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 your answer, you should be cognizant of the type of job you are applying for. Whereas a large corporation might place all their emphasis on the bottom line, a non-profit would measure success not in money but in social impact.
Finally, pick three aspects of your past or current job that held the least interest to you. Make sure that any tasks you mention are not likely to be prioritized by your target employer nor should they be frequently performed or highly important aspects of the position.
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
In most work roles, being respected should be given greater emphasis, since it is typically linked more closely to competence and productivity. However, a significant factor to consider is the nature of your relationship with your colleagues.
You are a parent to a toddler, and it is okay for you to have a rigid work schedule. At the same time, any professional facility would be looking for employees who are ready to make compromises for the improvement of the workplace. As a professional in an area as important as nursing, it would be expected of you to apply for the job only after giving due consideration to the work schedule. Whatever the case may be, you are required to be committed to making life comfortable for your patients.
In case my replacement does not arrive on time [for example], I would get in touch with my facility and try to inquire into my situation. I am fully aware of my responsibility of not leaving the patient unsupervised under any condition. In case there is no replacement at all, I would have to take up additional responsibilities for the time being and then lodge a complaint if the case demands once I return to my facility.
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.”
Here you talk about the number of years you have spent on the field, the hospitals or dialysis centres you have been associated with, and any special incident that you feel has been defining or life-changing. Remember that it is okay not to have much experience as compared to other candidates as long as you can establish that you are very good at what you do and that you agree to the company's policy and look forward to new challenges.
I have been on this field for the past five years and I have been associated with both multi-facility hospitals and dialysis clinics. I have come across patients with multiple degrees of renal failure and each experience has been different. [this is where you can insert an experience which has affected you a lot and has brought out or changed your skills]
One important dimension of your interpersonal style is how you motivate others, especially if you will be supervising staff, managing projects or leading teams of co-workers. In addition, you may also encounter this type of questioning while interviewing for jobs in sales and public relations, where you need to motivate customers and clients.
Remember, the subtext is always ‘How far are you willing to go to impress your fellow workers?' It is one thing to make minor concessions to be a better team member, but another to let go of your basics. A frequently asked question similar to this is what would you do if you saw someone in your team behaving unethically. Take your time to answer. Understand that everyone is looking for a confident employee for whom the reputation of the workplace would be of the utmost importance.
It depends on the situation. If it is a critical moment where I am required to do someone else's work as well, or to work overtime, I am absolutely fine with it. At other times, I would expect my team members to make equal compromises. In case I see someone doing something they shouldn't, I would try to understand the situation and follow protocol to seek redressal in case it is required of me to do so.