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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated September 10th, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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When it comes to problem solving, are you a strong collaborator?
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Show off your teamwork skills by giving an example of when you successfully collaborated with your coworkers. Be sure to demonstrate how you communicated your thoughts or opinions. Highlight how your contributions, or ability to ask for help, made a difference. Explain how you are a team player who enjoys working alongside others.
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1.
When it comes to problem solving, are you a strong collaborator?
Show off your teamwork skills by giving an example of when you successfully collaborated with your coworkers. Be sure to demonstrate how you communicated your thoughts or opinions. Highlight how your contributions, or ability to ask for help, made a difference. Explain how you are a team player who enjoys working alongside others.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I love having impromptu brainstorm sessions with my team. It keeps everyone on their toes! When an issue comes to light, I will approach the problem as a team, as often as possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Last month, I recruited a couple of coworkers to help me solve a problem for a client. We were looking at their financials, but something didn't add up right, and I didn't have the analysis background that these two co-workers had. Together we molded our areas of expertise and created a bulletproof financial plan for our client. I enjoyed the collaboration and would do it again in a heartbeat."
Anonymous Answer
"I communicate effectively with others to achieve a common goal. Everyone can offer something beneficial to achieve goals."
Rachelle's Answer
Try offering up more specific detail that will help you to stand out further among other candidates. Perhaps you could speak about your preferred communication style and then offer up a quick story of a time when you solved a problem through solid collaboration.
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Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
Is honesty always the best policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self-esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do feel that honesty is the best policy so long as the honest comment does not come with the intention of being hurtful."
3.
Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced user in Excel? Can you make spreadsheets?
Exceptional Excel skills are always assumed to be of great importance for finance and budget-related positions. The budget analyst profession is no exception to this fact. Make sure that you answer this question to the best of your capabilities. Don't sound over-confident but the hiring manager highly appreciates an answer that exhibits confidence in this scenario.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I consider myself to be an advanced Excel user. I have worked in Excel for about 15 years. My favorite functions to be used in Excel are look up and pivot tables."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would consider myself an intermediate user in Excel. I have used the program for about five years now and look forward to further exposure."
4.
If given this budget analyst role, how would you quickly show competency?
The interviewer wants to see that you are competitive and understand the requirements of this role. Show that you take pride in your work and then give an example of how you show competency.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If selected for this job, I will spend my initial days learning everything about the organization, its future goals, and immediate objectives. I understand that the budget analyst role is of high importance for any organization as the leadership depends on our analysis when making important decisions."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I plan to show immediate competency in this role through highly proofed work and accurate submissions."

5.
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was the most challenging part?
Share a challenge you experienced in one of your classes while obtaining your Bachelor's or Master's degree. Maybe the class was challenging because it wasn't one of your strengths. Math and science courses might be tricky for you, or perhaps the professor was a real challenge. Focus on what you did to overcome it, rather than placing your attention on the issue.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The most difficult thing for me was the level of homework and study time required. I had always worked while going to high school, but for my university course load I had to reduce my hours to make time for studying."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The most difficult part of my education was my Statistics course. I overcame this challenge by hiring a tutor. I ended up with an A grade, but it was the result of a lot of work and studying."
6.
After reviewing our internal job description, are there any areas you feel you will excel in the most?
Display to the interviewer that you have taken the time to make yourself familiar with the requirements of this job. You applied for the job because you believe that you will excel in most areas of this role. Let your skills shine!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have studied the job description, and I understand that you want the prospective employee to be particularly good at statistics, budgets, and presentation building. I have been acknowledged for my above par performance in these areas, by previous managers. I have always done my job with full dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel that I will excel in the statistics portion of this role. I was top of the class in my statistics courses and look forward to bringing these skills to you."
7.
What makes you the best budget analyst for us?
Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given special accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am the best candidate for you because I have a consistent history of exceeding my deadlines and surpassing employer expectations for the past three years. I have been promoted two times in the last year which is nearly unheard of in my current company. In addition to these successes, I have above average skills in math and statistics which I will put to work immediately after being hired by your company."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am the best candidate for you because I show levels of dedication and follow through that is uncommon in the workplace. You will not be disappointed in my performance if you choose to hire me."
Anonymous Answer
"I am the best candidate for you because I show levels of dedication, history of exceeding my deadlines, and surpassing employer expectations. You will not be disappointed in my performance if you hire me."
Rachelle's Answer
It sounds as though you are highly dedicated! Are there any specific pain points/needs of the company that your experience would solve or alleviate for the hiring company?
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8.
Do you possess strong documentation skills?
As a budget analyst, the ability to form clear and concise documentation will always keep you ahead of the game. After all, what is the use of an impressive analysis if you are unable to present it clearly? Tell the interviewer that you rate your skills high, on a scale of 1-10. It's always best to pick 8 or 9 as a number as nobody is perfect and by not choosing ten you are open to improving your skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Having worked successfully as a budget analyst for the past six years, I believe that I have excellent documentation skills. This has only become better with every report that I prepared in my career. If I have to rate my skills on a scale of 1-10, ten being the highest, I would say that I am at a 9."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I curated excellent documentation during my university career. If I could rate my skills, I would say that I am an eight out of ten. Highly skilled yet some room for improvement."
9.
As a budget analyst, how do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
We all like to be recognized in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want to be known for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is to be given words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is being noticed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am very simple. I do not require any formal recognition, but kind words from my coworkers and superiors will keep me motivated and working hard."
10.
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with delays in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Setbacks can be trying, but I find that you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win. While I never enjoy a setback, I use them as a stepping off point to something even better."
11.
Why are you looking for a new position?
When an interviewer asks you this, make sure you always keep your answer positive. If you are leaving your position because you don’t like your boss, be sure to phrase it more eloquently. If you aren't sure how to remember - it's always a safe bet to focus your answer on career growth and exciting opportunities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Since the company merger last year, the workplace culture I admired so much is no longer there. I am on the search for a supportive and positive environment where I can continue to flourish."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"“I value growth! It's important to me that I grow in my career so I can continue to be a valuable asset to the company I’m working for. I’ve noticed tremendous growth in your company the past year, and that appeals to me.”"
12.
When would you be available to start?
Before your interview, make sure you have a start date in mind for the new employer. Whether you need to give two weeks to your previous position, or are unemployed and can start right away, be prepared with an affirmative answer.

If you are currently working, you should always show professionalism by offering two weeks' notice to your current employer. No hiring manager is ever impressed when they hear "I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!" Show that you are professional and reliable in all situations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would need to give a customary two weeks' notice to my current company so that they could choose if they want me to stay and transition accounts or make it my last day. But, out of courtesy to them, I need to let them make the decision."
13.
What questions do you have for me?
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been a fan of your organization ever since I performed a case study on your business strategy for a university course. I am curious what the vision is for expanding in the future to new markets, especially considering the growth of e-commerce solutions."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part of working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?"
14.
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
15.
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I determine priorities based on project value and receptiveness of my client. The most engaged clients get my attention and the fastest turnaround."
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Interview Questions
  1. When it comes to problem solving, are you a strong collaborator?
  2. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
  3. Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced user in Excel? Can you make spreadsheets?
  4. If given this budget analyst role, how would you quickly show competency?
  5. Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was the most challenging part?
  6. After reviewing our internal job description, are there any areas you feel you will excel in the most?
  7. What makes you the best budget analyst for us?
  8. Do you possess strong documentation skills?
  9. As a budget analyst, how do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  10. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  11. Why are you looking for a new position?
  12. When would you be available to start?
  13. What questions do you have for me?
  14. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  15. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
  16. What are your long term career goals as a budget analyst?
  17. Is budget preparation a major strength for you?
  18. Are you comfortable creating and executing presentations?
  19. What other software and programs are you well versed in?
  20. Are you planning to obtain your masters degree?
  21. How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
  22. In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?
  23. What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
  24. How would your most recent manager describe you?
  25. Why do you want a career as a budget analyst?
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