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10 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 10
Are you pleased with your performance in your most recent position?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like an honest reply regarding your performance in your most recent position. The way in which you reply can be a bit tricky if you were terminated, or if you were laid off. Be confident in your reply and, even if there were areas for improvement, focus your answer on what you know you did best.

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Question 2 of 10
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your performance in your most recent position?
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How to Answer
Do you feel that you are always the highest performing employee, or do you have room for growth? This question could be a tricky one as nobody shows up 100% at all times. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your work ethic and how you ensure your performance goes above and beyond expectations.

Question 3 of 10
Tell me about your most recent performance evaluation. Name one positive highlight, and one area for improvement.
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The interviewer is looking for specifics from your performance evaluations or most recent conversations with your current boss. You may not have formal performance meetings. If you do not, then rely on feedback that you consistently receive from your supervisors. Your positive highlight can be big or small! Make sure that you relate your positive points to the requirements of the job posting. When you discuss one area for improvement, avoid mentioning something that would make you ineligible for the position. For instance, if you are interviewing for a business development role, you should not say that you are painfully shy. Also, be sure to discuss that you are actively working to improve this weakness.

Question 4 of 10
Describe a change you recently made that improved the performance of your work.
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How to Answer
Making a change to improve your performance shows the interviewer that you are self-driven, a go-getter, and able to correct yourself when needed. Give an example of a time when you made a choice, unprompted, to change a habit or process to improve your performance. This change could be something small like cutting out one scheduled coffee break, packing your lunch, organizing your desk, setting a boundary with a chatty colleague, or cleaning up your computer's desktop.

Question 5 of 10
What was your area of excellence in your most recent position?
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The interviewer would like to know, from your point of view, what you did best in your most recent position. Likely, you are going to mention the skills that you also enjoy performing the most! Think of two to three skills that you are strong in, that the interviewer will most likely want to hear. Look back into their job posting or job description to generate some ideas.

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Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/06/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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