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27 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What motivates you?
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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 before your interview to familiarize yourself with the 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.
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1.
What motivates you?
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 before your interview to familiarize yourself with the 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.

Rachelle's Answer
"What motivates me the most in my career is becoming the best in my field. Also, for instance with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to learn more about a variety of animals and as a result significantly increasing my knowledge."
Anonymous Answer
"What motivates me to become a wildlife officer is the opportunity to learn more about the variety of animals and plants as well as trying to save some animals on the verge of extinction. Reading about your organization online and having a shot at going to the academy will significantly increase my knowledge."
Rachelle's Answer
Perfection! I wouldn't change a thing. You discussed your motivation from a personal values standpoint and a professional standpoint.
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How do you relate to our company?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"I saw where you are recognized as the leading law enforcement agency with clear missions and strong leadership. This is my ideal organization as I am a team player who loves collaborative environments and working toward common goals."
Rachelle's Answer
Specific response that is research based. Great answer!
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3.
How do you handle conflict?
Tell the interviewer about your conflict resolution skills and your ability to remain professional and respectful in all situations.

Rachelle's Answer
"I pride myself on my excellent conflict resolution skills. For instance, when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I (... X example of a conflicting situation). To resolve the situation in a timely fashion, I (... what you did to revolve the situation). I remained respectful and professional at all times and ensured that (X person involved in the conflict) had a chance to be heard. In the end, the situation resolved and we were able to successfully complete the project."
Anonymous Answer
"I have excellent conflict resolution skills. For example, when working as a security guard, I was working the metal detector, and one passenger had all these bracelets on, and she was giving me an attitude about taking them off. I called my lead over and we patted her down and she went on her way. I remained respectful and professional at all times and made sure the passenger was heard."
Rachelle's Answer
It would not have been easy handling passengers day in, and day out. A very good example, and well said.
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What have you done in the past year, or will you do this year, to become a better Wildlife Officer?
Tell the interviewer about the courses you took (or are taking), seminars/conferences you attended or will be attending, or past/future volunteer experiences that increased or will increase your knowledge in this field.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am currently enrolled in (X course), which I am pursuing on a part-time basis online. I am also planning to attend (X upcoming conferences)."
5.
How do you practice safety on the job?
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 position and company you are applying for, including rules and regulations, if available.

Answer this question by providing an example of your experience practising safety in a previous position to demonstrate you will approach such a situation in this new role in a similar manner. Mention your position title and company you were working for.

Rachelle's Answer
"The steps I take to practice safety on the job are (X steps you take relevant to the particular position you applied for and including the approach they would expect the successful incumbent to take). For instance, while employed for (X company) as (X position title), I (X further information regarding safety practice including the above-mentioned approach to ensure the safety of fellow employees)."
Anonymous Answer
"While employed as a parking attendant the steps I took to ensure employee safety were: 1. Understand the risks. 2. Reduce workplace stress. 3. Take regular breaks. 4. Avoid stooping or twisting. 5. Use mechanical aids whenever possible. 6. Protect your back. 7. Wear protective equipment to suit the task."
Rachelle's Answer
Well done! The fact that you know these steps by heart is proof to the interviewer that you are well prepared to put safety first.
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6.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Provide an honest answer and do not hesitate to mention you would be open to eventually moving up the ladder should the opportunity arise, i.e., that growth opportunities will be more than welcome. This will demonstrate you have leadership skills, a willingness to learn beyond your original job scope, and a desire to commit to your employer.

Rachelle's Answer
"I see myself working for the same employer, being established and having grown with the organization and contribute to the bottom line. I hope to keep learning and being given the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."
Anonymous Answer
"I hope to see myself in five years with your organization as a K9 manager or supervisor and to keep learning in my position and having the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! If there is a specific role within FWC that you can refer to, that would strengthen your response even further.
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7.
Tell me about your education, and how it has prepared you for this position.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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). In my studies, I have acquired extensive knowledge in (X areas, as per the job posting), which will contribute to my success in this role."
8.
What would your current or former employer employer say about your attendance and punctuality?
Employers are looking for reliability and commitment. Provide an example of your excellent attendance record and punctuality in a previous position, in a professional or volunteer capacity. Answer by providing an example where, e.g., you were rewarded for your behavior or congratulated by a superior, or where it could have been difficult for someone to remain reliable, yet you were.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am extremely reliable and always on time. For instance, when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I had to work very long hours, sometimes working overtime until 9pm, and start my day at 6am. This position was also located 30 minutes from my house and as such I had to ensure to get a good night sleep and prepare for the next day the night before. I am proud to say that I was always on time."
Anonymous Answer
"I am very reliable and always on time. For example, when I worked as a security guard, I remember doing a dock watch on a Saturday at 6 a.m. and didn't leave till Sunday at 1 in the morning. I remember I got 4 hours of sleep and did the next shift at 6 a.m. the following Sunday."
Rachelle's Answer
Wow - that is dedication! Very good example.
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9.
Why did you decide to pursue a career as a Wildlife Officer?
Provide an answer as to the reasons that led you to pursue a career as a Wildlife Officer, and link this answer to the position you are applying for - so as to demonstrate your chosen career field/original career goal is in line with this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I decided to pursue a career as a Wildlife Officer because I (X reasons for pursuing that career, such as having a passion for wildlife and why, and having worked in X environments (e.g., one environment listed on the job posting, demonstrating you already have the relevant experience required for this role))."
Anonymous Answer
"I decided to pursue a career as a Wildlife Officer because I have a passion for wildlife and nature. I see many animals getting poached such as deer, boars, and rare birds as well as people depleting our ocean from overfishing and catching fish like snapper and grouper when not in season. I also deal with a lot of harsh weather environments at my job so I believe I have the relevant experience required for this role."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response is excellent! Well done.
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10.
What career path interests you the most at our company?
Tell the interviewer your goals as a Wildlife Officer by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity presents itself at another company.

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, and initiatives/programs available.

Rachelle's Answer
"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to wildlife and acquiring more leadership skills. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and manage a team of professionals. I also saw on your website that you (X initiative/program that sparked your interest). This is a program/initiative I would also love to get involved in as I am extremely passionate about it."
Anonymous Answer
"I hope to grow within your company and acquire further skills that are related to wildlife. In due time, I would love to move up the ladder and become a supervisor and lead a team of professionals. Your K9 program sparked my interest. I would love to get involved in this type of field as I am extremely passionate about training dogs."
Rachelle's Answer
Your answer reflects the research that you have done on career progression. Very nice job!
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11.
What do you look forward to the most in this position?
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career and what you look forward to the most in this position. Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved and initiatives available at the company, and mention one or many duties or initiatives that you look the most forward to, and why.

Rachelle's Answer
"What I look forward to the most in this role, and what excites me the most, is the opportunity to (X duties listed on the job posting or initiative listed on the company website, and why such duties/initiatives particularly excite you)."
Anonymous Answer
"What I look forward to the most in this role is the opportunity to educate the public, enforce state and federal fisheries and wildlife laws and protect endangered species and habitats. These initiatives are important to me because who else but our organization is going to do it."
Rachelle's Answer
Solid response! Nicely done.
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12.
What goals have you set yourself for the year?
Tell the interviewer about your goals as a professional, related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity present itself at another company.

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.

Rachelle's Answer
"I wish to grow within the company and acquire leadership skills and further skills related to wildlife. I hope to become an expert in my field."
Anonymous Answer
"I wish to grow within FWC and learn more about the company while acquiring leadership skills and further skills related to wildlife. I hope to become an expert in my field."
Rachelle's Answer
Wonderful! If you would like, you could even get specific on the types of courses you would take, or reading you would do, to become an expert in the field.
"I wish to grow within FWC and learn more about the company while developing my leadership and wildlife skills. I plan to become an expert in my field by taking additional coursework in wildlife biology, conservation, and ecology."
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13.
Tell me about the greatest challenges you have faced in your professional life.
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 a recent position. Alternatively, provide a challenge in any professional or volunteer capacity, or in a university setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"I faced numerous 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 encountered and how you successfully handled them). I nevertheless remained calm, collected and professional and did not let these challenges affect my performance."
Anonymous Answer
"I faced numerous challenges when working as a traffic controller for a Port Authority. I was responsible for directing traffic at the crosswalk and one day a ship came in late. Debarking and embarking started at the same time and I remained calm and collected when directing the shuttles to drop off while they were picking up passengers as well. I did not let these challenges affect my performance."
Rachelle's Answer
Your example has an excellent amount of detail and shows off your ability to work through tough situations. Well done!
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14.
What are your career goals?
Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ~seven to ten 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.

Rachelle's Answer
"In seven to ten years from now, for 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."
Anonymous Answer
"In five years from now, for instance, I would like to have grown with your organization, having acquired the skills I learned to establish myself as an expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."
Rachelle's Answer
Your career path sounds well laid out. Good job!
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Tell me why you would be an asset for us.
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview. Tell the interviewer the reasons why you are the best candidate for this position and as such, a key long term asset. In answering the question, mention that you have the qualifications required for this role (educational, professional, personality traits, and so on).

Rachelle's Answer
"I am the best candidate for this role and a key long term asset as I have the relevant educational qualifications for this role, in addition to numerous years of experience in the field. I furthermore saw on your job posting that you are looking for a serious candidate with strong time management and relationship building skills, and I already possess these skills."
Anonymous Answer
"I'd be the best candidate and a key long-term asset as I have an A.S. degree in Office Administration in addition to numerous years of customer service experience doing security, directing traffic and dealing a lot with the public. I saw on your job posting that you are looking for a serious candidate with strong time management and relationship-building skills."
Rachelle's Answer
Great way to give a nod to their job posting. The interviewer will appreciate your attention to detail!
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Interview Questions
  1. What motivates you?
  2. How do you relate to our company?
  3. How do you handle conflict?
  4. What have you done in the past year, or will you do this year, to become a better Wildlife Officer?
  5. How do you practice safety on the job?
  6. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  7. Tell me about your education, and how it has prepared you for this position.
  8. What would your current or former employer employer say about your attendance and punctuality?
  9. Why did you decide to pursue a career as a Wildlife Officer?
  10. What career path interests you the most at our company?
  11. What do you look forward to the most in this position?
  12. What goals have you set yourself for the year?
  13. Tell me about the greatest challenges you have faced in your professional life.
  14. What are your career goals?
  15. Tell me why you would be an asset for us.
  16. Do you work well under pressure?
  17. How would your former or current employer describe you?
  18. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
  19. What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Wildlife Officer?
  20. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  21. What do you know about our organization?
  22. Tell me about your experience working in the parks.
  23. Why do you want to work for the park system?
  24. Have you ever been overloaded with work?
  25. What is the secret to being a successful Wildlife Officer?
  26. Tell me a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  27. What motivates you as a Wildlife Officer?
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