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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

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    Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how much emphasis you put on pay when considering a new position. In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. These other factors may include:

      - work/life balance
      - amount of travel involved in the role
      - overall medical and health benefits
      - additional perks such as car allowance, cell allowance, spending account
      - the industry you will be working in
      - amount of vacation time
      - the type of clients you would be working with
      - the location of the company
      - career growth opportunity
      - the size of your new team
      - the company's reputation
      - overall workplace culture.

      Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job. If you are not sure on details for this role, you can ask!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits and the amount of paid vacation time."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component but so is the company mission, culture, benefits, and location. I am looking to have an easier commute than I currently experience."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "For me, as a manager, the most important factor in accepting a new role is the health of the company, and it's employees. I am looking to take on a team that is positive. I like to work with enthusiastic people that I can motivate. With that said, I am also looking for a competitive financial offer."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "At this point in my career, I am looking to join a marketing department that will give me the opportunity to work on more significant projects and with more robust tech and applications. Compensation is a driver, of course, but not the only one."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I am earning my way through University right now, so the two most important factors to me are flexibility in my schedule, and the opportunity to earn a fair wage. I am available evenings and weekends but come next semester; I will be available during most afternoons."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I am seeking first a product and company that I am proud to stand behind. Compensation and commissions will increase when I am happy with my job so I would say that culture and company reputation is most important to me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Tough Managerial Interview

      "Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture, which includes factors such as benefits and the amount of paid vacation time. I am currently earning a healthy base salary plus two bonus opportunities based on company profits. I am looking for a compensation plan aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth. I look forward to discussing the details of this role in further detail so that we can determine a fair compensation plan."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Barista Interview

      "Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component but so is the workplace culture, benefits, and location. I am looking to have an easier commute than I currently experience."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Chiropractor Interview

      "Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, work-life balance, perks, and company culture."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Daycare Worker Interview

      "Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated in the child care space. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits and the amount of paid vacation time."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Bookstore Interview

      "Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, employee discounts, commission opportunities, and workplace culture."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "No, for me getting into a company that will have opportunities for me to grow and provide a better home to work-life balance is just as important. I am currently driving an hour one way to work, which is causing me to be away from my family more then I would like to be."

      Rachelle's Answer

      That is a long commute, and completely understandable that you would be seeking change. Your answer is specific and will be helpful to the hiring authority.

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