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15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

14. What motivates you?

Bad answer:
"Doing a good job and being rewarded for it.”

It’s not that this answer is wrong – it’s just that it wastes an opportunity. This question is practically begging you to highlight your positive attributes. So don’t give a vague, generic response – it tells them very little about you. Instead, try and use this question as an opportunity to give the interviewer some insight into your character, and use examples where possible.

Good answer:
“I’ve always been motivated by the challenge of meeting a tough deadline – in my last role, I was responsible for a 100% success rate in terms of delivering our products on time and within budget. I know that this job is very fast-paced, and deadline-driven – I’m more than up for the challenge. In fact, I thrive on it.”




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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    my motivation is to help people and be the best that i can, assist the public as well as my family i just want to do whatever i can to help serve and protect.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    a time i did not get along with a co- worker is when he played pass the buck and did'nt want to get information for a report. I took the information from the victim but later informed my supervisor that the officer in question failed to perform his duties.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    my last job the superviosion of the company was not good. and the company did not care as long as they were paid.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    my director of security was new and had no knowledge of mall security, I had to make him aware of the enviroment, but have no real bad things to say wish the patrol vehicles were S.U.V.S. versus compact cars!!!

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    I have always been satisfied in my job doing what needed to be done and handling the situations involving people and situations im a problem solver and keeper of the peace it's who I am.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    I was in the auto industry, sales had declined and i was told that positions needed to be trimmed and that i was in a position that was no longer needed (new car inventory assistant.) I was then told that I was laid off due to decine in sales.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    my greatest failure was not completing high school and I learned the hard way that without a education you are destin to be in a dead end job for life. Education is the key for success and I realized it and returned completed a G.E.D. and went on to a Chicago Communitty College to successfully obtain a Degeree in Criminal Justice (with honors.) what I learned"Failure is not a option".

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    I am a hard worker, never call off, always early before the start of my shift, always willing to stay for overtime or if needed and always willing to help my co-workers.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    Im looking for a job in law enforcemnt, im not in it for the pay check whatever the agency is offering is acceptable I want to serve and protect my country.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    my greatest wekness used to be speaking outloud to the public since college and my current position that has been overcomed. I now feel that my greatest weakness is kindness to officer needs.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    I would like to see myself excel within the agency and obtain a command position and grow within.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    I have a Associates Degree in criminal justice and would like to put it to work for me i have learned all that i can within the security field and feel that it is time to move on to something bigger and better.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    my previous boss was to detail oriented but had a strong knowledge of what the client wanted but strived to hard to meet those expectations and broke sum rules to get the job done which i cannot condone.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    im a team player, a hard worker, and do the best that i can for the company, willing to work overtime and help out my co- workers in whatever they need.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    i am interested in law enforcement and serving the public i have always wanted to serve my country be it the military or law enforcement. I consider it a privelidge to serve.

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