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25 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brown

Updated August 17th, 2018
Question 1 of 25
What do you like about your present job as a trainer?
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Interviewers are trying to determine if the things that you like about your current job will exist in this new position. They want to ensure you will be happy! Go ahead and share 3-5 things that you really like about your present job that would be ideal to have in a new role. Maybe you like that you work with many different employees throughout the day. Perhaps you like serving multiple departments within the company. Maybe you like that you get to present at all staff meetings. Or, maybe you like that you get to rollout new company initiatives. Share what you like, and explain at a high-level why you like that part of your role so much.
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1.
What do you like about your present job as a trainer?
Interviewers are trying to determine if the things that you like about your current job will exist in this new position. They want to ensure you will be happy! Go ahead and share 3-5 things that you really like about your present job that would be ideal to have in a new role. Maybe you like that you work with many different employees throughout the day. Perhaps you like serving multiple departments within the company. Maybe you like that you get to present at all staff meetings. Or, maybe you like that you get to rollout new company initiatives. Share what you like, and explain at a high-level why you like that part of your role so much.

Ryan's Answer
"I am most passionate about engaging with the different personalities in the classroom. You do not know what you do not know and they teach me how to be a better trainer all the time. You also don't know what you know and I find great joy in sharing information and knowledge that will position people up for success in their careers."
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Where do you see yourself in five years?
The objective of this question is to see how long you plan to stay in this position. Interviewers want to hear that you will be in a training role! Tell the interviewer that you see yourself actively engaged in the training field in five years. Explain how you hope you have grown professionally, and mention that you see yourself having continued to create a positive outlook for the organization during your five years in the role.

Ryan's Answer
"I am excited about the opportunity to develop my career in training management. It is my long-term goal to become a Director of Training for a company that values education within its organization."
3.
How do you evaluate success as a trainer?
Is success when each person walks out of the classroom and does not need to come back because they do not have any further questions? Is success seeing each person pass a comprehension test? Is success meeting a team goal? Do you speak with your students three months after each training to see if anything needs to be added to the training session? Is success when you hear nothing needs to be added to your training sessions? Go ahead and share how you like to determine if you are a successful trainer.

Ryan's Answer
"I measure my success as a trainer based on the longevity of employment after training (turnover) and the extent to which trainees are equipped to properly perform their roles and responsibilities. My work as a trainer is never done as I am constantly improving the process but we have check points and testing that ensure we are teaching the materials in a way that sticks."
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Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
It is okay if you have! In a perfect world, you may not have had difficulty with a supervisor. If this is the case, go ahead and share that you have not had any difficulty with your supervisors. Be sure to mention that if you ever encounter this during your career you will likely just talk to the person about your concerns. Interviewers love hearing that you will try to tackle the problem! If you have had difficulty, pick an example of a time when you took the lead on trying to improve the situation in a positive way. Did you sit down with your supervisor offering your perceptions of their performance? Did you ask for the supervisor to provide clearer communication? Did you ask for your supervisor to be present more often? Taking the initiative to start up a conversation like this can be daunting, and it shows the interviewer that you are open to working through conflict in a positive way.

Ryan's Answer
"As a trainer and a professional, I have found the best way to manage conflict is to approach it with humility and the intent to resolve the issue. Conflict and pain points are always opportunities to learn, grow and develop something stronger. It is rare, but there are times when I do not agree with my supervisor and I take the initiative to share my perspective and reach common ground. A relationship with mutual respect makes this easy to do well."
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What is your greatest strength as a trainer?
This is the time to discuss the talent you offer, and employers want to see that you know yourself and work within your strengths. Jump right in offering your key strength! Maybe you are really good at mingling with large groups of people, speaking in front of large crowds, building connections with employees, or getting a challenging team member to see eye-to-eye with you. Next, talk about how you use this strength in the workplace! Maybe you use networking skills to build rapport with the organization at community engagements. Perhaps you have received excellent reviews for your training sessions due to your knack for building relationships with your staff. Whatever your strength may be, link it back to how it positively impacts the company.

Ryan's Answer
"My strengths as a trainer are really around tailoring large amounts of information into a fun, learning experience and using multiple delivery methods to make it a collaborative and engaging process for my audiences. This comes in handy when preparing sessions and improving upon them. I have great fun building relationships along the way."
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