Do you prefer working independently or collaboratively?
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Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the work involved. At the time of the interview, you should know whether this position mostly entails independent or collaborative work. As such, should the position entails independent work, you should answer this question by saying you prefer independent work. Should the position entails collaborative work, you should answer this question by saying you prefer collaborative work.
Should you not answer adequately as per the duties involved, you may be automatically disqualified - for instance, if you answer you prefer collaborative work and dislike independent work when applying for a position that mostly entails independent duties. Not only will this show you are unsuitable for this position as you did not do your due diligence beforehand (as you did not read the job posting before applying for the position (nor before the interview)), but the interviewer may also believe you are simply looking for any job without being serious about working for this company particularly.
"I pride myself on my team playing skills as I sincerely enjoy working with others toward a common goal. However, I prefer working independently as it is easier for me to allocate my time and resources."
Answer this question by mentioning how respectful, reliable, and how much of a hard warder you are, notwithstanding any challenges you may face.
"My references would say that I am a hard worker who thrives on challenges and who works tireless to meet deadlines. They would also say that I am a committed and reliable individual who remains highly respectful and professional at all times."
What do you look forward to the most in this position?
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Always review the job description before an interview. Answer this question by mentioning one or some of the duties you look forward to the most by selecting one or several duties from the job posting. Thereafter, link this preference - or these preferences - to your own experience in a similar capacity, where applicable, to demonstrate you already possess the required experience for this role.
"I look forward to (X data collection duty listed on the job posting) as I have extensive experience in that area. For instance, while employed for (X company) as (X position title), I (X further information proving your successful experience and matching this particular duty)."
The interviewer wants to ensure you have good data collection skills and that you can remain motivated. 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. Add the reasons why you enjoy the data collection process to demonstrate you will remain motivated to do the work.
"I thoroughly enjoy sifting through data because (X reasons, such as considering data as pieces of a larger puzzle, and so on). I pride myself on my excellent data collection skills. For instance, in my last role at (X company), I regularly had to sift through data in my position of (X position title). I (.... X further information re: projects or duties successfully undertaken involving significant data collection). "
Why did you decide to pursue a career as a Data Collector?
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Tell the interviewer what motivated you to pursue this career and apply for this position specifically. Answer this question by mentioning, e.g., how passionate you are about this field and why.
"I decided to pursue a career as a Data Collector because I (X reasons, such as having a passion for this career and/or a parent in this role). Furthermore, as I am highly meticulous and detail-oriented, I know I am in the right field."
6. What modules have you created for data collection? Review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the modules you will have to create in this role, or modules the company has created or will soon be creating.
Answer by providing examples included on the posting or company website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Alternatively mention some of the modules listed on the job posting or company website/social media pages are modules you look forward to creating and why, to demonstrate a motivation to undertake training despite not currently having the required experience for this role. Here is an answer example: "The modules I have created are (X modules listed on the job posting or company website). For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I (... detailed information regarding the modules created, which have contributed to the successful completion of projects)."7. How do you remain focused while working on tedious tasks? Answer by providing tools that help you remain focused. Alternatively, mention tricks that you have to keep your concentration. Here is an answer example: "I always remain focused when working on tasks. I am extremely passionate about the work and love to completely immerse myself and know all there is to know about specific data and records. I have no problem keeping my concentration for a long period of time."8. Tell me about your organizational skills. Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills in a work environment by providing an example of your capabilities. Here is an answer example: "I believe excellent organizational skills are essential to successfully perform in a work environment. For example, I use a strategic approach by anticipating, and keeping track of, all upcoming calls, meetings, and deadlines. I will use lists to keep track of upcoming duties and a calendar to keep track of upcoming events. I also keep a record of all documentation and update on a regular basis to ensure the most up-to-date information is easily accessible, enabling me to be prepared should unanticipated events occur."9. Why do you want to work for us? Answer this question by telling the interviewer what seems great about the company, e.g., their services, initiatives, growth opportunities, and so on. Make sure to answer by providing evidence that you did your due diligence before the interview (e.g., by mentioning something exciting you saw on the job posting, company website or social media pages), which demonstrates you are serious about working for this employer specifically and are not simply looking for any job. Link this evidence to your professional goals proving this position was made for you and it is one in which you will excel.
For instance, you can point to their seemingly friendly company culture as per some specific programs or initiatives you came across on their website, and say how friendly and how much of a team-player you are - and that this is exactly the type of work environment you are looking for. Here is an answer example: "I saw on your website that your company is participating in (X initiative). This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I also always seek the opportunity to develop my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider family."10. Why should we hire you? Answer by emphasizing your greatest strengths against the advertised position. What do you pride yourself on the most? Which strengths will be, in your opinion, most beneficial to this role? Which will contribute to the company's success? Which strengths make you indispensable? Here is an answer example: "I am a hard worker who does not hesitate to go above and beyond to ensure successful completion of projects, and I am more than willing to take on duties beyond my original job scope. The company's success is my success. I furthermore meet the educational and professionals requirements for this role."11. How would your current or former employer describe your work ethics? 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. Here is an answer example: "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."12. What do you know about our company? Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the company you applied for. It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and work involved.
It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically. Here is an answer example: "I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a company specializing in (X programs/services you noticed on the company website). I am particularly excited about (X programs/initiatives) that I saw on your (website/social media pages) as I (X reasons you are excited about these programs/initiatives, such as passion or similar initiatives undertaken in school or volunteer capacity)."13. What motivates you in your career? Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.
Review the job posting and company website before your interview to familiarize yourself with the company and duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview. Here is an answer example: "What motivates me the most is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale and contribute to the company's long-term success. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to (X newly acquired duties that will enable you to help the company be more successful, as per the job posting)."14. Why do you think you will excel as a Data Collector? Answer by emphasizing your greatest strengths against the advertised position. What do you pride yourself on the most? Which strengths will be, in your opinion, most beneficial to this role? Which will contribute to the company's success? Which strengths make you indispensable? Here is an answer example: "I am a hard worker who does not hesitate to go above and beyond to ensure successful completion of projects, and I am more than willing to take on duties beyond my original job scope. I sincerely believe the company's success is my success. I furthermore meet the required professional and educational qualifications for this role."15. How would you describe your meticulous skills? Should such a question be asked, it is highly likely that meticulousness will be particularly important in the work that you will be performing for this employer. This is why you should always ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the day-to-day work involved. Such question would be expected if you are adequately prepared for the interview. Answer this question by providing an example of your excellent meticulous skills. Here is an answer example: "I pride myself on my excellent meticulous skills. For instance, (X example of your excellent meticulous skills, e.g., when working on a team project in a professional or volunteer capacity, or in a university setting, and how your skills contributed to the project's success)."16. Tell me about your background and how it relates to this field. Provide an overview of your professional experience while putting emphasis on your data collection experience as per the advertised position, proving you indeed have the qualifications required for this position.
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. Here is an answer example: "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 data collection duties ]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable data collection experience working for [X company] where I managed [X data collection duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X data collection duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."17. Are you comfortable with travelling for work? Always ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the travel requirements.
Should an interviewer ask such a question, it is highly likely you will have to travel. As such, the interviewer will expect you to have applied for the position after carefully reading it, in turn expecting you to be able to travel as needed.
Should these requirements be mentioned on the job posting and should you answer in the negative, you may be immediately disqualified. Not only would you not meet a crucial requirement for the role, this would also show you did not carefully read the job posting before applying and the interviewer may think you simply applied to get any job - and as such, you are not serious about working for this employer specifically and/or will not commit. Here is an answer example: "I carefully reviewed the job posting before this interview and am aware of the travel requirements. I am willing to travel as required."18. Tell me about your technical skills, including the programs and systems in which you are proficient. Always do your due diligence beforehand by reviewing the job posting, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the work involved. If technical skills are a requirements, including proficiency in specific programs and/or systems, they are likely to already be outlined on the job posting.
If you applied for this role, the interviewer assumes you already know about these requirements, that you are already proficient and/or that you are currently studying for these programs and/or (i.e., studies in progress). Here is an answer example: "I am proficient in (X programs and/or systems, including some mentioned as requirements on the job posting, if you are proficient). I am also currently studying for (X programs/systems). I additionally read on your posting that you require knowledge of (X program/system); I am not yet proficient but am absolutely willing to study for it)."19. When have you been most surprised by the results of any study you have participated in? Tell the interviewer about your data collection experience related to a surprising study you participated in, and why the results were surprising to you. If you do not have such experience, tell the interviewer about any study you participated in, in a university setting or volunteer capacity. Alternatively, mention the studies that you hope to participate in, as per, e.g., the studies outlined on the company website. Here is an answer example: "The study I was the most surprised by was (X study). I participated in this study while working for (X company) as a/an (X position title). It was a very surprising study because (X results and why this study particularly surprised you, e.g., results were against all odds, and so on)."20. What attracts you to the research we are conducting? Answer the interviewer by pointing out to the research that the company is conducting. Always do your due diligence before your interview to prove you know the company you are applying for and that you are really looking for employment with this company specifically, i.e., that you are not simply looking for any job. Here is an answer example: "I saw on your website that your research involves (X). This is extremely exciting and in line with what I studied in university (...) (X example of research conducted in university and why such research was so exciting). The conduct of this type of research is one of the reasons why I applied for this position at your company, and why I believe I am the perfect fit."
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 10/11/2010 Last modified on: 08/21/2018
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