1. What is a career?

A career is an individual's journey through learning, work and other aspects of life. There are a number of ways to define a career and the term is used in a variety of ways.

2. What was a challenge or conflict you have faced at work and how did you deal with it?

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.

3. How will you plan to achieve your goals?

I noticed that XYZ company (the company you are interviewing with) provides in-house training for employees and I would certainly be interested in taking classes that would be relevant. I will continue my professional development my participating in conferences, attending seminars and continuing my education.

4. What were your starting and final levels of compensation?

Make sure that what you tell the interviewer matches what you listed on your job application. Refresh your memory prior to the interview by reviewing your salary history, so, you can speak in detail and accurately. Do not exaggerate or inflate your earnings.

5. What will you do if you do not get this position?

I am committed to this company and its advancement so, should I not be selected, I will work with and support whoever might get selected. However, I do feel that my experience in the department and with the team would make me the best candidate.

6. What would be your next move if you stayed with your current company?

The upward mobility at my current company would most likely be in the global marketing department.

7. Who was your best boss and who was the worst?

I have learned from each boss I have had. From the good ones, what to do, from the challenging ones - what not to do. Early in my career, I had a mentor who helped me a great deal, we still stay in touch. I have honestly learned something from each boss I have had.

8. 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 is not the number of hours I work; but how effective my time has been to accomplish the job. I am 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.

9. What are you passionate about?

One of my greatest passions is helping others. When I was younger, I have enjoyed helping mom with household repairs. As I grew older, that habit grew and I desired to help others as well. I like helping people find solutions that meet their specific needs.

10. What is your salary range?

Once you know what you should be earning, how do you go about getting it? Start by being very patient. When interviewing for a new position, do your best not to bring up compensation until the employer makes you an offer.

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