Tough Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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

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

      How to Answer

      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 for an Admin Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I am most interested in working for a company that has a great workplace culture, with a small amount of turnover. As a manager, I like to get to know my team, nurture them, and keep them going for the long term."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "For me, the room for creativity and a flexible workspace is significant. This flex could include a great office where it's easy to collaborate, or the ability to work from home when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I am a student so the ability to have a schedule that works around my school schedule would be the most important factor for me at this time."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "To me, the ability to travel for work and see my clients is a significant factor. The thing is that when I have this flexibility, I am better set up to exceed my goals."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Financial compensation is important to me, but it isn't everything. I am truly looking for a long-term home with a healthy working environment."

      2 Community Answers

      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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