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Have you ever had a mentor?

1 of 25 Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 22nd, 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

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

Professional Answer Examples
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"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."

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"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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"Mentorship is something that I would love to have in my professional life. I would also like to learn how to be a mentor, down the road in my career. The most important thing about mentorship is that it's a valuable exchange of knowledge that often takes years to achieve."

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"I had a mentor while completing my digital marketing degree. A fourth-year student took me under his wing and showed me some great ways to excel in my first year, and beyond. I now look forward to gaining a professional mentor."

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"Collaborating with a mentor is a positive experience that I would enjoy having. I do not know anyone at this point in my life who I could ask, but if you have any recommendations for me, I am open to hearing them."

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"I look up to my former professor from business school and recently asked him to recommendations. I am actively seeking out an individual to mentor me in business, sales, and to shape me professionally, overall."

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"My mentor is my best friends' mother who is also an educator. She has been a teacher for 25 years and helped me a great deal while I was completing my education degree. Having a mentor is a game-changer."

Pharmacy Technician
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"My greatest role model in my life was my grandfather. Having owned a dairy farm for his entire working life, he taught me the value of hard work at a very young age. From the time I was a young girl, I spent many days with him milking cows and tending to the other chores around the farm. Watching my grandmother and him go through positives and negatives in his business while he kept a very positive attitude has always been an inspiration to me in my work life."

Optometry School
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"I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my grandmother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I try to live like her as much as I can."

Medical Laboratory Technician
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"I have often been complimented on my relationship building skills. I like to get to know people and ask them questions about themselves; I find it's a great and simple way to start building rapport with others. I consider myself to be a strong relationship builder and take pride in my 'people skills'."

Pediatric Nurse
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"I believe that honesty is important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and co-workers."

Physician Assistant
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"When it comes to my career as a physicians assistant, the physician I currently work under has been my professional mentor for the past six years. She has taught me a lot of skills and given me knowledge far beyond a basic PA."

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"My mentor, in baking and cake decorating, is my first employer from the bakery I worked at in 2008. The owner of the bakery, Jane Doe, is very passionate about what she does and I learned such a great deal from her. We still meet a few times per year to discuss new trends in baking."

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"My biggest role model in the journalism world is Christiane Amanpour. She is influential because she tells such great stories and is dedicated to her work. She uses her words to evoke emotion. I hope to be able to do this better, except with visuals one day."

School Counselor
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"My mother is my role model. She is a very confident and smart woman who has an excellent work ethic. But more than anything, it is her compassion for others that I admire the most. I learned from her that success doesn't matter if you don't care for the people around you and help those in need. Because of that, I always try to help others to the best of my ability so I can make a difference in their lives in my own little way."

Parole Officer
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"Aside from my family and friends, my boss during my internship has become one of my professional role models and mentors in pursuing my career as a parole officer. They have given me countless great advice and mentor me in situations that challenge me as a professional in this field. I look up to and respect them very much."

Camp Counselor
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"I love being a role model, and that is one of the reasons I applied for this job. I think one of the best reasons why I believe I am a good role model, is because I understand the impact I will have on a child's life, even if I am only around that child for a short time. They are constantly soaking in my actions. I want to be the best example I can be for that child because I want what is best for them. And that is why I am excited to be applying and interviewing for your campground because I think your camping experience is really impactful on the kids that attend."

Special Education Preschool Teacher
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"I do not have a mentor. However, the individual I consider a role model, who has had the strongest influence on me and my career, is (X individual, e.g., supervisor at (X company)). This person strongly influenced me because (X reasons, such as this person made you realize the life purpose and that you should always remain highly dedicated to your students, by virtue of his/her attitude on a daily basis toward her work and individuals he/she interacted with)."

Alcohol and Drug Counselor
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"I've had several great mentors, but my most influential was Ms. Smith, my supervisor while I was working towards supervision hours in my first position. I truly learned a lot from her and felt I am the therapist I am today because of her."

Correction Officer
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"My role model is Tony Robbins. I listen to his podcast every morning because I find him motivating and I like his tougher approach. He's taught me the importance of grabbing life by the horns."

Multimedia Journalist
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"My biggest role model is Lester Holt because he started in a very small market and now is the anchor of the nightly news. He worked his way to the top, and put in much time and effort, and I believe I can do the same."

Special Education Teacher
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"My greatest role model has been my father. He is a therapist and, growing up, I would see how much pride he took in his work and the joy it brought him to know that he was making a difference in people's emotional lives. This always inspired me to follow a career where kindness was a valued attribute."

Written by:

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: 08/19/2018
Last modified on: 01/22/2019
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