graduated in May, so I am looking to start a career that utilizes my degree in Criminal Justice. I currently work with children, and though I love working with children, that is not my passion nor where I see myself years down the line."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer is good because it gives the interviewer a glimpse into what drives you, without sounding negative or as though you are dissatisfied with your current direction. Nice job!

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  8. 8.

    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

      "(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

      "(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 sales call for a large customer that we were presenting a project for. The strategy behind the presentation was open for discussion to ensure we captured everybody's "must-haves" in the meeting. He had a certain way of wanting to present to the customer, and I had mine. Ultimately it let to sitting down with our GM to ensure we asked all of the right questions, thought of all of the ways they could say no and in the end, came to an agreement."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You offer some great information; however, there are some gaps in what you offer the interviewer in terms of painting a full picture. Be sure to follow the STAR format for 'Tell me about a time' based questions. Following this framework will avoid this from happening.

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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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  9. 9.

    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

      "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

      "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 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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      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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  10. 10.

    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

      "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

      "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 am a very frequent user of Facebook marketplace applications. Usually, whenever I had to sell any furniture I post ads in these applications. Similarly, I buy a lot of stuff using this application too. However, many times when I am looking for a particular item, I am not able to see the best ad services nearby me. Usually, good options appear after a week or so after I am looking for a particular item. In my opinion, FB can bring some more real-time ad services to its users."

      Cindy's Answer

      Great example. You're demonstrating familiarity with the company's product while being responsive to the question.

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  11. 11.

    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

      "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

      "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

      "- In my current position as an ___________ personnel, I have successfully travelled to many different Air Force bases to perform training and security-based work. I am willing to discuss your travel schedule further and come up with a solution that works well for the company and my family responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Nice response! You do a great job showing reasonable flexibility (discussing what works for the company and your family responsibilities). The idea that you currently spend time travelling will qualify further your ability and willingness to travel.

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  12. 12.

    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

      "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

      "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

      "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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      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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  13. 13.

    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

      "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

      "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 to work with a team to bring something different and unique to the company. I believe that as a Boeing Defence Australia employee, I will be able to join other innovative, ethical people who have the critical skills required to develop and deliver world-class capabilities and systems to protect Australia and its national interests. I believe that joining your company would be a great chance for me to make my mark and work with a diverse team united in pushing the boundaries of imagination and excellence."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your passion for this job and the company shines through! You focus a lot on the feelings of the role and the environment instead of specific responsibilities, which is a great way to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular job title. The interviewer should be able to picture you flourishing in their work environment for many years to come, in this role, and through future advancements.

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  14. 14.

    What will you deliver to us in your first three months?

      The interviewer would like to see that you have put some thought into your action plan for when you start working for their company! Ways that you can make an impact right away could include getting a head start on your training, taking additional coursework, or making a 30, 60, 90-day onboarding plan for yourself.

      Whatever the job function for which you are interviewing, there is always room to wow the interviewer. Show them you have already put some thought into your success.

      If the hiring company has shared any expectations with you, or any pain points they are currently facing, this question is an excellent opportunity to address those factors.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I understand that your organization has seen a decrease in closed sales contracts over the last six months, and I plan to spring into action right away. In my first 30 days, I will complete my training faster than expected by spending extra time on the weekends and evenings learning internal processes. In the first 60 days, I will have reached out to all of my new clients and have a rapport built with them. After 90 days, I plan to be exceeding sales targets. I believe you'll be very impressed with my drive and steep learning curve."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "You mentioned in our first meeting that you need someone to come in and re-organize all of your digital and physical files from the past five years. This organizing is a task I know I can do well and very quickly. I would like my 30 to 90-day impact to be in that area if this suits you."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In my first three months, I plan to complete your training program as fast as possible. I will spend extra time learning the new software that is installed within your organizational computers to develop more efficiency at work."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You come across as very diligent and focused. Nice response! The interviewer should appreciate your eagerness.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have created a 30,60,90 day plan that outlines my primary focus within the first 3 months."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good initiative! Do you plan to share this via a presentation?

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  15. 15.

    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

      "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

      "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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  16. 16.

    What are your strengths?

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  17. 17.

    How do you get along with others at work?

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  18. 18.

    Why do you want to work for our company?

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  19. 19.

    What is your greatest achievement so far?

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  20. 20.

    What are your weaknesses?

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  21. 21.

    How would your most recent manager describe you?

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  22. 22.

    Tell me about yourself.

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  23. 23.

    Tell me about an idea you implemented at your last job.

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  24. 24.

    How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

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  25. 25.

    What type of manager brings out the best in you?

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  26. 26.

    Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

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  27. 27.

    What do you know about our organization?

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  28. 28.

    Has a co-worker ever been mad at you?

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  29. 29.

    Have you ever been terminated?

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  30. 30.

    What negative things have you heard about our company?

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