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30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on September 5th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
What motivates you the most in your current role?
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How to Answer
Situations that keep you motivated at work could include:

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

Talk to the interviewer about what keeps you excited about your job, and then provide a specific example of this motivation in action. The interviewer needs to see your enthusiasm for what you do. Then, be sure to tie in your motivating factors with the job for which you are interviewing. Where do you see an opportunity for motivation in this new role?

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Question 2 of 30
Do you consider yourself an overachiever? Why or why not?
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It's important first to 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 to 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 you are still a team player who can accept feedback and avoid burnout.

Question 3 of 30
On a scale of 1-5, how happy are you as a person?
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It may seem odd for a potential employer to want to track your happiness. However, all smart hiring authorities know that happy people adjust to their work better, are more productive, and stay in their jobs longer. This tenure is because they feel connected and fulfilled. Talk to the interviewer about what makes you happy, being sure to address the 1-5 scale. Be ready to discuss what is making you feel most satisfied and most fulfilled at the moment! This question is not an opportunity for you to dive into the negative or explain what you dislike about your current job or situation. If there is room for improvement, you can be honest; however, take the time to discuss what you are doing to make yourself happier.

Question 4 of 30
When you think about joining a new company, are you nervous about meeting new people or is this an exciting thought for you?
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This question is an opportunity to reflect on your personality. How willing are you to approach change in your career? Your answer will also let the interviewer know how they may best approach your onboarding, should you be the successful candidate. Joining a new company can be scary. Some of the biggest hesitations surround giving notice to your current employer, failing at your new job, or feeling alone and uncomfortable at first. If you are a highly outgoing person, you may not feel these hesitations as strongly as someone shy or more introverted. Be honest and give a response that is true to you.

Question 5 of 30
Do you have a best friend at work? Is it important for you to have close friendships within the workplace?
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Studies show that having friends at work is critical to the overall success of you as an employee and the company as a whole. 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. Still, be sure to express your ability to be friendly with your coworkers.

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Author of Gallup Answers and Questions

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.
Published: 09/05/2019

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