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How will you guide your team in terms of personal development?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know that you understand the importance of self-development techniques for your team.

Some suggestions for employee personal development initiatives:

- Roadmapping of a professional growth plan
- Setting learning goals
- Conferences and other off-site learning opportunities
- Related books, audio books, and podcast from industry influencers
- Lunch and learns with exciting topics
- Online learning portal or subscriptions to Udemy and other online universities
- Mentorship partners
- Internal volunteer initiatives or supporting their volunteer interests
- Cross-departmental training opportunities

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I like to guide my teams in personal development by offering unique learning opportunities. My current company has a learning portal where employees can log-in and learn new skills from software to leadership. It's an excellent resource. Do you have anything like this in your professional development arsenal?"

Admin
Answer example

"I will guide my team members by meeting with them individually and creating a professional growth plan. It's important to me that I understand the needs of each staff member and help them to achieve those goals."

Manager
Answer example

"As a manager, I fully understand the importance of investing in my employees. For that reason, I will provide at least two off-site learning opportunities per year for each team member. This experience may be a conference, a trade show, or a seminar related to their role, goals, and of course - the company's mission."

Marketing
Answer example

"I like to guide my team with learning opportunities. Marketing is always changing, and the rules for digital marketing change overnight. My current agency has an online learning portal, including subscriptions to two online universities. When a team member shows great initiative or has a significant win, we will allocate credits to them to take a new course of their choice. These types of continued learning opportunities add significant value to both the employee and the company."

Retail
Answer example

"Many of my employees are recent graduates or students who work part-time. I like to guide their personal development by suggesting books to read or influencers to follow. Even if they can listen to a helpful podcast while they study, or drive to work, all of the information will add up and help them to succeed in their careers and personal lives."

Sales
Answer example

"I work with some highly competitive salespeople, so one of my favorite ways to help them in their professional development is through inter-office contests. I will have up for grabs, tickets to conferences or seminars of industry influencers, going to the top performers. My team loves these opportunities, and it also boosts their performance!"

Teacher
Answer example

"It's important that I invest in my students on a regular basis. I do not have a large classroom budget so I am often looking for book donations from local bookstores so that I can gift this literature to my students. I guide my students' development by encouraging them to discover their world through words."

Written by:

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.
Published: 08/06/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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