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Are You a Self Motivator?
Absolutely. I am a very active person,
and I enjoy my work. I m always looking
for new and innovative ideas to bring
to a project.
I believe I am a self motivator. I give
my all to a project, and am always look-
ing ahead to the next one at hand. Suc-
cessfully completing one and moving
on to the next is very exciting for me.
I am passionate about my work, and
truly enjoy working toward the next
I have always been self motivated.
Coming from my background, not very
much was expected of me after I fin-
ished High School. I always wanted
more, and put myself through College
and Grad School with very little support
from my family. In the workplace, I
bring that same drive to managing proj-
ects and deadlines.
What are the most difficult
decisions to make?
There is no right or wrong answer
to questions like "What are the most
difficult decisions to make?" or
"Describe a difficult work situation /
project and how you overcame it." These
are behavioral interview questions
designed to discover how you handled
certain situations. The logic behind
these types of questions is that how
you behaved in the past is a predictor
of what you will do in the future.
Give concrete examples of difficult
situations that actually happened at
Then discuss what you did to solve
the problem. Keep your answers positive
("Even though it was difficult when
Jane Doe quit without notice, we were
able to rearrange the department work-
load to cover the position until a
replacement was hired.") and be spe-
cific. Itemise what you did and how
you did it.
The best way to prepare for questions
where you will need to recall events
and actions is to refresh your memory
and consider some special situations
you have dealt with or projects you
have worked on. You can use them to
help frame responses. Prepare stories
that illustrate times when you have
successfully solved a difficult situation.
Why should you be hired?
I m sure if you asked my friends that
question they would say you should
hire me because I have the skills out-
lined in the job description and I bring
10+ years of expertise to this position.
Words they ve used to describe me are:
hard working, professional, trusted and
a team player.
Do You prefer to work
independently or on a team
I am equally comfortable working as
a member of a team and independently.
In researching the LMN company, your
mission statement and the job descrip-
tion, I could see similarities to my pre-
vious position where there were some
assignments that required a great deal
of independent work and research and
others where the team effort was most
effective. As I said, I m comfortable
In high school, I enjoyed playing soc-
cer and performing with the marching
band. Each required a different kind of
team play, but the overall goal of learn-
ing to be a member of a group was
invaluable. I continued to grow as team
member while on my sorority s debate
team and through my advanced mar-
keting class where we had numerous
team assignments. I m very comfortably
working on a team, but I can also work
independently, as well.
Describe a time when your
workload was heavy
While at the HKL plant, we were
faced with a sudden order increase for
the j-ball bearing. It was for a new cus-
tomer. I immediately sat down with
the production supervisor, our mate-
rials/supply manager, and the union
We were able to lay out a workable
plan that maximised hourly costs, guar-
anteed materials were available and,
with only a slight adjustment, meet
the production deadline. While it was
challenging and involved long hours,
the pay-off was a signed contract with
a new customer.
When I was working on a software
implementation team at ABC Company,
we took over another company and
had to transition many clients to a new
product in a short amount of time. It
took a lot of planning, time, hard work,
and effort, but we were able to complete
the project in a timely manner.
Why should you be hired?
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