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Besides compensation, what do you value the most in the workplace?

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  1. 1.

    Besides compensation, what do you value the most in the workplace?

      Financial compensation aside, the interviewer would like to know what is most important to you when looking for a new job. Your answer will show the interviewer some direction when they are ready to make you an offer of employment. You can talk about the health benefits, work-life balance, workplace culture, growth, or even continued education opportunities. The sky is the limit!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "What I value most in the workplace are growth opportunities. I am missing this in my current role and very much look forward to working with a company who will provide me with bigger moves as I prove myself."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I put a fair amount of value on great health benefits. I am a single parent and having support for unexpected medical expenses would be an incredible addition to my compensation package."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Appreciation and recognition from the Store Manager or DM. To feel respected by the team."

      Lauren's Answer

      See my suggestion below – I want to build an image and persona the interviewer will be impressed by, and would want to push through the interview process. Envision a candidate that has a similar skillet as you; try to stand out and personalize your responses as much as possible.

      "I place great value on interpersonal relationships and a positive work environment at work. I like being recognized for my hard work and dedication, and offer positive feedback to others when I notice great work being done. I value mutual respect and validation. I want to contribute to a positive and hard-working culture and climate."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Workplace culture and balance."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good! Dive in a bit deeper and discuss what balance looks like for you, and the type of culture that you look forward to joining.

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  2. 2.

    Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for me.

      The interviewer is looking for an overview of your background. Because this question is so open ended, it can be easy to run away with your answer and even put your foot in your mouth. Offer a less than 5 minute brief of your related education or training, and then touch on the last 5-10 years of your career, depending on how far along you are in your professional career. You can discuss your volunteer experience and don't forget to talk about any extraordinary skills you may have.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would be happy to give you a brief overview of my background! After graduating with my degree in accounting in 2012, I went to work for my family's business as a senior accountant. After a couple of years, I realized that my knowledge base was not growing as rapidly as I wanted. I decided to return to school and gain my masters' degree. Immediately after graduation, I joined KPMG in a junior role where I have been flourishing ever since."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I recently graduated with my business administration diploma, so this is the first professional role that I have pursued. Before attending school, I spent a lot of my time volunteering at the humane shelter, working with abandoned and homeless animals. While attending post-secondary school, I worked as a hostess at a local pub. That role taught me a great deal about multi-tasking, customer service, and even math. I look forward to forging a wonderful career with your organization."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have been in HR for over 25+ years. My experience includes hotels, hospitality, and private consulting for several small businesses (construction, micro-brewery, restaurant, retail). I have been in the adult learning and developing field for over 20+ years'. Much of my experience has been to create a functioning HR department for large organizations, and I continued to be recruited by companies to assist in supporting the HR infrastructure during periods of growth."

      Rachelle's Answer

      A perfect recap. Good work!

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  3. 3.

    What is your biggest regret?

      Think about a time you failed, or made a big mistake. What would you change about that situation, if you have an opportunity for a re-do? Perhaps there is a missed opportunity that you still regret not taking. This question sounds more intimidating than it is. Even though the interviewer is asking about your most significant regret, you indeed don't have to share the worst mistake you have ever made in your life. Make sure that you keep your answer professional and career-related.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I had an opportunity to study under one of the top personal trainers in the country, but I was so busy with my clients that I didn't take the chance. Looking back, I know I could have learned so much from them. Now I pay much closer attention to educational or training opportunities that come my way."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do not believe in living life with regrets; however, if there is one thing I could change about my career path, I would have completed my business administration degree before entering the workforce. It's ten times as tough to complete my education now that I am taking online courses on the weekends! I do look forward to finishing what I started, though! My estimated completion date is this April."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I had a JCAPHO class I could of went to for extra credits for the Eye clinic. I missed it due to being so busy at work. I want to try to go to more of these classes when they become available to build my skills and keep learning."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's great that you recognize the importance of attending these classes, which will help get you to your end goal!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My biggest regret is that when I was running my own consultancy, I focused my attention on execution and none on marketing and networking. As a result, when the main client merged with their biggest competitor, I lost most of my business. The biggest takeaway from this is that if I ever do this again, I need to spend some of my week, say 15 %, on marketing, writing blogs, and networking with clients."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like a lesson to learn, indeed! One suggestion is to avoid mentioning going out on your own again, as this could have the interviewer feeling that you would not stay long-term if hired. I have offered a slight revision below.

      "My biggest regret is the way that I set up my business when running my consultancy. I focused all of my attention on execution and put little emphasis on marketing and networking. As a result, when my main client merged with their biggest competitor, I lost most of my business. The biggest takeaway for me is that every business should dedicate a percentage of their time to marketing efforts such as distributing digital content and networking with prospects and clients."

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  4. 4.

    Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

      The interviewers would like to know what sets you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your relationship status. Stick with a couple of interesting facts to show the interviewers that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate!

      At the end of your response, remember to connect the factors you discuss and how they will ensure that you are a stellar choice for their open role.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in various races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit. I believe my competitive nature will benefit me in this role as I will show a consistent drive to deliver my best work every day."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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 I sell on Etsy as digital downloads. My shop offers me a great side income and essentially runs itself. This organization and desire for order will help me succeed as an administrative professional since I pay attention to and fix details that most people may not even notice."

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      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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  5. 5.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role?

      This question is another version of 'Why should we hire you?' Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond, focus on how your qualities and skills will help you to exceed expectations. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will be successful in this role because I come prepared with experience, equipped with passion and opportunistic when it comes to making a valuable contribution."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I will be successful in this role because I have education and experience that relate to this job. And I know this department also provides tools and resources that will help me to succeed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer is too general to position you as a stand-out candidate. Try matching your strengths to the specific tasks mentioned in the job description. I have provided an example below.

      "I will be successful in this role because, in addition to my related education and experience, I have taken additional coursework on (A) and (B). I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have experience leading teams during high-growth in dynamic industries. I am very committed to providing exceptional service to internal clients, understanding the business, and ensuring that HR initiatives support and align with the companies goals."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Strong answer! You do a wonderful job showcasing your strengths and how they will benefit your future employer.

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  6. 6.

    Name one suggested area of improvement from your last performance review.

      The interviewer would like to know which area of improvement your current boss has brought up, most recently. You do not need to go into in-depth detail on your performance review. Briefly mention one area that you are looking to improve and what you are doing to implement that constructive feedback. If you do not receive formal performance reviews, you can rely on a conversation or meeting that you have had at work in the last three months or so.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My boss most recently mentioned that she wanted to start grooming me for further leadership opportunities. She gave me some reading material and suggested a few podcasts to listen to as well. I am working on these materials every weekend."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my last performance meeting, my boss asked that I start working on becoming an expert on our internal SAP program. He wants me to train our new hires on the program as they come in. I am about an intermediate level now so that it will take some time, but I am already taking some online coursework to strengthen my skills."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My boss has given me a new task for me to work on. Such as the equipment request that has to be done once a year. I learned how to do this from another tech, and I am now able to do this independently."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Was this a tough skill to learn? It may be impactful to paint a more complete picture in regards to what it took for you to achieve this task.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "During my most recent performance review, continued education was mentioned. Primarily due to my desire to continue to grow within my company and field. It was suggested that I look at the Educational re-reimbursement plan to start setting a course for attaining a Master degree to get me to the next level in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's very nice when employers support continued education. Following up on the review - did you take any steps towards this suggestion?

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  7. 7.

    Do you consider yourself a team player?

      The answer to this question should always be, yes! No matter where you work, you need to be a team player, to help your company achieve its goals. Be prepared with an energetic and enthusiastic, 'Yes, I am!' Expand on this answer by sharing your philosophy on the importance of teamwork and being an active part of a team. Show the interviewer you understand that it takes a group of people for a company to achieve its goals, and you recognize that each person is a piece of the puzzle.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I recognize that there may be days where I need to perform duties outside of my usual job description to help out. For instance, in my current role, I may occasionally need to spend additional time mentoring and coaching new employees to ensure they fit in with the team. This responsibility creates a tighter timeline for my other important deadlines; however, I see that the end goal is to create a well-oiled machine and that cannot happen without everyone being equally trained."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am always happy to help out the team and have demonstrated this in many roles. On numerous occasions, I've covered for other admin assistants to help set appointments for another team member, or taken over someone's accounts for the day. It is an additional challenge and fun to put on a different hat, all while helping out the team."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Absolutely yes! I am a team player both at work and in personal life. I enjoy the happiness when I can achieve goals cooperating with my teammates. I naturally act as a leader in my team, making an agenda, organizing discussions, and allocating tasks to each member. I am ready to give mentorship and help to everyone. In my daily life, I love organizing a dinner with friends or events where friends can share an experience."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer is very full and helpful. So well done! You sound like an excellent collaborator.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I enjoy collaborating with others and also seeing the teamwork at play. In an HR office, we each have different roles, but when we are pulling something together like a recruitment event, we see how our work has come together to pull off a successful event."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is when teamwork can be very rewarding! Fantastic answers - you sound highly prepared for any future interviews.

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  8. 8.

    Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?

      From your work history, picture a co-worker who didn't carry their weight or had a difficult personality. Maybe they were unmotivated or preoccupied with their personal life. Think about what bothered you about this person and how you were affected by their behavior. Most importantly, the interviewer wants to know how you let this person's behavior affect you and your work performance.

      Avoid taking this as an opportunity to complain about someone; instead, view it as an opportunity to showcase your ability to deal with difficult people while maintaining your productivity.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my previous position, I did have a coworker who didn't pull their weight. Our team started to complete most of the tasks when it came to group projects. It didn't take much time before our manager noticed this particular individual was slacking. I feel like, in most instances, the underachievers will weed themselves out over time, and it's rarely worth making a fuss over."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I once supported a very challenging VP as their executive assistant. Reading between the lines was the name of the game. This challenge became easier as time went on, and I got to know the ins and outs of my job better. However, the beginning was incredibly trying. I coped by asking my co-workers for advice or direction, or using my intuition and doing what I thought was best. The position certainly taught me independent thought and troubleshooting!"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Situation: During a recent project, me and another team member were both working on similar tasks and every day going home, I was feeling proud of myself for getting a lot of things done and was moving forward into completing my tasks. But every other morning this co-worker was telling me his concerns about the project, our testing approach, the amount of work in the backlog, and it was making me doubt myself, my efforts and bringing my mood down. Task: But still, I was trying to relieve his concerns and make our communication positive. Action: So I always tried to cheer him up, and when I saw that his concerns and doubts distracted him from being productive, I arranged a meeting with our product owner to discuss these concerns and so the product owner would relieve those concerns and help the team member focus on the current tasks. Result: After the conversation with the product owner, my coworker remained productive and focused. It helped him to stay positive so that he could focus on the tasks. And, our work dynamic was great."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This situation sounds like a very tiring one, but you remained on-task and worked hard to keep a positive mindset. A good example and a wonderful approach to handling a difficult personality!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "We were working on a group project during a leadership course. One of the team members did not like the way the PM was directing the group. During a break, I asked if I could speak with the individual privately. I shared with him that I appreciated his passion for the project; however, I wondered if I might suggest that he give the PM more opportunity to explain her plan. We are here to develop other leaders, and I know she will learn from his expertise. He was receptive and agreed. When we returned to the group, he apologized."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This was a nice approach and hopefully helped this person to be more aware of his communication in the future.

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  9. 9.

    What motivates you?

      Typically, employees find motivation through environments where they feel supported and encouraged. The interviewer wants to know how they could drive you - even on the toughest of days! Be open with the interviewer about the ways you can stay motivated on the job when the going gets tough.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "It does not take a lot to keep me motivated. If I work in a positive environment with a forward-thinking team, I am a very happy employee. If you see me going above and beyond, a quick thanks or little recognition of my hard work is good enough for me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I consider myself a self-motivated individual who is constantly striving to be better and do better. I draw inspiration from leaders in the industry and those around me to keep my motivation high."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Support and encouragement would be great tools to help motivate me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      A bit different than 'How can we motivate you?', with this question, you will want to go into further details on the types of situations that motivate you. Share with the interviewer how you drive your own motivation. I have added a sample, below.

      "What motivates me is the fact that I get to help people solve problems every single day. Hearing my customers say 'thank you' or share with me how I made their day just a bit easier, is always encouraging."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "A high pack work environment Challenging tasks Positive workplace"

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good! These motivators will be important for the interviewer to understand, should you be hired.

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  10. 10.

    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

      "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

      "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."

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      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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  11. 11.

    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

      "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

      "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."

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      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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  12. 12.

    What does greatness, and success, mean to you?

      This question is a discovery-based inquiry, genuinely focused on how you think versus what you do. Go with your initial instinct when it comes to how you define success and greatness. There is no right or wrong answer, here.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "To me, greatness and success means achieving the goals that you set for yourself. I know the sense of accomplishment when I can make that work, and it makes me feel like I am on top of the world."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "To me, greatness is being genuine and kind to others. Success is the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a job well done."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I feel a sense of greatness and success when I achieved the goal, I had a detailed plan."

      Lauren's Answer

      I personalized your response a bit more. See below.

      "I believe Greatness and Success can be felt and created when detailed plans are created and implemented. I am a goal-driven person, so functioning at the highest level takes a great deal of planning and meticulous execution."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Greatness and success are correlated with each other. Success can't be achieved without greatness. I think a willingness to help is greatness, and it is important to have success."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very good! Your answer is thoughtful and well expressed.

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  13. 13.

    Have you ever experienced conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?

      Employers want to know that you are respectful of your leaders. While you do not always have to agree with your leader, the interviewer wants to see that you respond to them with kindness and respect.

      Talk about a time when your boss made a choice to which you did not agree. Explain how you responded. The key to successfully answering this question is to impress upon the interviewer that you are a respectful employee who treats others with dignity and kindness. If you are newer to your career, you can draw from a post-secondary example (Perhaps you had a conflict with a professor).

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I had a conflict with a manager earlier in my career. One of our team members skipped out on work six times in one month, and I was always asked to cover their shift last minute. I was frustrated and could not understand why my manager wasn't just terminating the employee. I reacted hastily, and the manager patiently reminded me that he had his reasons. He explained that he asked me to cover the shifts because he liked me and I was reliable. It turns out the absent employee had serious health concerns, and our manager was trying to be empathetic without disclosing the situation to our team. I felt terrible and learned that sometimes things aren't always as they seem. I apologized, and all was well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are times when I have asked questions or brought up suggestions that challenged a boss or coworker. We resolved the matter with humility and the intent to resolve the problem while better understanding the opposing viewpoint."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Last year, I had a conflict with a previous manager. At the time, we had several large projects being worked on at the same time. I requested more workforce to address the large workload but was denied. My team and I completed the projects simultaneously through many hours of overtime and no vacation. After these projects were completed, my feedback was recognized by the manager, and the department gained two new-hires to address high volume workloads. In the end, the conflict was resolved reasonably."

      Lauren's Answer

      Good example.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I sensed a change in the relationship with my senior labour relations employee. So I used his outlook and booked a call with him (he works remotely). I opened by telling him why I was calling and asking him if I had done something to attribute to the change in our relationship. He was surprised. We discussed it. He told me he had a lot of respect for the fact that I set up the call to address what I sensed had changed. And things improved from there."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You took the bull by the horns and initiated a potentially uncomfortable conversation. Well done!

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  14. 14.

    Why should we not hire you?

      This interview question is similar to 'What are your weaknesses?'. This question can be tricky to answer because you do not want to be a hundred percent honest and lay out all the reasons the interviewer should not hire you. Start your answer by saying there is no reason not to hire you. This reply displays confidence to the interviewer. Then focus on one skill which you still need to improve. Tell the interviewer you are weak in this one area but are actively looking to improve yourself there.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I don't believe there is any reason not to hire me, but if I have to give a reason I would say my presentation skills are not as great as I would like them to be. I know presentations are a requirement for this job, and I have taken it upon myself to enroll in weekday speech classes."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I cannot think of a single reason why you should not hire me. Can you? I think we had an excellent conversation today and, aside from my light experience in Accounts Payable, which I can quickly learn, I believe I am the perfect match for this role."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "If you think that I wouldn't able to uphold the integrity of this department, most probably you would not hire me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This question is a bit confusing and takes some time to get used to. Basically, the interviewer is asking what your greatest weakness is. I have offered a sample answer, below.

      "I do not see any reason not to hire me, but if I have to give a reason, I would say my Excel skills could be stronger. With that said, I fully believe that hiring me is the right choice as I would uphold the integrity of this department, fully."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "There is no reason for you not to hire me. I am very passionate about working with people and organizations."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer shows a lot of confidence - this is good.

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  15. 15.

    If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?

      The interviewer would like assurance that you are not merely looking for a replacement to soothe issues that will be the same in their position. For instance, if you say that you want a shorter commute but you still live far away from their particular office, this would be a red flag. Give a meaningful answer but be sure not to speak poorly of your current employer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Everyone on my team is very nice to work with; however, our office feels isolated from the others since the accounting department is on a small floor on its own. If I could change anything about my current situation, I would have a more collaborative and modern workspace. I love that your office offers an open-air environment that allows for collaboration between team members."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am happy with most aspects of my current role; however, if I could change one thing, I would update some of the technology that we use. Our Microsoft package is quite out of date, and some of our equipment is too slow even to handle the more sophisticated programs."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "It would be customer service. A company needs to have excellent customer service. A good reputation depends on good customer service and it is the key to success in business."

      Rachelle's Answer

      If the customer service at your current job is lacking, you could give an example of what you would like to change. I have provided an example, below.

      "If I could change anything about my current job, I would increase the customer service training that new hires receive. A good reputation depends on good customer service, and it's the key to success in business."

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      "That the direction and leadership had not veered off so differently than what I was brought in and committed to, and I would have been able to continue with the efforts, I started in leadership development and training, employee engagement, and intradepartmental relations."

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      This is a very fair stance to take. A good way to respond to this question.

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    What do you know about us?

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  17. 17.

    What is your long-range career objective?

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  18. 18.

    What would your most recent boss say about you if they were asked to describe your character?

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  19. 19.

    How has your post-secondary education prepared you for this job?

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  20. 20.

    What questions do you have for me?

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  21. 21.

    Tell me about the worst manager you ever had.

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  22. 22.

    How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

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  23. 23.

    What was your least favorite job? Why?

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  24. 24.

    Why are you looking for a new job?

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  25. 25.

    Describe yourself in just three words.

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  26. 26.

    Would you rather lead or follow?

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  27. 27.

    Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

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  28. 28.

    What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?

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  29. 29.

    How do you feel about relocation or substantial amounts of travel?

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  30. 30.

    How much do you think this job should pay?

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