How would people you have worked with describe you?

“How would people you have worked with describe you?”

Write up your answer to the question above (a paragraph or two), and share it with your Cambly tutor to refine your answer.

Tips on how to answer…

  • Highlight how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships
  • Give examples of situations that illustrate how you work with people across various functions
  • Answer honestly as your hiring manager will reach out to your refferences at a later point

Sample Answer:

“My managers would describe me as someone who would rather tirelessly overcome obstacles on my own than continuously seek managerial guidance. I make my managers’ lives easier in this way. For example, when I first started working at firm C, I was asked to figure out ways to cut costs. Instead of relying on my manager, who had other projects to oversee, I decided to better understand the transportation logistics behind the wood chips that my employer needed in each facility. After seeing what worked best and what could be improved, I took this information to my manager, who was grateful for the initiative I took.”

“Please give me an example of a time when you had a problem with a supervisor..”

“Please give me an example of a time when you had a problem with a supervisor/co-worker and how you approached the problem.”

Write up your answer to the question above (a paragraph or two), and share it with your Cambly tutor to refine your answer.

Tips on how to answer…

  • Prepare at least one example that demonstrate how you’ve overcome a conflict
  • Be specific about the situation but avoid saying negative comments about the former employers or co-workers

Sample Answer:

“When a new manager joined my team at the previous job, I realized that he had very different communication style than my previous boss. My previous manager was very loose about documenting daily progress, but the new manager had expectations that all daily activities to be documented without being very communicative about it. So I set up a meeting with him to come up with a template that the entire team can use to document progress more efficiently. I learned how I could resolve team’s problem by taking the initiative and communicating openly about it, even as a junior person.”

Where do you want to be five years from now?

“Where do you want to be five years from now?”

Write up your answer to the question above (a paragraph or two), and share it with your Cambly tutor to refine your answer.

Tips on how to answer…

  • Keep your answer fairly general
  • Stress your interest in a long-term career at the copany
  • Make sure your long0term career plans align with the current position interviewed for
  • Demonstrate that you’ve done some self-assessment and career planning

Sample Answer:

“My goal right now is to find a position at a company where I can grow and take on new challenges over time. Ultimately, I’d like to assume more management responsibilities and get involved in product strategy. But most importantly, I want to work for an organization where I can build a career.”

Are you a team player?

“Are you a team player?”

Write up your answer to the question above (a paragraph or two), and share it with your Cambly tutor to refine your answer.

Tips on how to answer…

  • You should always say yes
  • Emphasize teamwork behavioral examples and focus on your openness to diversity of backgrounds
  • Talk about the strength of the team above the individual
  • this question may be used as a lead in to questions around how you handle conflict within a team, so be prepared.

Sample answer:

“Yes, I’m very much a team player. In fact, I’ve had opportunities in my work, school and athletics to develop my skills as a team player. For example, on a recent project…”

What can you offer us that someone else cannot?

“What can you offer us that someone else can not?”

Write up your answer to the question above (a paragraph or two), and share it with your Cambly tutor to refine your answer.

Tips on how to answer…

  • Summarize concisely
  • Speak about relevant experience and personal characteristics that make you unique
  • Don’t assume that the interviewer knows about your qualifications

Sample Answer:

“I believe UI design is much more than just pretty graphics. It requires a deep understanding of user behavior and visual cues that lead users to do what we want them to do. From my past experience at XYZ, I worked very closely with our users to reiterate the app design to be more user-friendly and intuitive. This experience combined with my understanding of the Asian users, I believe I can offer some unique insights that no other candidates can bring.”

What are your weaknesses?

“What are your weaknesses?”

Write up your answer to the question above (a paragraph or two), and share it with your Cambly tutor to refine your answer.

Tips on how to answer…

  • Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits
  • Discuss a weakness that you’ve turned around
  • Turn a negative into a positive
  • Demonstrate that you are working on your weakness

Sample Answer:

“I think one area I could work on is my delegation skills. I am always so concerned about everything being done right and on time that I can get stuck in that mentality of “If you want it done right, do it yourself.” Unfortunately, that’s not always possible and I’ve realized that I can slow things down if I am too controlling.

I learned this recently when given the opportunity to manage the department’s summer interns. I had never managed direct reports before, so this was a hugely educational experience in many different ways. It definitely taught me how to delegate and my manager noticed the difference in my management style at the end of the summer. I know that I can benefit from additional development in this area, so I signed up for a management skills training course and am always looking for opportunities to manage projects for our group.”

Soure: http://biginterview.com/blog/2014/02/what-is-your-greatest-weakness.html

What are your strengths?

“What are your strengths?”

Write up your answer to the question above (a paragraph or two), and share it with your Cambly tutor to refine your answer.

Tips on how to answer…

  • Your strengths could include:
    • Experience: Experience with a certain software or type of task, expertise in a particular industry, a track record of working with similar products or clients, etc.
    • Abilities such as programming in a desired language, writing proposals, selling widgets, litigating cases, organizing events, translating from Mandarin, etc.
    • Soft skills — Competencies such as problem-solving, influencing, team building, negotiation, managing up, etc.
    • Education/training — Relevant background on topics critical to the job — including college degrees, certifications, training seminars, mentoring, internships, etc.
  • Narrow your list down to leave 5 strengths
  • Develop at least one example to illustrate your strengths
  • Be accurate, relevant, and specific

Sample Answer:

“I think one of my greatest strengths is as a problem solver. I have the ability to see a situation from different perspectives and I can get my work done even in the face of difficult obstacles. I also feel that my communication skills are top notch. I feel just as comfortable presenting to senior executives as I do mediating a conflict between junior team members. I worked as a programmer in the past so I have that perspective of a developer and I think that they respect me for that.”

Source: http://biginterview.com/blog/2013/03/what-are-your-strengths.html