Job Interview Questions About You
I pride myself on my customer service skills and my ability to resolve what could be difficult situations.
- Describe a typical work week. - Best Answers
- Do you take work home with you? - Best Answers
- How many hours do you normally work? - Best Answers
- How would you describe the pace at which you work? - Best Answers
- How do you handle stress and pressure? - Best Answers
- What motivates you? - Best Answers
- I was responsible for several projects where I directed development teams and implemented repeatable processes. The teams achieved 100% on-time delivery of software products. I was motivated both by the challenge of finishing the projects ahead of schedule and by managing the teams that achieved our goals.
- I've always been motivated by the desire to do a good job at whatever position I'm in. I want to excel and to be successful in my job, both for my own personal satisfaction and for my employer.
- I have always wanted to ensure that my company's clients get the best customer service I can provide. I've always felt that it's important, both to me personally, and for the company and the clients, to provide a positive customer experience.
- I have spent my career in sales, typically in commission-based positions, and compensation has always been a strong factor in motivating me to be the top salesperson at my prior employers.
- What are your salary expectations? - Best Answers
- What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make? - Best Answers
- Tell me about yourself. - Best Answers
- What has been the greatest disappointment in your life? - Best Answers
- What are you passionate about? - Best Answers
- What are your pet peeves? - Best Answers
- What do people most often criticize about you? - Best Answers
- When was the last time you were angry? What happened? - Best Answers
- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently? - Best Answers
- If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say? Best Answers
- Do you prefer to work independently or on a team? - Best Answers
- Give some examples of teamwork. - Best Answers
- What type of work environment do you prefer? - Best Answers
- How do you evaluate success? - Best Answers
- If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it? - Best Answers
- Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it. - Best Answers
- Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it. - Best Answers
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What would you do differently if you could start your working life over?
The interviewer is looking for a detour that continues to be a professional block in your career.
Looking back over my career, I would have returned to school much earlier to complete my Masters degree. Even though I got my degree later than I had originally anticipated, I never lost sight of the goal.
How do you balance life and work?
The interviewer wonders if you've made arrangements for the days when your child is too sick to go to school and/or daycare or if you're "out of there" as soon as it's quitting time.
Best Answer: Being organized helps me balance my professional life and personal life. Consequently, I can be fully engaged while I'm at work. For those unexpected times, I have a good back-up system of child care for my children.
What is your preferred way to communicate?
This is a good opportunity to show you understand the importance of adjusting your preferences when necessary.
At home, I enjoy talking on the phone and emails. At work, I follow the established pattern. Each of my bosses, in the past, has had a preferred method I've followed their lead.
Do you check voicemail and email when on vacation?
The interviewer is wondering whether they will always be able to find you.
Best Answer: While on vacation, I can be reached for emergencies; however, I also know the people with whom I work are very capable of making good decisions while I'm away. I understand the importance of recharging my battery.
What is your favorite book? How about your favorite movie?
The interviewer wants to know whether you read to stay current and if you will you fit into the company culture.
Best Answer (include your personal favorites): I read many different kinds of books. My current "favorite" book is The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. My favorite movie? Miracle on Ice.
What historical figure do you admire and why?
The interviewer wants to know whether you are well read and what characteristics you admire.
Best Answer (include historical figures you personally admire): Personally, I most admire Abigail Adams, John Adam's wife; professionally I admired the leadership style of Ronald Reagan.
What did you do during this six month gap in employment?
Everyone, at some point, will probably have a gap in employment. Do not "waste it".
Best Answer: For the first month, I worked on my "to do list" at home and accomplished a great deal. Then I began building a plan to reenter the workplace. While it took a little longer than I'd anticipated, I've learned a great deal about myself, am rested and looking forward to new challenges in the workplace.
What led you to this point in your life?
The interviewer wants to know if you are unhappy, frustrated, or lost?
My "road of life" has been interesting, sometimes challenging and always rewarding. The steps along the way that have led to this point in my life are, in some ways, very different than I had imagined; however, I like who I am today in part because of my past. An example is when the second company on my resume suddenly closed their doors during a down-turn in the economy. For a very brief time, the road ahead was unknown; however, I discovered I had previously untapped strengths such as perseverance.
How Would You Describe Yourself?
- I'm a people person. I really enjoy meeting and working with a lot of different people.
- I'm a perfectionist. I pay attention to all the details, and like to be sure that everything is just right.
- I'm a creative thinker. I like to explore alternative solutions to problems and have an open mind about what will work best.
What Motivates You?
- I'm motivated by personal achievement. I like to work hard and achieve the goals I have set out for myself.
- I really enjoy helping people, and when I see the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, I take the initiative.
- I'm motivated by a challenge. The more challenging the project, the more I want to be successful in getting it finished.
- I love to learn new things, so projects that challenge me intellectually motivate me tremendously.