6) Describe your career goals.
The overall theme for each of the answers below is: have you thought about the impact of your decisions at the time you made them – or do you have a reactive response to most situations. Far too often, a person’s career appears to have happened by chance. In todays fast-paced, ever changing world of work, employer’s want to know if they can count on you to make good decisions, not knee-jerk reactions.
Start with your graduation from college and explain the rationale behind each of your career moves.
When I graduated from college, I was immediately recruited by the ABC Company. As my resume reflects, I received two promotions and then a recruiter contacted for the position at the XYZ Company. I’ve been there for the past 4 years and have learned a great deal, while making significant contributions to my department.
Also, explain the thinking process that went into make each of those decisions.
For my first job, I was happy to know I would be working in a job that utilized my education. It was exciting to know that within just a few weeks of graduation, I had my first paycheck. My thinking behind the XYZ position centered on the fact that they have a global presence, it was a definite promotion and positioned me to be a viable candidate for the marketing position with your company.
How many hours a day/week do you need to work to get the job done?
I use my time efficiently at work and, for the most part, it’s not the number of hours I work; but how effective my time has been to accomplish the job. I’m sure my references will tell you I was more than willing to put in the time to be sure the job was completed as quickly and as professionally as possible.
If you stayed with your current company, what would be your next move?
The upward mobility at my current company would most likely be in the global marketing department.
How do you measure success?
I measure professional success by the standards of the company for which I work, the feedback I receive from my peers, supervisors and subordinates. Personally, it is to know I’m regarded as a good husband, father and member of society.
Describe your dream job.
As a child, I dreamed of being the starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. When I realized I did not have a fast ball, or a change -up; I concentrated on my skills in marketing because I realized it is an area where I not only can make significant contributions, but I enjoy using my talent in a corporate environment.
7) Describe your work style.
When you are asked about how you work during an interview, it’s important to impress the interviewer with your comptentency and accuracy, rather than just your speed.
Here are sample answers to the interview question “How would you describe your work style?”
- I am very focused on my work, and consequently, am able to work quickly.
- I keep a steady pace, and check my work as I go along, to prevent mistakes from snowballing.
- Because I am very organized, I am able to accomplish a lot in a limited amount of time.
- I’m organized and efficient and I’m able to multi-task very well.
- I’m always on top of my projects, but I do welcome input and will consult with team members to ensure we’re all on the same track.
8) Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?
When the interviewer asks “Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?” he or she wants to know if you’re a team player or would rather work on your own.
I am equally comfortable working as a member of a team and independently. In researching the LMN company, your mission statement and the job description, I could see similarities to my previous position where there were some assignments that required a great deal of independent work and research and others where the team effort was most effective. As I said, I’m comfortable with both.
In high school, I enjoyed playing soccer and performing with the marching band. Each required a different kind of team play, but the overall goal of learning to be a member of a group was invaluable. I continued to grow as team member while on my sorority’s debate team and through my advanced marketing class where we had numerous team assignments. I’m very comfortably working on a team, but I can also work independently, as well.
9) Do you take work home with you?
Do you take work home with you is a tricky question, be ready. The longer the answer, the bigger the hole you’ve dug.
When I need to, no problem. I realize the importance of meeting deadlines and getting work done on time.
10) Give some examples of teamwork.
A typical interview question to discover how well you would work with other people is “Give some examples of teamwork.”
In my last postion, I was part of a software implementation team. We all worked together to plan and manage the implementation schedule, to provide customer training, and ensure a smooth transition for our customers. Our team always completed our projects ahead of schedule with very positive reviews from our clients.
I was part of team responsible for evaluating and selecting a new vendor for our office equipment and supplies. The inter-departmental team reviewed options, compared pricing and service, chose a vendor, and implemented the transition to the new vendor.
In high school, I enjoyed playing soccer and performing with the marching band. Each required a different kind of team play, but the overall goal of learning to be a member of a group was invaluable. I continued to grow as team member while on my sorority’s debate team and through my advanced marketing class where we had numerous team assignments.