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Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

This question is different than the 'Who is the biggest influencer in your life' because the interviewer is now referring to someone industry specific. Perhaps a manager took you under their wing at the beginning of your career. Maybe someone significant took a big chance on you and hired you for a job above your level of expertise. You may have even had someone senior to you breathe some words of affirmation that gave you a boost of confidence. If you are newer to your career, you can refer to a Professor who changed your thinking patterns, or a Career Advisor who steered you onto the right path.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"My English professor mentored me for the first semester of my initial year in University. She saw big potential in me and helped to nurture that with helpful feedback, and many resource suggestions. She even sent me this job posting, saying that she thought I would be great for the role. This professor will be one of my references when we get to that step in the interview process."

Admin
Answer example

"In my first administrative role, I worked with a more senior administrator to make it her mission that I succeed. It was such a thrill to experience that level of camaraderie, and I aim to do the same favor for someone, junior to me when the opportunity presents itself."

Manager
Answer example

"A few years ago I worked with an incredible Director who made it his mission to groom me into a senior leadership role. He sent me to a multitude of leadership conferences and gave me books to read. The confidence he had in me was so uplifting and molded who I am, as a leader, today."

Marketing
Answer example

"My current Marketing Director has shaped my career in countless ways. She has helped me succeed with challenging clients and encouraged me in ways she may never even know. She is aware that I am interviewing today as we both agree that I am now ready for my next challenge."

Retail
Answer example

"It's pretty amazing what I can accomplish when I have my boss cheering me on! I have been lucky enough to have my entire career under the same leadership team. They have trained me well, and my sales coaching has been impeccable. I will be sad to leave them when the time comes but, at the same time, completely stoked for a new opportunity ahead."

Sales
Answer example

"I was not qualified for my first sales job, but the manager gave it to me anyway! He said that he liked my 'grit' in the interview. Of course, he didn't want to see me fail, so for the first year of my employment, he took me on as his project. Coaching me in sales, negotiations, and writing quotes, he took the time to ensure my communication was perfect. I will never forget how generous he was with his time. It provided the start that I needed to succeed."

Teacher
Answer example

"The teacher that I assisted during my practicum is one of my best friends, today! We hit it off so well when I was completing my hours with her, and I knew that she genuinely wanted to see me succeed. I asked her to be my industry mentor, and she agreed. We grew a great friendship from there."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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.
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
1.
Ya. One of my professor. She is like role model to me she had a very different view to life which even enhances me to do the same..
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For this question, I will speak about my former coach or someone who was inspiring for me. I will say, his leadership and his work ethic really made a mark on me and how I was going to live my life.
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Yes my former boss was a inspirational person in my life because she gave me the skills and stability that I have today.
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