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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 22nd, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Would you say you are more analytical or creative in your thinking?
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How do you view yourself? Talk to the hiring manager about how you think, and process, work-related activities and challenges.
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1.
Would you say you are more analytical or creative in your thinking?
How do you view yourself? Talk to the hiring manager about how you think, and process, work-related activities and challenges.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would certainly consider myself an analytical individual. I do not make any decision without first analyzing the data and utilizing that information to form a strong decision."
2.
What do you do to stay "in-the-know" on economic related news and topics?
How do you stay up to date on new happenings affecting the economy? As an Economist, you will always need to stay "in-the-know". Assure the hiring manager that you are able to do so.

Rachelle's Answer
"in-the-know"
3.
When Economists talk about 'The Invisible Hand' what are they referring to?
Display to the hiring manager that you are familiar with the basic concepts of economics. Your answer can be basic and to the point.

Rachelle's Answer
"I understand "
4.
What is the most exciting part of this career path?
What keeps you excited to go to work every day? The hiring manager would like to understand more about what attracted you to this career path as an Economist, and what continues to keep you here?

Rachelle's Answer
"As an Economist, every day is different. I feel like with an ever changing world, marketplace, and economy, there will never be a dull moment in this industry. This creates a passion in me to learn more and continually keeps me excited and engaged."
5.
How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Assure the hiring manager that you view this opportunity as a long term fit. Talk about how their organization will offer you long-term interest.

Rachelle's Answer
"You can see from my work history that tenure is very important to me. As much as you are looking for a fit within your organization, I am seeking a long term fit for myself as well. I would be very happy to finish my career strong, and with your organization."
6.
What makes you a stand-out candidate?
Why should you be the successful candidate? Convince the hiring manager that they cannot possibly pass up hiring you! What makes you unique? It can be difficult to brag about yourself and your abilities, but now is definitely the time to do it.

Rachelle's Answer
"What makes me a stand-out candidate is my authentic passion for what I do. Even outside of work, I sleep, eat, and breathe economics. I will never turn my 'Economist' brain off...it's just who I am. Also, I am very good with information retention. Once I learn a fact, I remember it. Almost like a photogenic memory. My above average ability to recall information is incredibly instrumental in my success."
7.
Are you comfortable with public speaking and creating presentations?
Walk the hiring manager through your experience in presenting and public speaking. Are you comfortable creating your own presentations as well? Give an overview of this experience.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am very comfortable with public speaking and creating presentations. I am confident in my abilities to create a presentation through PowerPoint and have a great deal of experience presenting and public speaking. In my current position I give a public presentation approximately 3 times per month."
8.
Have you considered upgrading your education to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)?
Is it important to you to obtain your Doctor of Philosophy? Talk to the hiring manager about any education related goals that you have set for yourself.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have considered upgrading my education to my Doctorate. I will likely do so within the next few years, however; it would need to be in tandem with my commitment to full time employment."
9.
When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
Take the hiring manager through your process once you have received an important assignment.

Rachelle's Answer
"When I receive a new and important assignment, I will first gather all of the information required. I create a list of necessary tasks and then I prioritize those tasks by level of importance and it's ability to generate revenue. I will assign any tasks to junior staff and begin from there."
10.
Tell me about the most difficult work-related decision you have made in the last 6 months, and how you handled it.
Are you a strong decision maker, and are you able to successfully handle difficult choices in the workplace? Talk to the hiring manager about your decision making process. Give an example of a very difficult you choice you have had to make. The more recent, the better.

Rachelle's Answer
"Due to the struggling economy, I was recently asked to recommend layoffs within our organization. Being a leader, it was incredibly difficult for me to choose who would lose their job. I decided to remove all emotions and make my choice based on performance analytics alone. That made the decisions much simpler, but still not easy."
11.
Tell me about your experience as a mentor. How would you handle inspiring an employee who wasn't doing well at our organization?
How do you go about teaching junior Economists? Are you dedicated to ensuring the success of everyone on your team? Talk to the hiring manager about your dedication to mentorship.

Rachelle's Answer
"I had a very strong mentor when I was first in the industry and am always excited to offer the same type of leadership to my junior team. If I have an employee who is not doing well within our organization, I will offer them one-on-one time with me twice per week until their performance improves. This will include suggested reading as well."
12.
Would you consider yourself tech savvy? What programs are you strongest in?
Talk to the hiring manager about your level of technical knowledge. You can talk about specific programs that you have used in your career, and the extent of your expertise in them.

Rachelle's Answer
"In my career I have been exposed to a variety of programs. I am best versed in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. In addition to these, I use Freedcamp for Project Management as well as an internal SAP based program called XYZ. Overall, I certainly do consider myself tech savvy, however; there is always more to learn."
13.
Have you performed any studies on the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies?
Tell the hiring manager about your experience and knowledge on public policy and the potential socioeconomic impacts. Bring examples of your work if possible and/or be prepared to direct the hiring manager to your study.

Rachelle's Answer
"My most notable study was on the socioeconomic impacts of innovation investments. The idea behind the study was that innovation was the primary driving force behind material and social progress. If you'd like to learn more about the study, I have brought some highlights for you to review."
14.
Tell me about your ideal company culture.
Company culture and environment are very important factors when choosing fit. Talk to the hiring manager about what you feel would be the best culture fit for you. Why would their organization be a fit?

Rachelle's Answer
"My ideal company culture is one where employee engagement and growth is front and centre Engaged employees are more productive and a productive environment is the main factor I am looking for in my next opportunity."
15.
Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
Giving feedback to a colleague or subordinate can be a very difficult task. Talk to the hiring manger about your ability to have difficult conversations. How do you approach the situation and what do you say?

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel it is always necessary to have a relationship of some sort with the individual before you can appropriately and effectively provide feedback. My approach is always to ask permission before I give feedback. Last week a junior economist was speaking to other colleagues on a topic that he was not well versed in. I approached him later to let him know that I really appreciate his tenacity and excitement for the job. I then gently recommended that he research a topic a bit deeper before speaking on it as an expert. He took the feedback very well and I showed him some new resources for information gathering."
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Interview Questions
  1. Would you say you are more analytical or creative in your thinking?
  2. What do you do to stay "in-the-know" on economic related news and topics?
  3. When Economists talk about 'The Invisible Hand' what are they referring to?
  4. What is the most exciting part of this career path?
  5. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  6. What makes you a stand-out candidate?
  7. Are you comfortable with public speaking and creating presentations?
  8. Have you considered upgrading your education to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)?
  9. When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
  10. Tell me about the most difficult work-related decision you have made in the last 6 months, and how you handled it.
  11. Tell me about your experience as a mentor. How would you handle inspiring an employee who wasn't doing well at our organization?
  12. Would you consider yourself tech savvy? What programs are you strongest in?
  13. Have you performed any studies on the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies?
  14. Tell me about your ideal company culture.
  15. Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
  16. In a pure capitalist environment, would the end result be a monopoly?
  17. If awarded this position, what is the first thing you will do to make an impact in your new role?
  18. If the Government borrows a lot of money, what will this do to interest rates?
  19. What other profession would you be doing, if you weren't an Economist?
  20. How do you handle stressful situations?
  21. What have you done to help your subordinates to be more productive?
  22. Why did you choose a career as an Economist?
  23. How do you keep your manager informed on your progress?
  24. As an Economist, are you most interested in the area of Law, Finance, or Politics?
  25. What do you like most about being an economist?
  26. What would be the effect of tightening monetary policy on the value of bonds in the bond market?
  27. Are you a reliable individual with great attendance and punctuality?
  28. What was the most difficult course for you during your time in University?
  29. Tell me about a recent research project you conducted. Were the results what you expected?
  30. What is Monetarism?
  31. Explain Keynesian Economics.
  32. Tell me about your education/training.
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