Many of us have had some sort of experience with a coach in our personal life, whether as a gymnast, volleyball player, or baseball little leaguer. As a former high school athlete, I fondly remember my football head coach, who enthusiastically challenged me and my fellow teammates to work together as a team, study our playbooks and work diligently on the practice field so that we could outperform our opponents at game time.
Another seemingly innocuous question, this is actually a perfect opportunity to stand out and show your passion for and connection to the company. For example, if you found out about the gig through a friend or professional contact, name drop that person, then share why you were so excited about it. If you discovered the company through an event or article, share that. Even if you found the listing through a random job board, share what, specifically, caught your eye about the role.
Choose an answer that shows that you can meet a stressful situation head-on in a productive, positive manner and let nothing stop you from accomplishing your goals, says McKee. A great approach is to talk through your go-to stress-reduction tactics making the world's greatest to-do list, stopping to take 10 deep breaths, and then share an example of a stressful situation you navigated with ease.
Seemingly random personality-test type questions like these come up in interviews generally because hiring managers want to see how you can think on your feet. There's no wrong answer here, but you'll immediately gain bonus points if your answer helps you share your strengths or personality or connect with the hiring manager. Pro tip: Come up with a stalling tactic to buy yourself some thinking time, such as saying, "Now, that is a great question. I think I would have to say.
Well, seriously, you might get asked brainteaser questions like these, especially in quantitative jobs. But remember that the interviewer doesn't necessarily want an exact number-he wants to make sure that you understand what's being asked of you, and that you can set into motion a systematic and logical way to respond. So, just take a deep breath, and start thinking through the math. Yes, it's OK to ask for a pen and paper.
Interviewers ask personal questions in an interview to see if candidates will fit in with the culture and give them the opportunity to open up and display their personality, too. In other words, if someone asks about your hobbies outside of work, it's totally OK to open up and share what really makes you tick. Do keep it semi-professional, you like to have a few beers at the local hot spot on Saturday night is fine. Telling them that Monday is usually a rough day for you because you're always hungover is not.
Rule of answering this question is doing your research on what you should be paid by using sites like Google, Globalguideline.com, Interviewquestionsanswers.org You'll likely come up with a range, and we recommend stating the highest number in that range that applies, based on your experience, education, and skills. Then, make sure the hiring manager knows that you're flexible. You're communicating that you know your skills are valuable, but that you want the job and are willing to negotiate.
Don't be thrown off by this question-just take a deep breath and explain to the hiring manager why you've made the career decisions you have. More importantly, give a few examples of how your past experience is transferable to the new role. This doesn't have to be a direct connection; in fact, it's often more impressive when a candidate can make seemingly irrelevant experience seem very relevant to the role.
If you were unemployed for a period of time, be direct and to the point about what you've been up to and hopefully, that's a litany of impressive volunteer and other mind-enriching activities, like blogging or taking classes. Then, steer the conversation toward how you will do the job and contribute to the organization: I decided to take a break at the time, but today I'm ready to contribute to this organization in the following ways.
Be honest remember, if you get this job, the hiring manager will be calling your former bosses and co-workers!. Then, try to pull out strengths and traits you haven't discussed in other aspects of the interview, such as your strong work ethic or your willingness to pitch in on other projects when needed.
Depending on what's more important for the the role, you'll want to choose an example that showcases your project management skills spearheading a project from end to end, juggling multiple moving parts or one that shows your ability to confidently and effectively rally a team.
Remember: "The best stories include enough detail to be believable and memorable, Show how you were a leader in this situation and how it represents your overall leadership experience and potential.
The best managers are strong but flexible, and that's exactly what you want to show off in your answer. (Think something like, "While every situation and every team member requires a bit of a different strategy, I tend to approach my employee relationships as a coach...") Then, share a couple of your best managerial moments, like when you grew your team from five to 15 or coached an under-performing employee to become the company's top salesperson.
Ideally one that's similar to the environment of the company you're applying to. Be specific.
Ideally the same things that this position has to offer. Be specific.
Suppose if you get the admittedly much tougher follow-up question as to why you were let go and the truth isn't exactly pretty, your best bet is to be honest (the job-seeking world is small, after all. But it doesn't have to be a deal-breaker. Share how you've grown and how you approach your job and life now as a result. If you can position the learning experience as an advantage for this next job, even better.
It's a toughie, but one you can be sure you'll be asked. Definitely keep things positive-you have nothing to gain by being negative about your past employers. Instead, frame things in a way that shows that you're eager to take on new opportunities and that the role you're interviewing for is a better fit for you than your current or last position.
For example, I'd really love to be part of product development from beginning to end, and I know I'd have that opportunity here." And if you were let go? Keep it simple: Unfortunately, I was let go, is a totally OK answer.
Companies ask this for a number of reasons, from wanting to see what the competition is for you to sniffing out whether you're serious about the industry. Often the best approach is to mention that you are exploring a number of other similar options in the company's industry, It can be helpful to mention that a common characteristic of all the jobs you are applying to is the opportunity to apply some critical abilities and skills that you possess. For example, you might say 'I am applying for several positions with IT consulting firms where I can analyze client needs and translate them to development teams in order to find solutions to technology problems.
Along similar lines, the interviewer wants to uncover whether this position is really in line with your ultimate career goals. While "an NBA star" might get you a few laughs, a better bet is to talk about your goals and ambitions-and why this job will get you closer to them.
Be honest and specific about your future goals, but consider this, A hiring manager wants to know:
a) If you've set realistic expectations for your career,
b) If you have ambition this interview isn't the first time you're considering the question
c) If the position aligns with your goals and growth. Your best bet is to think realistically about where this position could take you and answer along those lines.
If the position isn't necessarily a one-way ticket to your aspirations? It's OK to say that you're not quite sure what the future holds, but that you see this experience playing an important role in helping you make that decision.
Your interviewer wants to get a sense of how you will respond to conflict. Anyone can seem nice and pleasant in a job interview, but what will happen if you're hired and Gladys in Compliance starts getting in your face?" says Skillings. Again, you'll want to use the S-T-A-R method, being sure to focus on how you handled the situation professionally and productively, and ideally closing with a happy ending, like how you came to a resolution or compromise.
Nothing says "hire me" better than a track record of achieving amazing results in past jobs, so don't be shy when answering this question! A great way to do so is by using the S-T-A-R method: Set up the situation and the task that you were required to complete to provide the interviewer with background context e.g., In my last job as a junior analyst, it was my role to manage the invoicing process, but spend the bulk of your time describing what you actually did the action and what you achieved the result.
What your interviewer is really trying to do with this question-beyond identifying any major red flags-is to gauge your self-awareness and honesty. So, I can't meet a deadline to save my life is not an option-but neither is Nothing! I'm perfect! Strike a balance by thinking of something that you struggle with but that you're working to improve. For example, maybe you've never been strong at public speaking, but you've recently volunteered to run meetings to help you be more comfortable when addressing a crowd.
When answering this question, interview coach Pamela Skillings recommends being accurate share your true strengths, not those you think the interviewer wants to hear, relevant choose your strengths that are most targeted to this particular position, and specific for example, instead of people skills, choose persuasive communication or relationship building. Then, follow up with an example of how you've demonstrated these traits in a professional setting.
This question seems forward (not to mention intimidating!), but if you're asked it, you're in luck.
There's no better setup for you to sell yourself and your skills to the hiring manager. Your job here is to craft an answer that covers three things, That you can not only do the work, you can deliver great results. That you'll really fit in with the team and culture; and that you'd be a better hire than any of the other candidates.
Again, companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job, so you should have a great answer about why you want the position. And if you don't? You probably should apply elsewhere. First, identify a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you (e.g., I love coaching because I love the constant human interaction and the satisfaction that comes from helping someone solve a problem, then share why you love the company e.g., I've always been passionate about education, and I think you guys are doing great things, so I want to be a part of it.
Any candidate can read and regurgitate the company's About page. So, when interviewers ask this, they aren't necessarily trying to gauge whether you understand the mission-they want to know whether you care about it. Start with one line that shows you understand the company's goals, using a couple key words and phrases from the website, but then go on to make it personal. Say, I'm personally drawn to this mission because or I really believe in this approach because…" and share a personal example or two.
The practice of coaching, however, transcends the traditional relationship of an athlete in a sports arena. Today, with increasing popularity, coaches are being utilized for professional as well as personal purposes. Life coaches, health coaches, business coaches and dating coaches are just a few of the various types of coaches currently used in the professional and personal arenas.
Might seem like a strange question to ask a sport manager (athletic director), but there is rationale behind it: not all coaches can be directors, and not all coaches are able to do more than enforce strict but perhaps unproductive discipline. True coaching requires emotional and social intelligence.
An important question. Coaches are expected to inspire on the level of field training. Directors are expected to inspire by organizing exciting events and creating a general atmosphere of enthusiasm, team work, and self betterment.
Coach directors are often required to travel and work long hours. Contests require personal meetings with the directors of other teams. Organizational activities in general take long negotiation and painstaking coordination, so work hours are often long.
Don't try to find an ideal answer. Simply give a true and thoughtful answer it will be better appreciated than an obvious attempt to impress. For example, an outstanding quality might be the ability to motivate participants, including the more difficult ones, by finding individual approaches to those who need individual incentive.
You can briefly mention education and experience, citing specific cases which exemplify qualifications: prepared a team for participation in competition; organized tournaments between schools in a district, etc.