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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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How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
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How to Answer
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.
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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."
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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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."
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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Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
Before answering scheduling questions, it's essential to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify the hiring company's scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask!

Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be vital for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations.

If it turns out the hiring company's schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these factors in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you.

Keep in mind that, in many states, provinces, and regions - an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am available for full-time work, which is preferably 8-5 Monday to Friday. I am happy to be a team player and work some overtime, as required. Will these hours meet your expectations?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you need overtime in this role, I am happy to accommodate whenever I can. My only restriction is Wednesday nights as I have an evening course to attend for the next 12 weeks."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes, I would be willing to work over 40 hours as well as weekends if needed to work on a project. I am currently working over 40 hours when there is an urgent task or project that needed to be done."
Rachelle's Answer
Great! You sound very accommodating and willing to go the extra mile for your employer.
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Anonymous Answer
"Yes, I am willing to work overtime. I am sure that there will be instances here where that will be necessary to complete a task."
Rachelle's Answer
Great! You answer without hesitation, showing the interviewer that you are flexible and willing to do what is good for the team.
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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 a supportive approach are all great qualities that make co-worker relationships healthy and harmonious.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I get along great with my coworkers. I am sure 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 challenging day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I rarely have an issue when it comes to getting along with others at work. I am a conscious communicator, being self-aware, and I express myself in a kind and professional manner. A positive attitude is a must for me!"
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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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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5.
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."
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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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."
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
"After the other design intern ended her time at the office, they tasked me with finding her replacement. It was hard to decide if it was my time to leave the job, to move onto the next stage in learning. As much as the job taught me and the rewarding outcome it provided, I chose to leave for new opportunities."
Rachelle's Answer
This response seems a touch scattered. Try to reign it in by thinking about a really hard decision you had to make in the workplace or in you schooling. Whether to quit your job or not sounds flip-floppy and the interviewer will see this as a warning sign that you are unsure about leaving your current job.
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7.
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."
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 received my bachelor's In Automotive Management with associates in automotive technology. During my first two years of school, my classes focused on learning the skills needed to work on and diagnoses failures on cars. The second half of my education focuses on management. My primary courses were management classes that were focused on the automotive industry."
Rachelle's Answer
At the end of your response, be sure to tie in exactly how your education will benefit you in the role for which you are interviewing.
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8.
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."
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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9.
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."
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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10.
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!"
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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11.
Why do you want to work for our company?
The interviewer wants to know that you have put effort into getting to know the role, researching their company and that you see this opportunity as a suitable match.

Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, put significant effort into researching the opportunity. Take the time to uncover why you are genuinely excited about the opportunity.

While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to have some hard facts prepared. For instance, saying 'I have heard great things about your company, and I know I would be an excellent fit for this job,' is not very specific. Instead, try to find recent news or releases related to the company's accomplishments. Mention specifically how those accomplishments made an impression on you. Be sure to close your statement with an expression of pure enthusiasm.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I've been longing to get into the tech startup space for quite a while. I have researched the many employer options in our city and chose to apply here because you are disrupting the market through your latest SaaS offering. I have spoken to a couple of your current employees, and they mention that the supportive culture here is top-notch, and that comes through very well in your brand story. For these reasons and many more, I believe that working here would be an incredible experience as I grow my career in tech."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your company has an impressive reputation when it comes to developing new products and updating current products to remain competitive. I would be thrilled to learn from your leadership team and be in a support role to them. Also, your company is very involved in the community. I have seen your involvement in the form of warm clothing drives in the winter to benefit the homeless, to financing food programs for underprivileged school children. There are many reasons why I want to work here, but these are the most significant from my perspective."
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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12.
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 #1
"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 #2
"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."
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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13.
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."
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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14.
What are your weaknesses?
The interviewer wants you to be honest about your weaknesses and, at the same time, they want to see that you are proactive when it comes to improving yourself.

Choose a weakness that is not a core skill for the position. For instance, if you are interviewing for an Administrator role, your greatest weakness should not be your Excel skills.

Perhaps you are watching YouTube tutorials to gain skills in a particular area. Maybe you are reading the latest-and-greatest books on the skills that you wish to improve, or perhaps you are taking an online workshop to bridge a skills gap.

When discussing your most significant weaknesses, you must display your interest in professional growth. Be sure to maintain a positive tone, show confidence in your ability to improve, and demonstrate a desire for improvement.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe my biggest area for improvement is in my proficiency with InDesign. I consider myself an intermediate-level user, but that is not as strong as I would like to be, so I'm working on improving. I have watched many YouTube tutorials and recently enrolled in an online course for advanced InDesign. I plan to be much more comfortable, confident, and efficient in my use of the InDesign program by the end of the six-week course."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"One specific weakness that I am focusing on right now is my ability to be concise when I send email updates to the department. Brevity has not always been my strongest point; however, I have been practicing brevity by writing a draft first and then asking myself which words or points could be deleted from the communication. So far, I have noticed a marked improvement; however, I believe that clear communication is a work-in-progress and can always be improved and tweaked in some way."
Anonymous Answer
"I am very impatient at times, as I want to see results fast and move forward. I have managed this by setting short and long term goals. I also conduct the end of the day meeting with my manager to get an idea about the progress of the project and plan the coming days accordingly."
Rachelle's Answer
We can often make impatience work in our favor if it's reigned in just a touch. It seems you have done this well, through your small goal setting and communication approach. Nice response.
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Anonymous Answer
"My biggest weakness can be focusing on the end goal rather than staying in the moment. When I catch myself doing that, I try to shift the focus back to what is happening in the present. Those little steps you have to take will eventually lead to the end goal."
Rachelle's Answer
Great! You offer your weakness but spend most of your time discussing what you are doing to improve. This is a perfect approach.
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15.
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."
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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  1. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
  2. How would you describe your work ethic?
  3. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
  4. How do you get along with others at work?
  5. What do you know about our organization?
  6. What is the hardest decision you have had to make recently?
  7. Tell me about your education.
  8. Tell me about your dream job.
  9. Why do you want this job?
  10. What are your strengths?
  11. Why do you want to work for our company?
  12. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  13. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  14. What are your weaknesses?
  15. How would your most recent manager describe you?
  16. Why are you looking for a new job?
  17. What is your greatest achievement so far?
  18. Tell me about an idea you implemented at your last job.
  19. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
  20. Tell me about yourself.
  21. Describe your leadership skills.
  22. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  23. Are you willing to travel for work?
  24. How did you hear about this position?
  25. Has a co-worker ever been mad at you?
  26. Have you ever been terminated?
  27. What will you deliver to us in your first three months?
  28. What negative things have you heard about our company?
  29. Which other companies are you interviewing with?
  30. What do you think we could do better?
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