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Top 25 Benefits Manager Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
Why did you decide to pursue a career in benefits management?
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Question 2 of 25
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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"In my current role, I work alongside cross-functional teams regularly. There is a lot of diversity present, and I appreciate that immensely."
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"I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential problems faster."
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Question 3 of 25
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."
The interviewer wants to know that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

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"Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload: - List your tasks and prioritize them - Think of which tasks add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!) - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team"
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"I first take a step back and make a list of all the deliverable work that I have. Then, I prioritize the list by deadline and ease of completion. I always try to hit the easy tasks first and get them off my to-do list. Feeling like I am making progress keeps me motivated."
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Question 4 of 25
Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
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"I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect."
Remain positive, when answering this question, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect."

If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
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"My previous boss and I got along well. We had very different interests, so we did not spend a lot of time chatting, but our work interests were aligned, and we respected each other."
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"My previous boss and I had a great working relationship. We were in sync when it came to accomplishing things we needed to do in our department. We scheduled weekly touch base meetings to stay current on our progress and address any issues that came up along the way. I learned a lot from them on leadership while adding great value to the team."
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Question 5 of 25
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
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"Spelling and grammatical errors are a pet peeve of mine. I will triple check my work if there is time! I feel that, within benefits management, it is critical to be submitting error-free work."
Double checking and proofreading are essential parts of a job well done, primarily when you are working with employee benefits. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to submitting good, clean, work.

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"I try to, but in today's quick response age, I know that I send emails with mistypes. I concentrate very well on reports and presentations, and I do ask other people to review important letters or emails before sending them."
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"I am so accustomed to working under pressure and tight deadlines that I do forget to double check my work at times. Double checking my work is a habit that I have consciously been working on to improve."
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Question 6 of 25
How often do you take work home with you?
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Question 7 of 25
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure and handle stressful situations.
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Question 8 of 25
What excites you the most about this benefits management position?
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Question 9 of 25
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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Question 10 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 11 of 25
Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
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Question 12 of 25
What do you know about our company culture?
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Question 13 of 25
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
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Question 14 of 25
How would you describe your written communication skills?
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Question 15 of 25
Why should we hire you?
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Question 16 of 25
Why are you considering leaving your current employer?
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Question 17 of 25
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
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Question 18 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 19 of 25
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 20 of 25
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 21 of 25
What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
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Question 22 of 25
What do you feel is the most important skill a benefits manager should possess?
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Question 23 of 25
What are your weaknesses?
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 25 of 25
Do you have any questions for me?
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About Benefits Manager

August 17th, 2017

Compensation managers plan, direct, and coordinate how and how much an organization pays its employees. Benefits managers do the same for retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits an organization offers its employees.

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