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

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

      How to Answer

      While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned at your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

      - Time Management
      - Creative Thinking
      - Proposal Writing
      - Public Speaking
      - Presentation Building
      - Independent Learning
      - Academic Research
      - Self-Motivation

      Be sure to comb the job description for keywords so that you can match your post-secondary experiences with the skills for which they are seeking!

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "My post-secondary education provided me with the information and structure needed to perform in the administrative world. Interning helped get my feet wet with my career as an administrative assistant."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "My degree is in Economics and International Studies, which taught me not only the theoretics behind a business but also interpersonal relations across cultures and nations. I also learned a lot about presentation building, public speaking, and working in a collaborative environment. All of these skills have been an asset to my career to date."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I am a big believer in post-secondary education. It adds a lot of value to those newer to the workplace. My post-secondary education was in Communications and Journalism. The courses in this program helped me to develop stronger business relationships through professional correspondence. I also learned persuasive writing skills which have proven to be incredibly helpful when working on client proposals, and in negotiations."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I believe my combination of studies in both a community college, where I earned my associates in fashion merchandising, as well as my time spent getting my B.A. in communications, have uniquely positioned me to succeed in this industry as a whole, and your organization specifically. I learned the nuts and bolts of how things should work in college both from a fashion standpoint as well as best practices in communications. Daily, I apply my academic training in fashion, merchandising, department floor planning, how to run sales, as well as public speaking and presentation making. I will continue to refine these skills daily as I join your team."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I learned in college while taking an overload of credit hours and working full time that I respond well to pressure. This resistance to stress is something that I've brought into my professional life as well. I prefer a heavier workload, within reason, and feel the most accomplished and thrive in these sorts of situations. Of course, I have also learned my limits and know when I need to ask for help or a break."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Academically speaking, I learned to perfect my writing and speaking skills through English literature courses, and a B.A. in Education. Giving large-scale presentations was also a large part of my education experience. This skill has proven very transferable and allowed me to effectively communicate both in written and oral contexts, which has been of great value to my students and me."

      Elisabeth's Answer for a Court Clerk Interview

      "I've earned my BS in Criminology and utilized my degree in my last court clerk position. In addition to understanding the legal jargon and other components related to this career path, my post-secondary education also molded my abilities in research, writing, and communication."

      Krista's Answer for an Optician Interview

      "Optical technology is amazing these days, and I love being a part of it. We have virtually unbreakable products, like flexible titanium and stainless steel."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Law Enforcement Interview

      "I have a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement from the University of Louisville. I am very proud to say that I graduated with honors, and was even working part time during those studies. Since then, I have been working on completing my Masters Degree. This should be complete in the next 2 years as I am working and taking online courses in tandem."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Proofreaders and Copy Markers Interview

      "As you can see on my resume, I graduated from the (X university) with a bachelor's degree in X. Throughout my studies, I acquired advanced proofreading/copy marking skills, such as (X courses). I furthermore gained some hands-on experience while working on projects such as (X projects that helped you develop proofreading/copy marking skills)."

      Ryan's Answer for a Newspaper Editor Interview

      "I really enjoyed my creative nonfiction course because it taught me many different ways to convey a single truth, which I think is going to be a great asset in the human interest pieces. And the most challenging course was poetry. In that class, I learned how to do close readings and how to give effective constructive criticism, which definitely will help the writers turn in their work faster."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Taught me to multi-task, provided me the key skills I needed to create a fully functional and practicing HR office right after school for an organization of 1600 employees with a 70% turnover. Taught me to be disciplined with my time and to prioritize. Presentation and public speaking abilities."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Wow, a 70% turnover would have been an incredible challenge, especially right out of school. This is indeed a stand-out factor in your work history.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public management has provided me with the necessary skills needed in this job description. When I took courses such as Nonprofit administration and public management, and that is time management, public speaking, independent and research learning, effective communication skills and to be self-motivated."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer gives the interviewer a nice idea of how your educational background will benefit their company, should you be hired. I have offered a slight edit below, to help with clarity.

      "My master's degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in public management, had provided me with many skills required to perform this job successfully. I took coursework in nonprofit administration and public management, giving me a strong knowledge of these topics. I also gained skills in time management, public speaking, independent and research learning, effective communication, and the ability to remain self-motivated."

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