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Question 1 of 39
Do you have any plans for continued education?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes currently enrolled in school for a BA in Cybersecurity.
2.
As a long term education commitment no. However I do enjoy taking classes to learn a new skill or self improvement.
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Yes. I would like to complete certifation programs on Green belt.
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I do not have anything specific planned, however I am a huge proponant for continued education. I was inspired to get through college on my own, took advantage of every LOMA, PMP certification possible and will continue that trend throughout my professional career.
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Question 2 of 39
Tell me about a significant achievement in your life?
User-Submitted Answers
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Graduating pharmacy school. After my first year I was put on academic probation and told I should select another career. That was the day I knew I would become a pharmacist.
2.
Purchasing my first house an flipping it.
3.
Getting a French law degree and working as a Legal Counsel in UK
4.
Estthetics business by 21.
Question 3 of 39
What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
User-Submitted Answers
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Opened up revenue from two new brokerages that resulted in 13% revenue increase.
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I am always willing to pilot new projects before they go out to the entire company. This allows me to have the edge on new and innovative ideas within the company.
3.
I believe that my biggest accomplishments are the reviews that my prior bosses are willing to give me. Anyone who I have worked for has witnessed my motivation and the joy I find in accomplishing a task that has been presented to me. Other than that, my proudest accomplishments are the publications that I already have. I believe they show my willingness to go above and beyond my expectations.
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Increasing customer base by establishing strong relationships with clients and persisting on trying to form relationships with prospective clients that were hesitant.
Question 4 of 39
Give me a reason to hire you from a specific performance at XYZ?
User-Submitted Answers
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I think your investment in me will be the good step.I'm allredy familiar with this job I deal every day with these transactions. We need each other and my experinace, knowldge and skills will be in your hands .
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Proven ability to maximise existing business.
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Because i'm the best in this job.
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Every team or department that I have led have always been successfull and was able to handle all tasks. They always adapted to change. I also lead by example and have a positive attitude everyday. I create a fun and inspriring environment.

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Question 5 of 39
What were your strengths while working for company ZYX?
User-Submitted Answers
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My strength were I was a hard worker I was company oriented and team player.
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Being the face of the company for the industry, developing new relationships and being a real asett to owners.
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I come with 1 year hands on experience in this feild combined with over 20yrs of proven excellence in customer service.
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I will do all I can to resolve secheduling issues or to assist calients.
Question 6 of 39
Tell me about a time when you had to work towards a deadline at XYZ. Did you meet it? What happened if you didn't?
User-Submitted Answers
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Tell me about a time when you had to work as a group.
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Yes, I have always met my deadlines.
3.
You cant really mias a deadline or elae thd show ship. E t is lats and the xosts go up.. We made a poi t to hit those deadlinea to avoid the expense.
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There was a time when we had a deadline for a product Policy page print out. It needed to be ready by x date becasue it was publically annouced by the client. We had to meet the date regardless. My role was the Operation Manager at the time and I remember literally working until the 11th hour with two development team members, the PM, our COO and the CRM to ensure it was in good order. We would run the job, everyone would get a print out review, highlight, edit, red-pen it, meet discuss the changes, how to best resolve, wait for changes, run it, print it, review it.... We did it for hours and hours until the product was finished. It was a weekend, but it was satisfing to know we meet our goal and I was inspired by my team members and specifically the COO at the time and his dedication to his team and client to get it done.
Question 7 of 39
What motivated you at XYZ to put forth your best effort?
User-Submitted Answers
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Be part of a solid team where each pulled their wieght, plus good compensation.
2.
Team of professionals each pulling their wieght and good compensation.
3.
My supervisor made me believe that he trusted me and counted on me to complete the tasks that he gave me. I did not want to betray his trust so I worked as hard I could to go above and beyond expectations.
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The opportunity to test ideas and impact the business in a positive way.
Question 8 of 39
Give me a specific time at XYZ when you used good judgement and logic in solving a problem?
User-Submitted Answers
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Negetiated a better position for the company by waiving routing service charges.
2.
Working with an exotic escort company and they needed to have there ad in color. When the book published they did not get their wish but paid the cost. So I escalated the problem to management and we came up with a plan together to give them extra coverage in the directories.
3.
Reaching out to an industry partner for an introduction when we had no access to the client.
4.
Mrs. Rusk medication.Rose Brodski fryingpan.
Question 9 of 39
How well do you deal with conflict? What conflicts were you involved in at XYZ?
User-Submitted Answers
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If it is a client-I NEVER respond with anything but politeness. If internal, I stay cool, think through my response and then find the right moment to share my thoughts on the conflict.
2.
I always strive to resolve conflict as soon a situation arises. If I can not resolve myself I am not afraid to ask for assistance from my most knowledgable counterparts.
3.
Conflicts are like gas; everyone has some from time to time but no one really wants to discuss it. It's often best to let it fade away a bit at a time.
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In a matrixed environment without strong processes to encourage collaboration, it can be challenging to get iniatitives prioritized for support. Launching the PALS project we were challenged by the direct banking team constantly. We got support in 3 ways 1.) Understood their concerns, processes, and complied. 2.) Senior support was acknowledged, 3.) momentum.
Question 10 of 39
What happened during this course of time at company XYZ, where you missed your sales target?
User-Submitted Answers
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I always hit my goal.
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I had to assess what activity had not worked. then review why was that happend. once I had identified the issue I changed the course and re-organised the campaigns. I also shared my findings with senior managment and my team to ensure that we learn from this. I also reforecast the year end numbers.
3.
While I was hit my sales targets, there were times when I wasn't where I wanted to be income-wise. In order to ensure I hit the number I wanted I would always set a personal goal for myself far above and beyond what was required by my employer.
4.
I was following the president's request on an approach and it didn't work.
Question 11 of 39
What were long term goals while working for XYX, how did they pan out? Is that why you are here today?
User-Submitted Answers
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To rise to the top at the company in due time, but the company went under.
2.
I did not have long term goals for wecare.
3.
Acquire as much knowledge about the industry, practices and standards.
4.
My long term goals were to work for the company as many years as it allowed me to grow but the company went under.
Question 12 of 39
If you could do so, what would you change about your college career?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would change my major.
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I would have interned more in my field, specialy with star-ups.
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I would have taken more Marketing classes. This would have better prepared me for my a sales career.
4.
I would have finished and learned a second language.
Question 13 of 39
How has work at XYZ changed you as a person?
User-Submitted Answers
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It has provided me with a better understanding of how a company truely operates. I was given the opportunity to manage a 50M customer protfolio and was involved with making sound bussiness decsions that not only affected the individual salesman but also the health of the companies bottom line. Reviewing things like health care, sales expense and operating costs as they impact the bottom line allowed for a complete prospective of the sales efforts.
2.
I believe that it gave me the ability to use outside resources to learn about a subject and apply what I have learned to a situation.
3.
It has taught me to be more hands on with every decision within my department.
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I have learned to apadpt better on the fly. When you are in front of a client you need to show poise and confindence. You need to be as well prepared as possible when going into a meeting because the conversation could take a twist and if you are not ready to talk about that twist you could end up not coming back to talk at all.
Question 14 of 39
Tell me about a time at XYZ when you had to think on your feet to extricate yourself from a difficult situation?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have had an installation go bad and the customer was dissatisfied. To resolve the issue I had to revert to a previous set-up to appease the customer in the short term until they made time available to do it correctly.
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I dont recall havig a situation where ieft a difficult situatuon. At eventa you look foe thoa the time to find and react to the things that you couldn't already prepare for.
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I had to do extensive research in regards to a e-mail threat from a disgruntled customer that was making a threat towards our organization.
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Situation escalating...
Question 15 of 39
What are your best qualities from company XYZ?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am a perfectionist I keep my work area well organize and clean I focus on my work im persistent I never give up on a task no matter how difficult it is.
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I am very creative and I challenge the status quo, therefore I look at obstacles as an opportunity to apply these skills to identify a range of solutions. The key is to not give up when the first solutions isn't the best solution.
3.
I was positive, always giving hand to my team, and a hard worker.
4.
Very visible in the industry and huge assett to owners.
Question 16 of 39
Tell me about a time when you set a challenging goal for yourself, at XYZ? How did it go? Would you do anything differently?
User-Submitted Answers
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Landing a big client. I would do more homework and develop a solid strategy.
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Tried to organize a schedulers meeting withhr to solve a location.
3.
I had the challange to change the culture at a european facility. It was difficult but satisfying. No, I would not change a thing.
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Suncom - was to compete against Richmond loaction; sister location; friendly.
Question 17 of 39
Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision?
User-Submitted Answers
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When you have to decise on a queation of death or not.
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When I was first asked to become RxVP I needed to have an answer back to my boss the following day. This involved a relocation and was my first time moving so this was a huge decision.
3.
We had an operating room fan system shut down.
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Client needed to run advertising in comcast and verizon households; we did not have client permission to run in both and could not get an answer by deadline. Either way would be a credit so I ran it and took the chance. Client accepted and we billed them.
Question 18 of 39
Describe a time where you had to work with a group of people to achieve a common goal?
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.Describe a time where you had to work with a group of people to achieve a common goal?
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. Describe a time where you had to work with a group of people to achieve a common goal?
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Describe a time where you had to work with a group of people to achieve a common goal?
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Describe a time where you had to work with a group of people to achieve a common goal?
Question 19 of 39
What were your weaknesses at XYZ?
User-Submitted Answers
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Although I am continually moving and optimizing the process forward and time is of essence, It frustrates me and makes me realize that I can't rush the process and I have to learn to slow down.
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Try to do everything.
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Lack of communication with senior management.
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When an error is made I can take it to personal.
Question 20 of 39
Have you had any difficulties in the past with a supervisor?
User-Submitted Answers
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No, I have not. I get along well with everyone. When a situation presents itself where there may be issues I try to look for common ground and build on that.
2.
What trait in an another individual do you dislike the most? Tell me why and what type of impact this negative trait has.
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Not a supervisor, I don't think that I had a great connection with jim johnson.
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I have always been happy to say that I am that guy that the company makes an offer to retain myself when I feel it is time to move on, but it is natural to not always see eye to eye on every sitition with a supervisor. At the end of the day your supervisor is in thier role for a reason, to manage you. If we are not seeing eye to eye on something that I feel will impact business or our goals I will do my best to outline that with facts and present it in the proper format but your supervisor always makes the last call. I will say that many of my past supervisors have told me how they really enjoyed working with me because of my open communication with them. I always feel the more you can communicate the better your relationship and results of work you deliver will be.
Question 21 of 39
How would you describe yourself as your ability to work with a team?
User-Submitted Answers
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I will express my original level with good conifidence.
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I have good people skills I work well on a team because I know how to interact with others so that I implement new ideas on how to solve problems.
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I take over the team and make them bend to my brain power. Teamwork is for those who cannot succeed on their own merit. Besides, my IQ is above 160 and they often have a hard time organizing trivial thought.
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As a team player and one who is always connected to the team.
Question 22 of 39
Tell me why I should hire you.
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I maintain good working relationship with other stakeholders. Is easily adaptable to changes and takeschallenges.
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I have a great work ethic and results driven. I will work diligently with all levels of the organization to meet or exceed all goals and objectives.
3.
Because I'm here and your tired of interviewing. Show me the offer and I'll show you someone who makes you look good.
4.
To add more ideas to the co.
Question 23 of 39
Why do you want to work for us?
User-Submitted Answers
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I love this company and truly feel its awesome. Totally. Totally awesome.
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Because your truly committed to helping others in the community live a better life and I wanted to be a part of a team that would make a difference and make this a better world to live in.
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Because I need a job and you need an employee. That's what I call mutual ground. I'm no "yes man" and that alone should be enough.
4.
Because this is clearly a company that desires to not only grow, but to be known for delivering outstanding products, customer experience, I want to work for a company that wants to not only deliver, but to deliver exceptionally.
Question 24 of 39
If you were hiring for this position, what qualities would you look for?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would look for a person with experience in sales, working with people, and customer service. Someone who is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done and someone who has untapped potential.
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Qualities are over-rated. Besides high qualities only lead to short tenures. I would look for someone who really needs the work and is a bit low on confidence. Then I would give them an arbitrary title so they feel empowered. A false sense of empowerment and a good title lead to employee longevity.
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Outgoing personality. Not holding yourself back by any means.
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Leadership, awareness of your clients, positive attitude toward every situation you encounter.
Question 25 of 39
Why did you decide to seek a position at XYZ?
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I really believe in what the company does. It is the type of company that I could see myself in 10 years, I really liked the job location, and the job description caught my attention.
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I wanted to be in an environment that was focused on growth, desired innovation to get there, and lastly had a team that was willing and ready to be challenged and work towards a common goal.
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I want to find a company that promotes growth.
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Industry leader with global presence that will allow for positive growth, personal development and career development. Would allow me to be a brand ambassador for a poised company moving forward.
Question 26 of 39
Give me an example of when you worked as part of a team. What was your contribution?
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The coordinator who kept everyone on topic and on schedule.
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Give an example of when you worked as part of a team?
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I was leader of the team. I directed the rest of the group to complete a task in a short amount of time. When had to unload boxes and restock shelves beofre closing and we only had an hour and a half left till closing time. The staff I had was only of three people. And I directed one to unload, and two including myself to unpack and reshelve. We mananged to finish before closing.
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I make sure that everyone was on the same pace at work by doing this we were all able to finish the project up on time and we focused on our work got each other ideas on how to perform task and and we did a good job.
Question 27 of 39
How do you determine success at company XYZ?
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Gaining and maintain top employees, loyal customers and emlpoyees with contribute to top market share which will result high performaces in market profit.
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Analyzing the profit and loss statement and applauding successes and coming up with solutions where there are opportunities.
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The results of the email. Clickthrough rate and final numbers.
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Employee performance, employee retention, customer/client satisfaction, contributions to social and environmental causes, attraction of top performing candidates.
Question 28 of 39
What sorts of things have you done to become better qualified for your career, while working at your last job at XYZ?
User-Submitted Answers
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Always improving my knowledge, learning from my collegue.
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Become president of our chapter of AFS, attended a weekend seminar on ductile iron, took 6 week long class on B2B selling techniques.
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With every job I've had I try to learn as much as I can from either people watching or learning from mistakes. I also try to challenge myself and expand my knowledge.
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Taken sales training classes through their training wbsite.
Question 29 of 39
Give me five words that best describe your performance at XYZ?
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Positive, responsive, innovative, friendly, smart.
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Continued, energetic, positive, innovative, evolving.
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Positive, achiever, driven, unwielding, hunter.
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Industry face of the company.
Question 30 of 39
What skills have you acquired from your previous work experience at XYZ?
User-Submitted Answers
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I got really good at online recon. Tell me what you are looking for and I can tell you what "deal a day" site you want to go to. Also, I can show you how to implement spy bots and key loggers.
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1.) Influencing 2.) Taking large strategies and translating those into frameworks that diverse businesses can work from. 3.) Improved communication skills.
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Sales Evolution, Material Specifications, Leadership,
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I have strong multi tasking abiltities, witha keen sence of being able to prioritize issues due to importance.
Question 31 of 39
Describe the most significant presentation you had to complete?
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Every quarter we have a region meeting and need to set up the agenda and deliver all pertinent messages important to the corporation to all region leaders.
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Recently chimbers yard. Bsharp 1st cancer drive. Very recently in the office at we care provign to myself that I could handle this type of work full time.
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Having to present to a client who had a previous bad experience with another employee from my company and having been successful in getting that customer trust again.
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I was part of a large platform conversion and product promotion for Erie Family Life. As part of our Go-Live with the client, I traveled as part of a group doing Roadshows, up and down the East Coast to their sales force speaking and demonstrating the benefits of the conversion and the products being developed.
Question 32 of 39
What parts of your education do you see are relevant to this position?
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Computer knowledge and math skills.
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I believe that the way I was taught to apply what I learned in class to a real world situation will help me do the same for all types of projects.
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Business and marketing.
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My education taught me to be a leader in the community ad my education is ongoing.
Question 33 of 39
Which part of work did you like best at XYZ?
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Concluding big ticket competetive deals where you have other competetors who are also interested in this same deal but you use your dexterity in relationship to win the ticket.
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Reading great "thank you" letters from satisfied clients.
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The challenge and responsibility of being in charge of all profitability and sales for a region of 359 stores.
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The time between 12:00 and 1:00 and the moments immediately preceding the end of the work day. Oh... Did you want something other than the truth. Fine, I really enjoyed working with varying types of client personality traits and issues arising from non use of best-practices.
Question 34 of 39
Were you the best person in your unit at company XYZ?
User-Submitted Answers
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If I was would I be here? Is there a camera somewhere or are you serious?
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I thought so. WE have many talented people in my unit I was just part of the team that helped get the job done.
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I think that there was a lack of direction for both of us and I was the last man standing.
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We weere a team, ut I was a very significanr part.
Question 35 of 39
What prompted you to study this field?
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Passion for helping start-up business.
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What prompted you to study.
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Compassionate about helping others.
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My part time job while in college.
Question 36 of 39
Give me five words that best describe your performance at your previous employment.
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Professional, results driven, accurate, on time, reliable.
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Professional, results driven, accurate, enthusiastic, and compassionate.
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Not good so I'm here.
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Motivated, Efficient, Innovative, Academic, Problem-Solving.
Question 37 of 39
Tell me about a time you had to communicate information to a group of people?
User-Submitted Answers
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When I did a presentation at school I had to talk to a group of people in order to get my point across.
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We had to communicate that our marketing budget had been cut and that the business would be in a period of non-growth. This of course amongst rumours of selling off the business created uneasiness and discomfort and threatened productivity. I worked with a cross-functional team to develop a system to deal with various types of messaging. It dictated: Channels of message delivery and follow-up, talking points for the senior managers, and encouraged the business to act quickly. This framework was communicated so that all staff new what a Red communication, Amber, Green meant. This transparency and the speed with which messages were delivered, meant that rumours didn't have time to hatch, and that there was an expectation of honesty.
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I had to present to 120 sales staff on the lead generation process. This was a change to their current process and would affect their work and possibly commission. I have to structure the presentation so it was a positive story and not a scary one.
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I was asked to speak about the redesign of gateway email services we were doing at a year end meeting with all of the office of technology at UMD. This was about 300 people in the room. I was only asked to speak around 30 minutes. 15 minutes of overview and alloted 15 minutes for QA.
Question 38 of 39
What do you know about our company?
User-Submitted Answers
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I know you don't utilize a really good potential employee filter. What do you know about me?
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I know a little only about your company.
3.
Lori , paul Hogan founded 94 franchised in95, world wide, fastest growing franchise.
4.
That CXC is now a global organisation with a focus on contractor and contingent workforce management.
Question 39 of 39
What tasks did you complete at company XYZ?
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I completed mail work assignment ahead of time and I finished sorter and labeling mail on time I was on top of my work and meet deadlinesnes.
2.
Primary role was to look at new emerging technologies for the army. This could be just seting up a lab and working with the product or planning and deploying a pilot program to try and get buy in to add the technology to prodcution.
3.
BSharp willing team player, the needs of client.
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Resource management, liason, project tracking, Communication, project reporting, documentation,

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