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Top 10 Stress Interview Questions

Question 1 of 12
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 2 of 12
Can you talk to me about your GPA during undergraduate/graduate school?
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"I graduated top of my class and am very proud of my accomplishments during University. The experience taught me to study hard and set goals for myself."
The interviewer would like further details on your more significant successes as a post-secondary student. Are you satisfied with your GPA or would you change it if you could? Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary experience. You can keep your answer brief and to the point.

If you were satisfied with your post-secondary experience: "I graduated top of my class and am very proud of my accomplishments during University. The experience taught me to study hard and set goals for myself."

If you were not satisfied with your post-secondary experience: "I feel that my GPA could have been higher; however, I was working full time while attending classes. All in all, I did learn a lot about discipline and commitment."
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"I would be happy to share with you further details on my post-secondary education. I studied hard in school and averaged a 3.5 GPA in undergraduate and graduate school."
Manager Example
"I graduated with a 3.6 GPA which I was very proud of achieving. I made the Dean's list and earned various scholarships."
Marketing Example
"The successes of my post-secondary education set the stage for my success in my career. My GPA could have been better; I graduated with a 3.4 however, the discipline that I learned was incredibly valuable."
Retail Example
"I am currently running a 3.45 GPA and would like to bring this up to a 3.6 by the end of this year. My post-secondary studies have taught me a great deal about focusing on the tasks at hand."
Sales Example
"I had a 3.8 GPA but did strive for a 4.0. I understand where I feel short, but I was able to achieve a spot on the football team, and earned two scholarships as well."
Teacher Example
"I was top of my class with 4.0! I am very proud of my GPA. I genuinely cherished my time in University."
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Question 3 of 12
Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
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"I was terminated from my last position due to my inability to relocate to the new plant that my company was opening. It was unfortunate, but I am confident that I will find the right fit again shortly. Despite my termination, I can provide you with strong work references."
This question will only apply to you if you have alluded to being terminated in the past. The interviewer would like to know further details of your termination. Being terminated does not have to be an embarrassing or shameful thing. Many excellent employees have been in a similar situation, in their work history. Be open and honest with the interviewer regarding your dismissal. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you can provide positive references despite a previous termination.

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Admin Example
"The company I last worked for merged with another organization, and the entire administration department was laid off. I lost my job, along with 45 other people."
Manager Example
"The reason for my termination is a bit cloudy for me, to be honest. My previous organization said it was due to cut-backs and I was offered a severance package; however, I believe they were in more financial trouble than they let on as the company folded shortly after."
Marketing Example
"My previous agency decided to focus less on social media management and more on their major clients' print campaigns. Because my specialty is in social media, I believe they felt that I was no longer the best fit. With that said, my former manager is one of my reliable references."
Retail Example
"I was let go from my previous role because the hours no longer suited my school schedule. The circumstances were unforeseen; however, it ended up being for the best because I was already feeling a lot of pressure from my University workload. I ended up graduating top of my class which was very important to me."
Sales Example
"Our entire team missed our annual targets which meant automatic cause for dismissal. I am upset that this happened because I am an overachiever; however, I did feel some reprieve knowing that I was one in the entire team that did not reach targets. This situation was the first time I have missed reaching a target, so I have dissected the issue and believe that my pipeline was not solid enough. It won't happen again."
Teacher Example
"I was a substitute teacher, filling in for another teacher on medical leave. I thought the position would last longer than it did so I was disappointed not to finish out the year. With that said, this school will still offer me a strong reference for my short time there."
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Question 4 of 12
How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?
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"I am interested in making an impact on your organization right away and have already crafted a plan to make that happen. I am a solid business development professional, and I plan to take the territory and expand it to include additional rural areas. These actions should amount to a strong increase in revenue within the first nine months of my onboarding."
The interviewer would like to know that you are prepared to contribute to their organization right away. If you were to be the successful candidate, when do you expect to make a viable contribution to the organization? Talk to the interviewer about your plan to create a fast impact. If you are interviewing for a sales role, it's a great idea to come to your interview prepared with a 90-day action plan.

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Admin Example
"I am here to hit the ground running! I would like to start making meaningful contributions right away and have already begun to brush up on my QuickBooks skills, as you mentioned this program is used quite often in this role."
Manager Example
"I am a fast learner and expect that I will have a fast turnaround when it comes to my training. In my previous position, my work made a significant financial contribution to the company, and I plan to do the same here through increasing quality assurance standards and decreasing employee turnover."
Marketing Example
"I plan to make a meaningful contribution immediately by offering my expertise in content marketing and social media management. Because I have already researched your clientele a great deal, I suspect that my ramp-up time will be insignificant."
Retail Example
"Because I have worked for your competitor for the past year, I suspect that my impact here will be immediate. I like to learn quickly and will be immersing myself in your training manuals the moment you give me the green light!"
Teacher Example
"I wish to make a meaningful contribution to my students immediately. It's essential that we start our year off strong. Is there anything in particular that you would like me to prepare, to ensure a smooth start?"
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Question 5 of 12
What is the worst thing you have heard about our company?
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"For the most part, I have had a great impression about your company. After researching your organization online, I did read a couple of reviews from previous employees claiming that it was difficult to move up in the organization. Can you clarify that for me?"
The interviewer would like to know if you have any reservations about joining their organization. Discuss with the interviewer the impression you have had in regards to their company. Do you have any red flags or hesitations? If you do, it is a great idea to express this to the interviewer so that they have a chance to clarify. Be respectful and non-accusatory. Keep your question as light as possible while still getting the answer you need to make yourself comfortable.

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Admin Example
"In reading some of the online reviews about your organization, there was some feedback around high turnover within your company. What is your company doing to improve in this area?"
Manager Example
"You mentioned earlier that your biggest pain point is the employee turnover in this department the past two years. I have also seen some negative online reviews from disgruntled employees. Could you share with me the current action steps your organization has taken to combat this ongoing issue?"
Marketing Example
"Your agency was in the news recently for a copywriter that was plagiarizing work for some of your major clients. What steps has this company taken to recover your reputation, and make the necessary amends with your clients?"
Retail Example
"I have heard from people that your company offers the best customer service, and then I have heard the opposite. I think this is par for the course when you are a huge corporation, with multiple locations. You can't win them all! I will say; however, that all of my experiences as a shopper in Company ABC have been amazing."
Sales Example
"Some of your Glassdoor reviews show employees who state they did not earn the commission they thought they were, after initially starting with your company. Could you share with me a realistic overview of first years' earnings in this role?"
Teacher Example
"Budget cuts are a pain point for a lot of teachers, students, and parents. I know that those situations are out of your hands. Could you share with me how you handle a situation such as budget cuts?"
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Question 6 of 12
How long have you been looking for a job?
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Question 7 of 12
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
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Question 8 of 12
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Question 9 of 12
Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes, what would make me think that you will stay with our company?
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Question 10 of 12
What could your current employer do for you that would have prevented you from looking for a job?
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Question 11 of 12
Which parts of your current position brings you the most stress?
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Question 12 of 12
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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