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Have you ever had a mentor?

22 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
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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."

Manager
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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."

Marketing
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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."

Retail
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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."

Sales
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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."

Teacher
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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."

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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.
First written on: 08/19/2018
Last modified on: 01/22/2019
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