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List of Common Interview Questions
  1. Why do you want this job?
  2. Who would you say inspires you?
  3. What are your strengths?
  4. How do you get along with others at work?
  5. Why do you want to work for our company?
  6. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  7. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  8. What are your weaknesses?
  9. How would you describe your work ethic?
  10. How would your most recent manager describe you?
  11. Why are you looking for a new job?
  12. What is your greatest achievement so far?
  13. Tell me about an idea you implemented at your last job.
  14. If you were not able to be in this profession, what other careers do you see yourself doing?
  15. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
  16. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
  17. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
  18. Tell me about yourself.
  19. What is your biggest work related regret?
  20. What do you know about our organization?
  21. What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?
  22. Describe your leadership skills.
  23. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  24. Tell me about your education.
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Question 1 of 24
Why do you want this job?
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I have had my eye on new openings in your company for some time now. Your reputation for employee development and community involvement is something that I admire. I see a long term fit here.
I want this job because it aligns perfectly with my career ambitions. This is my dream job.
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A. As you can see from my resume, I have the necessary qualifications and several years of experience, but that does not capture the unique advantages I can provide to the company. At my last job, I was given the opportunity to advance my skill set, even getting some experience with positions that were above my work level. I am confident that I can bring something to the table that no other candidate will. b. Passionate c. Hard working d.Drive.
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Because I want to excel my self in the coding and want to take greater opportunity.
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I feel that my qualifications will fit me in your needs of the organization.
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I've always enjoyed working with people and am looking forward to being a pleasant start to their dining experience. When I worked as a lifeguard we'd often come here after practice for half off apps, I'm comfortable here and I want to help others feel the same.
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Bocz I'm fresher &I'm full of knowledge.
Question 2 of 24
Who would you say inspires you?
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There are many industry leaders that inspire me but I would have to say that my greatest inspiration comes from my mother who always taught me to stay focused and goal oriented, no matter the obstacles that come my way. This way of thinking has greatly attributed to my success.
I am inspired by the workers on the assembly line. Many of them have hectic lives, mouths to feed, and less than impressive education. They overcome their hardships and come to work every day to make life better for themselves and their children.
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My greatest inspirations are my closest friends. Watching the people I've been through school with gracefully adapt to their lives and careers post college inspires me to work hard and do the same.
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Parents father worked 2 job and mom was a stay at home mom, work hard good things happen its so true.
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Albert Einstein who achieved his success before age 25
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My mom, she kept me on my toes and showed me life isnt easy.
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My dad, he inspired me to follow my passion, with horses and vet nursing.
Question 3 of 24
What are your strengths?
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I have developed many strengths in my career. One strength that consistently stands out are my strong technical skills. I am an expert user in Excel and SAP.
I am not sure what others would pick, but I feel that my strengths are my dedication, determination and ability to build long lasting and trusting professional relationships.
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Inventory, loading and unloading trucks meeting people when filling orders.
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My best skill is treating people with relationship as humble. It gives me very helpful to my life.
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My diagnostics skills and ability to teach this to others.
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My best skills were responsible working, helping, respect.
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My best skills is that I can relate to people and that with a humble heart I can help them when they need the help. I have good public relation, I also like to handle a hard situation on my own I am also very dependent in my work.
Question 4 of 24
How do you get along with others at work?
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I have never had an issue when it comes to getting along with others at work. I am a conscious communicator and am sure to always express myself in a kind and professional manner.
I can work with pretty much anyone. If we don't see eye to eye, I will work to find common ground.
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Yes I will respect others very well this gives a better position where I am standing infront of you.
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Yes, lead technician has to communicate effectively.
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I am a very hard worker and am always like working with a team to accomplish a goal.
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Yes, I believe I do. Believe that being a team player, where the needs of the customer out weighs everything, and we work together to assist them accomplish their goal, is the most important part of our job.
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I work very well with a wide range of different staff groups which is an essential skill due to the multidsciplinary nature of radiotherapy. An example of this is when I have attended the theatre procedures in HDR prostate brachytherapy, working with oncologists, radiographers and theatre staff to ensure a good distribution of needles is acheived.
Question 5 of 24
Why do you want to work for our company?
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Your company has a really impressive industry reputation and I would be thrilled to learn from your leadership team. From my research I find that you are very involved in the community and put a lot of efforts into developing your employees.
I want to work for small company with a family-like feel. I have always worked in large organizations where I am a number, not an individual. It will be a refreshing change.
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I choose your organization because I feel that I fit in your culture of the company and I believe that your organization will offer me to grow within your organization.
2.
I was looking for customer service jobs in Melbourne, and this was one of the jobs looking for part time employees.
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When it comes to sports apparel you are #1 in the field . You are what I wear You are what I buy for myself and as gifts. Want to be the best work with the best.
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I think it is one of the good company in my domain.
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As you can see from my resume, I have the necessary qualifications and several years of experience, but that does not capture the unique advantages I can provide to the company. At my last job, I was given the opportunity to advance my skill set, even getting some experience with positions that were above my work level. I am confident that I can bring something to the table that no other candidate will. b. Passionate c. Hard working d.Drive.
Question 6 of 24
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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In five years I would like to see myself making strong progress towards a leadership role. I sincerely hope this can happen within your organization as I understand that you choose to promote from within wherever possible.
Five years from now I want to be managing my own team. I feel that my progression within this industry is in line to obtain this goal.
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5 years hopefully I’m some kind of manager position move up as much as possible.
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Managing my own company though I know I will probally take longer than that and I have to be realistick.
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Architecting VMware solutions for customers, it involves not only superior knowledge of the products but it involves critical thinking and applying a solution to a problem. I really enjoy helping customers with finding solutions to their problems, having that relationship with a customer and expanding my knowledge base in VMware technologies which I am passionate in.
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Retired. Even though will be retired from the job market, do have plans to continue to work with the homeless and domestic violence program to pay back to the communitty that made it possible for me to be where I am at today.
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Presently I am working as a test engineer in the coming five years I will become a project manager.
Question 7 of 24
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I am the best candidate for you because I show levels of dedication and follow through that are uncommon in the workplace. You will not be disappointed in my performance, if you choose to hire me.
I have all the skills that you are looking for, either learned in school or gained through work experience. I know all the key players and stay informed of best practices, and I will bring you the success you desire.
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I have the practical and academic skills required and also an ability to work with a wide range of people and act calmly in shgih pressure situations.
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I possess the academic qualification and the right attitude for this job. I am adaptable and learn quickly. My creativity, leadership skills and passion for excellence are qualities that undoubtedly be welcome in your organization.
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I may not be the best but I’ve been around sports all my life and this is something I can excel at.
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In programming and giving the business solution to the problems.
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I believe that I am the best candidate for you because I bring over 10 years of experience in the workforce development/case management field where I have worked with many different entities in the community assisting those who are seeking to get back into the work force. Some of my customers have been from different backgrounds, such as, persons with disabilities, felon, lack of skills, mature adults and those returning to the work force after many years of not working.With these skills, I believe that I can assist you to serve a complex variety of customers and employers who are looking to fill there work place with good candidates.
Question 8 of 24
What are your weaknesses?
Professional answers
My primary weakness in the workplace surrounds my technical abilities. I consider myself a beginner level user in Excel so I have decided to start a course this fall to expand on those skills.
Everyone has weaknesses. I tend to me too nice sometimes. When vendors are not fulfilling their requirements, I tend to believe there must be a logical and understandable reason. I have to remind myself that we are paying for a service and they must meet our expectations.
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I really don't have any weakness because I always try to improve any faults that is brought to my attention.
2.
Typing. I can type 35 words per minute but I am trying to do at least 50wpm.
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If I ever get to upper manage learn to speak well in front of a crowd, Public speaking.
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Sometimes I can be overly critical of my own work. In the past, I have spent a good amount of time proofreading everything to ensure that it was perfect. Now I have learned to trust my instincts and not spend so much time obsessing over the little things. That may delay a project.
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There is a particular skill that I would like to improve upon. That is the ability to learn the new computer programs more quickly. It seems as though when one is mastered, it is changed to another program! The importance of computer skills is very evident as our customers look for employment for in this modern world, employer are incorporating these programs into, not only how a job is done, but also how you apply for that position.
Question 9 of 24
How would you describe your work ethic?
Professional answers
My work ethic can be described as reliable, honest, and consistent. You are welcome to speak to my references in regards to my work ethic. I am very proud of my reputation in the industry.
I am honest, dependable, and hard working. I am sure that any of my coworkers would agree.
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Hard worker gets the job done works well with others.
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I'm organised. I prioritise well. I am helpful, and will be involved hands on.
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Strict and persistent, I am also working toward a goal and am always looking to improve not only my physical state but my mentality as well.
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One who goes down with the ship. I believe that you give 8 hours work for 8 hours pay. That no matter what others are doing, you have to stay true to yourself and do the best you can. To go above and beyond what is expected of you. That at the end of the day, you have to look at yourself honestly, look at what you did and be able to say that you did your best.
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If my task is incomplete then I will not get sleep you know why my task is incomplete as I said you that I am responsible person in the organisation.
Question 10 of 24
How would your most recent manager describe you?
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My last manager and I had a close relationship. She really appreciated all of my efforts when it came to working overtime and taking my work home when required. I believe she would describe me as unique, reliable and energetic.
My manager and I get along well. He valued my knowledge and abilities and gave me the freedom to do my job however I wanted, as long as I got the job done. I think he would tell you that I am dedicated and will go the extra mile to deliver results.
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Always on time, willing to work on any campaign, and outgoing.
2.
I've got my appraisal from Aga Ken Jones.
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Approachable, good in programming , a very practiced code maker.
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They would say he was one of my best employees some one you could tell to do something and not worry about it not getting done.
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As someone looking to be a expert at my field and also looking to improve friendships and relationships in the work place.
Question 11 of 24
Why are you looking for a new job?
Professional answers
Since my company went through a merger, I have been looking for a new role. The quality of production has declined and I am no longer proud to represent the product that is being put out.
My company is closing its doors. The owner passed away and did not have family interested in keeping it going. His widow decided it would be best to close it, rather than sell and something bad happen to tarnish her late husband's good name.
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I retired 3 years ago needed something to do and I’ve always liked this company so I thought I would apply.
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New exposure with increased salary.
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I am always looking to learn new skills and there isnt any room for growth in my current position.
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Because I am looking for a more challenging job that I will learn in and be able to progress.
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This is part of my retirement plan . Part of what would like to do as a small pay back or pay it forward for all those to whom I cannot say Thank you for saving my life. I do not consider this a job, but a calling.
Question 12 of 24
What is your greatest achievement so far?
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My greatest achievement so far has been my ability to graduate University top of my class while working full time. I am very proud of my achievements.
My greatest achievement was winning the North American top sales award 3 years in a row.
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Question 13 of 24
Tell me about an idea you implemented at your last job.
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In my most recent position I implemented a work-share program when profits were declining. It was an answer to pending layoffs and although it temporarily cut hours back for our warehouse staff, it saved us from having to make layoffs.
I implemented a suggestion box regarding workplace safety initiatives. The employees were full of great ideas about how to continually improve our safety standards.
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At my last job I made an idea if I have to grow I have to always look for an oppurtunity.
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Changed to workflow to balance workload amongst all employees.
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An idea I implemented was suggesting new desk arrangments that would make us work better.
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I requested to learn how to perform hydrogen breath tests which allowed the office to schedule more patients on a providers schedule.
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I have had multiple suggestions to improve our teams processes such as using tool such as Harvest to see each of our consultants productivity, so we are able to gauge projects more accurately.
Question 14 of 24
If you were not able to be in this profession, what other careers do you see yourself doing?
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I am a very creative person who has always had a penchant for the arts. I realize that it's completely different than my career path but if I knew, early on, that I could have made a career as an artist - I would have explored that option further. Of course, I am very satisfied with the choices I made and never have any regrets.
I am a people person, so any position where I can help people on a daily basis would be good for me. Whether it be in retail, healthcare, etc.
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I would see myself in the nursing field and teaching field.
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Heath Care maybe or Data Entry.
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Professional athlete I could play all the sports just wasn’t the best at it.
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I see myself being in music, because it is a passion of mine. I was told always follow your dreams and work hard to do what you want to do in life.
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I have always been a caregiver. Previously worked as a nurse. After retired from the field, realized that still had a lot to give. Thus began my second career. Now would like to continue helping others to become self sufficient. To gain skills that will make them a better candidate, thus gaining employment.
Question 15 of 24
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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I work best with managers who are highly communicative and approachable. I don't enjoy working in a hierarchy based environment as I find it does not offer room for new ideas and creative thinking. How would you describe your management style?
I prefer managers who give me an assignment and let me run with it. I don't like to be micro-managed. If I need help, or need to provide regular updates, I certainly will do so on my own.
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A manager that trust me to be able to do my job. One who allows me to ask questions and bounce ideas off of them. Ne who encourages and keep us updated to changes. One who likes to find the strengths of his/her employees so as to better serve customer and company.
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All managers would get the same from me. Hard work.
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Who knows the difference between boss and leader.
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The ones that know my work ethic, give him that job you won’t have to worry.
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The manager that checks in regularly and is able to lead by example.
Question 16 of 24
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
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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 - communication breakdown.
I start by identifying the possible reasons for the conflict, poor communication, absence of required materials, etc. From there, I talk directly with the person or persons that are conflicting to find solutions and get everyone back on track.
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Really I have never had too. I got along with my co-workers and managers .
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When a parent accused me of yelling at her child, I handled the situation in a professional manner and explained the situation.
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Usually in most cases id walk away we had a no tolerance policy so their was nothing worth losing your job over.
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When I come across confrontation in the work place, I always keep a calm voice and control the situation with the particular words I say. Even if we don't see each others side I try to be open and see where they are coming from.
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Confrontation is something that we see a lot in the field we work in. Many times this is a result of fear and frustration due to the situation they are in. Recently had a customer who had been looking for employment for quite some time. She could not get past the interview. In going over her interview skills, realized that she was not specific or confident in presenting her skills. When this was addressed, she became defensive and aggressive. As we discussed the way an employer is looking for skills and process, she became more receptive. The acceptance that she would not be returning to the same job with the same pay was a turning point for her. After that she was able to look at the new ideas in more open and receptive manner. As a result, she was able to pass her interview and gain employment. I find that the best approach is to look for the best possible way where a customer will understand and gain the knowledge and receptiveness necessary. Getting past the fear is very important.
Question 17 of 24
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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If overtime is required in this role, I am happy to accommodate whenever I can. My only restriction is that I cannot work Wednesday nights as I have an evening course those days.
I am willing to work overtime, but how much and how often are the first questions that come to mind. I firmly believe that downtown, or personal time, are essential to recharging your batteries and staying focused. When the pressure is on, I will be here. I just hope that the pressure is not "always on".
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This is not a problem, I understand projects do go overtime and I am willing to provide great customer service.
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Not at all if I’m needed to stay i’ll be around. Last to leave.
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If there is a time where over time is necessary to complete a project or presentation, will do so. But to consistently work 40 hours per week, not too much so.
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Yes I want this because I said you that if not my task is incomplete then I will not leave so therefore it gets me very best performance.
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Depends how hard it is if you get my drift.
Question 18 of 24
Tell me about yourself.
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I am a very active individual who loves to workout and go to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my work during the week. I have a high amount of energy to offer!
I am a calm and quiet leader, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Even though I am quiet, I can motivate my team and keep morale high.
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Question 19 of 24
What is your biggest work related regret?
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My biggest regret is not completing my Bachelor's Degree. I chose to enter the workplace instead of finishing my final year. I would like to attend evening and weekend courses soon in order to finish what I started.
My biggest regret is not taking a promotion a few years ago. I felt that I wasn't ready for the extra responsibility at that time, but as I look back I know I should have taken it.
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Not getting a college degree, things work out better with an education.
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I have no regrets with anything I have done in my life. My mistakes make me better. And my honest keeps me on track.
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During last internship, I should have learn German language.
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My biggest regret was not applying for this position 4 years ago when I first learned about it.
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To not be able to stay home and work with my daughter.
Question 20 of 24
What do you know about our organization?
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I have researched your organization a great deal and see that you recently earned the 'XYZ Award' for industry innovation. You had a lot of competition when it comes to winning this award so it tells me that your team is incredibly dedicated and focused.
I did some internet research before coming in today. I saw that you are expanding existing business into South America. Expansion is a good sign.
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From what I see and was told. You are a company that help with inbound calls for Ford Dealership.
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Te organization helps out with wellness of the community.
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I think its the number one sports retailer in the world. Endorsed by some of the top athletes on the plantet . And know you have right to the NBA and NFL
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Your organisation is a subsidiary of bank of america.
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It is a it based company and world class products dedicating to a social change.
Question 21 of 24
What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?
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My previous manager could comment on my willingness to adapt to change. We went through a major merger which brought many significant changes on a weekly basis. The uncertainty was difficult on me and I feel that I could have handled it better.
When I was first out of school I had issues with getting to work on time. Chalk it up to youth, laziness, whatever, but he told me then, and would tell you now, that my inability to get to work on time was a noticeable shortcoming. I have since resolved this problem.
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The worst thing a manager could say about me is that I struggled when first presenting. I was not able to pick up on how to present confidently. But after more engagements and better understanding of the technology. I am very successful and confident when presenting.
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That sometimes I will tell the truth when answering a customers questions.
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You were not completing the task on time.
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Spontaneity, see something that needs to be changed and I start changing it.
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Always whenever he was having any task incomplete then he tells as a hurrily.
Question 22 of 24
Describe your leadership skills.
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My leadership skills can be described as creative, open, and encouraging. I always do what I can to foster an environment that is conducive to the learning and growth of my employees. I find that by leading this way, I retain staff much longer and productivity goes up.
I am an open-door kind of leader. I give my subordinates the space and freedom to complete their work, but my door is always open for guidance and advice.
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What is not in the care plan.
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I often bring out my leadership skills when something has to be done right.
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My leadership skills are good I was a supervisor and a group leader and a job trainer, the only time I would not want the lead if its a job I didn’t know, but if I’ve been doing the job for a good length of time I would have no problem being lead.
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I like leadership and I have some leader ship qualities.
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I would lead no matter what is the situation. I am flexible and can motivate my emplouees in tough times.
Question 23 of 24
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
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My previous boss wanted to have a large hand in our social media marketing despite his lack of understanding in how it worked. He wanted to add complicated pricing and photo collages where I felt that a simple teaser and call to action was enough. We compromised and each did it our own way for one week. We then collected the data related to customer engagement on each. I was correct in my stance. After that, he allowed me to manage our social media independently.
I had a boss that regularly forced overtime on employees at the last minute with no opportunity to make childcare arrangements or plan changes. Sometimes he knew about the need with plenty of time to warn everyone, but did not. I spoke with him at length about morale and eventually he started giving the notice sooner, making everyone's lives easier.
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Question 24 of 24
Tell me about your education.
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I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in 2007 from University XYZ. I received a variety of scholarships due to strong grades. I was on the Dean's list and graduated top of my class. This experience taught me pure dedication and how to manage deadlines.
I received my Master's in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Before that, my undergraduate degree was also in Computer Science.
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