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33 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated August 20th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Tell me about your professional experience.

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1.

Tell me about your professional experience.

Review the job description before your interview and answer this question by selecting some of the main duties on the posting and telling the interviewer you have performed these duties in the past, when and how.

Provide an overview of your professional experience while putting emphasis on your experience as per the advertised position, proving you indeed have the qualifications required for this position.

Rachelle's Answer

"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at UCLA and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X relevant duties as per the job posting]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable experience working for [X company] where I managed [X relevant duties, as per the job posting] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X relevant duties, as per the job posting]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

2.

How do you handle stress and pressure?

Tell the interviewer what you do to handle high pressure situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example to support your position.

Rachelle's Answer

"I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met. I will immediately write down the steps to take to ensure successful and timely completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."

3.

How do you relate to our company and our company culture?

Always review the job posting and company website/social media pages before an interview to familiarize yourself with the company.

Answer this question by mentioning something you read on the job posting or website re: company culture, and provide a reason as to why this is the right environment for you and how much of an asset you will be for them.

Rachelle's Answer

"I saw on the job posting that you pride yourself on your family-oriented work environment. This is my ideal company culture as I am a team player who loves collaborative environments and working toward common goals."

4.

What do you look for in an employer?

Ensure to review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company. Do your best to answer by including something you saw on the job description or website to show you did your due diligence before the interview and that you are serious about working for this employer specifically.

Rachelle's Answer

"I am looking for an employer who values its employees and who will give me the opportunity to grow. I also saw on your job posting that your company is a family environment, which is exactly the type of environment I wish to work in."

5.

How do you react to instruction and criticism?

Answer this question by mentioning you have the ability to remain calm, collected and professional at all times. Provide an example of a situation reflecting your ability to handle criticism, if such a situation happened to you.

Rachelle's Answer

"I always remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with my superior so as to obtain feedback. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work. For instance, while working for (X company) as (X position title), (X further information regarding the particular situation where you reacted to criticism, how you welcomed it and took it into consideration.)"

6.

Provide an example of a time you successfully worked as part of a team.

When an interviewer asks such a question, it is highly likely that you will have to work with other people. As such, the interviewer wants to ensure you have good team management skills and that you are comfortable working in a collaborative fashion.

Answer this question by providing an example of your team management skills in another position as for employers, past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior.

Rachelle's Answer

"I pride myself on my excellent team management skills. I truly love working as part of a team and appreciate brainstorming ideas with others and working toward a common goal. For instance, in my last role at (X company), we regularly had to complete several projects as a team, such as (X further information regarding the project). We proved extremely creative and were able to better allocate the distribution of resources and complete the project on a tight deadline."

7.

How would your most recent supervisor describe your work ethic?

Employers are looking for commitment, reliability, respect and professionalism. As such, answer this question by including how committed, reliable, respectful and professional you are, notwithstanding the challenges you may face.

Rachelle's Answer

"My supervisor would describe my work ethic as excellent. I am a hard worker who thrives on challenges and who works tireless to get the job done. I am also a committed and reliable individual who remains highly respectful and professional at all times."

8.

Tell me about a time where you had to take on a leadership role. Did you enjoy it and if so, why?

If the interviewer asks such a question, it is likely that the position entails leadership duties - current or future, which will most of the time already be outlined on the job posting. As such, he/she will assume you applied to this role upon having adequately read the job posting, and that you have an interest in leadership/team management and/or some sort of leadership/team management experience.

Tell the interviewer about your leadership or team management experience, should you have any, in a professional, volunteer, or educational capacity (alternatively). Should you have none, mention that you are more than willing to gain leadership skills and would love to take on a leadership role - and why you are a good leader.

Try to provide an example related to the position/industry you applied for, as much as possible. If you cannot do so, provide any example by telling the interviewer you are positive your skills will easily be transferable.

Rachelle's Answer

"I lead a team of individuals in a volunteer capacity when working as (X position title) for (X organization). In this role, I was responsible for ten representatives and (X further related responsibilities). I realize this particular experience is not related to this position, however the team management skills acquired in this role will highly benefit me in this position at your company. I thoroughly enjoyed taking on a leadership role as I love leading team members to success."

9.

What are your ultimate professional goals?

It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered.

Tell the interviewer about your long term professional goals as related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity presents itself at another company.

Rachelle's Answer

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills as a Bailiff. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of professionals. I also saw on your website that you (X initiative/program that sparked your interest). This is a program/initiative I would also love to get involved in as I am extremely passionate about this program/initiative and believe these will complement my qualifications."

10.

Where do you see yourself in two to three years from now, or where would you like to be?

Provide an honest answer and do not hesitate to mention you would be open to eventually moving up the ladder should the opportunity arise, i.e., that growth opportunities will be more than welcome.

This will demonstrate you have leadership skills, a willingness to learn beyond your original job scope, and a desire to commit to your employer.

Rachelle's Answer

"I see myself working for the same employer, being established and having grown with the organization and contribute to the bottom line. I hope to keep learning and being given the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."

11.

Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.

Tell the interviewer about your adaptability skills, i.e., that you can adapt to, and execute, any unexpected situation calmly and professionally despite the high stress levels, by providing an example of your experience to support your position.

Rachelle's Answer

"I always remain calm and collected, and can easily adapt to any situation that comes my way. I am always ready to adjust my approach because unexpected situations are bound to occur in a professional environment. For instance, while working for (X company) as (X position title), I (X further information regarding the situation you quickly adapted to, which was successful in the end)."

12.

How are your communication skills, and what do you do to improve the communication channels within a team?

Tell the interviewer a few strategies to improve the communication channels within a team. The emphasis should be on human contact, i.e., meeting fave-to-face as opposed to exchanging endless emails or using other impersonal mediums.

Rachelle's Answer

"I pride myself on my excellent communication skills. Regarding communication channels within a team, for instance, I prefer meeting in person - even for five minutes - to talk about a project as opposed to exchanging back-and-forth emails to ensure the exchange of a clear message. Communication can easily be distorted in an email. An in-person meeting also enables the sharing of ideas and promotes true human interactions. However, if I absolutely have to communicate via email, I will do so and then follow up over the phone or in-person to ensure that the recipient understands my message and that we really are on the same page - and that we won't have to start all over again."

13.

How do you evaluate your ability to handle conflict?

Tell the interviewer about your conflict resolution skills and your ability to remain professional and respectful in all situations.

Rachelle's Answer

"One example of my ability to handle and resolve conflict is a situation that occurred while working as a/an (X position title) for (X company); (... X example of a conflicting situation with an individual or different parties). To resolve the situation in a timely fashion, I (... what you did to revolve the situation). I remained respectful and professional at all times and ensured that (X individual/parties involved) had the chance to be heard (...). In the end, the situation resolved and we were able to successfully move forward."

14.

Why do you want a career as a Bailiff?

Provide an answer as to the reasons that led you to pursue a career as a Bailiff, and link this answer to the position you are applying for - so as to demonstrate your chosen career field/original career goal is in line with this role.

Rachelle's Answer

"I want a career as a Bailiff because I (X reasons for having decided to pursue that career, such as passion for this field and why, e.g., my father intruded me to this career as a child) I have since acquired the necessary skills for this career, such as obtaining the relevant educational qualifications and skills you are looking for, through my professional and volunteer experience."

15.

What do you think this position involves?

Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved.

Answer this question by mentioning what the ultimate role of a Bailiff is in your opinion while adding how some of the duties listed on the job posting relate to this profession's purpose. Do not simply read the duties off the job posting; use these to support your opinion and your ability to excel in this role, should you be given the chance.

Rachelle's Answer

"The role of a Bailiff is to (X ultimate purpose - in your opinion, i.e., how relevant this role is within an organization and how relevant it is for its success, in the grand scheme of things). One can accomplish this goal by (X duties listed on the job posting), which are duties I have performed extensively in my last roles at (X company name) and (X company name)."

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Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about your professional experience.
  2. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  3. How do you relate to our company and our company culture?
  4. What do you look for in an employer?
  5. How do you react to instruction and criticism?
  6. Provide an example of a time you successfully worked as part of a team.
  7. How would your most recent supervisor describe your work ethic?
  8. Tell me about a time where you had to take on a leadership role. Did you enjoy it and if so, why?
  9. What are your ultimate professional goals?
  10. Where do you see yourself in two to three years from now, or where would you like to be?
  11. Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
  12. How are your communication skills, and what do you do to improve the communication channels within a team?
  13. How do you evaluate your ability to handle conflict?
  14. Why do you want a career as a Bailiff?
  15. What do you think this position involves?
  16. Why should we hire you?
  17. Tell me about your negotiation skills.
  18. Tell me about your proudest achievement.
  19. How do you evaluate success?
  20. What is your philosophy towards work?
  21. How would your current or former employer describe you?
  22. Attendance is very important. As such, tell me about your attendance record and punctuality in your previous role.
  23. Have you ever quit a job without providing notice? If so, tell me about the situation.
  24. Name three vital skills a Bailiff should have.
  25. Which responsibility on the job posting do you consider the most challenging, and why?
  26. How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?
  27. Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
  28. Why do you want to work for us?
  29. What do you believe are your key strengths?
  30. Tell me about a time that you had to adapt to a difficult situation.
  31. What would you change about yourself to make you a better Bailiff?
  32. Tell me how you would be an asset to this organization.
  33. What do you know about our organization?
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