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How do you define good customer service?

1 of 25 Customer Service Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 27th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Excellent customer service goes beyond doing precisely as your expected, and it's more than having a smile on your face when the customer is looking. Excellent customer service means that you actively seek out the opportunity to deliver more than the standard. It means thoroughly listening to your customers when they tell you what they need. Also, it equals offering support when your customer may be a little bit in over their head. Be sure to echo the jargon used on the company website and social media accounts when it comes to keywords related to their customer service mantra. Keep your answer brief but ensure that it packs a punch.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I define good customer service as actively seeking out opportunities to give the customer a better experience than they expect, or perhaps had the last time."

Admin
Answer example

"If I can change my customer's day, for the better, then I have done my job in delivering exceptional customer service."

Manager
Answer example

"Kate Zabriskie, the author of Business Training Works, once said, "The customers' perception is your reality." To me, this means that if my clients think that my team does not care about them, they likely do not. Good customer service starts with proper training and setting high standards for my team from the get-go."

Marketing
Answer example

"Repeat business and referrals are what I am after when it comes to the satisfaction of my clients. When it is time to close out an account, I openly ask them what I could do better next time. This added step helps me to improve my service. Good customer service starts with the ability to take and implement feedback."

Retail
Answer example

"Ensuring that my customers are satisfied with their experience every time. That is what good customer service means to me. This level of service may mean bending the rules a touch to deliver what they need. For instance, I will extend the return policy by a reasonable amount if it means a happy customer who will give a solid review."

Sales
Answer example

"I define good customer service by not allowing any 'traffic jams' in the sales cycle. The moment a client feels there is a hiccup, the moment the sales process gets railroaded. Excellent customer service includes seeing potential pain points before they even happen."

Customer Service Manager
Answer example

"Ensuring that my customers are satisfied with their experience every time. That is what good customer service means to me. This level of service may mean bending the rules a touch to deliver what they need. For instance, I will extend the return policy by a reasonable amount if it means a happy customer who will give a solid review."

Barista
Answer example

"I define good customer service as actively seeking out opportunities to give the customer a better experience than they expect. I was working at a restaurant, and one of my customers had a food allergy, a broken wrist, and rowdy kids. I made sure the kitchen was cautious with her food order, and I took some time to entertain the kids. I did my best to make the experience as easy for her as possible. She was pleased with her experience and told my manager too."

Personal Trainer
Answer example

"Identifying the customer's needs is the first step to great customer service. Once I understand their needs and wants, I can assist them much better. Next, give the customer what they need with a good attitude. Always work to exceed expectations when you can!"

Bank Compliance Officer
Answer example

"Customer service involves professionalism, excellent communication and respectful interactions. It is imperative to always listen to what the customers have to say and take their perspective into consideration. It is furthermore mandatory to do your best to resolve their issues in a timely fashion."

Shift Leader
Answer example

"I think that good customer service exceeds the customer's expectations in both quality of service and the speed that the service is delivered. For example, a customer might be unhappy and is trying to get a refund. We want to make sure that they spend more time being happy than unhappy. So I need to make sure that the customer is taken care of quickly. I need to apologize to them and give them something in return for the bad experience, like a gift certificate."

Maintenance
Answer example

"I understand that in today's competitive market, strong customer service is of utmost importance. It is easy for someone to complain using social media and email, so you have to have your best face forward at all times."

Customer Representative
Answer example

"Identifying the customer's needs is the first step to great customer service. Once I understand their needs and wants, I can assist them much better. Once I know I can assist a customer, I do so with a positive attitude. I always want to exceed a customers expectation when I can!"

Service Station Attendants
Answer example

"Because the manufacturer of the car determines the ideal fuel grade, if a customer asked me what kind of fuel they needed, I would show them the number on the inside of their gas tank cover. If the number says 87, for instance, I will let them know that the makers of their car recommend regular fuel or higher. This octane rating refers to how the gas will perform. It's a tough concept to explain fully, so I would give the customer a simpler overview like I just described."

Food Service Manager
Answer example

"When hiring, I look at experience and employer loyalty, but most of all, I look for customer service competence. I also look for someone who has the personality and fit to thrive in a fast-paced food service environment. Could you share with me how may people you hire for this location, on average, every year?"

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 03/29/2018
Last modified on: 12/27/2019

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