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With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?

1 of 10 Experience Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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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Ryan Brown
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.
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: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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