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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?
How to Answer
One way that a potential employer will gauge 'fit' is by ensuring that you are passionate about your particular industry. The best way to show your natural interest in your role is to study up on industry trends, newsworthy events, and policy changes. Show the interviewer that you are still excited about your industry by openly discussing how you stay on top of industry trends.

Answer Example
"I keep up to date on new technologies and trends in the accounting industry through a variety of sources. I follow three different blogs, Accounting Coach, The Accounting Onion, and the Bloomberg BNA Accounting Blog. I also read multiple articles online per week."
Admin Example
"My current employer sends a daily email regarding the company and industry updates. This email is helpful, and I am sure to read it thoroughly every day. I also have Google alerts set up so that I am up to date on new trends and happenings in the industry."
Manager Example
"I follow several blogs on the topic of effective leadership, am a member of the XYZ association. I also follow some industry leaders on LinkedIn. I am fascinated with technological change and will always strive to stay on top of the latest advancements in our industry."
Marketing Example
"In the marketing world, there are always news-worthy changes and events taking place. I am a member of a few marketing and communications related associations in our city. I also write a blog of my own, focused on marketing trends and algorithm changes, so I do a lot of research for each blog post."
Retail Example
"I read a lot of fashion magazines and tune into channels such as "E!" that focus on the latest and greatest happening in design. Fashion is a genuine passion for me, so you will never find me out of touch with what's happening in the fashion world."
Sales Example
"Being in software sales, I know that the biggest mistake a person can make is getting too comfortable. This industry changes overnight, as soon as there are new breakthroughs in technology. I have some alerts set up and am part of a few LinkedIn networks that discuss up and coming trends in SaaS."
Teacher Example
"Teaching methods are always changing, whether formally or informally. I am part of a few teachers forums and also started a teachers club in our city where like-minded educators meet on a monthly basis to discuss challenges and policies related to the public school system."
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Question 2 of 10
With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?
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How to Answer
Of course, you plan to make an immediate impact on the organization when they hire you! Talk to the interviewer about the contribution that you are going to make should you be the successful candidate. As an experienced professional, you know that the more tangible, the better so - if you have the time to prepare an actionable report, that is even better. Discuss what you plan to do in the first 30-90 days of being hired.

Answer Example
"After meeting with you, and getting to know your organization on a deeper level, I am confident that I will make a strong contribution to this years' sales goals. I understand that you have set ambitious goals for the company and I can get you there through my existing network and a strong portfolio. With a budget of $4M per year, I expect to reach that goal and exceed it by 15%, realistically."
Admin Example
"Earlier in our interview, you mentioned that the precious administration lead left the digital files in disarray. My plan will including tacking this issue right away. I also plan to contribute by soaking in all of the training that I receive so I can be a solid resource to your team right away."
Manager Example
"I understand that employee retention is of concern to you. With the high expense associated with hiring, training and the like, I plan to take an immediate look at your onboarding strategy and suggest changes as I see fit. In my current position, I have increased the average employee tenure by four years, and I plan to bring those same significant improvements to your organization."
Marketing Example
"I have a unique background as both an agency based Marketing Director and a Professor at the local college. My mix of agency work and exposure to an educational setting will prove very helpful in training your existing marketing team and attracting new talent."
Retail Example
"I feel like my experience on the customer side of this equation will help me build a strong rapport with your customers from the start. I have walked a mile in their shoes, and I do understand the dilemmas that you have described for me today. My first plan of action would be to address any outstanding customer disputes and put them to rest."
Sales Example
"I have earned President's Club for six years running in my previous organization. From those efforts, I learned a great deal about building a pipeline of business, and cold calling far above the standard expectations. I will bring that same level of tenacity here and assure you that I will be a solid example to your junior associates at the same time."
Teacher Example
"My years of experience as a Spanish and French teacher will bring fresh course options to your students wishing to learn a second or third language. I also have resources and connections related to the implementation of high school exchange programs which could prove beneficial to your high-achievement students."
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Question 3 of 10
How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
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Perhaps you started working at an early age, allowing you to learn valuable lessons sooner than most. Maybe you have held some tough jobs while putting yourself through University. Many hiring managers agree that the best employees are ones with 'grit,' who have held a 'dirty job' or two in their lives. Talk to the interviewer about your early work experience and how it will benefit you in this specific role.

Answer Example
"I have been working since I was just 14 years old. My first job was as a shop hand for my father who was a mechanic. I had to sweep, clean, greet customers and order parts. It was a great way for me to get my hands dirty and I was taught excellent customer service skills from an early age. Everything that I learned during that time has helped me to stay grounded and humble in my executive career."
Admin Example
"My early career as a server taught me great work ethic, the importance of active listening, memorization, and positively shaped my communication skills. I look forward to applying these skills to this role with your company."
Manager Example
"Every position that I have held has built upon the previous, in the form of bigger responsibilities and also more significant problems to solve. My first job was as a dishwasher where I thought up a system that made my dishwashing 30% faster, causing less stress on the kitchen and of course - making my job easier. As a Production Manager, I still look for ways to increase productivity."
Marketing Example
"My very first job was a paper route when I was just ten years old. I would get up at 6 AM, rain or shine, and deliver my papers. My end goal was to buy a new bike for myself. I reached my goal and quit my job immediately after, funny enough. The idea of it all is that I, already at the age of 10, understood goal setting. I still set timed goals for myself on projects and am very headstrong when it comes to meeting those goals."
Retail Example
"Early in my career, I was a bartender at a busy club. I had to ensure that customers were taken care of promptly, given the right amount of change, handed the correct drink order - all with a smile on my face! That lesson in multi-tasking, while maintaining a positive attitude, has remained with me all through my retail sales career. Boxing Day, Black Friday, and Door Crashers? No problem!"
Sales Example
"My first sales job was a door-to-door position selling novelty items to offices. Yes, it was as awful as it sounds. We would meet as a group, and the team lead would cram us all into the company car, drive us to a heavily saturated business park, and we would split up, going door-to-door. Most of the time I was yelled at and rejected, but then the odd sale would save my day. This position taught me grit and courage - two characteristics that I still bring to work with me every day."
Teacher Example
"The most memorable early work experience that I have was the summer, between my Grade 10 and 11 years, working as a camp counselor for my church's summer camp. The kids were so out of control, and I just wanted to go home. I remember calling my dad, telling him I couldn't do it. He told me that I needed to finish what I started and that the kids were counting on me to make their week great. He was right! I made the best of it and still keep his wise words in mind, even on the toughest days as a teacher. These kids count on me to deliver my best, every day."
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Question 4 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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Sometimes, hiring an overqualified individual can mean that they will leave when a better opportunity arises. Hiring managers become especially wary of hiring over-qualified staff during times of recession or low employment rates when many people apply for jobs for which they are much too qualified. Talk to the interviewer about why this position would be satisfying for you, long-term, despite you appearing to be overqualified. Assure the interviewer that, even if you are overqualified, you will still find an opportunity to learn and grow.

Answer Example
"I do have more years' experience than what you have outlined in your job posting; however, there are aspects of this position that would be new and exciting for me as well. For example, I would enjoy the exposure to more public accounting and government-related accounts. Despite my level of experience, there would be much for me to learn here."
Admin Example
"The job titles in my last two roles make it appear that I am overqualified for this administrative assistant role. They were big titles but, rest assured, this position is very much in line with my current skill level."
Manager Example
"I do not think that I am overqualified for this role. I do believe that I bring a lot to the table, but my last few roles were with smaller companies where everyone wore many hats and had time to handle more responsibility. I like the idea of focusing on one department and leading a slightly larger team but with more of a laser focus when it comes to the scope of work."
Marketing Example
"I did have some significant accounts in my last marketing position; however, we were a very niche agency and did not tackle all aspects of marketing. In your role, I will learn a broader scope when it comes to client strategy, which excites me."
Retail Example
"My most recent role was a big one, in the job title at least. I was the Regional Manager for all stores; however, there was only three stores total. By joining your company as the manager for your multi-million dollar store, I will be very much in line with my experience and the types of budgets that I have worked with previously."
Sales Example
"I did have a larger territory in my previous role; however, the total number of accounts will be greater in your position. I look forward to handling a larger amount of accounts while having fewer travel expectations."
Teacher Example
"In my current role, my class size is larger. With that said, I do not believe that this means a more robust experience, though. In a smaller school like yours, I will need to be extra aware and focused on my small group of students which I believe will be an even greater challenge than handling a class of 35 students."
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Question 5 of 10
Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?
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Question 6 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 7 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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Question 8 of 10
Being in such a prominent role, how do you balance your work requirements with your everyday life?
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Question 9 of 10
What is your favorite book on leadership and business?
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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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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.
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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: 01/08/2017
Last modified on: 08/02/2018

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