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HireVue Interview Questions

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

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Talk to us about your proudest achievement.

The Goal

The hiring company wants to know which of your professional accomplishments you value the most. The goal of your response is to provide evidence that you are a strong hire. You can accomplish this by showcasing an exceptional accomplishment from the past.

Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

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30 HireVue Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. Talk to us about your proudest achievement.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know which of your professional accomplishments you value the most. The goal of your response is to provide evidence that you are a strong hire. You can accomplish this by showcasing an exceptional accomplishment from the past.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Use a solid and compelling example and be as specific as possible while remaining concise and on topic. Your answer should include a proud accomplishment that relates to the position. Use an example that is as recent as possible.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      This question presents the opportunity for you to be a storyteller. Using the STAR method, form an engaging story-based response that showcases your proudest accomplishment. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

      Telling a story about your most significant achievement will give the decision-makers a definite idea of what matters to you. Your reply should also spotlight why your past accomplishments indicate future success.

      Show the hiring company more about your personality, work ethic, diligence, and what motivates you. It's okay to brag a bit when answering this question but remain confident vs. arrogant. You should be proud of yourself for what you've accomplished so far.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "(Situation & Task) While working as an Investment Analyst with Company XYZ, I was responsible for supporting the Investment Management team through research and strategic recommendations. During the pandemic, we began to find that regulations were becoming more stringent, and investment banks were required to have greater safeguards against compliance breaches. This situation presented an excellent opportunity for our small firm to explore a more robust, more efficient tech stack. (Action) I began to research new tools, processes, and systems to boost our teams' efficiencies and safeguard us through a better-consolidated system. After a couple of weeks, I made solid recommendations to the Investment Management team. (Result) By spotlighting the upside of greater efficiencies and added security, I initiated smart and responsible change within the firm. My manager was very pleased with my initiative, and today, the firm has stronger processes for managing regulatory reporting demands."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

  • Behavioral

    2. Talk about a time when you succeeded despite being under intense pressure.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants assurance that you can handle working under pressure. The goal of your response is to provide evidence that you have the mindset and tenacity to behave professionally and appropriately while working under pressure.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      This question presents the opportunity for you to be a storyteller. Using the STAR method, form an engaging story-based response that showcases your proudest accomplishment. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

      Use a solid and compelling example of your poise under pressure. Be as specific as you can while remaining concise and on topic. Your answer should include a story of a time when you were under a type of pressure related to this position's duties. Your response should come from a recent scenario.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Talk about a specific time when you were under a lot of pressure at work, yet you succeeded. Outline the situation, explain why you felt under pressure, and describe your actions.

      Spotlight that you made well-calculated decisions even though you felt some strain or conflict. If your actions made a measurable impact, discuss the results you generated.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "Throughout my career in the financial sector, I have gained the skills that help me constructively deal with stress. (Situation) Last year, one of our Investment Managers retired, and she passed me one of her most important legacy accounts. I was thrilled to have the opportunity; however, this account was notorious for being high-pressure. (Task) I knew that onboarding this client would be challenging. It would take a great deal of diligence, research, and time on my end. I felt overwhelmed, but I knew that serving this account to the best of my ability would speak volumes about my firm and be a valuable addition to my portfolio. (Action) During this time, I sought out a mentor with more experience in the financial sector. This individual taught me incredibly beneficial approaches and tools for managing my time, controlling stress, and regulating my mindset under pressure. (Result) As a result, I successfully onboarded this new account and even received accolades from the client, which reached my leadership team. Now, when I feel immense pressure on the job and in my personal life, I lean on these mechanisms and techniques to get me to the finish line with focus and poise."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

  • Behavioral

    3. Talk about a time when you successfully contributed to a team goal.

      The Goal

      The hiring company would like to know more about your desire and willingness to contribute to team-based efforts. The goal of your response is to outline the role that you take in a team and highlight how your approach to teamwork is a fit for the company.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      When you form your response, consider including detail on what you know about the hiring company's take on teamwork and collaboration. Many companies readily offer this information on their careers website or their core values statement. Take time to do your research and think about the connecting points between the company's view on teamwork and collaboration and how you emulate these values.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      This question presents the opportunity for you to be a storyteller. Using the STAR method, form an engaging story-based response that showcases your proudest accomplishment. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

      Use a solid and compelling example of your willingness and desire to be a team contributor. Be as specific as you can while remaining concise and on topic. If possible, describe a recent scenario that relates to this new opportunity.

      At the end of your response, explain how your teamwork abilities will ensure your success and fit with the hiring company's values related to teamwork and collaboration.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "(Situation) As Finance Manager with Company XYZ, my team must successfully collaborate during our busy year-end season. We put in overtime shifts and bring our clients' books to a close together as one cohesive team. (Task) During year-end, I take the role of the project lead. (Action) I work diligently to ensure streamlined processes and that each team member feels like a valued contributor. My approach during these high-demand times is to encourage the team to deliver their best work while being a helpful resource to their team members. (Result) This year, our team completed its year-end work with such incredible efficiency that we shaved an entire day off our schedule. The experience was nearly flawless. Team conflict was minimal, despite the mental strain everyone felt. I read that Company ABC includes Collaboration as one of its core values. If hired, I will prioritize collaboration and actively contribute to this culture of partnership and teamwork."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

  • Behavioral

    4. Tell us about a time when you disagreed with a coworker.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to gain an understanding of your conflict resolution skills. The goal of your response is to provide evidence that you can handle and resolve conflict in a professional manner that aligns with the company culture.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Conflict happens in any workplace, so the goal of your response is not to deny conflict. Instead, it's to show that you can move through conflict in a constructive way.

      Finding common ground with a coworker, despite disagreeing with them, shows hiring managers that your desire to collaborate is stronger than your need to be correct. Overcoming disagreements in the workplace also highlights your ability to problem-solve while facing a difference of opinion.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Even though you may have great relationships with your coworkers, there will be times when you don't 100% agree. Think of a conflict or disagreement you had with a coworker where you responded professionally and worked toward a solution.

      When asked to 'Talk about a time when...,' it's important to remember that the hiring managers are looking for a specific story-based example that highlights your professional behavior in challenging interpersonal situations.

      Using the STAR interview method (Situation, Task, Action, Result), you can form an easy-to-follow and engaging story-based response.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Behavioral

    5. Tell us about a time when you failed.

      The Goal

      The hiring company is looking for evidence that you can recover from a disappointing outcome. The goal of your response is not to focus on the failure. Instead, it's to showcase your ability to recover from the failure. Your answer should highlight your tenacity, dedication, and drive, even when things don't go as planned.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Even the most notable professionals have stumbled and recovered from professional failure. Being unable to speak about failure will give the hiring managers the impression that you lack self-awareness and have little desire to grow and learn. For this reason, avoid giving a response that sounds as though you have never failed.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      We all fail occasionally, and there is no need to be ashamed of defeat. The magic is in the lessons we learn from these situations. Speak about the outcome of a project/task that was not what you wanted it to be, but you were able to recover. Perhaps you were better off in the end or learned a valuable lesson.

      Behavioral-based interview questions that begin with 'Tell us about a time when...' are best answered using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Organizing your response using this storytelling framework will ensure that you provide the hiring managers with the right amount of information and detail.

      Outline the roadblock you faced, and share how you approached the situation to ensure a good recovery. Discuss your level of dedication, even in the face of failure, and how you will make an impact in this new role.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Scenario

    6. How would you react if you knew a team member was being dishonest?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know that you are an honest and trustworthy employee. The goal of your response is to provide evidence that you bring integrity to the workplace and that you are unafraid to have uncomfortable conversations.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Many companies operate in highly sensitive sectors where making ethical decisions and building trustworthy relationships are core to success. The hiring company needs to make sure that they hire honest and reliable people. Consider giving an example of your honesty in action vs. simply stating that you are an honest individual.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Since this question is phrased as, 'What would you do...,' you can respond hypothetically. The Situation, Solution, Benefit formula is helpful in this instance.

      Step 1) Situation: Express your understanding of the hypothetical situation (your coworker being dishonest).

      Step 2) Solution: Outline the solution you would introduce if you encountered dishonesty in the workplace.

      Step 3) Benefit: Highlight how your approach to confronting dishonesty will benefit the hiring company.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Tough

    7. Why are you looking for a new position?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to understand the circumstances that sparked the desire to leave your current or most recent position. The goal of your response is to show that you intend to move forward in your career with intention and thoughtfulness.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      As much as a hiring manager understands the desire to seek new work, the question about your motivation remains. When building your answer, avoid being too vague, speaking negatively about your current or most recent position, or giving a cliche response.

      A vague response sounds like, "My current position is no longer a fit." Instead, help the decision-makers feel assured that the hiring company, and this new role, will meet your long-term desires. Suppose you are employed and looking for a fresh opportunity. In that case, the hiring authority will want to know precisely how this job at their company differs from the one you want to leave.

      A negative response sounds like, "My current company has a toxic work environment, and my boss is awful." Even if a statement about a toxic environment or a bad boss may be true, it's best to keep that information to yourself and focus on the future. Consider what you want that you are not getting now and how you can flip the delivery of your response into a positive tone.

      A cliche response sounds like, "I am looking for a new job because I need to feel more challenged." Instead, discuss specific challenges that excite you the most. Express that you cannot gain this particular momentum with your current company, and touch on why that is the case. Then talk about why you believe the hiring company can provide the challenges and growth you seek.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      When forming your response, clearly outline how this new opportunity aligns with your professional goals. Make the connection between your desires and how the company will benefit from choosing you.

      Try building your response using this 4-step framework:

      1) Set up the situation and mention the challenges you faced/currently face.
      2) Outline the positive actions you took/have taken to overcome these challenges.
      3) Highlight the transferable skills you have developed despite the situation.
      4) Discuss the benefits of these transferable skills and provide measurable examples of how these skills will ensure your success in this new role.

      Keeping an opportunity mindset, you can see why providing an opportunity-related response is the most effective approach.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Career Goals

    8. Talk to us about your short-term career goals.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to understand how their job opportunity fits your short-term career goals. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that your immediate and near-future career desires align with what the company and the role can offer.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Short-term career goals are targets that you believe will help you achieve your long-term career objectives. Short-term goals are achievable and meant to keep you motivated on your journey to your larger, long-term goals. Short-term career goals should also help you meet specific work-related objectives over a shorter period, perhaps in 12 months or less.

      Having clarity on your short-term goals is the key to delivering a memorable response. If you're unsure of what qualifies as a short-term goal, consider a few of these examples:

      - Completing a new certification, workshop, or course
      - Improving soft skills such as communication or networking
      - Improving hard skills such as becoming a power user in a particular program
      - Reading more business books related to your industry or profession

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      When discussing short-term career goals, be sure that these goals are clear and related to the job opportunity. You can break down your response using this simple framework:

      "In the short term, I would like to (insert an achievable goal). So far, I have (describe the action steps you've taken so far). To meet this goal, I plan to (discuss the action steps you plan to take)."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Career Goals

    9. Tell us about your long-term career plans.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to understand how their job opportunity fits your long-term career plans. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that your longer-term career desires align with what the company can offer.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      The hiring managers want assurance that you see yourself working for the company long-term. They also want evidence that your career goals match what the company can offer you now and years into the future.

      When hearing your response, the decision-makers should feel confident that the company can support you and your career desires now and into the future.

      If you're unsure of what qualifies as a long-term career goal, consider a few of these examples:

      - Earning a degree or upgrading your existing education
      - Growing a network of followers through consistent thought leadership
      - Changing careers to a new industry that excites you
      - Figuring out your ultimate dream job and taking action steps to get there

      There are a few pitfalls to avoid when answering this question:

      1) Giving an unrealistic response. For instance, "My long-term goal is to work my way up the ladder to becoming the next CEO in 12 months."

      2) Giving a response that's unrelated to the job. For instance, "My long-term goal is to live overseas teaching English."

      3) Giving an answer that shows a lack of preparedness. For instance, "I'm not sure where I'd like to be in the long term. I mean, I definitely don't know the future."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      The decision-makers want to be clear on how this job fits your long-term goals. Showing personal and professional clarity is the key to a great answer. Here is a simple framework to help you form a response:

      "In the long term, I would like to (insert your goal). So far, I have (describe the action steps you've taken so far). To meet this goal, I plan to (discuss the action steps you plan to take)."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Common

    10. Tell us about yourself.

      The Goal

      The hiring company may use this question as an icebreaker to start the HireVue interview. The goal of your response is to give the decision-makers a glimpse into who you are as it relates to the job opportunity. You also want to spotlight the factors that make you the best candidate.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      A HireVue interview may not always include the question 'Tell us about yourself' using this exact wording. Other forms of asking this question include:

      - Take a couple of minutes to talk about your career journey.
      - Please walk us through your resume.
      - Talk to us about your career.
      - Take us through an overview of your professional background.

      When answering queries of this nature, there are a few things to consider:

      - Keep your answer work relevant. Keep your points job-related as much as possible. You can discuss competitive sports, educational achievements, or volunteer work if you are new to your career.

      - Avoid overly personal statements. You can add a splash of personal information; however, choose 'I love to read science fiction books' versus 'I was recently diagnosed with...'

      - Be sure to qualify yourself. To qualify yourself means to add in a sentence or two regarding your strengths and why you are a good match for the role.

      - Remember to talk about your goals. It is essential to discuss what you want to achieve in your career and how the interviewing company fits into those goals.

      - Sprinkle in some achievements. Interviewers love to hear quantifiable statements, including numbers, percentages, and measurable accomplishments. For instance, rather than saying, 'I am the best salesperson,' you could say, 'I was awarded Top Sales Rep for three consecutive months.'

      - Show your passion for the company's mission. Try bringing in words from the company's job description, vision statement, or core values. Show the decision-makers that your goals align with the company.

      - Practice your response. You will want to avoid sounding robotic or rehearsed; however, the more you practice, the easier it will become to develop a natural-sounding response.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      The Past, Present, Future framework can help you build a memorable answer to questions that ask you to review your resume, talk about your background, or introduction yourself.

      - Past: Discuss how you got to where you are today.
      - Present: Paint a picture of what you are currently doing.
      - Future: Discuss what you want for your future. Then, connect how a career with this company aligns with your goals.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Competency

    11. What are your greatest strengths, and how will they be a fit for our company?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know about your most significant strengths, and they want to identify if you have the skills required to do the job successfully. The goal of your response is to highlight your belief that the company's needs and your skills are a match. You also want to showcase your readiness to make a specific contribution to the company when they hire you.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Avoid overused generic responses such as, 'I am an excellent communicator,' or 'I am a hard worker.' The interviewer wants to see how you stand out from other candidates.

      Your strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. Consider including:

      - Hard skills such as technical expertise or project management skills
      - Soft skills such as time management and critical thinking
      - Personality traits such as being adaptable, kind, and self-sufficient
      - Knowledge-based skills such as speaking multiple languages

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Instead of giving a generic response, speak about your strengths that will make you good at this specific role. When deciding which strengths to mention, it's essential to carefully review the job posting to uncover the company/department's greatest needs. Then, you can talk about which strengths you possess that align with those needs.

      Here is a 4-step approach to help you prepare a response:

      1) Look through the company's job posting, website, social media posts, and other online resources.

      2) As you comb through these resources, write down which strengths you believe the company needs most in a team member.

      3) Go through your list and consider which of those strengths you possess. Pick out 3-5 strengths that will ensure your success in the job and with the company.

      4) Draft a response highlighting the strengths you chose from your list. Tie these strengths into the company's needs and support your answer with an example from your life or work history.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Competency

    12. What is your greatest weakness?

      The Goal

      The hiring company is looking for evidence that you know your shortcomings. They also want to see that you embrace opportunities to grow and improve. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that you are self-aware, reflective, and can readily identify areas for improvement.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Avoid talking about weaknesses that are a red flag or potentially point to a more significant issue. For instance, if time management is a weakness, the interviewer might wonder if you can meet your deadlines or if you are frequently late to work. For this reason, it's best to choose weaknesses that will not impact your ability to succeed in the role.

      It's also essential to give a thoughtful response. Avoid cliche or overused statements like:

      - I work too hard
      - I am a perfectionist
      - I am a workaholic
      - My weaknesses are also my strengths
      - My greatest weakness is chocolate (insert uncomfortable chuckle)

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      The hiring company wants you to be honest about your weaknesses. At the same time, they want assurance that you are proactive in improving yourself.

      Choose a weakness that is not a core skill for the position. For instance, if you are interviewing for an administrator role, your greatest weakness should not be your Excel skills.

      Perhaps you are watching YouTube tutorials to gain skills in a particular area. Maybe you are reading the latest-and-greatest books on the skills you wish to improve, or perhaps you are taking an online workshop to bridge a skills gap.

      When discussing your most significant weaknesses, you must display your interest in professional growth. Be sure to maintain a positive tone, show confidence in your ability to improve, and demonstrate a desire for improvement.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Common

    13. Why should we hire you?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to choose the person they believe will help them solve a problem or a pain point. The goal of your response is to spotlight how you will meet the company or department's most significant needs.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Your response should be original and unique. There are some simple ways to ensure that your answer stands out from other candidates:

      1) Avoid giving a resume review. Your response should highlight the best reasons why your achievements, skills, and characteristics are a match for the company's most pressing needs. Provide a snapshot, not a complete biography.

      2) Think about value. Think of how you will add value to the company now and in the future. Help the decision-makers picture you with the company for years to come.

      3) Sprinkle in achievements. Mentioning specific numbers, percentages, awards, and accolades is an excellent way to grab the decision maker's attention. These bits of 'juicy information' will make you a memorable candidate.

      4) Tell a story. Psychology tells us that offering a compelling, relatable story makes us more memorable and persuasive. Some studies show that telling a story makes us 22X more memorable. If you could be 22X more memorable than the next candidate, think of the impact it could make on your interview outcome!

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      First, think about your best skills and qualifications. Ponder on a mix of hard skills and soft skills.

      - Hard skills: Specific knowledge gained through training and education.
      - Soft skills: Traits you possess, such as emotional intelligence and sociability.

      If you can't think of ways you stand out, ask a few trusted friends, family members, or coworkers what sets you apart from others. Their observations may be helpful. If you already know your stand-out skills, that's great! Either way, don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your greatest advocate.

      Also, take your time reviewing the job description. It's essential to approach this question with less focus on your needs and more on the company's needs. Looking at the job description or job posting for the role, you can quickly dissect what the hiring managers are looking for in a candidate. Once you know the company/department's primary needs, you can frame a precise answer to this question.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Diligence

    14. Describe your work ethic.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants a clear idea of what drives you to do the right thing in the workplace. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that your moral principles and ethics will be a match for the company.

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      Pro Tip

      Work ethic describes the moral principles that you apply to your work. When the hiring company asks about your work ethic in a HireVue interview, they are looking for specific wording to which they can relate.

      When you read the company's job posting, check for the mention of particular principles and values. You can also search the company's website for a values and mission statement. When you respond, clearly outline how those principles align with your work values.

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      How to Answer

      After outlining your work ethic, share an example of when you demonstrated those characteristics and traits in the workplace. Storytelling impacts the hiring managers because it provides evidence of your ethics and personal character.

      If you want to tell a story about your ethics in action, you can form one using the STAR framework (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Education

    15. Walk us through your education.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know how your education or training has prepared you to succeed in this job. The goal of your response is to highlight your education and training. Then, connect the knowledge you gained and how you will apply that knowledge to succeed in the role.

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      Pro Tip

      There are many ways to gain education, so avoid underestimating the training you've received by stating that you don't have any education to discuss. Whether formal (college, university courses, or career training modules) or informal education (self-learning, self-guided courses), the hiring company wants assurance that you have the training and knowledge required to do the job successfully.

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      How to Answer

      Your answer should assure the hiring manager that you have the skills and training to fulfill the role's duties and exceed expectations. Many of the skills we learn throughout our education are helpful for any situation. People skills and teamwork will help you to interact with your new coworkers. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will help you analyze information, notice details, and deal with problems on the job.

      If you have work experience, focus your answer on how your coursework and training have contributed to your career success so far. If you are interviewing for your first position, you can talk about how your education will help you to be successful in meeting specific job requirements outlined in the company's job posting.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Salary

    16. What are your salary expectations?

      The Goal

      The hiring company would like an idea of what you want to see in a competitive job offer. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that you know the compensation you're looking for and that you're ready to support your compensation request with research and facts.

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      Pro Tip

      Overall, be open and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary-based questions arise. For you, salary may not be the most crucial factor. In addition to compensation, there are many other factors in a fulfilling career. These other factors may include:

      - Work/life balance
      - Amount of travel required
      - Overall medical and health benefits
      - Additional perks such as car allowance, cell allowance, or a spending account
      - Your level of interest in the industry
      - The amount of vacation time offered
      - The type of clients/customers you would be working with
      - The office location
      - Future career growth opportunities
      - The size of your new team or department
      - The company culture and its brand reputation

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      How to Answer

      Before forming your ask, take your time to list the most important factors to you when considering a new job. Then, do your research. You'll want to find answers to a few essential questions:

      - How competitive is the job market for this role
      - What's the market range for this kind of role in this industry
      - Does compensation vary geographically
      - Does the company have a reputation for paying above-market value

      When you deliver your compensation ask, lean on your skills and accomplishments as justification. It's compelling for a hiring manager to hear about your achievements vs. only saying that you're worth every penny because that's the going range in the industry. If you are providing the company with precise compensation numbers, offer a range so that you leave room to negotiate.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Ask The Interviewer

    17. Do you have any questions for our hiring team?

      The Goal

      At the end of your HireVue interview, the hiring company might provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about the role, the team, and the organization. The goal of your response is to show that you have put thought and care into the interview process and have come up with a couple of highly thoughtful and insightful questions for their team.

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      Pro Tip

      Be sure to avoid obvious questions that would be very easy for you to answer through simple research. For example, avoid questions like 'How many years has the company been around' You should already know the answer to this question from your research.

      With the right amount of preparation, you could think of dozens of appropriate and helpful questions to show the decision-makers that you are interested in the job and engaged in the interview process. Going into your HireVue interview with insightful questions will show the hiring company that you have put thought and care into your interview prep.

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      How to Answer

      There are endless topics to approach when asking questions at the end of a HireVue interview. It's essential, however, to remain on topic and professional. Consider asking questions related to:

      - The job and your day-to-day activities
      - The team/department you will be joining
      - The training and tools you will receive
      - The departments' performance expectations
      - The company/departments' short or long-term goals and objectives

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Discovery

    18. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

      The Goal

      The hiring company would like to know what captures your interest outside the workplace. The goal of your response is to tell the decision-makers something unique and memorable about yourself, ensuring you are a standout candidate.

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      Pro Tip

      When talking about what you do in your spare time, avoid offering a negative response like, "Spare time - what spare time! Between work and my kids, I am back-to-back with tasks all day."

      Instead, talk about a passion or interest that you have. Your answer should be memorable so that when the hiring managers review your HireVue video submission, they can say, "Remember that's the person who...(insert your interesting hobby or passion here)."

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      How to Answer

      Having hobbies and interests outside of work is incredibly helpful for maintaining your health and happiness. Talk passionately about the activities that interest you outside of the workplace. Although you should always be yourself, try to avoid activities that may feel controversial to others, such as hunting.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Discovery

    19. Are you applying to work for any of our competitors?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know if you are entertaining close competitors or discussing similar roles with other organizations. The decision-makers also want to know if your job search stage will impact their preferred timing for making a hiring decision. The goal of your response is to inform the company of your job search status while further expressing your interest in this specific opportunity.

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      Pro Tip

      Avoid giving the impression that you are only counting on this particular opportunity. Think of this interview question as a 'first date' question. If the person you are on a first date with asked for the names of other people you're dating, you wouldn't start listing other people's names. You also wouldn't say, 'I'm fully committed to only you.' Instead, you want to express your interest while remaining open to other opportunities.

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      How to Answer

      It is essential that the hiring managers understand where you are in your job search and which roles or companies are most appealing to you. It will make the interview and hiring process smoother when the company knows what they need to do to remain competitive with your time and attention.

      Talk about your search without disclosing every detail of where else you are interviewing. You are never obligated to reveal the names of the companies you're entertaining. Instead of saying, "Tomorrow I have a second interview with Company ABC and a third interview booked with Company XYZ at the end of the week..." consider saying, "I am actively interviewing with two other companies. One is a financial tech company, and the other is a SaaS company focused on cryptocurrency and traditional investments...."

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Compatibility

    20. Tell us about your ideal work environment.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know that the work environment they provide is a match for your needs and desires. The goal of your response is to clearly describe your ideal work environment so that the decision-makers can assess if this opportunity is a two-way match.

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      Pro Tip

      When applying for a job, the fit has to match both ways. The hiring company knows this, and the decision-makers want to ensure that the work environment is suitable for you.

      There are a few factors to take into consideration when looking at the work environment:

      - Are questions encouraged without judgment
      - Is continued learning and education encouraged
      - Does the office allow for flexibility such as working from home or flexible hours
      - Are there regular team stand-ups and opportunities to collaborate
      - Is it an open-air environment without cubicles or walled offices
      - Is two-way feedback encouraged and acceptable
      - Are the goals and objectives set as a team, individually, or both
      - Are there strict dress codes, after-hours expectations, and other restrictions
      - Is the initial training comprehensive, or is there a sink-or-swim mentality
      - Is recognition provided for a job well done, or are regular performance incentives provided
      - Are employees promoted based on performance or only on tenure

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      How to Answer

      Choose two or three work environment factors that are important to you, and discuss why you value these factors. Once you have described your ideal work environment, make a connection between your desires and what you know/have heard about working for this specific company.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Situational

    21. When facing a difficult situation, how do you react?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that the way you react in difficult situations is a fit for their team and the company's values.

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      Pro Tip

      Because this question asks how you react (a general instance) vs. how you reacted (a specific instance), you can respond hypothetically. The Situation, Solution, Benefit formula is helpful in this case.

      Step 1) Situation: Outline what a difficult situation means to you.
      Step 2) Solution: Discuss the solution you would introduce when facing a difficult situation.
      Step 3) Benefit: Highlight how your approach to resolving a difficult situation will benefit the hiring company.

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      How to Answer

      Hiring managers look for candidates who meet challenges and difficult decisions head-on rather than being intimidated by them. You can show the decision-makers that you have the tenacity and excellent problem-solving abilities required for the job by discussing how you approach and overcome complex problems.

      If you have a real-life example of a time when you recently faced a difficult situation in the workplace, consider telling a brief story that highlights your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Discovery

    22. What makes our company different from others in this industry?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants you to outline what you believe is its unique selling point. The goal of your response is to show the decision-makers that you have researched the organization and that you are excited about what differentiates the company from other potential employers in the industry.

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      Pro Tip

      Before your interview, take some time to learn more about the company's business principles, values, mission, and goals. These statements and principles will outline for you what makes the company unique. If available, you can also visit the news page or resources page from the company's website to read more about what efforts the company has been recognized for recently or any awards the company has received.

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      How to Answer

      How you answer this question will speak directly to how well you have researched the hiring company before attending your interview. Take a look at the company website and its news section. You can also check out Google and see if the company is trending on any hot industry topics.

      When speaking about what makes the company different from its competitors, you do not need to go into a significant amount of detail on the information that you find. Give enough to show the hiring managers that you pay attention to the organization's accomplishments and understand what sets them apart.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Behavioral

    23. Talk about a time when you received critical feedback from a leader or peer.

      The Goal

      It can feel challenging to receive criticism in the workplace, especially from your leader, who you want to impress. The decision-makers want to know how you react in the face of criticism. The goal of your response is to show that you can hear criticism, respond professionally, learn from the feedback, and willingly take action to make improvements.

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      Pro Tip

      Avoid discussing a time when you received criticism about your character. Instead, consider providing an example where you received feedback on your skill level and were able to make noticeable improvements. Also, avoid discussing criticism around skills that are a must-have for the role.

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      How to Answer

      This question is another way for the hiring managers to ask about your most significant weaknesses. For this reason, be sure to give a clear example of a time when you received critical feedback on an important skill.

      Using the STAR method, clearly outline the scenario and how you worked hard to improve. Be sure to highlight what you learned from the situation and spotlight how this criticism helped you improve your quality of work. Your response should end on a positive note about a lesson learned and how this lesson has boosted your career or work performance, benefitting your future employer.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Career Goals

    24. Why did you apply to work for our company?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know precisely why you want to work for their organization. The goal of your response is to provide a compelling answer that highlights what excites you about this specific company and the opportunity.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Before your interview, take some time to learn more about the company's business principles, values, mission, and goals. These statements and principles will outline what makes the company an exciting potential employer. If available, you can also visit the news page or resources page from the company's website to read more about what efforts the organization has been recognized for recently or any awards the company has received.

      Avoid giving a general response that fits any company. Instead, ensure that the details of your response are highly specific to the company interviewing you.

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      How to Answer

      There are many places you could work, and the hiring company wants to know why they are the stand-out employer for you. Genuinely consider why you want to work for this organization over one of its competitors. Then, take the time to carve out a unique reason that reaches beyond the surface. A surface reason would be because you know someone who works there. A compelling reason is that the company's business principles or mission resonate deeply with you.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Compatibility

    25. How would your most recent leader describe you?

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants evidence that you have a history of building positive relationships with previous leaders and employers. The goal of your response is to show that your character is strong, that you have built healthy relationships in your previous roles, and that your character aligns with the traits the hiring managers look for in new team members.

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      Pro Tip

      Avoid guessing what your most recent manager thinks of you. If you respond unsure, the hiring managers may not feel confident in your employer/employee relationships. For instance, rather than saying, "I think maybe my manager would describe me as dedicated to my work," try saying, "My manager would describe me as dedicated to my work because I deliver on deadlines and often make myself available after hours when my clients need me."

      Hopefully your current leader is communicative with you and regularly expresses what they enjoy and appreciate about your work ethic. If possible, form your response around takeaways from your last performance review or a piece of feedback you have recently received from your leader. You can further solidify your answer by referring to reliable references, such as any LinkedIn recommendations on your profile.

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      How to Answer

      Offer 1-3 of your best traits when you respond. Then, support those traits with an example of when you emulated those behaviors. You can also provide details of a measurable accomplishment. For instance, if you received a 100% customer satisfaction survey result, talk about this achievement as supporting evidence. For example, you could say, "My most recent manager would say that I am customer-focused. In fact, I recently received a 100% customer satisfaction rating in our company's latest customer happiness survey."

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Leadership

    26. Describe your leadership skills.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know which skills make you a stand-out leader. They also want to see that you bring a passion for leadership. The goal of your response is to highlight the skills that showcase your ability and desire to be a positive person of influence in the workplace.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Author and speaker Simon Sinek says: 'Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune, or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you--not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.'

      With this definition of leadership in mind, consider how you influence others because you want to, not because you have to. Perhaps you are skilled at motivating and encouraging others, or maybe you are a person with a lot of creativity whom others want to learn from. Maybe your leadership superpower is empathy or even decisiveness.

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      How to Answer

      Before your HireVue interview, prepare examples of when you have been a proactive leader. If this is an entry-level role without a leadership component, the decision-makers will still want evidence that you can take the initiative when there is an opportunity.
      Choose 2-3 leadership skills that describe you best, and be prepared to give an example of these qualities in action.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Behavioral

    27. Talk about a time when you used logic and common sense to solve a problem at work.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know about a situation where you used good judgment to solve a work problem. The goal of your response is to assure the decision-makers that you approach issues with care and logic. The decision-makers should envision you using good judgment in the workplace.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Avoid giving a vague response like, 'I use good judgment and strong logic all the time! If you hire me, I will make decisions that are good for the company.' Although the hiring managers will be happy to hear that you plan to make wise decisions, this type of response fails to give a measurable example of your logic in action.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Behavioral-based interview questions that begin with 'Talk about a time when...' are best answered using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

      Give a work-related story example that showcases your logic and reasoning abilities. Share a brief overview of the problem you faced, discuss the pros and cons of each decision you could have made, and tell the hiring company why the solution you chose was the best. Be sure to include details of the positive impact you generated for your employer by using strong judgment.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Behavioral

    28. Talk about a time when you showed initiative at work.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants evidence that you are the type of person to take the initiative in the workplace. The goal of your response is to show that you are interested in succeeding, growing, and taking on responsibilities beyond your typical work scope.

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      Pro Tip

      Avoid giving a general answer regarding your initiative. For instance, stay away from vague statements like, 'I always take the initiative in life; it's just who I am.' Taking the initiative could mean that you take on responsibilities independently without being asked or continually coached by your manager. It could also mean that you are the type of person who jumps in and assumes the lead before others do or before you are asked.

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      How to Answer

      Behavioral-based interview questions like this, where the hiring company is looking for a story example, are best answered using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Organizing your response using this framework will help you provide an effective story-based response.

      Start by telling the hiring company about a specific time when you showed initiative at work. Outline the situation, describe the task, and explain the actions you took to take the initiative. Give as much detail as you can regarding the positive results of your actions. At the end of your response, be sure to describe your high level of initiative and how this characteristic will benefit the company when they choose to hire you.

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      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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  • Behavioral

    29. Talk about the most difficult decision you have had to make recently.

      The Goal

      The hiring company wants to know how you approach complex decisions. The goal of your response is to showcase your strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      One common mistake that interviewees make is to give a highly personal response. This question is not the time to talk about the hardest personal decision you've ever made. Be sure to keep your answer career-focused and related to the job opportunity.

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      How to Answer

      Behavioral-based interview questions like this, where the hiring managers are looking for a real-life example, are best answered using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Organizing your response using this framework will ensure that you provide the hiring company with the right amount of information and detail to form a compelling answer.

      Use an example relevant to your work, such as changing majors in university, quitting a job that wasn't healthy for you, selling your business and re-entering the traditional workforce, relocating to a new city for better opportunities, or even starting a new professional venture.

      Be sure to highlight how you approached the decision and take the decision-makers through your critical thinking and decision-making process. You should also include details of how your decision worked out for the best. At the end of your response, remember to connect your critical thinking skills and how they will benefit the hiring company, should you be the successful candidate.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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    30. Talk about a time when you needed to adapt to a significant change.

      The Goal

      Change is prevalent in the workplace, and hiring companies want to know that you can embrace change. The goal of your response should be to help the decision-makers feel confident in your ability to adapt to unexpected changes in a workplace setting.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Avoid focusing on a negative change. For example, 'When my company hired a new manager with a horrible temper, my entire work environment changed.' Also, avoid examples that could easily sound like you are blaming others. For example, 'I recently had to do an entire project by myself because my co-worker quit unexpectedly.'

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Behavioral-based interview questions that begin with 'Talk about a time when...' are best answered using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Organizing your response using this framework will ensure that you provide the hiring managers with the right amount of information and detail.

      Pick an example of a time you faced a change in the workplace, and your response was constructive. Explain how the change directly impacted your job and talk about how you maintained a positive approach during the transition. Perhaps your job duties shifted, there was a significant revision in policy, you had to welcome a new manager, or your company was acquired. These situations make excellent examples to draw on when you form your story-based response.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on May 10th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      The average HireVue interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This one-way video interview typically includes 3-5 questions. Depending on the hiring company's parameters, the HireVue platform will generally give you 30 seconds to prepare a response and up to 2 minutes to answer each question. It's important to note that HireVue stops recording as soon as your time limit is up, so it's better to run under time than overtime.

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