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What do you think about the continual changes in a company's operating policies or procedures?
My Comments: Really there are only variations of ONE answer to this question. And that is, I can be flexible. You don't have to love change, but you have to be able to deal with it. There are very few professions that don't change over time.
My Example #1: I am very familiar with change. I love to learn new things and company changes are a good way for me to expand my knowledge base.
My Example #2: I know that companies often make changes, and I am prepared to change with my job. Although I do not love change, I am able to easily adapt to it.
What aspect of this job do you consider most crucial?
My Comments: Pick something that's obviously an important part of the job, but also something you can really knock out of the park in your job.
My Example #1: As a nurse I feel that being sympathetic to the patients and making them feel comfortable is a major part of my job. They need to know that they have a friend, a confidant, and an advocate if necessary for them and their health needs.
My Example #2: As a teacher I feel the most important thing about my job is not only to teach the students, but inspire them to love reading and learning. That is my main goal.
What person has has the most influence on you? Why?
My Comments: There's not much to say... who in your life has inspired you?
My Example #1: The person who has had the greatest influence on me is my grandfather. He was a marine biologist studying dolphins in Hawaii. His work was a part of who he was, and he did it till the day he died. He taught me the scientific method and the value of research, but more than that, he taught me to value marine life, to treasure it and protect it.
My Example #2: My aunt has inspired me. She was an actress and a singer. She mostly worked on small roles and she did some stage plays. But her never-give-up attitude has inspired me to never give up on my dreams, no matter how big or small.
What is important to you about working at [...]?
My Comments: Employers want to know that you care about their company. Of course, they won't expect you to care about it as much as they do, but still, they want to know that it matters to you. Why do you want to work THERE? Do your research. It is important to do research! You want your future boss to be impressed with how much you already know about the company.
My Example #1: I have always wanted to work at one of the UC schools. Berkeley in particular. There's such a rich history on this campus, a history that I want to be a part of.
My Example #2: I have done research on many pediatric groups in several cities and towns. The quality of care you provide, and the interest you take in the lives of your patients make me really want to work here.
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