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Question 1 of 21
Describe what you think an average day will look like in this role.
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Question 2 of 21
What are your strengths? How will they help you in this new role?
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Since you are new to your career, it may feel impossible to know what your strengths are, when it comes to the workplace! What qualities do people often comment on when they give you praise or encouragement? Think of some of the words your peers or relatives have shared with you after a dance performance or after receiving an award. You might not realize it, but the goals you have already achieved, whether they be in sports or school, are examples that demonstrate your strengths.

You may be an excellent communicator or compassionate towards others. You may also be a fast learner and capable of adapting to different environments very quickly. Write down three primary strengths and see if you can think of examples of each one, to prepare for this interview question.

Some strengths you could mention are:

- Honesty
- Reliability
- Trustworthiness
- Patience
- Dedication
- Fortitude
- Loyalty
- Friendliness
- Energetic disposition
- Fast learner
- Versatility in interests or talents
- Creative minded
- Enthusiastic
- Natural leadership ability
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Admin Example
"My strengths include my strong attention to detail and also my honesty. I believe these skills will help me greatly in this role as I will be working to ensure that customers are happy and taken care of while keeping their best interests top of mind."
Sales Example
"I'm a driven person, and I thrive under pressure. I have taken over 18 credit hours in college while maintaining a 4.0. Beyond that, I am a firm communicator, something I've exhibited in my personal life. The ability to thrive in a time-sensitive situation, along with my comfort when speaking to strangers, will ensure that I succeed in this role."
Manager Example
"I believe that my greatest strengths are my natural ability to lead, encourage others, and see a project through to the end no matter how challenging. I am very resilient and will never give up. One example of my leadership skills was when I was the Captain of my basketball team in University. I encouraged the team even when we were exhausted, or knew that we were likely going to lose the game. These skills will help me as a manager as I uplift my team and encourage them to deliver their best every day."
Retail Example
"I am very tidy, I notice the small details and have a friendly disposition. These skills will help me succeed as a retail sales associate because I will always ensure the store looks great and that your customers receive a friendly greeting each time they enter your store."
Marketing Example
"Heavily creative minded, I am also a risk taker while also being strong in the area of analysis. While obtaining my marketing degree, I thrived when it came to taking case studies and making recommendations on failed marketing strategies. These skills will be beneficial in this junior content marketing role, and I look forward to making recommendations on your projects using my knowledge in current trends."
Teacher Example
"Being highly organized is beneficial as a new teacher, but also I would like to mention my self-confidence and ability to command a room. I may be new to teaching; however, I am not new to giving presentations to large groups. My experience as a volunteer tutor will also benefit me in this role."
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Question 3 of 21
Why do you believe you are qualified for this position?
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"I believe that I am qualified for this position due to my blend of education in accounting as well as the internship hours that I bring. In your job posting, you are looking for someone passionate, ready to make an impact in this industry. This sentence describes me to a tee."
When you are trying to sell yourself, you need to be very clear about why you are the best fit for the company, their mission, the job description, and expectations. First look at the qualifications the interviewer wants in a candidate from the job description. Think of some examples of how you embody these qualities.

For example, if they are looking for someone who has excellent customer service skills and you have never worked in customer service, think back on some of your volunteer experience or any work you have done with school organizations. Your communication skills count! If you have resolved conflict with teammates or classmates, talk about what you did and how you have handled challenging situations between friends.

Specific Career Examples
Admin Example
"In addition to fitting the job requirements you have advertised, I also believe that my attitude and work ethic makes me qualified for this position."
Sales Example
"Beyond meeting all the educational qualifications, I think I would be an excellent personality fit for the role, the company, and the team. I'm eager, a fast learner, and am not afraid to ask questions. I have already learned a lot by speaking with you and the team leads. I enjoyed meeting everyone when I shadowed earlier today. This experience made me even more excited for the opportunity!"
Manager Example
"I know that I am qualified for this entry-level management role because of the proven leadership skills I have displayed through my junior athletics career, and my volunteer experience. I have been the Captain of multiple sports teams and also successfully led 25 volunteers for Habitat for Humanity this summer. I understand how to motivate others while remaining focused on the task at hand."
Retail Example
"What qualifies me for this retail sales associate position at your electronics store is first, my passion for your products. I educate myself on this industry and the latest tech by watching YouTube tutorials and reading related tech mags. Second, I will be an excellent choice for customer service because I can troubleshoot nearly anything and have a keen ability to explain complicated tech concepts easily."
Marketing Example
"I believe that my education in Social Media Marketing qualifies me for this role and also the fact that I have built a solid social media presence for myself for the past three years. I understand the importance of creating compelling content while engaging with my followers. I look forward to handling your social media accounts with the same level of passion and care."
Teacher Example
"I recently graduated with my Masters' Degree in Education. This high degree makes me highly qualified. While attending school, I volunteered as an ESL tutor for newly landed immigrants. This experience helped me to shape my teaching style early on, which will also be beneficial to your school when I am first onboard, as I will have a more natural learning curve than most."
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Question 4 of 21
Do you have reliable transportation?
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"I have reliable transportation. I have a well-maintained vehicle, and I am comfortable with the amount of travel required to get to your office every day."
Even if you're not expected to drive for the job, you will need to have some form of reliable transportation. If you take the bus or ride a bike, that works too! Share that you have the means to get to work consistently and on time.

Specific Career Examples
Admin Example
"I am well versed in public transit. This form of transportation has always been reliable for me."
Manager Example
"I have a reliable vehicle and have never had an issue with getting to work when expected. In fact, I always prefer to be a bit early!"
Sales Example
"Yes, I have my own, well-maintained car and I'm perfectly comfortable driving not only to the office but also out on client visits."
Retail Example
"I take public transit; however, I find it to be very reliable. I was late to work only once last year, and that was due to a snowstorm which stalled all of our employee's commute - including those with personal vehicles. Rest assured, I am reliable and will always come to work on time."
Teacher Example
"Yes, I have reliable transportation as well as a valid drivers' license and clean driving record. I will have no troubles getting to work on time, every day."
Marketing Example
"One thing I love about this city is that the mild weather allows me to ride my bike to work most days. On days where it is raining heavily, I will grab an Uber."
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Question 5 of 21
What is your availability?
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"part-time"
Before you offer up your evenings and weekends, be sure that you are clear on what they need from you for this position. Typically the hours are laid out in the job description, but if it only says "part-time" or "full-time," you may want to respond first with, "What hours do you need me to work?" Once the interviewer has laid out the expectations, you can tell them, "That sounds great! I'm available on those days, and I can offer my weekends if I am needed as well."

You want to show them that you're excited about the job and that you are willing to make yourself available to work when they need you.
Specific Career Examples
Admin Example
"I am available most days, evenings, and weekends. I do have an obligation on Tuesday evenings, but aside from that, I should be available most times. Can you clarify for me the hours for this position?"
Sales Example
"I am eager for this opportunity and understand that, aside from regular business hours, I may need to take client calls in the off-hours. I am okay with that and will make myself available as necessary, to be successful in this role."
Manager Example
"I see that you are open Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm. Could you share with me the ideal schedule for your managers? I would like to, of course, be able to cover the peak traffic times for your business."
Retail Example
"I am available to work any evening and all weekends. I am a second-year University student and my courses this semester are primarily in the mornings and early afternoons."
Marketing Example
"My schedule can be flexible and fluid. I understand that your clients may need a deadline pushed which requires work in the evenings or on weekends. Since the majority of this job would require me to be on a laptop, I am confident that I can deliver the work when needed, even if it's remote."
Teacher Example
"I understand that your bell rings at 8:40 AM and 3:20 PM. I plan to be at school at least 30 minutes before school starts and will stay as late as needed to complete my work. If you are looking for an extra-curricular commitment, I am certainly open to discussing that as well."
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Question 6 of 21
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
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Question 7 of 21
What do you hope to learn from this job?
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Question 8 of 21
What do you think will be a challenge for you in this job?
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Question 9 of 21
Without any job experience, why should we hire you?
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Question 10 of 21
What are your career goals?
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Question 11 of 21
Who is a person you admire and why?
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Question 12 of 21
Why are you looking for a job?
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Question 13 of 21
Tell me about a time you were honest.
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Question 14 of 21
What questions do you have about this job?
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Question 15 of 21
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
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Question 16 of 21
Tell me about a time when a teacher or professor gave you constructive criticism.
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Question 17 of 21
How would your favorite teacher or professor describe you?
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Question 18 of 21
Tell me about a difficult situation you had to deal with. What steps did you take to resolve it?
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Question 19 of 21
What are you looking for in a job?
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Question 20 of 21
If hired here, how long do you believe you would stay at our company?
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Question 21 of 21
What do you hope to gain from this position?
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