The interviewer would like to know if you are willing to offer overnight or daytime travel. Mention of work-related trips may not be in the job posting. Be sure to express how willing and flexible you are (or are not) when it comes to travel. It is okay to ask questions such as how many overnights you would be expected to take, or what the overall travel schedule may be.
"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?"
"I have never been required to travel for work, but I am certainly happy to accommodate the travel needs for this position. Do you have an idea of how much travel is involved in this position?"
"In my current position, I travel approximately six overnights per month which is a comfortable pace for me. 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."
"Much of what I do, as a Marketing Director, can be done from remote work situations so I have not been required to travel more than 10-20% of the time, in my previous positions. With that said, I am happy to discuss your requirements related to travel and accommodate the needs of this position."
"Traveling for work is something that has always interested me. Could you share more regarding travel opportunities in this position?"
"As a sales professional, I am accustomed to a great deal of travel. Currently, I spend approximately half of my month on the road for overnight trips. Your job posting mentioned that 40% travel would be required. Is this correct?"
"Travel is not something that I have truly considered, as an educator, however, I am not opposed to it. If you would like to share me with any travel requirements for this position, I would appreciate that very much."
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.
"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!"
"This position was 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."
"I was referred to this position by your employee, John Doe. He mentioned to me that you were searching externally for this floor manager position and thought of me right away."
"A recruiter from ABC Recruitment firm approached me regarding this role. After meeting with her and reviewing all of the details I knew this position was a dream come true for me!"
"When shopping in the mall last weekend, I noticed the 'Now Hiring' sign in your window. I came by the next day and dropped my resume off with your assistant manager. Thank you for seeing me so quickly - that was just last week!"
"I worked with one of your clients on a major project a couple of months ago, and he mentioned that your company was hiring. This particular person knew that I was looking for career growth and a change. I am thrilled he thought of me."
"I applied to your school shortly after relocating to this city. This school is just a few blocks from my home. The location is convenient, but I have also heard great things through the teaching community here."
The interviewer would like to know if a conflict in the workplace is a common occurrence or if you have to think long and hard to recall a time when you fought with a co-worker. We should all do our best to keep the peace in the workplace; however, that may not always be the case. Avoid extreme examples that will upset you. Instead, discuss a time when there was a miscommunication. Talk about how you smoothed the situation out and be sure to mention how your relationship with that co-worker ended up being harmonious in the end.
"Just last week I had a co-worker mad at me. This situation doesn't happen too often since I am easy to get along with but we had a big miscommunication. She was working off of the old schedule, and I was working off of the new one. She thought that I had not shown up for my shift when, in fact, it was my day off. We worked it out, and each apologized to each other for the gap in communication."
"I worked with an individual some time ago who was often upset with me for the speed at which I worked. I am a go-getter and a multi-tasker, and she felt that I was making her look bad since her pace was much slower. I assured her that it was just my busy-body personality and that my deliveries did not have anything to do with her. She was insecure about her performance, and it was not my responsibility to make her feel better about her work ethic, but I chose to remain a team player. I continued being my true self, and went about my business."
"As a manager, I will often have employees upset with me for changing the schedule, cutting hours back, terminating those who need to be let go, and more. I have harmonious relationships more often than not. I do like to get along with others; however, I will not sacrifice the good of the company just to be liked by others."
"In marketing, we will come across disagreements on creative direction from time to time. This situation rarely amounts to a full-blown conflict; however, it can when the stakes are high. Last year, upon approaching a significant deadline, I had a co-worker yell at me for not meeting a deadline. It turns out she had missed my email with the attached document that she needed. I stood up for myself and told her that she is not permitted to speak to me like that again. We eventually made up, but it took a few days for her to apologize for inappropriate office behavior."
"I worked with a guy, earlier in my retail career, who would blatantly steal sales and commissions. It was a terrible work environment, and I was always on edge. We would often argue about his behavior. I ended up leaving that job when I realized that the management team would not support my concerns. It was a lesson learned, and a valuable one. It's important to get along with your co-workers but also to feel comfortable in your workspace."
"Sales environments can often be stressful which can create more opportunities for conflict than certain other industries or job types. I recently had a co-worker angry with me when they thought I was poaching their client. What this colleague did not realize was that I had already added the lead into their sales funnel for them. We worked out the misunderstanding quickly, and I focused on building further trust with that individual."
"Great question! I have never experienced a full-blown conflict with a co-worker; however, my work has always been quite independent. Should I experience conflict with a co-worker, I would want to mend the situation as soon as possible. It's incredibly important to maintain a harmonious workplace environment, especially in the education sector."
Being let go from your position is an unfortunate event; however, it happens to the best of us and often for situations that are out of our control. It's best to own up to it if you have ever lost your job. Be brief in your explanation but also let the interviewer know what you learned.
"I experienced a termination once before. Earlier in my career, I was not as prompt as I am today. After coming to work late a couple of times, my boss lets me go. It was embarrassing and changed the course for me. I am much more dedicated and have not been late for work in years."
"I have never bee asked to leave a role; however, I have worked in temporary positions that were not a good fit. I understand what it is like to feel the insecurity of unemployment and always commit to delivering my finest work."
"As a manager, I have terminated a few employees. Terminations are always tough conversations to have, but because I experienced a firing in the past, I can approach the situation in an empathetic way. Earlier in my career, I was let go for not meeting my sales numbers. I could have used further training, but I also could have taken more ownership for my performance."
"Luckily I have never experienced a termination. I like to give my best, in all situations. If I am not performing up to my employers' standards, I would appreciate an open and transparent conversation so that I have the opportunity to adjust my approach and deliver better work."
"I have lost my job from the company merging with another. I hoped to have kept my job through the acquisition, but because I was only part-time, I did not receive preference."
"I was terminated from my most recent position due to missing my sales target three months in a row. I did everything in my power to meet my numbers, but unfortunately, it was not enough. Since then, to avoid this from happening again, I have taken two sales related courses through the Dale Carnegie program. I have my confidence back, along with some great new techniques in my sales arsenal."
"I have never come close to termination, let alone being written up for misconduct or poor performance. My reputation as an educator is incredibly important to me."
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 because you need to remember that you are not talking to a friend. Maybe you want to be a dolphin trainer, but this reception job has nothing to do with it, and it's best not to bring that up. Discuss what excites you most about this exact role. Keep your answer brief and avoid rambling on.
"My dream job is a position that will allow me to grow and learn while applying my new education. I am most excited about this role with your company because it will allow me to put into practice everything I learned while completing my CPA."
"My dream job is not necessarily a specific function, but more of a workplace or cultural feel. I have had my eye on your organization for a couple of years, especially after reading the list of awards you have been nominated for, related to being a top employer."
"My dream job is one where I have the tools and flexibility to be a great mentor to my team. I am passionate about investing in my top performers so a dream employer would be an organization that supports this passion. Would you agree that this describes your company?"
"My dream job is one where I can exercise my creativity in a variety of ways. I appreciate that your company works in pods and that you allow your team players to try their hand at a variety of tasks of interest to them. I look forward to working on your talented, and diverse, team."
"I love retail and fashion, which is why I applied to your organization. Although it isn't my dream to be a floor sales representative all of my career, I am deeply interested in working my way up in your organization, perhaps in a merchandising or even a buyer role one day."
"Being a business development representative IS my dream job! I am thrilled to be considered for this role and career path with your company. The fact that you offered international travel and continued education opportunities make this position even more enticing."
"My dream is to be an educator in a school that focuses' less on traditional learning methods and allows for creativity in the classroom. When I read an article about the new teaching methods you have implemented in your classes, I knew I had to apply."
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