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30 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
Why should we hire you?
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Rachelle's Advice
Interviewers want to hear about that one unique skill that sets you apart from the other candidates applying for this job. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This skill could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

1.
Why should we hire you?
Interviewers want to hear about that one unique skill that sets you apart from the other candidates applying for this job. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This skill could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"You should hire me because I am unlike anyone else you have interviewed before. When I started at my current company, I was the youngest salesperson they had ever hired. That didn't stop me from becoming the #1 sales person in the company within six months. I am dedicated to my craft and engaged in this industry to the point where I commit myself to take at least one business development or leadership related workshop every business quarter. I am a competitive achiever. You won't be disappointed when you hire me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"You should hire me because I'm qualified and passionate about your cause. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization and will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond for your customers."
Anonymous Answer
"You should hire me because I am a uniquely strong employee. At my last company, I was promoted within one year and was the only woman working in the team. I am an extremely dedicated employee who takes pride in their work. I am goal-oriented and aspire to complete projects efficiently and meticulously. I believe I possess many positive qualities that would be quickly realized and utilized."
Lauren's Answer
This is a positive and impactful response. Great job!
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Anonymous Answer
"Because I am a very focus individual, who's engaged and eager to achieve results. I also love your company, and I would be proud to be part of it."
Lauren's Answer
Great start. I assisted in expanding your response slightly. See my suggestion below.
"I am the right fit for this position because I possess a high level of skill, focus, and eagerness to succeed. I have explored areas of improvement, and I am dedicated to exceed expectations and grow my career through this opportunity. I have a strong affinity for the company and would be honored to be a part of it."
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2.
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from your resume. You are indeed not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate!

Focus on unique non-work related skills or hobbies. For instance, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when it's possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a complete organization nerd, which you may have already gathered from our interview time together. I have created and designed customer personal planners that are downloads which I sell on Etsy. My shop offers me a great side income, and essentially runs itself!"
Anonymous Answer
"I am a coffee lover! I have traveled around Bali and Lombok solely to taste different coffee beans. I have tried Madagascar and Ethiopian coffee beans as well, but have discovered Toraja and Mandailing coffee are my favorites."
Lauren's Answer
This is a great, unique factoid!
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Anonymous Answer
"I am a professional photographer specializing in musicians and concert photography. It's a highly specialized niche that I fell into. Like most photographers, it started as a hobby, and now I get paid by local and regional bands to photograph them while they're performing. What's your favorite band?"
Rachelle's Answer
YES! All the yesses! I like that you brought in this passion that is interesting, memorable and offers a lot of transitional skills valuable to the pharma industry. The question at the end is a nice touch.
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3.
What is your long-range career objective?
Onboarding new employees is a time consuming and costly endeavor, so the interviewer wants to make sure that this role will be a long-term fit for you. Be open to the interviewer about your dreams within this company, on a long-term basis. Share what promotions you hope to eventually receive and discuss what you wish to learn from being a part of their organization. The key to answering this question is to express to the interviewer that you plan to stay with the company for many years to come.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"While visiting your company website I noticed that you have some leadership opportunities available in a variety of locations. I would love to work my way into a management or leadership role with your organization and would be willing to relocate to do so. I like what your organization stands for, and I hope to see a current fit, and future growth, here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Currently I support a couple of management-level executives; however, as you can see from my application to your position, I wish to gain a position that includes supporting executives in the C-suite. I want to earn my way to the top of your executive chain by proving my dedication to the people whom I support."
Anonymous Answer
"I have researched Qatar Airways and noticed leadership opportunities. I would love to advance my career within the company to obtain a leadership role and would be willing to relocate to do so."
Lauren's Answer
Fantastic response. You’ve done your research and are willing to be flexible to fit into their parameters.
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Anonymous Answer
"My long-range career objective is to get to know the company better, and I hope to be given challenges and opportunities that will allow me to enhance my skills and management experience. Hopefully, soon, gaining enough exploration with my skills and experience, I will be promoted to a management position."
Rachelle's Answer
It seems you have a clear path set out for yourself. If there are specific challenges and opportunities that you would like to see (i.e., leading bigger teams, writing new HR policies, taking workshops), that would be an excellent addition to your response.
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4.
What would your most recent boss say about you if they were asked to describe your character?
Think of some words that best describe your work ethic and character. If you are new to the workforce, feel free to refer to a professor from your post-secondary experience or even a high school teacher, or coach.

Be sure to include descriptive words that will ensure you are a standout candidate. Most people, when asked this question, will say they are 'reliable' and 'easy to get along with.' A well-thought and unique answer to this question will give you a better chance of impressing the interviewer.

Here are some unique descriptive words you could use:

- Honest
- Attentive
- Committed
- Persistent
- Motivated
- Tenacious
- Respectful

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If my current employer were asked to describe me I believe they would say that I am determined, collaborative, and broad-minded. Also, during my post-secondary years, I would hear those compliments from time to time, and it was always very encouraging. I was a strong student and am a dedicated employee."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My boss would say that I am a people-pleaser who is enthusiastic about my job, the people I care for and doing the right thing. She would say that I am a go-getter, that I love what I do, and I approach situations with care and tact."
Anonymous Answer
"Throughout my two years with my previous employer, I was given feedback that I am a determined, collaborative, vocal, and broad-minded employee. I believe my boss would also describe me as a dedicated employee."
Lauren's Answer
Very impressive! It’s great that you are able to validate and verify the description.
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Anonymous Answer
"High expectations, tenacious, motivated, honest, knowledgeable, and a great instructor."
Rachelle's Answer
These are excellent descriptors - a good response.
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5.
What qualities do you feel make a manager successful?
A great manager is someone to who people want to emulate. An active manager will have exceptional interpersonal, and relationship building skills. Talk to the interviewer about some of the qualities that you admire, and value, in a leader.

If you are applying for a management position, discuss the best management qualities that you hold. It's a great idea to draw some ideas from the company's job description as that document will have many useful keywords you can bring into the conversation.

Some great management qualities are:

- Accountable
- Invested in Culture
- Positive Mindset
- Perceptive
- Approachable
- Empathetic
- Honest
- Patient
- Decisive
Rachelle's Answer #1
"Most importantly, I think a successful manager should have great people skills. People are your most valuable asset and your ability to work with, get along with and inspire people to work well with you is critical to your success as a manager."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I read in your job description for this role that you are looking for a manager who is collaborative and energetic. I agree that these are must-have qualities for a manager to be successful. I certainly identify with these qualities. Some qualities that make me a successful manager are my strong listening and analytical skills, and my decisiveness when it comes to decision making."
Anonymous Answer
"I think a successful manager should be empathetic and ready to assist his employees. He should be willing to build a connection with his employees and know their strengths and weakness. When the employees are in trouble, he should be ready to give mentorship and help the employee out. His employees should be willing to cooperate with the manager and respect him from the bottom of the heart."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a thorough and well thought out answer. Very well said! Be sure to show the interviewer that you have these qualities as well, especially if you are interviewing for a management role.
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Anonymous Answer
"Approachable, active listener, motivator, inspirational, willing to get their hands dirty, advocates for the team, decisive, and does the right thing."
Rachelle's Answer
These are very important qualities. If you possess these qualities yourself, be sure to mention this. You could also tell a short story of a time when you helped someone achieve these qualities in the workplace.
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