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If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?

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  1. 1.

    If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?

      Most organizations want to avoid onboarding someone who will make sweeping changes immediately. Sudden changes are hard on a team and can often result in knee-jerk reactions such as resignations.

      Explain to the interviewer that you plan first to observe to gain a better understanding of the organization's culture and team dynamics. Focus your discussion on building a strong rapport with your new team.

      If you are applying for a promotion within your current organization, you may already know what changes you would like to make upon receiving this position. Share with the interviewer what you have observed while in your current job, the changes you would make, and why you would make those changes.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If offered this position, I do not believe that major immediate change would be the answer. My initial approach would be to have a 1:1 meeting with everyone on the leadership team. I want to learn what the greatest challenges are and how I can alleviate those difficulties. From there, the trickle effect will be strong, and we will see an increase in sales and employee engagement. Only after that first positive shift would I consider a stronger approach to change."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "I would address any urgent and glaring issues immediately; however, I want to wait for the implementation of significant changes only after I have a thorough understanding of your organizational dynamics."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "I would prefer to observe the everyday activity within your organization before making significant changes. I plan to make an impact quickly; however, I don't want to jump the gun and make costly mistakes."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "Being the newest person in the organization, I would be wary of making any big changes off the bat. That said, I'd look at what has happened in the previous years' calendar for marketing initiatives and how they impacted sales. I would sit down with the team to understand the goals for the next 3, 6, 9, and 12 months so that I can make my best recommendations on how to be impactful in the coming year."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "I like to train in current processes before making changes. I know that my first question would be to ask what is not working. If I can see a quick fix to try, I will go after it, but I would likely still need to learn more about the business' operations and current struggles before making any changes."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "It's important for me to first understand the company culture, dynamics, values, and individual players, not to mention the short and long-term goals of the organization before making changes. I would wait for my onboarding process to be complete, then shadow the key players on my team and within the organization, to understand how the pieces fit together. I think it's essential not only to observe but also to listen to the team that predates me. I want to hear what they think is or is not working. Only after active listening and learning, watching, and evaluating would I begin to effect change."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "I would take a week or two to observe my class before making any changes. I am wary of shuffling kids around too much as most tend to be creatures of habit that resist change. My changes might be in the form of introducing more multi-media and hands-on opportunities or perhaps swapping the seating arrangement."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Economist interview

      "If I am awarded this position, I would first make an impact by meeting with the junior economists to discover where there may be holes in their knowledge. A team works well only if everyone has the same understanding of the end goal. By taking this step, I can ensure complete efficiency right away."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I wouldn't change anything right away. I would listen to the team and observe for a few weeks, then make priorities on what I would like to change based on people's feedback and my personal observations."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Wonderful response! This is perfect.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I would not implement any changes initially. Unless there was a clear directive from my superior that changes were required immediately. I would assess the situation first to determine if changes were required."

      Mary's Answer

      Great response! It is important to come in with fresh perspective and objectivity when adapting to a new company/position. See edits.

      "I would not initially implement changes unless there were clear directives from my superiors to do so. Instead, I would begin by assessing the current situation through observation and information gathering. From there, I would evaluate what direction or changes are needed."

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