I somewhat take a leader position, however if there is an appointed leader. I would take the next leadership position, being careful on not to overstep.
Ill never forget the time my old boss talked to me about x. The way it was handled was totally professional, and thats been my model ever since.
This could be a very simple question if you are prepared for it. You just have to talk about the strengths that you know would be of value to the company.
This is just like the “what is your greatest strength.” question and should be treated similarly. You should pick accomplishments that show that you have the qualities the company is looking for and this adds value to you as a candidate for the position you are interviewing for. You may have achieved a lot over the years but for the sake of the interview, pick only the relevant ones
While this question is an invitation to do some chest pounding, remember to illustrate strengths that will benefit the employer and are relative to the position. For example:
☛ being a problem solver
☛ being a motivator
☛ being a natural leader
☛ the ability to perform under pressure
☛ a positive attitude
Questions such as this one are asked with the aim of getting you to discuss some of your qualities, perhaps hidden that you wouldn't have mentioned if you weren't asked.
“Well, my colleagues will tell you they can count on me. They will tell you that I am a team player and someone they enjoy working with.”
For many accountants, being personable is not their number one trait. While I may not have won any awards for my amiability, I am able to communicate very well. I think it is important to be friendly, but it is more important to have the ability to clearly articulate your thoughts. If I was tasked with communicating with either vendors or clients, I would be able to explain reports, give presentations and write clear messages.
Our department had been struggling for years, but by clearly illustrating the relationship between x and y, we corrected and showed record improvements in the next quarter
The bulk of my experience lies with the x platform, but Im fascinated with some of what the y system is capable of
About 3 in 4 candidates respond with a ‘No' and this is a very poor response.
This question is the perfect opportunity you need to show that you are different from every other candidate. Have a couple of questions prepared. It shows you are motivated and you have some knowledge about the company you are applying to