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Customer Service Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Customer Service was updated on August 17th, 2018. Learn more here.

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Tell me about your customer service experience.

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Customer Service Interview Questions & Answers

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    Tell me about your customer service experience.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like a brief overview of your customer service experience. Avoid beginning at the VERY the start of your entire career. Your resume should touch on just the last ten years of your career, at most. Begin your reply with the oldest listed customer service job on your resume. Move up in time from there.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I started my career in customer service as a cashier at the local grocery store. Eventually, I gained the promotion to assistant manager. After four years, that particular store closed down, and I found a new role with Company ABC. I have been there, as the deli manager, ever since. My role includes face to face customer service, customer complaint follow-ups, as well as attendance at some events such as food drives and other charitable efforts."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I have been an administrative assistant for the past six years, ever since completing my business administration certificate. My first role was with Company ABC. They hired me as their receptionist after completing my 120 practicum hours with them. I was happy they were so impressed with my customer service skills right off the bat. When I relocated, I spent some time as a temp receptionist, working in a variety of corporate offices in downtown Denver. For the past three years, I have been with my current company, as an executive assistant. My day-to-day including working with vendors and customers, ensuring smooth events execution, travel plans, and overall scheduling for the executive whom I support."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Customer service has been the core of my career all along. Starting with my earlier positions, you will see on my resume that I worked as a commissioned sales associate for Company ABC for two years. The customers were very loyal, and I loved helping them troubleshoot their tech-based needs. Once that company merged with a competitor, I stayed on and gained promotion to assistant manager. I stayed there for another five years. Currently, I manage a team of ten sales associates and train them in delivering excellent customer service. As the manager, I take care of any customer service disputes and escalated needs."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "In marketing, customer service is the most important part of successful campaign delivery. If I have a connection with my customers, I will better understand their needs and the voice of their business, therefore, offering a greater product. Customer service has been at the heart of every marketing role I have held in the past eight years. Not listed on my resume is the serving job I had at University. Also, a very highly customer-service driven role."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I have worked in fashion retail for the past four years. First, at department store ABC where I worked at the customer service desk. I helped people with their inquiries, and returns. After staying in that role for one year, I moved to my current role as a customer service manager for Company ABC. I follow up on customer complaints and spend some time on the floor in direct sales as well."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Sales and customer service go hand-in-hand. I have been in a sales-based role for the past eight years. As an Inside Sales Rep for Company ABC, I called on existing accounts which had not ordered for over 90 days. This lack of order was because they were unhappy about their last experience. It was entirely my job to turn them around by displaying impeccable customer care. I take that training and experience with me to work every day at Company XYZ by showing added care in all of my customer interactions."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Bank Compliance Officer Interview

      "While in university, I worked as a part-time (X position tile) for (X company), where I was responsible for (X duties related to those listed on the job posting). I also worked as (X position title) for (X company) upon graduation from university, where I was responsible for (X duties related to those listed on the job posting)."

      Krista's Answer for a Personal Trainer Interview

      "While working in restaurants, I learned how to handle difficult customers and keep a positive attitude. Everyone wants to be heard. I learned to be patient and listen to customer's needs so I can provide them excellent service and make sure they leave happy."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Campus Tour Guides Interview

      "I have been working in customer service for the past three years in a retail store. I have learned how to listen and show empathy whenever a customer has an issue. I am also very experienced in meeting customer needs and problem-solving. I really enjoy helping others, which is why I am excited about this opportunity! I'm ready to take my experience to the next level."

      Elisabeth's Answer for a Cosmetologist Interview

      "Before doing hair and makeup I worked in a restaurant where learned how to handle difficult customers and keep a positive attitude. Since I started working with clients in school, I learned even more how important it is to be patient and listen to customer needs. I strive to give them consistent service and make sure they walk out happy."

      Ryan's Answer for a Fitness Instructor Interview

      "Through working in restaurants I learned how to handle difficult customers and keep a positive attitude. Everyone wants to be heard. I learned to be patient and listen to customer needs to give them consistent service and make sure they walked out happy."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Maintenance Interview

      "My earlier career was in a retail based customer service position and since then I have always had some sort of customer facing component to my position. I have a lighthearted personality and am able to easily connect with a variety of personalities. You can be comfortable knowing that your customers are in good hands with me."

      Heather's Answer for a Phlebotomist Interview

      "Using a discard tube helps to empty any air of the butterfly tubing, which allows the light blue top to be filled with the appropriate amount of blood."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I've been in the customer service industry for more than 18 years mostly as a customer service specialist where I handle customer inquiries, assisting with concerns and resolving issues either by phone, email, or chat. My recent experience as a catering business owner includes face-to-face customer service, as well as attendance at some events such as food drives and other charitable efforts. I'm excited to bring my skills and knowledge in customer service to your company."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Excellent response! This clearly highlights your customer service experience across multiple settings.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have over six years of experience in customer service. During my various jobs, I would be directly interacting with the customers."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good start! This is a great opportunity to draw on your six years of experience and sell your experience. How have you interacted? What problems have you solved?

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