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Top 15 Compatibility Interview Questions

Question 1 of 15
Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
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Question 2 of 15
What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?
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Nobody is a perfect employee! Think about some mistakes you have made at work or any suggestions for improvement received. If a manager were to provide you with feedback or criticism, what might they say? Keep your answer brief and be sure to finish on a positive note by discussing your willingness to improve and take constructive feedback.

Answer Example
"When I started my most recent job I had a pretty big learning curve. The software and my daily tasks were all very new to me. I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning because I felt rushed and wanted to learn as quickly as I could. My manager suggested I slow down and not worry so much about keeping up with the people who had been there for a while. He was understanding, and it helped me to learn that it's okay to take my time to avoid mistakes."
Admin Example
"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 for me, and I feel that I could have handled it better."
Manager Example
"I think the most critical thing a manager could say about me would be that I can sometimes be too emotional about work. I am very passionate, so I advocate fiercely for what I believe in, but I know that it is an area for improvement. I'm working on this, taking the emotion out of it. Follow my gut but lay out the facts in a matter-of-fact way, leading to the conclusion with facts, money, and "what's in it for me" for the other person to see my side, without emotion on the line."
Marketing Example
"The most critical thing a manager could say might be that I need to thicken up my skin a little. I always want to learn and improve, so I take comments very seriously and to heart when they come from someone I respect. Occasionally, this can dampen my morale when negative feedback is said. I know that I need to work on taking their feedback in stride. I already work on incorporating it immediately, I need to skip the middle step of letting it bring me down or letting others notice that it has brought me down."
Retail Example
"When I was first out of school I had issues with getting to work on time. Chalk it up to youth, laziness, whatever, but my boss 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 and assure you I will arrive to work ten minutes early every day!"
Sales Example
"The most critical thing a manager has said to me is my need to slow down and stop chomping at the bit for the next big thing. I always have my eyes on the prize for the next position to move up the ranks. I know it's great to be goal oriented and driven, but I also know that I need to take time to slow down and truly learn all of the foundational tasks that will help me succeed in that next position. I think I've learned that this time around, and while I am always planning for the future, I know I am building the skills to help me be a better leader when the time comes, too."
Teacher Example
"I'm happy to report that I've had mostly great reviews in my tenure as a teacher. That said, I believe my boss would report that my area for improvement would be being more accepting of how the system wants us to do things. I struggle greatly with the standardized test era in which we live. I'm working on it, but it's a bitter pill to swallow when the bulk of teachers as a whole are like-minded and think the way our policies are changing is in the disinterest of the students."
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Question 3 of 15
Tell me why you are the right fit for this company and this position.
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The interviewer would like to know that you feel confident this position is the right fit for you. A successful hire needs to feel like the right fit for both parties. Express to the interviewer that you think this position is a secure fit for your experience and your career goals.

Answer Example
"I feel that I am the right fit for this company because, from what you have described, my personality, skills, and drive are what you seek. The challenges that come with this position are all challenges that I welcome. I am confident that this is the right fit for both of us."
Admin Example
"I understand that your biggest ask is an administrative assistant that is skilled in QuickBooks and Excel. I test as an expert user in both. In addition to this experience, I have also supported three other executives in my career. I have incredible tenure, only leaving my current role due to a company merger."
Manager Example
"Reading your company values on your website, I see that our values are very much in alignment. I believe we will have an excellent working relationship. I also understand that the majority of your production employees are Spanish speaking. I am fluent in both English and Spanish. This skill will improve communication with my new team exponentially."
Marketing Example
"I am a great fit for your company because I am already familiar with a couple of your client accounts. I check all the must-have's for this role, and my existing familiarity will make me a quick study."
Retail Example
"I am good at what I do, motivated, and I am an avid lover of your product. Mixing these creates an exciting opportunity for me to hit the ground running and enjoy the work. Happy employees are more productive and trust me; I would be thrilled to work here."
Sales Example
"I have exceeded my sales targets by a minimum 125% for the past three years. I am dedicated to my clients and will increase your territory sales exponentially. I am ready for this challenge and look forward to building this territory with you."
Teacher Example
"I am passionate about the work you are doing in this public school, and am confident in my ability to make a difference for these students, given my qualifications, background, and high level of compassion."
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Question 4 of 15
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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The interviewer would like to know that you are accustomed to working with a broad range of people. Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

Answer Example
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time at University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
Admin Example
"In my current role, I work alongside cross-functional teams regularly. Together, we effectively run the day to day needs of the business."
Manager Example
"I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential problems faster."
Marketing Example
"I have worked in a diverse environment my entire marketing career. A successful marketing agency should embrace diversity of all kinds. It's what spurs creativity and genius ideas!"
Retail Example
"In retail, diversity is everywhere, and I love it! I have always worked in diverse environments, and I am thankful for that."
Sales Example
"I currently have an extensive client demographic. This diversity keeps me on my toes during client visits. Everyone's needs are so different. I have to be sensitive to varying cultures, genders, and religions. It has stretched me as a professional, and I wouldn't have it any other way."
Teacher Example
"Teachers and students offer incredibly diverse workplace opportunities. Exposure to diversity is a must in the workplace, especially in an educational environment."
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Question 5 of 15
Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
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Question 6 of 15
Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?
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Question 7 of 15
How do you believe you will complement our department, if you were hired?
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Question 8 of 15
How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?
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Question 9 of 15
What work situations excite and motivate you?
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Question 10 of 15
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
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First written on: 01/06/2017
Last modified on: 08/11/2018

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Question 11 of 15
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
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Question 12 of 15
How would you describe your personality?
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Question 13 of 15
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Question 14 of 15
What do you know about our company culture?
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Question 15 of 15
What type of situation would make you quit your job?
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