I recently had an interview and I want to go over what I said and what I should have said.
Question: Teamwork is really important for this position. How well do you work on a team?
Answer: I work great on a team. I’ve really bonded with my coworkers and even though it hasn’t been much time, I can almost call them family.
Better answer: I work great on a team. I’ve really bonded with my coworkers and even though it hasn’t been much time, I can almost call them family. I am able to trust them to help me when I am in need and vice versa.
Question: Do you have any experience working 7 days a week?
Answer: Yes I work 7 days a week now.
Better Answer: Yes I currently work 7 days a week now and 70 hours per week. Working only 60 hours per week for this job would be a vacation! At first 70 hours per week was hard, but I’ve gotten so used to it that I hardly notice.
Question: What’s the hardest part of your job?
Answer: Lifting heavy kegs in the freezer room because they’re heavy, it’s cold, and it’s slippery.
Better Answer: The hardest part of my job is getting glassware washed in a timely manner. We have a bottle neck in the process simply due to the architecture of our building and the placement of the glassware dish washer.
Question: How does this job fit into your career path?
Answer: I plan to do this job for 2 years and then move on to a job in sales and in logistics.
Better Answer: Ultimately I want to get a job in sales. I already know I love customer service, I just want to get better at it. I think getting this job would give me a huge advantage over people who strictly have technical sales knowledge. This job would be better than any training course someone could take.
Question: Why would you switch from engineering to this job???
Answer: Engineering is fine, it’s just not my passion. I have several jobs I want to do, including working on a cruise ship. I think it would be a ton of fun and hard work. I know it’s not something I can do when I’m older, so I should do it now while I’m young.
Better Answer: Engineering is fine, but it doesn’t excite me. Customer service does. It’s that human touch that brings me to life. Even at my current engineering job I look to bring customer service as a priority.