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Top 10 Job Satisfaction Interview Questions

Question 1 of 12
What gives you satisfaction in this particular career?
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Question 2 of 12
What is the one thing you would change about this career path if you could?
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"One thing that I would change about this career path, if I could, would be the number of apprenticeship hours that it takes to complete your education. I feel that if more apprenticeship hours were required, it would be easier to find quality and better-equipped staff when hiring."
The interviewer would like to know what changes you would make to this career path if you could. Are there any aspects of this career path that you always said you would change if you could? Talk to the interviewer about something that you would change - if it were possible. Be sure to avoid any factors that would create a red flag on the employers' part (IE: I wish I could work fewer hours).

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Manager Example
"I have waited many years to find a solid management position in this industry. If I could change anything about this career path, I would create more opportunities for growth and advancement for those keen on it."
Retail Example
"If I could, I would change the constant low-price battle between competitors. Price is important to compete, but I feel that quality suffers from it."
Sales Example
"If I could change anything about the software sales industry, I would change the length of time it takes to complete a sale. As a salesperson we like to see quick wins; however, some clients can take months to make a decision. At the same time, this does all to the thrill of the chase."
Admin Example
"If anything could change in the administrative world, I would like to see administrative assistants seen as a more important part of a team. We truly can be the glue that holds an organization together through streamlining processes and helping team members with paperwork related tasks, and client needs."
Marketing Example
"I find in marketing, and with the growth of social media, that everyone calls themselves a marketing pro now. If I could change anything, I would want appropriate credentials to hold a heavier weight for clients when they are deciding on who to hire."
Teacher Example
"If I could change anything in education, I would ask for bigger budgets for public schools. We run on such a tight budget that we often need to head community fundraising efforts just to ensure that our kids are receiving the best learning opportunities possible."
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Question 3 of 12
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
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"In additional to my regular responsibilities, my previous employer also asked me to be the head of our social committee. This opportunity was stimulating for me because I love to have a workplace where people know each other, are comfortable having a meaningful conversation, and where everyone can let loose now and then. I planned four social events per year, and the turnout was always wonderful. Employee engagement went up, and some powerful connections created."
The interviewer would like to know about the types of responsibilities that excite you. Were you asked to take on a particular task, project, or responsibility that gave you a strong sense of enjoyment? Talk to the interviewer about this specific task and what it meant to you.

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Admin Example
"In my former position, I took on our social media marketing which was a lot of fun. I was pretty good with it as well!"
Manager Example
"I was tasked with hosting tours of the facility. My tours included VPs, vendors, and potential customers. It was nice learning about our stakeholders while showing them around."
Retail Example
"In my current role, I was asked to review resume submissions and shortlist them for the regional manager. He gave me the must-have's that we were looking for and let me do it all. It was fascinating to see the range of backgrounds in the applicants."
Marketing Example
"I was recently given the opportunity to speak to a class of university students who were in their first year of marketing and communications. I spoke to them for an hour, all about the variety of career paths available to them, the perks of the job, and how to properly network in their industry. It was amazing to have all eyes on me and to be able to share my wealth of knowledge."
Sales Example
"My current manager tasked me with revamping our sales training so that our new hires would feel they were given more thorough training from the start. It was a big undertaking, and it sparked ideas in me that I forgot I had!"
Teacher Example
"I enjoyed being the soccer coach this year for our boys' team. We made it all the way to nationals, an incredible experience for all involved. I have a passion for sports and would love to pick up a similar responsibility at your school."
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Question 4 of 12
How do you feel about joining a new organization?
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"For me, the thought of joining a new organization is stimulating. I am excited about learning new skills although I am also aware that it will be a lot of hard work. Overall, I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity."
The interviewer would like to know how you are feeling in regards to making a significant change. Changing employers can be exciting, scary, and all of the feels wrapped into one big weird emotion. Talk to the interviewer about how you feel regarding this particular career move.

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Admin Example
"I am excited and nervous, but I am ready to move on. I have been with my current company for eight years now and am ready for the change that this opportunity will bring."
Manager Example
"I have on-boarded many new staff members in my 12-year management career. I see how nervous people can be on their first day. I feel that nervous excitement right now. I love to have strong tenure in my career so making a move is scary after all of these years; however, I know in my heart that this is the right thing to do."
Retail Example
"I am very excited about the opportunity and welcome the change! I thoroughly enjoy your products and know that this will be a great move for me."
Sales Example
"Your product is incredible, and your workplace culture offers what I have been missing over the past few years. I feel excited and pumped! I'm ready for this."
Marketing Example
"I would not want to leave my current organization for just any role; however, I have had an eye on your group for a very long time. For that reason, I would feel incredibly honored and thrilled to join your organization."
Teacher Example
"I am what you would call nervous-excited when I think about the opportunity to join your district. It will be a big change for me with relocation and all; however, I know it is the best choice for my career plan."
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Question 5 of 12
How can we motivate you on the job?
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Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

Here are some ways that an employer may try to motivate you.
Which ones resonate most with you?

- Incentive programs where points are earned
- Showing complete trust in your work and performance
- Setting smaller, more achievable goals
- Helping you to find your higher career purpose
- Being a positive example to you
- Maintaining an open and transparent workplace
- Personalized incentives vs. Team driven incentives
- Getting to know you on a personal level
- Positive feedback based rewards system
- Offering a stable work/life balance by encouraging time off
- Letting you know your voice matters
- Allowing you to take the lead on projects that excite you
- Handing out big-picture projects, so you feel that you are contributing to the company's future
- Public recognition
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Retail Example
"I especially enjoy sales competitions and challenges to earn bonus' and gifts. In my current role, the sales associate with the most sales at the end of the week receives a $100 in-store-credit."
Sales Example
"I am motivated by knowing something about the end customer and being able to relate to them as a person. A personal touch is always helpful for me."
Manager Example
"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are noticed. In my current position, we have a team leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."
Admin Example
"I am motivated by skills advancement opportunities. My previous employer put me through a technical writing course as well as two advanced Excel workshops. That was motivating to me."
Marketing Example
"My current manager motivates me by reminding me that she has full faith in my work. Those words give me a boost of confidence and feed my fire, especially on more challenging creative projects."
Teacher Example
"I remain motivated when I know that I am in a secure job and am a valued member of the faulty and student body. Feelings of inclusiveness are important to me."
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Question 6 of 12
Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
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Question 7 of 12
What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
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Question 8 of 12
What attracts you the most to this particular position?
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Question 9 of 12
How do you define success?
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Question 10 of 12
Describe to me your ideal employer.
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Question 11 of 12
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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Question 12 of 12
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
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