Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills in a work environment by providing an example of your capabilities.
"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."
The interviewer wants to ensure you have good decision making skills and that you are comfortable with duties involving decision making. Answer this question by providing an example of your decision making skills in another position as for employers, past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior.
"I pride myself on my excellent decision making skills. For instance, in my last role at (X company) as (X position title), I regularly had to make decisions on the spot for my clients (X further information pertaining to your decision making skills and how the situation in question improved as a result of your skills). To ensure I met all expectations, I (X steps taken to ensure successful completion)."
Tell the interviewer what you do to handle stressful situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example of your experience to support your position.
"I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met, I will write down the steps to take to ensure successful completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."
It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered. Tell the interviewer about your long term professional goals as related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization, and including reasons why your goals cannot be met at your current company. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity presents itself at another company.
"I wish to grow within, and commit to, my employer, however growth opportunities are not available at my current company. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of professionals."
Always review the job posting and company website/social media pages before an interview to familiarize yourself with the company. Answer this question by mentioning something you read on the job posting or website re: company culture, and provide a reason as to why this is the right environment for you and how much of an asset you will be for them.
"I saw on the job posting that you pride yourself on your family-oriented work environment. This is my ideal company culture as I am a team player who loves collaborative environments and working toward common goals. I intend to work tirelessly with my colleagues and superiors to contribute to the company's success and bottom line"
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the educational requirements for this role. Answer this question by mentioning your degrees and certifications that you have, by putting emphasis on those that are relevant to the position you applied for. Should you hold one or several of the preferred educational qualifications listed on the job posting, tell the interviewer you directly meet the educational qualifications, making you a great candidate for this role - and this is an opportunity for the interviewer to see you did your due diligence before the interview. Alternatively, simply tell the interviewer why you believe your education has prepared you for this role.
"I read on your job posting that one of your preferred educational qualifications is a bachelor's degree. As you can see on my resume, I hold a Bachelor's degree in (X) from (X university), granted in (X year). I am positive my degree will be highly beneficial in this role as I have acquired the knowledge and developed the relevant skills needed to be successful."
Ensure to do your due diligence before the interview by reviewing the job posting and company website/social media pages to familiarize yourself with the industry the company is in. Answer this question by mentioning you wish to work in the same industry the employer is in to demonstrate you have done your due diligence and wish to work for this employer specifically - and that you are not simply looking for just any job. Add the reasons why you wish to work in such industry.
"I know that you are in (X industry) and this is precisely the industry I wish to establish myself in because (X reasons why, such as passion for the industry and/or related courses taken in university that sparked your interest)."
Always review the job posting before an interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits the employer is seeking. Answer this question by mentioning some of the personality traits listed by providing an example in a professional setting.
"My former colleagues would say that I am a very hard worker, that I have excellent organizational skills and that I am a real team player."
Always review the job posting before the interview and keep it closeby at the time of the interview. The interviewer wants to determine your boundaries. It is important to demonstrate you can manage anything that comes your way. Provide example of challenging duties on the job posting, and how easily you will be able to manage such duties. Provide example of the successful performance of these duties in a previous position, if you have any.
"An example of a challenging duty is (X easy duty on the job posting/any other difficult duty related to the position you applied for), because when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I (X similar difficult duty successfully performed despite the challenging nature and what contributed to your success)."
Answer this question by providing evidence of your time management skills.
"I frequently work on multiple projects simultaneously, which I throughly enjoy. To make sure I meet deadlines, I identify the most pressing projects based upon their due dates, and use to-do lists and a calendar to keep track of all upcoming duties and important events. I review my lists every morning and at the end of each day to ensure the duties assigned were completed in a successful fashion. I also do not hesitate to work overtime if necessary."
Tell the interviewer the reasons why becoming a Warehouse Clerk is or was the logical step in your career by emphasizing some of your strengths that will benefit you in this particular role.
"I enjoy (X and X, i.e., aspects of the work motivating you to pursue this career or some of the duties listed on the job posting). I furthermore believe that my (X skills as per the job posting), in addition to my professional and volunteer experience related to this field have contributed to my desire to pursue this career."
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.
"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."
Answer by telling the interviewer about your short-term goals, however by ensuring your goals are related to the position and company you applied for. Should your short-term goals significantly differ from the position or company, the interviewer may assume you will leave eventually the position if hired, for a better opportunity at another company, should one presents itself. As a result, you may be instantly disqualified.
"In five years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert expert in my field. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."
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?
"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."
Answer this question by providing evidence of your time and project management skills.
"This never happened to me as I frequently work on numerous projects on tight deadlines, and I am extremely organized and time sensitive. I anticipate and identify the most pressing duties and use to-do lists and a calendar to keep track of all upcoming duties and important events. I review my list every morning and at the end of each day to ensure the duties assigned were completed in a successful fashion. I also do not hesitate to work overtime or delegate if necessary."
Give the interviewer an example of your conflict resolution skills, past or future, i.e., how you have dealt, or would deal, with conflict at work - and what you would do to resolve the issues in a timely fashion. If you do not have any example in a professional situation, you can provide an example of conflict in volunteer capacity or university setting.
"No situation comes to mind, however I would remain professional and respectful, and seek to resolve the conflict in a timely manner. I would request a meeting with my supervisor so that we can calmly discuss our points of view and ultimately find a successful resolution. "
Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ~7 to 10 years from now. Ensure to link your career goals to the company you are applying for to show the interviewer you can be a long-term asset for the company and that you are looking for stability.
"In 7 to 10 years from now, fr instance, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."
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.
"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)."
Answer this question by providing an example of your ability to overcome challenges and to remain able to perform your duties professionally and successfully. Preferably provide examples in your last position. Alternatively, provide a challenge in any professional or volunteer capacity, or in a university setting.
"I faced major challenges when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company). I was responsible for (X duties) and one day I (X examples of major challenges/problems and how you handled them). I nevertheless remained calm, collected and professional and did not let these challenges affect my performance."
Ensure to review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company. Do your best to answer by including something you saw on the job description or website to show you did your due diligence before the interview and that you are serious about working for this employer specifically.
"I am looking for an employer who values its employees and who will give me the opportunity to grow. I also saw on your job posting that your company is a family environment, which is exactly the type of environment I wish to work in."
Warehouse clerks perform a wide range of routine administrative tasks in warehouses. Their exact tasks may differ depending on the industry they are working in as well as the company they are employed by. In general, warehouse clerks peruse customer requirements, sort merchandise, put together and pack customer orders, help with processing orders, verify inventory, maintain supplies, and process return requests.
A high school diploma is sufficient to get hired as a warehouse clerk. Getting some work experience as an apprentice will boost your employment chances. Warehouse clerks must be efficient, organized, and detail oriented. Knowledge of safety procedures and protocol is extremely important.
Interview questions will typically be aimed at assessing your job knowledge and proficiency. Can you work independently to understand customer requirements and assemble the required items, pack and keep it ready for delivery? Do you know how to do an inventory and update stock records so that all items are available when necessary? The key to a successful interview is convincing the interviewers that you are familiar with the job requirements and have what it takes to perform all tasks quickly and efficiently. Want to know what questions to expect at the interview? You can see them listed at Mock Questions.