Question Overview: This question is a classic interview question, but it's important to understand how your candidate answers it.
Sample Answer: I am very detail-oriented. I like to make sure we have all the information we need before we make a decision. This is a strength when it comes to planning, but it can be a weakness when it comes to moving forward quickly. I've learned to be more flexible in my approach as I've gained experience.
Question Overview: This question helps you evaluate whether the candidate is interested in your company or just interested in the job.
Sample Answer: I've been a big fan of HTWW for years. I love the way you've grown the business and I'm excited to be a part of that growth. I also love the way you've built a team that is so passionate about what they do. I want to be a part of that team.
Question Overview: This question reveals how your candidate has grown and developed in their career. It also gives you insight into how they view their own development.
Sample Answer: I've learned that I need to be more open to feedback. I used to be a very confident person, but I've learned that I need to be more open to hearing what others think about my work. It's helped me grow as a writer and editor.
Question Overview: This question is a great way to see how much experience your candidate has with the technical side of your business.
Sample Answer: I have a decent understanding of SQL. I've used it to pull data from our databases into Excel for analysis and reporting. I've also used it to create new tables and fields in our database.
Question Overview: This question is a great opportunity for the candidate to sell you on their skills and experience. It also allows them to show that they've done their research and are aware of the position's responsibilities.
Sample Answer: I am a good fit for this position because I have experience in all of the areas you are looking for. I have a proven track record of increasing traffic and revenue for my clients, and I have experience managing a team of writers and editors. I am also familiar with your company's goals and mission, and I think I can help you reach them.
Question Overview: This question is designed to find out how the candidate manages their team. You'll want to know if they are hands-on or hands-off, and if they have a specific management style.
Sample Answer: I am a hands-off manager. I like to give my team the tools they need to succeed and then let them do their thing. My staff tell me they appreciate the space I give them to make decisions, but I think they would also tell you I am there for guidance when they need it. I schedule monthly check-ins to find out about any challenges or ideas for change.
Question Overview: This question is designed to get a sense of your candidate's career goals. It is important to know if they are looking for a short-term position or if they are planning to stick around for the long haul.
Sample Answer: I see myself as a leader in this industry. I am excited about the opportunities that HTWW Marketing has to offer, and I am confident that I can make a big impact here. I am looking for a long-term position where I can continue to grow and learn.
Question Overview: This question is designed to evaluate how your candidate will respond to a crisis. It's important to know how they will handle a situation that could negatively impact the company.
Sample Answer: I would first assess the situation and determine if it was something I could handle or if I needed to bring in someone else. If I could handle it, I would make sure the team was aware of the issue and what we were doing to fix it. If I needed help, I would reach out to my manager or another team member who could help.
Question Overview: This question helps you understand how much experience your candidate has managing people. It also allows them to qualify their experience, if they have managed enough people to make an impact.
Sample Answer: I've been a manager for eight years. I started with a team of two writers six years ago at HTWW Magazine, and then I transitioned to my current role at HTWW Marketing with a team of five writers and two editors. In that time we added a project manager to the team, so I currently have eight direct reports who give me weekly status reports and receive project approvals from me.
Question Overview: This question evaluates the candidate's ability to be assertive and stand up for themselves. It also shows you how they would handle a situation where they disagree with a superior.
Sample Answer: I would approach the situation with an open mind. I would want to understand the reasoning behind their decision before I made any judgments. If I still disagreed with them, I would explain why and ask for a different solution.