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How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?

1 of 15 Stress Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on 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.
How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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?"

Sourcing Manager
Answer example

"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 very strong business development professional and I plan to take the territory and expand it to include additional rural areas. This should amount to a strong increase in revenue within the first 9 months of my on boarding."

Financial Analyst
Answer example

"I am interested in making an impact on your organization right away and have already crafted a plan to make that happen. In addition to my stellar skills in finance, I am a very strong relationship builder. I plan to bring my existing portfolio and expand it by 15% this year. This should amount to a strong increase in clients for your firm within the first 9 months of my on boarding."

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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: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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