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Top 10 Experience Interview Questions

Question 1 of 10
How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry and career?
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Question 2 of 10
What is your favorite book on leadership and business?
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This question offers a unique opportunity for you to start a great conversation surrounding your favorite books and other resources about your industry or job title. Once you have offered up your favorite book on leadership and business, be sure to ask the interviewer for theirs in return. This question offers an opportunity to gain a new resource for yourself!

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"I am a huge fan of 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins. The premise of the book is to determine why some companies make it, and others do not. It taught me a lot about avoiding mediocre and creating a great organization. Have you read it?"
Admin Example
"Hands down, my favorite book is 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen Covey I have incorporated many of the suggestions in this book, and my productivity went through the roof. I love to read and would like to know - what is your favorite business-related book?"
Manager Example
"Have you ever read 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' by Patrick Lencioni? It's a business book that talks about potential pitfalls in teambuilding, and how to avoid them. It's an older read, but still very relevant."
Marketing Example
"The book, ' First, Break All the Rules' is for sure my favorite read. It's by Marcus Buckingham, and he talks about solutions for employee engagement. I would love to hear any recommendations that you have as well!"
Retail Example
"I used to work in a bookstore and have read hundreds of books, many related to sales, retail sales, business, and customer service. If I had to choose one favorite book, I would say it is 'To Sell I Human' by Daniel Pink. He describes everyone as a 'seller' which changed my perspective as a customer sales rep many years ago and - today, changes how I train my employees."
Sales Example
"In my opinion, the best book I have ever read is 'What Great Salespeople Do' by Michael Bosworth and Ben Zoldan. The book teaches about building effective relationships by creating a very effective sales story. It's a must-read in my opinion. Do you have any must-reads to recommend?"
Teacher Example
"As you are aware, teachers have many amazing resources when it comes to books about the classroom. I love reading and will almost always have a professional development book in hand. My favorite read as of late is 'Make it Stick' by Peter Currell Brown. He discusses techniques for creating more productive learners, best study habits, and hands-on methods to support your students."
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Question 3 of 10
Being in such a prominent role, how do you balance your work requirements with your everyday life?
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Many people believe that the more senior the role, the more relaxed their lives will get but we all know that isn't the case! Discuss with the interviewer how you ensure that you have a steady balance between work and life. Hiring manager's don't want to hear that you are a workaholic because that can equal burnout. Discuss how you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Answer Example
"I believe in the importance of work/life balance, and encourage my teammates to do the same. One way that I ensure a healthy balance is to turn my email off one hour per night, during dinnertime. That is my family time, and I aim to set a good example for my children that it is not necessary to always be 'on.'"
Admin Example
"I am online for the majority of my day, so when I get home, I am sure to unplug. I will read a book, go for a walk outside, or talk on the phone with a family member. Connecting with something other than a computer screen is important. This 'back to basics' approach keeps me grounded and refreshes me for the following day."
Manager Example
"As a senior manager, I spend a lot of time putting out fires and answering questions. Once I arrive home, I like to spend some time on the treadmill, clearing my head, while I listen to some good tunes. I need about one hour or so of time to myself...no talking to anyone, and vice versa. After that alone time, I feel like a new person!"
Marketing Example
"When I get home from work, I go for a run. It's a daily commitment that I have made to myself, and I feel amazing after. Rarely does work creep into my mind but when it does, I remind myself that this is my time to focus on my wellness."
Retail Example
"The hours of my current job are a bit random which can make it challenging to find a balance. If I am working a 12 or 14 hour day, for instance, I will commit to having a nice lunch to myself in the middle of the day. I mean, a nice, sit-down, healthy meal in a place with good ambiance. I am a foodie in my personal life so sometimes bringing that element to a busy day will put an extra skip in my step."
Sales Example
"It has been said that, in sales, you are always 'on.' I try to avoid this type of burnout by turning the email off on my phone when I am getting ready in the morning, and one hour before I go to bed at night. This type of boundary helps me to create a balance. I sleep better this way and perform better the following day."
Teacher Example
"As an educator, I often bring my work home with me. This work could include marking, assessments, or reporting. To stay balanced, even during these busy times, I like to cook and do yoga. I will take breaks in between my work so that I do not feel tired or burnt out while marking. It's important to find a good balance so that my patience level is at its peak the following day."
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Question 4 of 10
We believe there is always room to grow. Tell me about one professional qualification you would like to obtain.
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No matter your level of experience, there is always an opportunity to grow and learn. Regardless of your seniority level, you can choose to become better at your job, every day. Perhaps you have industry governing associations that offer certifications and training. Your city's University may have related courses that will boost your recent knowledge, and there are a plethora of online courses available on platforms such as Udemy or Teachable. Show the interviewer that you are not too proud to continue your education, even if you are the CEO!

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"Professional development is incredibly important to me. This year I would like to take a course on Non-Profit Benchmarking. As an analyst, I have seen a major increase in inquiries from not for profit organizations and admittedly, need to learn more. I have a keen interest in the ways that donors, the government, and other foundations use reported benchmarks to determine where their donations will go."
Admin Example
"As an administrative professional, I can say without a doubt that the landscape is always changing when it comes to tech, programs, and apps! It's a lot to keep up with for sure. This past year I took a Cloud Training Course and this year I have my sights on some courses related to social media marketing so that I can help the companies that I join by adding social media management to my skillset toolbox."
Manager Example
"I have been in a management role since the very early stages of my career and, for one reason or another, my work became more important than formal professional development. If I could take any training now, I would like to pursue my PMP Certification. I believe that the credentials of being certified in project management will hold a lot of weight as I climb the ladder in my career."
Marketing Example
"Marketing professionals should always be taking additional coursework of some sort. I fully support that thought and do take at least one new certification per year. This year I would like to refresh my knowledge of online consumer behavior. I did take this course a couple of years ago; however, with social media and analytics supercharged since then, I think it would be beneficial for me to partake again."
Retail Example
"I do have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration; however, I have been learning more about the Professional Program Certificate in Retail and Omnichannel Management from Dartmouth College. They offer online coursework options. Have you hired anyone for this particular certification?"
Sales Example
"I landed in medical device sales at the very start of my career and had enjoyed many years of on-the-job training and relied on personal research, to succeed. With that said, additional industry certification would never hurt. I would be interested in taking an accredited medical sales program. Might you have one that you recommend?"
Teacher Example
"There are a lot of options for educators to gain professional development. I recently took a course in Collaborative Curriculum Development. I have my eye on a Peer Coaching course for this coming month. Looking at my overall background, do you have any recommendations?"
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Question 5 of 10
Tell me about a significant crisis you have faced in your most recent position. How did you overcome the crisis?
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Question 6 of 10
Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?
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Question 7 of 10
Judging by your resume, you appear to be overqualified for this position. What would keep you here, if you were offered the position?
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Question 8 of 10
How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
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Question 9 of 10
With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?
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Question 10 of 10
How do you react if your board or senior leadership team ask you to do something with which you do not agree?
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First written on: 01/08/2017
Last modified on: 08/02/2018

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