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Question 1 of 21
What is your long-range career objective?
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List of Tough Interview Questions
  1. What is your long-range career objective?
  2. Why do you want this job?
  3. What qualities do you feel makes a manager successful?
  4. What would your most recent boss say about you if the were asked to describe your character?
  5. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. What is your greatest weakness?
  8. How has your post-secondary education prepared you for this job?
  9. Have you ever experienced conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?
  10. Tell me about the worst manager you ever had.
  11. What questions do you have for me?
  12. What motivates you?
  13. How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
  14. Why do you think you will be successful in this role?
  15. Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
  16. What was your least favorite job? Why?
  17. Do you consider yourself a team player?
  18. What is your biggest regret?
  19. Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
  20. Why do you want to work for our company?
  21. What is your favorite television show right now?
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Elisabeth Walter
HR Consultant
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Rachelle Enns
Recruiter
 
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Christine Pasqueretta
HR Executive
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Question 1 of 21
What is your long-range career objective?
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My long range objective is to be a director within your organization. I am constantly looking to improve myself professionally and personally and would welcome the opportunity to do that for your organization.
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I would like to be the best economist this great organization has ever had and contribute positively to the growth and development of my country.
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To become a supervisor in the insurance industry, the way I planning on doing is taking management classes, and learn about the way this company prepares there supervisors.
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My long range objective is to one day start a nonprofit organization helping people in the community that related to the HeathyPeople 2020 Objectives for the Social Determinants of Health, such as occupation, education, job search, access to health care, and provide resources for food, shelter, and financial help.
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To be happy and healthy wherever I am.
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I would love to go way up in this business and possibly become a manager one day.
Question 2 of 21
Why do you want this job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I do want this position. I truly would appreciate the oppurtunity to help Safeway evolve into a more prosperous and well liked community grocery outlet.
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Yes, I do. I feel I would be able to do a good jobin this position, and look forward to helping the customers that come to the store. I think this would be a great place to work.
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Yes. I have vast experience in online publishing, seo, journalism, communication and organizational skills. AAA is an established organization with a reputation I would be honored to uphold.
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Yes, I strongly feel I can excel in this position and help the company grow.
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Yes I would like this Sales associate position because I would love to gain a good relationship with all my customers and make sure they are satisfied with the product they have bought.
Question 3 of 21
What qualities do you feel makes a manager successful?
Professional 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.
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Patience, leadership, respect, and passion.
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A calm, authoritative attitude yet respectful.
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The ability to inspire, honesty, and passion for his work.
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Cheerful outgoing honest and responsible.
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Excellent communication skills. Fairness, confidential and cares about the job you're doing.
Question 4 of 21
What would your most recent boss say about you if the were asked to describe your character?
Professional answer
My professors would describe me as a hard worker and someone who thinks outside the box. I am curious by nature and am always asking questions to better understand a topic or situation.
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Intelligent, thorough, precise, creative, talented, and ambitious.
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Resourceful and well organized.
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I am an outstanding student im hardworking and outspoken.
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They will describe me as a good student of them.
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Most likely, quiet, attentive, inquisitive and intelligent.
Question 5 of 21
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
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I'm a hard working professional who is passionate about cause driving business and giving back to the community. My 10 years in HR have helped me make a difference in countless lives and careers, keeping it as wrok I thrive to do.
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I am currently a grad student at Texas A&M University with a major in Nonprofit Management and Fiscal Performance. I possess a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Public Health Degree from Argosy University. I enjoy research, cooking, volunteering in the community when time permits. Currently, I am a Red Cross Volunteer and developing a partnership for my fraternity, Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity Inc.
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I from standard chartered bank. I have been there for the last six years working as a teller. I have mastered the bank systems, processes and procedures . I work whole heartedly and devotedly. I have a bachelors degree in social sciences economics an a number of certificates.
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I'm honest, hardworking, patient, reliable, creative, friendly...
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I enjoy being busy. I take pride in my work and I am loyal employee.
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I feel like throughout my prior occupations I have been taught by some of the most kind and hard working individuals.
Question 6 of 21
Why should we hire you?
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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 organization.
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As someone with a background in architecture, city planning, urban design, and real estate, I have also had the experience to work with a trans-disciplinary firm of biologists, artists, and psychologists. Everything I understood to be justified by the integrity of challenged ways I am passionate about the city of Pittsburgh and improving.
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Why should i hire you?
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Because I would be a great asset to you and your work team.
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You should hire me because, Iam one of a kind.... I have more knowledge to perform...
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Great experience, Responsible, Fast learner, Interested and passionate about learning more.
Question 7 of 21
What is your greatest weakness?
Professional answer
I tend to work too hard. I am always striving to be and do better that I forget sometimes it is best to embrace the chaos! Despite that, I make a point to have fun with it.
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my greatest weakness is being a little shy and being to determined
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My greatest weakness is that I am my own worst critic. But that pushes me to always strive to be better in all aspects!
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My greatest weakness is encouragement.
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Perfectionist - always try to make things perfect but sometimes time doesn't allow me to accomplish perfection.
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My trusting and loyal nature. Though that is also one of my greatest strengths.
Question 8 of 21
How has your post-secondary education prepared you for this job?
Professional answer
Education provided me with the information and structure to perform in this world. Interning through my education helped get my feet wet with my career. Nothing has prepared me for my career as well as diving right in with my sleeves rolled up and my mind open.
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It prepared me by helping me to stay focus and pay attention to detail in everything. Plus provides me the basic framework of necessary skills I need.
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So much so much.. Expand my thought to understand others that realy impact on the sucessful outcome.
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My education has prepared me for my career because all the courses I have taken and ma currently taking involve group work which require working with other people to get a job done.
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I majored in economics and learnt macro economic analysis, computer applications, research methods and data analysis all of which you essential for some to perfect in this role.
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My education has prepared me a lot for my career. I might be in a different field than what I studied but all the analytical skills and the problem solving skills are acquired from University I use them in my everyday role. I tend to believe that education doesn't teach you how to do your job when you get one but it teaches you how to learn which you will be doing a lot when you get a job.
Question 9 of 21
Have you ever experienced conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?
Professional 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 view point.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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Lab manager - started position at lab which she had been running for 30 years. Realized lab was not as organized as I would've liked, approached supervisor and suggested a reorganization of space and with her support I cleaned and organized entire lab. Allowed everyone to be more efficient and kept cleanlier lab appearance for random EPA inspections.
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I have had a professor to refuse to grade my paper due to turning it in 15 mins late, but I was able to resolve the issue by simply communicating my reason for being late and ensuring that it would not happen it again.
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To be honest, I've never had a conflict with any of my bosses.
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We talk it out and work it out.
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Never a conflict we have had differing ideas on how to do something.
Question 10 of 21
Tell me about the worst manager you ever had.
Professional answer
I am proud to say I have never worked for a manager or leader I could not respect or look up to in some form of mentorship. I imagine a terrible manager to be disengaged, lack communication and have a poor ability to build relationships with their team or business.
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Question 11 of 21
What questions do you have for me?
Question 12 of 21
What motivates you?
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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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Question 13 of 21
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
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Very carefully! (Smile). I prioritize deadlines and work that needs to be done. Then work backwards from there. When necessary, I utilize my resources and team to pitch in and contribute.
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Question 14 of 21
Why do you think you will be successful in this role?
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I am prepared with experience, equipped with passion and opportunistic about making a valuable contribution to your organization's work through this role.
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Question 15 of 21
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
Professional answer
Difficult people make me tick! I enjoy trying to understand where they are coming from and then what techniques I can apply to help them improve their behavior or resolve a situation. Most difficult people want to be heard, so I listen, empathize and reassure them in the direction we need to go.
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Question 16 of 21
What was your least favorite job? Why?
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I am proud to say I have never had a job I did not like. Not all jobs have been glamorous, but each one gave me an experience and taught me something valuable I did not necessarily have before.
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Question 17 of 21
Do you consider yourself a team player?
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It is not possible to accomplish something well without a team. You are only as good as your team so it is important to me to be a strong team player. I am always looking for new ways to bring value to the team and help leverage the team's strengths.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes. By working as a liasion between editorial, creative services, IT and marketing, ensuring communication between departments is essential to uphold the reputation of the organization.
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Yes im a good team player.
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Yes I am a team player and I'm also able to be a independent player as well.
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Yes, I work well in a team, I believe the work one does benefits from the efforts put in by each individual.
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Yes I love to work with others.
Question 18 of 21
What is your biggest regret?
Professional answer
I am of the belief that it live is meant to be lived without regrets. Does that mean you don't fail or learn from mistakes? Not at all. We all make choices in life and we should embrace them, and adapt when we want to change course. JK Rollings has a great quote that comes to mind when asked about regrets. She says, 'Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.' That sums out how I feel about it.
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Question 19 of 21
Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
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Humor is one of those universal things that everyone can relate with. When used properly, it can help bridge a gap or bond a relationship. I use it, with good taste and professionalism, often in my communications. At the end of the day, it is important to enjoy what you do and humor is a big component of that.
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Question 20 of 21
Why do you want to work for our company?
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You deliver a product/service that makes a difference in the lives of your clients. (Insert organization mission statement or values). It is that type of organization I admire and want to be apart of!
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To have the opportunities to expand my knowledge.
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Because I want to learn new things and working for someone they will teach me.
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I have a entrepreneurial spirit, but financially I don't believe I'm prepared to start my own company; therefore, I feel that I can learn more about the systems and generate enough income in the process toward my own company.
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Working for someone will improve my knowledge and experience, so when I start my own company I would be able to help someone else grow.
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I really want to learn how to serve and as well tutored on how to build a career.
Question 21 of 21
What is your favorite television show right now?
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My top three favorite television shows of all time (that I repeat watching anytime right now) are HBO's The Wire, The Sopranos and Seinfeld. I do not watch a lot of television right now, but I enjoy Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Real Time with Bill Maher, and anything HBO or Showtime produces.
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Akabbinkano, faceoff, and news.
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Empire, Criminal minds and Fuller House.
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I don't have any right now.
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Scandel. Chicago pd and 50 shades of blue.
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I watch a lot of anime online, besides that I watch the Big Bang Theory.
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