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To help you prepare for your next gallup-style interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 30

Do you think a chain of command is essential in the workplace?

The Goal

The interviewer would like to know if you believe that a chain of command is necessary for organizational effectiveness. The goal of your response is to show your willingness to be a positive team player who respects the company's organizational flow and corporate structure.

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30 Gallup Interview Questions & Answers

  • Compatibility

    1. Do you think a chain of command is essential in the workplace?

      The Goal

      The interviewer would like to know if you believe that a chain of command is necessary for organizational effectiveness. The goal of your response is to show your willingness to be a positive team player who respects the company's organizational flow and corporate structure.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      What to Avoid

      Avoid answering in a way that shows a dislike towards workplace hierarchy. Even the flattest corporations require their team members to display professional accountability.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Great businesses require organized distribution of tasks, responsibilities, and accountability. Understanding the importance of a chain of command shows professional maturity. When responding, show the interviewer that you accept and support the hiring company's structure and systems.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "I believe that a chain of command is important in nearly every business situation. For instance, it's necessary for employee issue resolution or helping clients understand where they should direct their questions. It's also essential that every team member understands their responsibilities. The depth of this chain of command, of course, varies depending on the company's size and structure. Could you share with me more about the organizational structure and flow here at Company ABC?"

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Yes, I think that a chain of command is important and helpful to everyone working in the organization. However, I also understand that a cumbersome organizational chart can interfere with a company's ability to innovate and launch new initiatives quickly. I have always respected organizational workflow, whether at work or school. I appreciate having a clear idea of who to turn to when I have questions or needs. A well-formed organizational chart also shows me what job opportunities are available to strive for as I gain momentum in my career."

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      Community Answer

      "ABSOLUTELY!!!

      I am fully aware of my duties, my tasks, and challenges in a day. But without that leadership from a regional business manager, who gets their direction from the sales manager then there is no structure and without structure, we would be in danger of not fulfilling what is required as a business."

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      Cindy Ramsey

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      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Nice! This answer demonstrates good teamwork and the ability to work in collaboration with your manager.

  • Compatibility

    2. What does being competitive mean to you, and how competitive are you?

      The Goal

      The interviewer would like to know that your level of ambition is a match for the company and the job. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you will bring a consistent and appropriate amount of competitiveness to the role. Express that you view workplace competitiveness as an opportunity to learn and grow.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving the impression that you are a ruthlessly competitive person. The interviewer does not want to detect combativeness. Instead, they want to know that your level of ambition will complement the hiring company's values and align with the goals and personality of its existing team members.

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      Pro Tip

      When you answer, consider telling a brief story that supports your response. Be prepared to talk about a time you were placed in a competitive situation and thrived. Your example should be work-related. If you are new to your career, consider providing an example from school or sports.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Being competitive means that I am focused on winning. This can mean winning independently or as a team. On a scale of 1-10, I would rank my competitiveness at an 8. I like to compete internally, creating small personal milestones and connecting them to a time limit. For instance, if I complete the data entry for 50 new customers in under three hours, I reward myself with a quick coffee break. I often carry on this internal competition throughout the day until all of my tasks are complete. When it comes to being competitive in a team setting, I spend most of my time uplifting my coworkers and helping them succeed. When my co-workers win, so do I."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "To be competitive is to be eager to succeed. I have a competitive personality that stems from my years of participating in high school and college-level team sports. I learned to be competitive in my performance while encouraging my teammates to give their best. I am always striving to be better."

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      Community Answer

      "For me, it means when peers challenge each other to be better or deliver better. I do not consider myself competitive, but I do like to show results, and I do put playful competition into play. For example, if we said completing performance reviews on time was a key metric, I would then post the results by department monthly. I find that departments naturally compete with each other to attain better numbers."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      This is an excellent example of creativity and competition in motion. Also, you present a very unique and thoughtful definition of competition.

  • Behavioral

    3. Tell me about a time you felt successful.

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to discover how you define success. They also want to understand how you systematically reached your proudest objective. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you are a results- and goal-focused team member who will be an excellent addition to the hiring company.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a vague response that fails to provide a memorable story-based example of your success. For instance, instead of saying, 'I feel successful every time I make a customer happy,' you could say, 'I felt successful last month when I worked closely with a disgruntled customer to ensure they did not close their account and move to our competitor.'

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      Pro Tip

      Everyone defines success differently. Your example of success does not need to be an over-the-top 'I saved the world' moment. You may feel successful when you help someone else achieve an important goal. Perhaps you finished your post-secondary education at the top of your class despite struggling with a learning disability, or maybe you felt successful when you earned an exciting promotion.

      Tell the interviewer about a time you felt successful. Describe the situation and outline the actions you took to achieve this success. Then, highlight why you felt successful at that moment.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Last year, I made Presidents' Club for reaching the top 10 for sales revenue generation out of 500 territory sales reps. I felt a lot of pride in my hard work and was thrilled to receive this accolade. Overall, I feel the most successful at work when I exceed my goals and targets."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Last month, at Company XYZ's annual kickoff meeting, I was presented with a teamwork award. I earned recognition for being a helpful coworker and a resource for many new trainees starting their careers. I measure my success by how people feel when they are around me. It felt so wonderful when my employer and teammates recognized me for being a kind person who was willing to help others."

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      Community Answer

      "When I organized a fundraiser, and monetarily we were successful, the attendees to the carnival and auction had fun."

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      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      This sounds like fun! When offering up 'Tell me about a time' answers, it's best if you can expand on your details. Try using the STAR framework to organize your response (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

  • Behavioral

    4. Tell me about a time you felt uncomfortable or unprepared in your job.

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know how you react when you feel unprepared in the workplace or find yourself outside of your comfort zone. The goal of your response is to provide evidence of your ability to overcome potentially distressing or awkward situations.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving an answer that makes it seem like you blame others or shirk responsibility when you feel unprepared or uncomfortable. Instead, show the interviewer that you take accountability for your success.

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      Pro Tip

      The interviewer is asking you to be a storyteller. You can 'talk about a time when...' by forming a brief story using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Using this framework will ensure that you provide the interviewer with the right amount of information and detail to form a compelling and memorable response.

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  • Accomplishment

    5. What is the kindest thing a boss has ever said to you? How did the compliment make you feel, and did you agree with the praise?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know if you can accept positive feedback. They also want to hear about your most significant strengths from the perspective of a former employer. The first goal of your response is to show that you are appropriately humble, coachable, and responsive to positive praise. The second goal of your answer is to highlight a compliment focused on a specific strength that you know is important to this role.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid sounding too modest or humble when you respond. Remember - the interviewer wants to know if you are the type of person capable of seeing your strengths. It's good to be a humble person, but it's also essential to graciously accept people's kind words about you and your work ethic.

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      Pro Tip

      This question is another way for the interviewer to discover your greatest strengths. Since this question aims to find out the best qualities that others see in you, be prepared to talk about a compliment that spotlights a skill or strength that you know is important for the hiring company to see in their next hire.

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  • Behavioral

    6. Do you consider yourself a quick thinker? Tell me about a time your quick thinking saved the day.

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know if you consider yourself alert and agile, ready to solve problems actively. The goal of your response is to provide the interviewer with evidence of your ability to think quickly and jump into action when a situation calls for a speedy solution.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a vague response that fails to provide a memorable example of your ability to think and respond to challenges nimbly. For instance, instead of just saying, 'Yes, I do consider myself a quick thinker,' you could say, 'Yes, I do consider myself a quick thinker. Just last week, I...' Then, tell a story that provides evidence of your acuteness in the workplace.

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      Pro Tip

      Someone who is a quick thinker will:

      - Rapidly pick up on new ideas
      - Be fast and feel more natural to train
      - Be able to process large amounts of information more rapidly than most
      - Look at potential solutions rather than dwell on problems or roadblocks

      Take some time to consider if these traits describe you. Then, think of a time you showcased your ability to think on the spot. Play the role of a storyteller when you respond. Take the interviewer through the situation, your actions, and the positive impact of your solution. This approach will help the interviewer picture you succeeding in the hiring company's environment.

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  • Compatibility

    7. Do you consider yourself to be direct and forthright with others?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know that you are straightforward yet genuine in your communication. The goal of your response is to show that you are thoughtful when you interact with others. Show the interviewer that you can be sincere and honest, even when facing potentially sensitive or delicate situations.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid providing an answer that makes it seem like you are aggressive or combative in the workplace. For instance, instead of saying, 'I have no problem approaching someone directly when a problem arises,' consider saying, 'When I notice a concern or potential issue, I will approach the situation promptly and with care.'

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      Pro Tip

      Being a forthright person means you are honest, sincere, and direct. It means that you provide timely responses, offer helpful and prompt direction, and provide thoughtful feedback without hesitation. Rather than only discussing your personality traits, consider also providing an example of how you communicate in the workplace.

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  • Behavioral

    8. Tell me about a time you provided honest feedback to a coworker.

      The Goal

      Giving honest feedback is an art form, and the interviewer would like to know you are capable of doing so. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you understand what honest feedback sounds like and how it's best delivered.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving an answer that makes it seem like you are uncomfortable providing feedback to others. Instead, show the interviewer that you understand how to provide appropriate and helpful feedback. Research a variety of feedback frameworks and find a methodology that works for you.

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      Pro Tip

      The interviewer is asking you to be a storyteller. Form a brief story-based answer using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Using this framework will ensure that you provide the interviewer with the right amount of information and detail to form a noteworthy response.

      Remember to mention any training you have received on giving appropriate feedback. Perhaps you took a workshop or read a book on the topic. If you use a particular feedback methodology, be sure to share the details of your approach.

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  • Scenario

    9. Have you ever put your professional work ahead of your personal life?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to understand the balance between your professional and personal life. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you bring loyalty to your work and professional accountabilities while also maintaining a sense of harmony and avoiding burnout.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid responding in a way that makes you seem like a workaholic. The workaholic mentality is an unhealthy practice that leads to burnout and high employee turnover. For that reason, being a workaholic is no longer a selling factor for mindful employers. Instead, show the interviewer that you work hard and are flexible with your time when needed.

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      Pro Tip

      Be prepared to define what professional/personal balance means to you. Some people find it very natural to put their professional goals ahead of their personal life. Others may view their professional career as the means to build their ideal personal life. When you respond, be true to yourself and answer in a way you can commit to, should you be hired.

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  • Performance

    10. How do you keep track of your day-to-day tasks and activities?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants evidence that you prioritize productivity and organization. The goal of your response is to describe how your time management and task prioritization skills align with the hiring company's expectations.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a response that alludes to you being a disorganized person. It might be tempting to make a self-deprecating statement like, 'Oh, if only I could stay on track every day!' Instead, show confidence in your focus and be ready to provide specific details of your methods for staying organized and productive.

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      Pro Tip

      This question is an excellent opportunity to discuss the tools you use to keep your day on track. Some of the most common tools used in the workplace include CRMs like Salesforce, Oracle, or HubSpot. You might also use Trello, Asana, or Basecamp project management tools. Perhaps you use an app like Evernote or pay for a service such as Monday. Maybe you take an old-school approach and keep notes and to-do lists in a notebook or ReMarkable device that you carry with you everywhere. Whatever your method, be ready to take the interviewer through your strategy for maximizing time and keeping yourself organized.

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  • Behavioral

    11. Would you prefer to earn a set salary or be offered uncapped pay based on performance?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to uncover a blend of behavioral, motivational, and job satisfaction-related factors. The goal of your response is to express to the interviewer how you are best motivated when it comes to your compensation. There is no right or wrong answer, so be honest about your preference when responding to this question.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid making your response all about money and getting stuck in the weeds about your salary. The interviewer isn't asking what you want to be paid. Instead, they are asking how you prefer to earn compensation in a potentially hypothetical scenario.

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      Pro Tip

      At first, this question may not seem like a behavioral-based inquiry, but look closer. The interviewer is asking about your motivations. If you have worked in a highly commission-based role in the past, you know that it takes a considerable amount of focus, competitiveness, and tenacity to succeed. Often, commission-based positions do not cap your pay, meaning the reward can be much higher than an opportunity with a set salary. If you prefer to work on a fixed salary, this could indicate to the interviewer that you value stability and consistency. Rather than being highly competitive, your job satisfaction might come from other factors like teamwork and job security.

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  • Discovery

    12. What does integrity mean to you?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants evidence that you value the qualities of honesty and integrity. The goal of your response is to showcase your moral integrity by describing what integrity means to you. Assure the interviewer that you will bring integrity to your work if hired for the job.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid an overinflated response that comes across as a philosophical lesson. The interviewer is looking for evidence of your professional integrity, not that of everyone else. For this reason, it's best to stick to the facts behind your moral character rather than attempt to start a deep, profound conversation about society, corporations, and integrity.

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      Pro Tip

      The formal meaning of integrity is 'the quality of being honest and having strong moral and ethical principles.' The way you express integrity will show the interviewer whether or not your qualities align with those of the hiring company. Before your interview, review the company's values and mission and incorporate a couple of those key phrases or words into your response.

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  • Behavioral

    13. Give an example of a time you showed integrity on the job or in your personal life.

      The Goal

      Integrity means 'being honest and having strong moral principles.' The interviewer wants to see how you exercise integrity in your work and personal life. The goal of your response is to give a brief example of a time you exercised integrity.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid making over-inflated statements such as, 'I do the right thing 100% of the time.' Everyone has flaws, and the interviewer isn't looking for moral perfection. They are, however, looking for a story-based example of your integrity in action.

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      Pro Tip

      The interviewer is asking you to be a storyteller. You can 'give an example of a time when...' by forming a brief story using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. This framework will ensure that you provide the interviewer with the best information and detail to form a memorable answer. Be sure to include details, such as why you chose to do the right thing and how it made you feel to display the quality of integrity.

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  • Diligence

    14. Walk me through your morning routine.

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to learn more about your work style, daily habits, and routine. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you have a strong level of personal accountability, structure, and discipline, which translates to productive work-related habits.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving the impression that you do not have structure to your day. You may also want to avoid sounding too rigid. Instead, show a healthy balance between planning and a willingness to shift your routine when needed.

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      Pro Tip

      Take a couple of minutes to walk the interviewer through your morning routine, showing that you have structure and goals. It's perfectly fine to have flexibility in your routine. However, the interviewer wants to see that you have a solid level of discipline that will carry into your workday. At the end of your response, be sure to highlight how your morning routine contributes to your work performance and productivity.

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  • Leadership

    15. When a leadership opportunity presents itself, are you excited to jump in, or do you feel nervous?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to see that you have the courage to jump into an unexpected leadership opportunity, even if you feel nervous. The goal of your response is to give the interviewer a clear idea of the way you approach opportunities to lead. Show the interviewer that you have the potential and desire to influence your co-workers positively.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid focusing on your lack of leadership experience. Most hiring companies look for leadership competency in candidates, no matter how entry-level the job title. Even if you are new to your career or have not yet reached a formal leadership position, you can still showcase your natural leadership qualities. Consider speaking about how you act as a leader in group projects at school or while playing a sport.

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      Pro Tip

      Be prepared to highlight the leadership characteristics you have. These qualities might include being a clear communicator, showing empathy to others, setting thoughtful goals, or having the courage to speak up when others may not.

      If possible, talk about when you took on a leadership role regardless of feeling excited or nervous. You can use the STAR framework (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to form your story-based example.

      If you do not have a specific example of a time when you took on the role of a leader, consider discussing the ways you actively improve your leadership skills. Perhaps you read books on leadership, listen to podcasts from thought leaders, or engage a mentor to develop your leadership abilities.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    16. What motivates you the most in your current role?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know what keeps you excited in your current or most recent job. The goal of your response is to highlight the responsibilities that make you feel the most enthusiastic. This way, the hiring company can assess if the job will excite you long-term.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid speaking negatively about your current or most recent role. If 'nothing' motivated you, the interviewer might get the impression that you focus primarily on the negative. Instead, consider even a small part of your role that makes you feel happy or proud, such as learning a new skill that you are ready to take into your next opportunity.

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      Pro Tip

      Situations that keep you motivated at work could include:

      - Learning new skills
      - Coaching others
      - Exceeding targets
      - Troubleshooting complex problems
      - Coming up with creative solutions

      The interviewer needs to see your enthusiasm for what you do, and one of the best ways to express this is by providing a specific example of your motivation in action. Consider telling a brief story around your most significant motivating factor. Then, connect these motivating factors to the new job opportunity.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    17. Name for me one task in your current job that you wish you could perform more often.

      The Goal

      The interviewer asks this question to determine if the tasks of this open job opportunity match what you enjoy doing the most. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that there is a strong connection between the tasks you enjoy doing the most and the tasks you'll be doing in this new role.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid speaking negatively about your current or most recent role. If nothing about your job felt exciting for you, the interviewer might get the impression that you focus primarily on the negative. Instead, consider a small task you enjoy and want to do more often in your next job opportunity.

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      Pro Tip

      The task you want to perform more often is likely one you perform well. After all, most of us prefer to do the things we are good at. Think about your favorite moments at work and consider the tasks you find yourself accountable for during those times.

      Maybe you love being on the phone with customers, helping them solve product-related issues. Perhaps you most enjoy training a coworker on the company's new software update. Or, maybe giving outstanding stakeholder presentations brings you to life!

      Whatever your answer, be sure to show enthusiasm for your work. Then, make a connection between the task you enjoy the most and the aligning responsibilities of this new opportunity.

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  • Competency

    18. Do you understand what is expected of you in your current role?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants assurance that you are focused, disciplined, and accountable for your expected outcomes in the workplace. The goal of your response is to show that you are aware of the impact of your work performance.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid answering in a way that implies you have little direction, focus, or accountability. If you show little awareness of the positive impact you make for your company, the interviewer will see this as a red flag. Instead, display maturity and self-awareness through an understanding of your job expectations.

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      Pro Tip

      The interviewer would like you to take some time to describe your current role and the key expectations placed on you. There is no need to take 10 minutes guiding the interviewer through every detail of your day. However, take a minute to discuss your key responsibilities and what you aim to achieve. Then, make a connection between the expectations of your current role and the expectations of this new job opportunity.

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  • Behavioral

    19. How do you react when you do not have the materials or equipment needed to perform your work?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know how you go about meeting expectations, even when your resources may fall short. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving and meeting roadblocks with a positive, proactive mindset.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a response that makes it seem like you panic or blame others or the company when you are short on resources to perform your job. Yes, your company must provide you with the support and tools needed to succeed; however, it's also essential that you show resourcefulness and problem-solving abilities.

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      Pro Tip

      You must prove to the interviewer that you are accountable for the outcomes of your work. Throughout your career, you will face challenges in completing tasks and projects. Often, these challenges arise due to resources falling short or materials and tools being unavailable at the precise moment you need them. Discuss in detail how you react to these types of situations.

      If you've encountered a scenario like this, whether at work or in school, consider providing a brief story. You can achieve this storytelling approach by using the STAR framework (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

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  • Job Satisfaction

    20. Would this job give you the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know if this new opportunity aligns with your motivating factors. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you have researched the opportunity and are confident that it's a solid match for your professional goals and values.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid responding in a way that makes it seem like you view this opportunity as 'just another job.' A response like that shows you lack professional direction. Many people leave their job because they no longer find the work fulfilling. For this reason, it's essential to the hiring company that you wholeheartedly believe that this opportunity will allow you to do fulfilling work.

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      Pro Tip

      This question is another way for the interviewer to uncover your genuine interest in the opportunity and why you think it's a good mutual fit. Be honest with the interviewer about how you believe this job will fulfill you. Name specific tasks and responsibilities that you look forward to performing and highlight which parts of the role will be an exciting new challenge for you.

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  • Performance

    21. How do you know if you're doing a good job?

      The Goal

      The interviewer would like to know how active you are when monitoring your work performance. The goal of your response is to provide evidence that you are meaningful in your work and accountable for the results you generate.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid responding in a way that makes it seem like you rarely track your success or progress. Even if you are unhappy in your current work environment, the interviewer shouldn't feel you are 'checked out' of your job. Instead, consider providing a statement like, 'I know I am doing a good job when my co-workers thank me for my contribution and my customers respond positively in their post-service surveys.'

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      Pro Tip

      There are many ways to measure your work performance outside of direct feedback from your boss. Common indicators of a job well-done include:

      - Being given promotions or more responsibility at work
      - Being offered more autonomy
      - Being given more significant customer accounts
      - Being offered the opportunity to attend a valuable industry networking event
      - Being given continuing education opportunities

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  • Job Satisfaction

    22. How can we encourage your professional development?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know what type of professional development opportunities you value the most. The goal of your response is to outline the growth opportunities you'd like to be provided in this role and to highlight where you would like these opportunities to take you in your career with the hiring company.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a response that fails to show an interest in continued professional growth. Regardless of your job title or how new or seasoned you are in your career, it's essential to have well-defined goals and ambitions to share with your future employer.

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      Pro Tip

      Professional development opportunities can present themselves in courses, workshops, gaining new credentials, collaboration with your superiors, or attending industry-related conferences. These resources help you improve your job performance and lead to new career opportunities. When responding, be as specific as possible regarding the professional development opportunities that capture your interest.

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  • Diligence

    23. What steps have you taken this year to encourage your professional development?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants evidence that you have taken responsibility for your career path by being accountable for your personal and professional development. The goal of your response is to take the interviewer through the steps you have actively taken this year to contribute to your professional development.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving an excuse-based response like, 'I have been so busy this year, it's been impossible for me to focus on my professional development.' Yes, you have likely been busy; however, the interviewer wants to hear more about your interest in your growth versus how overworked you feel. Instead, be prepared to talk about even one small thing you do to contribute to your success. Your response doesn't have to be grand. For instance, perhaps you recently listened to a podcast on boosting your communication skills, or maybe you have started to seek out a mentor.

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      Pro Tip

      There are many straightforward ways to take advantage of professional development. These opportunities include:

      - Reading books and articles from thought leaders in your industry
      - Taking online courses to gain new skills
      - Attending industry conferences to grow your network
      - Listening to podcasts and audiobooks related to your professional interests

      At the end of your response, be sure to spotlight how your professional development initiatives will contribute to your success in this new role.

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  • Diligence

    24. How often do you give yourself challenges outside of your comfort zone?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to understand how eager you are to grow in your career and gauge your willingness to go outside of your comfort zone to reach new heights. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you have ambition and a desire to try new approaches to achieve success in the workplace.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid answering in a way that makes it sound like you are idle in your professional growth. When we remain overly content with our tasks, our work-life can begin to feel mundane over time. In those instances, it's easy to start feeling unfulfilled. Instead of focusing on the lack of challenges in your current role, show that you are proactive by describing how you actively search for new and exciting challenges.

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      Pro Tip

      Employees who commonly face new challenges in the workplace tend to be happier and stay in their jobs longer. Think about the last time you performed a task outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps you helped a coworker reach a deadline, but the initiative required you to learn a new skill. Maybe you volunteered to lead a project when you typically do not take on a team lead position. Whatever your example is, show enthusiasm for growth within your company.

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  • Compatibility

    25. Do the values of our company align with what you view as important?

      The Goal

      The interviewer is looking for evidence that you have researched the hiring company before your interview. They also want to see a strong alignment between the company's values and yours. The goal of your response is to show that you have spent time getting to know the company's values then make a clear connection between those values and how you operate in your personal and professional life.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid simply memorizing the hiring company's values and reciting them back to the interviewer. Instead, spend time absorbing what the company's values mean and consider how you emulate those values in your life. This way, your response will feel genuine and thoughtful.

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      Pro Tip

      Most companies will have their core values available on their website. You must know and understand the company's values to make a strong alignment statement. When responding, be sure to include specific examples of how you actively live those values.

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  • Leadership

    26. How do you gain buy-in from your co-workers when it comes to delivering quality work?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to understand the actions you would take if your co-workers were failing to deliver high-quality work. They also want to know if you prioritize getting the job done right, setting an excellent example for others, and encouraging your teammates to deliver their best work. The goal of your response is to showcase your work ethic and your leadership skills.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid providing an answer that makes it seem like you bring minimal persuasion to team-based scenarios. Even if you are new to your career, you can still influence others to do their best in the workplace.

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      Pro Tip

      It's been said that we are only as strong as the weakest members of our team. When responding, show the interviewer that you have the power of persuasion, allowing you to encourage your co-workers to deliver the best possible work. Some ways that you might collect buy-in in a team-based environment include:

      - Generating excitement around the project and overall goal
      - Showing your co-workers the value of a job well done
      - Inspiring your co-workers by connecting their professional desires with the overall vision

      Consider the 'golden circle' concept by author Simon Sinek. This concept can help you be a persuasive leader who focuses on the 'why' of what you do, rather than the 'what' and the 'how.'

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  • Teamwork

    27. Do you have a best friend at work? Is it important for you to have close friendships within the workplace?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to learn more about your connections in the workplace. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you will add to the company culture and that you understand the benefits of mutual trust and friendship in a business environment.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid responding in a way that sounds like you do not require any workplace camaraderie. Even if you are a highly independent individual who prefers to work solo, it's still helpful to have social connections in the workplace. Show a balance by expressing your independence along with your understanding of the importance of workplace relationships.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Studies show that having friends at work is critical to an employee's overall success. Having a friend at work can significantly reduce stress and increase feelings of happiness, which, in turn, boosts employee tenure. Reportedly, more than half of all men and women have workplace friendships.

      If you do not see the need for this type of close connection at work, be sure to have a compelling reason why you feel this way. Remember - it's still important to express your ability to be friendly with your coworkers.

      If you see the need for close connections in the workplace, take a moment to paint a picture for the interviewer by telling them about your most valued workplace friendships.

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  • Adaptability

    28. When you think about joining a new company, are you nervous about meeting new people, or is this an exciting thought for you?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants you to reflect on your personality and share your feelings about joining a new organization. The goal of your response is to show your confidence in making a career change and express what you will need to feel comfortable during the transition.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving an unbalanced response. If you respond in a way that seems far too apprehensive, the interviewer might feel that you are not ready for this career transition. On the other hand, if you respond in a way that shows zero trepidation, the interviewer might feel that you are being careless about your career change. Strike a balance in your response by showing thoughtfulness about your first day, explaining what excites you, and expressing any questions you may have about the transition.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on March 16th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Joining a new company can be scary. Some of the biggest hesitations or fears can stem from giving notice to your current employer, potentially failing at your new job, or feeling alone and uncomfortable among a sea of strangers. If you are highly outgoing, you may not feel these hesitations as strongly as someone shy or more introverted.

      When you answer this question, the interviewer should gain a solid understanding of your willingness to make a career change. Your answer should help the company understand the best way to approach your onboarding. For instance, if you are somewhat nervous about meeting new people, the hiring company might consider onboarding you in a more 1:1 environment versus introducing you to the entire team during a company-wide meeting.

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  • Discovery

    29. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the happiest, how happy are you as a person?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know more about what makes you happy in your personal and professional life. The goal of your response is to discuss what makes you feel most satisfied right now while making a connection between your happiness and the fulfillment you'd like to experience in this new job opportunity.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid responding with a primarily negative tone or providing too much information. This question is not an opportunity for you to dive into the details of what you dislike about your current job or the hardships of your situation. If there is room for improvement in your happiness level, you can be honest. However, be sure to take the time to outline the actions you are taking to ensure your life becomes happier and more fulfilling.

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      Pro Tip

      It may seem odd for a potential employer to ask about your happiness. However, mindful hiring companies understand that happy people adjust to their work better and are more productive. Happy people also stay in their jobs longer. This tenure is because they feel connected and fulfilled inside and outside the work environment. When responding, be sure to describe the factors that fulfill you and explain why you find these factors so crucial to your overall happiness.

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  • Discovery

    30. Do you consider yourself an overachiever? Why or why not?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know if you resonate with being an overachiever. Overachieving can lead to fast-tracked success in your personal and professional life; however, it's also a fast way to experience burnout. The goal of your response is to assure the interviewer that you are a focused professional, ready to make an impact while also maintaining a healthy balance between work and rest.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving a response that makes you look like an invincible workaholic. Being an overachiever can sound great at first. However, many hiring companies now know that overachieving can lead to burnout. Instead of attaching your entire self-worth to your successes, be ready to show the interviewer that you understand the importance of healthy achievement and realistic goal-setting.

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      Pro Tip

      First, define what you believe to be overachieving. By definition, overachievers 'perform better or achieve more success than expected.' There are a variety of indicators that you are an overachiever. These include:

      - You judge your worthiness on how well you perform a task or complete a goal
      - You are hyper-focused on avoiding failure
      - You often overcommit and stay late to achieve more at work
      - You struggle with taking feedback or criticism because it feels like a failure
      - You are always focusing on what's next
      - Your friends and family often refer to you as a perfectionist

      It may seem now that it isn't a great thing to be considered an overachiever. If you do resonate with being an overachiever, this is entirely okay! It's essential, however, that you express to the interviewer that the rewards of your overachieving nature outweigh the sacrifice.

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