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Which school subject did you struggle with the most?

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  1. 1.

    Which school subject did you struggle with the most?

      Just as learning your best classes will help the interviewer understand your areas of strength; learning of your areas of weakness will help the interviewer to see where they may need to offer additional support and training. Having areas of weakness is okay. Don't put yourself down; rather discuss how you are planning to improve your skills in that area.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I struggled a lot with my Spanish classes. I am more of a numbers person and am not naturally inclined to linguistics."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The one subject that was a challenge for me was Statistics. I am not a numbers person, and although I like data analysis, it does not come naturally to me. My strengths are more geared to communication."

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  2. 2.

    Why are you ready to enter the workforce now?

      Since you are new to your career, the interviewer would like to know why the timing is now right for you to start looking for a job. Perhaps you just finished your post-secondary education or were traveling after graduation. Whatever your situation, give the interviewer a good idea of why you are now ready to get to work!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have been traveling for the past three months, after graduating with my Commerce degree. I am happy to have taken a small break to refresh myself, and now I am ready to start a lucrative career in the finance industry."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I appreciate you calling me in for today's interview. Although my formal experience is light, my knowledge in the administration field is solid. I have not been formally employed but have worked the front desk for my dad's company for the past few months. I am ready to join a company on a more official basis which is why I applied to your job posting."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I did take a small break after graduating from my college. I enjoyed my time off to refresh myself and see my family and grandparents, and now I am ready to start my career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's nice that you were able to take some time to refresh and be with family. Your answer is straightforward, ensuring that any time gaps in your resume make sense for the interviewer.

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  3. 3.

    Tell me one thing you are most proud of.

      Share an achievement that makes you proud! Try to think of one that demonstrates some of the skills and strengths that would make you an excellent candidate for the job. Your accomplishment could be graduating from high school with honors or getting a scholarship to the college of your choice. Maybe you made a difference in someone's life by volunteering. Think of a way you made a significant impact or share a goal you worked hard to achieve.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am the first University graduate in my family. When I completed my degree, my family threw a huge block party to celebrate! It felt amazing and is still one of my biggest drivers. My dad worked two jobs to put me through school, and I plan to be the best I can be in my career, to make him proud."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am very proud of being self-taught in QuickBooks and Sage. It took me some time and dedication, but I watched every possible online tutorial and YouTube video until I knew I would test at an Intermediate level."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am most proud of making my own decision to come to the US to study. I believe that the choice I made when I was 12 has changed my life significantly and made me who I am now, and I am proud of that."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You should be very proud of yourself - this would have been an incredible challenge for anyone, let alone being only 12 years old. To further bring your adventure to life, I recommend talking to the interviewer about your journey and what you did to ensure that this change was a success.

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  4. 4.

    Are you a leader or a follower?

      Despite being newer to your career, you can still consider yourself a leader. You may not have held a significant leadership role; however, the interviewer is referring to your character and nature as a leader vs. practical experience. Robin Sharma says 'Leadership is not about a title or designation. It's about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results; influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work.'

      With that said, keep in mind that it is not a negative thing to be a follower. You may not be the person to take charge of a situation or command a room, and that is okay! A good follower is good at following directions and working hard to accomplish tasks. Rodger Adair says, 'A follower shares in an influence relationship among leaders and other followers with their intent to support leaders who reflect their mutual purposes.' A follower is an incredibly vital role to play.

      Both have great qualities. Depending on the role, it may be more critical for you to instigate solving problems and creating innovative solutions, or it may be more important to get the work done. Share some of your strengths to show you have qualities in both categories.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My role as a leader or follower depends on the situation. I am good at listening and following directions, but I am also great with people and working as a team to solve problems. I would say I have qualities of both, and I know I would rise to the occasion if given a leadership opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I prefer to be a leader when it comes to my projects at work. I am a take-charge type of personality; however, I am easy to coach and mentor as well."

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  5. 5.

    Have you ever volunteered?

      Did you know that, according to LinkedIn research, 1 in 5 hiring managers prefers to hire candidates with volunteer experience? This question is an excellent opportunity to discuss how you are involved in your community and that you commit time to help others. If you have volunteer experience, you have a leg-up on other candidates.

      Many non-profit organizations have a long onboarding process with background checks and references required so if you need to gain volunteer experience pronto, here are some options for a quick turnaround:

      - Raise money for a cause, like the Red Cross
      - Donate blood on a regular rotation or organize a blood drive
      - Have a craft or bake sale to raise funds for a charity close to your heart
      - Run in a charity race where financial pledges are required
      - Advise high-school and University students on a crowd-sourced advice platform like CareerVillage
      - Write articles for non-profit organizations, for free
      - Sponsor a business owner in a third world country using a platform like Kiva.org
      - Volunteer at your church camp
      - Clean up a local park
      - Volunteer to tutor a student
      - Foster animals for a rescue society

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I currently volunteer every Saturday at the local animal shelter. I help to organize adoption applications and also screen the applicants. It feels great to help out, and it melts my heart when we make a perfect pet-parent match."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my extra time, I put a lot of work into my home. I am quite handy with power tools, believe it or not. Currently, I am finishing the basement of my home into a basement suite, to make it an income suite. Have you ever completed a home reno project? It's quite satisfying work!"

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  6. 6.

    Which school subject did you enjoy the most?

      The interviewer would like a quick glimpse into the types of topics that you enjoy. Generally speaking, the classes that you do best in are likely the ones you enjoyed the most, and perhaps are your area of expertise. Allow the interviewer to get to know you, your interests, and strengths.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My favorite subject was Geography and Environmental Sciences. What I found most interesting was learning about the bridge between the natural world and how human behavior affects the planet."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "English was by far my best subject in school. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading assignments and the fact that my writing skills improved dramatically."

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  7. 7.

    Referring to the job description, what will be your favorite part of this job?

      The interviewer wants to hear that you are looking forward to learning and growing in this new position. Talk about what excites you! Share how this position will challenge you and help you improve as a new professional in your industry. When you first read the job posting, which aspect drew the most enthusiasm from you? Discuss this aspect and then draw a line for the interviewer to how you will excel.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am looking forward to gaining more experience in this industry, and I am excited to apply my post-secondary education in a more structured corporate environment. I believe that your company is an industry leader where I can successfully grow my career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am sure I will like most aspects of this role, but what I see as most attractive is the ability to support cross-functional and cross-departmental teams."

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  8. 8.

    Why did you choose the University that you attended?

      The interviewer would like to know if the school that you attended was your first pick. Be prepared to discuss what attracted you to your particular University. If you had another first choice, you could also explain why that school was so highly enticing to you. Keep your answer positive and brief.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I chose to attend University ABC because it has an unmatched reputation for its finance department. I am so thankful to have been accepted into their esteemed Finance program. I knew that a highly regarded education experience would be the best way to start my accounting career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I chose my post-secondary school based on its reputation for helping their students find placement after completing the administrators' certificate program. 98% of their graduates found employment within two months of graduating. This statistic was essential to me."

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  9. 9.

    How will this position help you in your career?

      Think about your goals for your new career. Consider where you would like to end up in the next three to five years. This position may be an entry-level role, but it could help you obtain the skills you need to get to where you want to go. Talk about what you are excited to learn in this job. Before your interview, review the job description and make a mental note of the skills you already have and the ones you would like to cultivate!"

      Rachelle's Answer

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      For example: "

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Business administration is an interest of mine, and I wish to work my way into an executive assistant role over time. Your organization has many departments and areas of interest where I could grow my administration career while also utilizing my education in business."

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  10. 10.

    How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?

      You may be carefree and fun-loving with your friends on the weekends, but at work, you are focused and professional. The interviewer is interested in your personality and how you will fit with the team.

      As you prepare for this question, picture a few scenarios that have occurred in your current or previous position. Maybe you are encouraging and motivating to your coworkers when they are having a bad day. If you have proven yourself reliable and someone that people can depend on, be sure to mention that! Think about some of the qualities you enjoy in a coworker and share how you think you embody some of those qualities.

      Here is a list of descriptive words for you to lean on:

      - Ambitious
      - Capable
      - Eager
      - Generous
      - Intelligent
      - Keen
      - Mature
      - Outgoing
      - Quick-learner
      - Self-assured
      - Willing

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe my coworkers would describe me as dedicated, trustworthy and kind. When you call my references, I strongly believe that they will say the same things about me. I am a proud employee and promise to be a great first impression for your company."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am mature beyond my years, which is a trait of which my coworkers and current supervisor often comment. I can see all sides of a story, and the wisdom to avoid jumping into a situation without gathering all of the required information first."

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  11. 11.

    Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?

      Modern interviews are more conversational in approach, so always be prepared for a question like this. When the interviewer opens the discussion, this is the perfect opportunity to clarify any issue that you feel you did not answer as clearly as you could have. You should always have at least one inquiry in mind for the interviewer as well. Be prepared to talk about an accomplishment or strength you haven't already shared to prove your value.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would like to say that I have sincerely appreciated your interview style, and the opportunity to be here today. I would like to ask you if there is any reason why you would not hire me for this position, or any skills you feel I could strengthen?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that this interview has gone well; however, I would like to readdress your question regarding my availability. Although I need to give my current employer two weeks' notice, I can begin on any online or manual based training immediately."

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  12. 12.

    Have you ever had a mentor?

      There are many benefits to having a mentor, and many interviewers will look highly on a candidate who has the foresight to realize that there is a massive benefit to having a mentor.

      Some benefits to having a mentor include:

      - Gaining someone else's years of knowledge in a short amount of time
      - Advice on your weaknesses from someone that you trust
      - The opportunity to learn new ways of thinking
      - A positive experience to mention on your resume or cover letter
      - Broadening your network

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I recently asked one of my professors to be a mentor to me as I begin my career. She agreed, and we have been meeting every Tuesday evening for one hour. She has already taught me a great deal about communication and professionalism. I look forward to learning more."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have not had a mentor yet; however, I fully understand the importance of having one. I look forward to meeting more professionals as my career grows and carefully choosing someone to help me grow as a professional."

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  13. 13.

    If you were hiring for this job, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?

      The interviewer would like to see the level of insight you have when it comes to the company's needs for this role. It is a safe bet to pull from any characteristics mentioned in the job posting or job description. Make sure to keep company culture in mind when you answer, and be prepared to display to the interviewer how you match these qualities.

      Some of the top qualities that an interviewer may be seeking include:

      - Accountable
      - Trustworthy
      - Loyal
      - Self-motivated
      - Resilience
      - Problem-solver
      - Analytical
      - Creative
      - Social media & tech savvy
      - Strong business sense
      - Willpower

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I were hiring I would choose someone highly analytical but still able to see the big picture, and think in a team-first mentality. I am highly team oriented and also possess the ability to create short, and long-term plans using data analysis and market trends."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If I were in charge of choosing the candidate for this job, I would look for someone with a naturally cheerful and positive disposition. I would also look for someone, like myself, who is well organized. There are a lot of moving parts in this position so those being a fast learner would be especially important."

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  14. 14.

    Why do you have an interest in this profession?

      Now is an excellent time for you to share your passion and knowledge about the career path you have chosen! Interviewers want to hear about how you became interested in the field. Maybe you volunteered at an animal shelter and realized you wanted to become a vet technician. Sometimes we learn that we want to get into a career field through the experience of others, and their stories. Whatever your answer, be sure to emit passion and excitement for the role, company, and overall career path.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I used to work customer service in a call center. My favorite part of the job was talking to customers and helping them solve their problems. I learned that I'm good at communicating on the phone and I liked building relationships. I started researching other careers where I could use these skills which is where I discovered the field of recruiting. I am excited to apply my skills and interests to this junior recruiter position with your agency."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My penchant for organization, planning, and executing events are my biggest drivers towards carving a successful career in administration. My end goal is to become an Executive Assistant to a company president with some event planning mixed in. My sister is an event planner and EA, and her job seems incredibly satisfying."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I also had a interest in construction and design work, which is why I choose Civil Engineering as my major in school. From my internship experience I got to see a little bit of how this industry works and enjoyed it. I have also taken elective classes like construction estimating and project management that have piqued my interest."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You're off to a good start! I recommend filling out your response with more personalization. Try to show the interviewer more about you and your personal drivers. What initially piqued your interest in this industry?

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  15. 15.

    What extra-curricular activities interest you?

      The types of extra-curricular activities that you choose to give your time to will tell the interviewer a great deal about you and your personality. Make sure to keep your answer appropriate. Holding the title of 'Beer Pong Champion' isn't what the interviewer is after. Perhaps you volunteer on the side, spend a lot of time with your little brother, take pottery classes, or are taking sommelier courses. This question is one that you can ask in return if you want to build further rapport with your interviewer!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am currently training to run a marathon which takes up a lot of my extra time. I run nearly every day, between 15-25 miles per day, with two alternate rest days. Have you ever competed in a race? I am nervous and will take any advice I can get!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a creative edge, in addition to my penchant for organization and communication. I take watercolor painting classes at the community arts college. I have met some great new friends with similar interests, and my painting skills have greatly improved. I would love to show you my work sometime! Have you ever painted?"

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  16. 16.

    How do you feel about working evenings and weekends while you amp up your career?

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  17. 17.

    Why did you choose your major?

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  18. 18.

    Tell me about a time when you went out of your way to help someone.

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  19. 19.

    Name the top skill you learned from your education.

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  20. 20.

    Referring to the job description, what will be your least favorite part of this job?

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  21. 21.

    Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?

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  22. 22.

    How has your education prepared you for this career?

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  23. 23.

    Why do you want to start your career with us?

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  24. 24.

    Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?

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    What was the most difficult aspect of your post-secondary education?

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