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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | 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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What excites you the most about this position?
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Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career and what you look the most forward to in this position. Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to, and why.
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1.
What excites you the most about this position?
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career and what you look the most forward to in this position. Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to, and why.

Rachelle's Answer
"What excites me the most about this position is the opportunity to work with clients internationally. My past experience was extremely exciting, however my clients were all local. I am extremely passionate about this career and look forward to acquiring further skills with clients of different cultures."
2.
How do you or would you motivate your team?
Tell the interviewer what you have done or would do to motivate your team and ensure its success.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would meet with my team on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting all expectations, and that they are satisfied with the duties they have to perform. I would also occasionally reward them by using incentives, e.g., monetary incentives and/or the opportunity to move up the ladder by acquiring management skills."
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Give me an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
Provide an example of a situation in a professional capacity, preferably related to civil engineering. Alternatively, provide an example in any other professional or volunteer capacity, or in a university setting. Add that you are positive your skills will be transferable in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am particularly proud of the time I (X project you are the most proud of). I went above and beyond because the client's satisfaction mattered to me and my employer, and (X other reasons why you went above and beyond). The client was so satisfied by the high level of commitment and quality of my work that he hired our company for all of his upcoming projects."
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When working on a typical project in your field, what do you find to be the usual culprit to time delays, and how do you correct these issues?
Tthe interviewer wants to ensure you have good time management skills. Answer this question by providing an example of such skills in another position as for employers, past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior.

Rachelle's Answer
"The culprit to time delays is poorly managing one's time. I am proud to say that I have excellent time management skills. For instance, in my last role at (X company) as (X position title), I regularly had to complete numerous projects on very tight deadlines (X further information pertaining to the projects involving the use of your excellent time management skills). However, should delays inadvertently occur, I would get to work as soon as possible and would not hesitate to work overtime and/or delegate duties to ensure project completion in a timely fashion."
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Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful?
Tell the interviewer about your most successful goal, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position/industry you are applying for. Alternatively, provide any successful goal in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"My most important goal is one where I had to (X ...) on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this goal, such as the company name, your position title, and so on). I successfully met the requirements and my superior was highly satisfied. My strong time management skills contributed to my success and will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."
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