When you walk the interviewer through a typical workday, you are allowing them to visualize you in their position. From your answer, the interviewer will also be able to gauge if your activities match the seniority level of this position. If they are calling you for a junior role, for instance, and you let them know that you currently manage a team of 20 people, they will likely conclude that you are overqualified for the position. If you have a job description in front of you, do your best to match the list of role responsibilities with the day-to-day activities in your current, or most recent, position. Keep your answer as brief as possible. With open-ended questions like this one, it is easy to begin rambling.
"A typical work day for me includes managing a team of three junior accountants. I oversee their work and review the incoming financials. Most of the day is spent on data analysis, coaching, and reporting. I also spend some phone time with clients who may have questions regarding their monthly invoices. I see the list of responsibilities in your job posting and can confidently say that I perform most of these tasks on a weekly basis, and some of them, daily."
"My average work day includes answering about 150 calls per day, 200 emails, and greeting over 300 people who visit our office in person. We are busy, yet highly efficient. When I am not performing customer-facing tasks, I am confirming appointments for the executive team and making their travel plans and schedules for the upcoming week. I believe these responsibilities align very nicely with the needs of your role."
"A typical day at work for me involves multiple calls to existing and new landlords negotiating business points on lease extensions and communicating those business points to internal and external counsel for drafting. Writing business support documents, and completing financial models outlining new and renewal lease terms, presenting deal terms to executive management to obtain internal approvals, meeting with the general manager of the market to discuss individual deal strategy and big picture strategy for development. Coaching junior members and new hires on the team on negotiating strategies as well as edit and correcting their work as needed."
You have a lot of responsibilities! If there are tasks that overlap between your current role, and the one you are interviewing for, be sure to highlight those points (transferable skills count, too!).
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