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Question 1 of 20
Do you have any near impossible goals set for yourself? Tell me about one of them.
How to Answer
Part of the fun that life brings is that we can daydream about crazy goals that we want to achieve. Everyone has a wild dream some sort. Think about goals that you have set that you know are a bit out-there. You can have some fun with this answer to make yourself memorable; however, if possible, bring your answer back around and relate it to the position for which you are interviewing.

Some near impossible goals may be:

- To run an ultra-marathon in another country
- To win a world record of some sort
- To train yourself to run a sub 6-minute mile
- To enter and win a bodybuilding competition
- To complete five Masters' degrees before you retire
- To travel the entire world
- To go on, and win the show Survivor
- To create zero waste for one year
- To go to space
- To become a millionaire

Many of these examples, as you can see, are goals that you can likely achieve with some serious dedication, drive, and a solid plan. Show the interviewer that you believe in yourself and can create a strategy to get you there. Now you have set the stage to bring in a lofty work-related goal.

Answer Example
"I like to dream big and would say that my biggest goal at the moment is to enter and win my first bodybuilding competition. I realize that winning in unlikely; however, I love the idea of putting that much dedication into my health and bettering myself. I have already hired a personal trainer who will help me get there. As you can see, I am not afraid to take steps towards the seemingly impossible. I plan to be your highest producing sales professional in the next 30 days and will bring the same dedication to you as I bring to my personal goals."
Admin Example
"I am a major researcher and total geek when it comes to education. I have set a goal to complete five Master's degrees before I retire. Continued learning is a passion of mine and, although it seems forever away, I am consistently chipping away at my goal. I take one correspondence course at a time so that I can reach my goal in tandem with working full-time. This goal will help me greatly when it comes to my knowledge and skill set as an administrator. Being highly educated will only help me in this role with your organization."
Manager Example
"One near impossible goal I have set for myself is to go to space one day. I am a major space enthusiast. I often bring fun facts from my space research into the workplace. Recently I did a presentation to my staff discussing the dedication required of an astronaut long before they ever get to the actual launch phase. The lessons of an astronaut can apply to any workplace. You need to dedicate yourself to training, personal betterment, and prepare yourself for a multitude of trial and error situations. If you remain focused, you will get there, and the reward will be like nothing else."
Marketing Example
"This goal may seem impossible now, but I know deep down it is not entirely impossible. I have a dream of being a regular contributor to Forbes. I know that my marketing knowledge is vast, and my outlook is a refreshing one that people will enjoy taking in. Being noticed in this space can be challenging; however, I am looking into more networking events that will introduce me to the right people. I have also taken a variety of writing courses to improve the quality of my articles. Once I reach this goal, it will be great exposure for your business as well! You will have a Forbes writer on staff!"
Retail Example
"I would love to have my own successful fashion line one day. As you can see, I have a major penchant for fashion and design. This passion leads me to do an incredible amount of reading and research on the latest fashion trends. Because of this goal, I fully immerse myself in the fashion industry. This interest of mine will have an incredibly positive impact on my in-store performance with your brand."
Sales Example
"I have found that running is not only a sport but that every run is a lesson in mental agility. I have set the goal to run a sub 6-minute mile by the year 2020. While I am running, my head is clear, I am in stealth concentration mode, and I focus solely on my goal. Interesting enough, this uber concentration has helped me in my sales immensely. I have a new found focus at work."
Teacher Example
"I have set the goal to spend my summers traveling to new countries, and I want to have traveled the entire world by the time I am 50 years old. This goal means that I will need to travel to eight countries per summer, giving me approximately one week in each country for July and August. This goal is a major challenge, but I am excited about the knowledge I will be able to bring back to my students every September!"
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Question 2 of 20
Does this job on your resume really relate to this position? Tell me why you believe it does?
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How to Answer
There may be positions listed on your resume that do not appear to be a fit. It is up to you to draw the connection between that role, and the one for which you are interviewing. This question is where a solid understanding of your transferable skills comes in. Make a list of transferable skills that you can refer to in your interview and be sure that they are skills that the hiring authority will find interesting, helpful, and related to this role.

Here are some examples of transferable skills:

- Leadership experience
- Delegation and prioritization of tasks
- Research and analytics
- Customer service
- Memorization
- Budget management or cash handling
- Scheduling staff or services
- Written skills such as RFP's or technical writing
- Giving presentations or public speaking
- Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Industry related software and programs
- Negotiations and agreements
- Training new employees

Answer Example
"While home health care does not directly correlate to being flight attendant, the basic traits of customer service, effective communication, concern for the health of others, and patience are highly transferable skills."
Admin Example
"The bulk of my experience has been volunteer work; however, much of the work was administration related. At the animal shelter, I was in charge of the animal intake process which meant that I needed to log all of the health data and other information of the animals who were either rescued or surrendered. I then entered this information in the proprietary software, took photos of the animal, uploaded them onto the website with a nice write up that would draw in public. These tasks are very similar to what you need here which is someone organized, great with technology, and able to see a project to completion."
Manager Example
"Although I am applying for your management position within a manufacturing environment, I believe that my experience in management within logistics is still very much relatable. I have experience in an environment with a fast-moving product, where safety is a major focus, and staff turnover is high. I can navigate an environment like yours seamlessly."
Marketing Example
"Although my work has primarily been in sales, there are a large number of transferable skills between this role and my most recent. I have a solid ability to narrow down a customers' needs by asking the right questions. I will be able to gain their commitment to projects by showing them the need. Also, I come from an industry with a long sales process which means that I will have the patience to work on creative projects with a long delivery timeline."
Retail Example
"My previous experience as a makeup artist brought me many skills that will relate to this retail sales position in your electronics store. I am well-versed in customer service, asking open-ended discovery questions that lead to a sale, as well as experience in cash transactions. As a makeup artist, I needed to be aware of all the features and benefits of the product I was using which required a great deal of research and memorization. I am well prepared for a position more heavily based on commissioned sales and customer interaction."
Sales Example
"Working as a server and being a sales associate are two very similar roles in many ways. As a server, customer service was always in the forefront. I was encouraged to remember names and to develop a rapport with the guests in my section quickly. Romanticizing the menu, and upselling items like new cocktails or dessert was a huge component to my success as a server. I know how to upsell and understand the importance of product knowledge. I needed to know the entire menu in and out including potential food allergens and available substitutions. My memorization skills are on point."
Teacher Example
"Although the majority of my experience in education is in the public sector I know that I will seamlessly transition it private education because of my exposure to continuous parent communication, community involvement, and my diverse experience with both in-class and hands-on field trip training. I am accustomed to much larger class sizes which means I will be prepared to give your students my utmost undivided attention."
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Question 3 of 20
Do you enjoy motivating others around you?
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The interviewer wants to know how you go about motivating your coworkers and encouraging a productive work environment. You need to show the hiring authority that you have an interest in adding to their workplace culture versus being an employee who is dragged down when morale is low. Give a recent example of a time when you motivated someone to keep going!

Answer Example
"Last month we had a very stringent deadline, and it felt as though we were not going to reach it. I quickly stopped at the bakery next door, bought a bunch of specialty pastries and encouraged everyone to take a minute, enjoy the treat, get a little sugar high, and pump out the rest of our work. This approach worked! Everyone took a much-needed breather, and the break gave us all a second wind."
Admin Example
"As an administrative assistant, at the front desk, I would not say that I get a lot of opportunities to motivate others as my work is very independent. With that said, I am a wonderful encourager inside and outside of the workplace. It feels great to motivate someone, and I certainly appreciate it when other people take the time to motivate me in return."
Manager Example
"I enjoy sparking a little friendly competition among my team members every once in a while. It is good to see people get moving about and focused on something different than the regular day to day routine. For instance, this week, I held a safety competition. If the team could reach the end of the week without any injury to themselves or product in the warehouse, they would all get a $25 Visa Gift Card. The motivation worked beautifully!"
Marketing Example
"My current team is a good blend of self-motivated professionals and others who could use a little more encouragement. For those who need it, I will dish out compliments on their work more often. Genuine compliments of course! Some people need a little more of a pat on the back, and that is fine with me."
Retail Example
"In my current role, we have high sales targets, so it's easy to become demotivated if your week starts off slow. I am sure to remind my coworkers of their best sales weeks, and what they did to get there. Sometimes a quick reminder of their past successes can make all the difference."
Sales Example
"Of course, I love motivating those around me! In my current position, we are a crew of high performing sales professionals, but that is not to say that we don't need an extra push now and then. This motivation usually comes in the form of friendly competition. For instance, to see who can make the most cold calls in the week or who can gain the most referrals. Whoever wins gets free drinks at our next get together."
Teacher Example
"Motivating others is the core of what I do as an educator. My students depend on me to inspire and motivate them. I take every opportunity to do so because it makes me feel like I am doing my job as a teacher, and it benefits my students wholly."
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Question 4 of 20
What was the latest piece of industry related news you've read?
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The interviewer is checking to see if you keep up to date on industry related news and trends. Briefly discuss the ways that you keep up to date on your specific industry. This question also offers you an excellent opportunity to ask the interviewer how they like to keep up to date on industry trends. Perhaps you can learn about a helpful new resource.

Answer Example
"I often listen to accounting-related podcasts, as unexciting as that may sound! My personal favorite is 'Accounting Best Practices' with Steve Bragg. It's on iTunes if you are interested. He covers best practices for acquisitions, investor relations, payroll, and more. I have found it to be beneficial. Do you have any favorite resources you would like to share?"
Admin Example
"I guess the latest was the recent political drama, but that is unrelated to anything here. I do follow the news, but I don't get too wrapped up in things that do not directly affect me. I prefer to spend my time on developing my professional skills like taking Excel courses and customer service workshops."
Manager Example
"Because I love to read, I often take the time to read the latest and greatest books related to management, organizational structure, and productivity. The book I am currently reading is 'Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity," by David Allen. He discusses focusing more on relaxation and creating a fun work environment for your employees. He claims that in this environment, employees will be more responsive and will end up getting more done in a day. Have you read this book?"
Marketing Example
"The latest piece of marketing news I have read was a free download from Izea.com, and it was a LinkedIn content marketing guide. Many marketers feel that LinkedIn is a dated tool; however, I recently learned some amazing stats on how LinkedIn is a major player in B2B selling. Do you have any recommended reading for me?"
Retail Example
"I try to stay away from the typical news as I find it depressing. So, to get my news on the latest and greatest tech gadgets, I subscribe to a few blogs as well as Google alerts. My favorite blog at the moment is 'Electronics Hub,' and it comes to my inbox nearly every day. It's quite educational, and the website also offers free project ideas geared around electronics, circuits, and tools. How do you prefer to keep up to date on the news related to our industry?"
Sales Example
"I get a lot of information from all over the place, but always reputable sources. The latest article on software sales related news that I read was a fantastic article on Forbes. The article was referring to the "Three Fewer Potato Chips" approach to software sales. Have you heard of this approach? The idea is that in SaaS you do not need all the new tools to be the best, but you do need to know how to ask better questions and be fanatical about your product. I highly recommend this article."
Teacher Example
"This week it has been all over the news how our state spends a lot more funds than most when it comes to boosting enrollment in post-secondary technical education. I found this fascinating and wondered why. It turns out that our state is trying to make a play for us to be seen as a great investment for high-tech industries to plant their head offices. I love to have a beat on the happenings in the education industry so if you have recommendations on news sources I would love to hear about them."
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Question 5 of 20
What was your greatest accomplishment in your most recent position?
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Question 6 of 20
How capable do you think others around you are?
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Question 7 of 20
What was something about your last job that you dreaded doing?
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Question 8 of 20
What do you do very poorly? Your example can be from work or your personal life.
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Question 9 of 20
What are you hoping to get out of this job, in terms of being able to advance your career?
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Question 10 of 20
What in your life pushes you forward?
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 06/01/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
Question 11 of 20
What brings you here today?
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What fascinates you about this industry?
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What are some trends you see happening in our industry?
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How do you respond to unsolicited feedback?
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When was your last work evaluation? What were the positive and negative comments you received?
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When has a customer or client annoyed you? What happened?
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If a coworker had to make a pitch to me about your personality, what would they say?
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What distracts you in the workplace?
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Tell me about your last manager. What did they do to motivate you?
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If you never worked another day in your life, what would you be doing?
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