Associate interview questions shared by candidates
If you could be #1 employee but have all your coworkers dislike you or you could be #15 employee and have all your coworkers like you, which would you choose?46 Answers
#1 employee, because I am here to work and be the best employee that I can be. People may dislike me for other reasons, but as long as my managers like me...all that matters.
I'd definitely go for being the #15 employee. Being hated at work is going to destroy your productivity, both by making you loathe your job and making it nearly impossible for you to motivate a team of co-workers to get bigger projects done.
There are 53,000 employees at ADP. To have 14 people ranked higher than you within that organisation is still a sign that you are one of the most valuable employees. Better to have 14 people ranked higher than you and have a productive and courteous relationship with your coworkers than to be #1 and have a dysfunctional relationship with your coworkers.
I guess my question back to the interviewer would be, what do you mean by "#1 employee"? On what scale? That said, I would probably choose to be well-respected over being the top dog.
I can hardly envision a company or a scenario where a person disliked by his or her co-workers would be the Number 1 employee. Organizations require relationships to achieve results. It would have to be a place where everyone worked independently of each other for this scenario to happen.
#1 v. #14 matters based on the size of the company. In really large companies, #14 is still impressive. More important though, I am ok with people disliking me if they respect me.
I'd definitely be #15 with people who like you... there's room for growth - you can always strive for and move to the #1 position. However, being #1 with people who don't like you makes for a stressful work environment - and once someone doesn't like you (especially a group) it's very hard to change their minds.
You cannot be the #1 employee if everyone dislikes you. I've been at this company, and that high productivity employee that everyone hates destroys 10x more morale from their co-workers than they produce in raw output. Morale is correlated strongly with productivity, thus they are actually a burden on the company. They should be let go so the rest of the people can scale up their work without that egotistical "#1 employee" around.
My desired employee "ranking" shouldn't be about how it pays off for me personally, but about what I am doing for the company. If #15 is still relatively productive (if there are many hundreds or thousands of employees), then it would be a bigger win overall for me to be well-liked and #15. However, if being #15 represents a big loss in productivity (for example, if #15 was the worst employee), then I would have to say it would be better for me to be the #1 employee, or, if I can't change other factors to be both well-liked and a more productive employee, I ought to move to a company, department or job where I am better suited to being both well-liked and productive.
#15, people like you and you have room for growth and a clear path to greater success. Don't ask the interviewer what they mean on this question, this one has an obvious answer.
Employee #7 - In a situation where your company apparently instigates employee conflict, I would rather be in a position to dislike at least half of my colleagues.
The way to answer this would be state it can't exist either way. There is now way to ensure that everyone likes or dislikes you. They would be to achieve the highest possible rank through dedication, persistence, hard work, and teamwork. Your respect from others at work is more important than having someone like you. But to become a leader... some people have to like you, for them to follow.
The way to answer this would be state the following: "It can't exist either way. There is no way to ensure that everyone likes or dislikes you. The best way to achieve the highest possible rank in a company is with dedication, persistence, hard work, and teamwork. Your respect from others at work is more important than having someone like you. But to become a leader... some people have to like you, for them to follow."
Be number 15. People who like you will support you and you can then be #uno!!! Being a disliked #1 is an oxymoron, no pun intended.
Obviously neither b/c both things can't both be true. In an interview if some one gives you an either or question generally I don't give either of the options.
I'd rather be #2. I try harder and probably have at least one or two people in the Dept. who like me, other than my manager.
If being #1 means making $100 million a year, I'll take that. But if being #1 and being #15 is not much different, then it depends on the size of the company. In a 15 person company, I'd rather be #1 than #15. In a 15,000 person company, I'd choose #15.
Me: I'd be number 15, because I probably helped 1-14 that's why they like me so much. ---- Me: I'd rather be Paul, its a bit longer than 15 but it saves you a syllable when pronouncing it.
Is it possible to be #1 and be hated by all my co-workers at your company? If so I strongly disagree with the way your company is being run and I now withdraw my application for the position.
Define "#1 Employee? Most sales?" Also, how many employees are there altogether?
Define "coworkers"? If that includes my boss and people above me, then #15. If not... #1. F'...'em
#15. There's no downside. Since the question doesn't say that how good you are at your job changes between the two scenarios, it can be said that the only differences between the two are (A) whether or not your coworkers like you, and (B) whether or not you get to work with people better than you. Working with a higher caliber of people is best both for your personal growth and for the growth of the company, so the second option is superior.
I think it is # 1 employee in one particular department. I would be happy with #1, as people may be unhappy because of many reasons, one being Jealous. Not only that would't number 1 make you happy, proud? Do what makes you happy, everything else will fall in place. GBAD: how can being #1 destroy your productivity? The very fact that you are #1 speaks for your self.
If you are #1, you are the best corporate citizen and all others can follow /learn from you. if you are #15, you have fallen behind as a corporate citizen and you made others who like you fall behind you and other 14 people took advantage of you
I would like to be #15, still if it be the last position. I'm sure to get #1 position with my dedication, performance, hard work, in such a way, everyone will be happy with me. No. 1 does not mean just a rank, it is to be one so that other employees idealize you, and this way we will increase our organization productivity.
For me it depends upon the work culture in the company and how my peers are. If my peers want to be in top position regardless of others dislike, I would do the same.
I would prefer #15. It has an obvious answer to my way of thinking. These have been helpful to read a bunch of questions that appear nonsensical on the surface. Before I read a few of them, I would have attacked the question like many here have done. I can see how the interviewer would like for you to consider the question, which is keeping in the spirit of what is being asked, not pick apart the question itself. It reminds me of a group brainstorming ideas to a complex question.
Obviously #15. Cause if you're #1 and nobody likes you, you must be a dick.
I agree on some level with the people who say it is important to get along with your coworkers to get things done. But on the other hand, I wonder WHY is a low ranked employee more liked? If he is more liked because he tells the funniest jokes and parties constantly, then I don't really want that for myself. I want a job that I can excel at. That doesn't mean I'm going to be rude, but if I have to not care about my work to be liked then it's not worth it.
# 1, If i'm at #1 then its because people like me and my way of work else I would not have reached here.
Would you rather be intelligent or happy?
The company whose top employee is disliked by everyone for whatever reason(s) is definitely not a company I'd like to work for.
In order to be #1 one of my requirements would be that I was well-liked. In other words, being well liked and #1 go hand in hand-ie its not possible to be #1 the way I define it, if you are disliked by all. However, I'll choose being the disliked Chief over being the well-liked Indian every time. , if my choices are limited to the way you phrased the question.
#15, because there's going to be room at the top soon enough.
I would actually respond with, "I would rather be #8. I envision being hated by some and liked by many so therefore I would come in to do what is requested of me, contribute as best as possible, and also try to excel at all I am doing. I know that some will feel that I am going after their jobs and in turn will hate me, but some will see the great job I will be doing and will love me. So in turn #8 is where I would place myself and I wouldn't limit myself to such extremes."
Personally, I don't care if no one likes me. If my boss loves me and thinks I'm doing an excellent job, why does it matter what people at my level or below me think? Of course, it would depend on where you worked. For example, if you're a teacher that does a good job but is hated by all of your students, that would be bad. This question makes me think of an analogy that someone gave me: Picture two kids. One is on the floor, and one is on the top of a desk. Ask the one on the desk to pull the other one up with him, and they probably can't. But ask the one on the floor to pull the other down with him, he can do it easily. Point: It would be much easier to go from number one down if your coworkers hated you than it would be to maintain or go up from number 15. Still, if I am in a position where my coworkers feelings have nothing to do with what my boss thinks of me, I would choose to be number one.
Do you like zuckerberg?
I would much prefer to be respected than liked. If you are #1 you will have more information and therefore a clearer picture of the best direction for the company. People may hate your decisions now but in time by driving to the goal, the company, shareholders and all employees will be better off. Once you succeed you'll have more "friends" than you know what do with. Plus if everyone hates you now it's very easy to build significant improvements. Get one person to like you and that is a huge % jump in your "likeability".
It all depends on the role you are recruited to play. If team work is of importance, then #15 is the option. if team work is not a requirement, then #1 would be an option because initially majority of people work for the money and later comes esteem needs. So the question back to the interviewer, "Is team work important for this position?".
Say if Amazon has approx. 20,000 employees in its Seattle office then I would like to be #15 employee and have all your coworkers like me. As only 14 employees be ahead me whereas I'll be above rest 19,985 employees and dear to all. This will increase my productivity and hard work that soon i'll reach #1.... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
So is the question a conundrum or a fallacy?
I know this is not an option here, but I would like none of those. Rather i would like to be respected for my actions and decision that I take. Being liked or disliked with co-worker might make one biased or hesitant about one's action and might put one self before the taking the right decision.
Seems like an easy game, but thinking about it really depends on the quality of question one asks themselves! Consider this, being #1 is definitely what anyone wants (mainly because the sense of reward for being n.1 is attractive $$$), but deciding on being hated or loved hugely depends on the social needs of one, according to Maslow's theory these needs (the need for love and appreciation) must be achieved to gain real fulfillment in life.
I would take number 1, if all of you chose #14. There got to be the one
I've been in the position where I was top employee and was hated by everyone. While it does make the job near impossible, whether this is good or not depends on the job. I was hated in the position I was in by most because I followed the rules and reminded (quite regularly) the others in the group to do the same. If this was the scenario, I'd gladly do it again. However, as has been explained to me, in the actual work force, it's near impossible to get anywhere unless your co-workers like you to some degree. Therefore, I'd prefer to be liked than to be number one.
It depends. More information is needed in the question. If a person is working in a commission environment, most of the time a salesperson wants and needs to be number one, and is expected to be so. Ethics must be adhered to, common courtesy extended. Most employers do not generally get involved with piranha type tactics on the sales floor. They are generally more interested in sales results, period. In a commissioned retail environment, the sales floor is akin to a battlefield.In order to be number one in sales one must be aggressive and persistent. Without corporate parameters sales people can and usually over step the boundaries if gone unchecked. Many top echelon sales people are often despised by other sales associates. One who is exposed to this environment will need to personally decide if they want to be liked by their peers or liked by their employers who are generally result driven. It boils down to one's personal credo and beliefs. To some a larger paycheck far outweighs the being liked factor. Usually, the corporate philosophy, although unwritten will set the tone and thus the behavior of the associates.
You're a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?45 Answers
White. So I'll live forever!!
A shade of purple. Pink represents happy, to me. Blue represents melancholy. I want to be a combination of the 2. I want to be happy but not so happy someone wants to punch me. I don't want to be melancholy, but we have to admit there are days we are sad. So a happy medium between the two of pink and blue, makes me purple.
Yellow. I strive to be the brightest of the bunch.
I can be any color, I just want to be sharp.
My new color would be called CEO.
Gloss - I work with every color without changing them, only making them brighter.
I would be a blue color that did not shed little bits of crayon all over the page so everything would stay neat and clean.
I would be a blue color that did not shed little bits of crayon all over the page so everything would stay neat and clean.
Doo Doo Brown
My color would be called "sugar plum". You can figure out the rest.
I would be any color that gets along with other colors in the box making a big beautiful picture, each color being special in their own way realizing the value of team work.
Lemon Verbena, It sounds beautiful and is a more unique name.
I would be a variety of colors, being a new design on a recycleable coated paperboard box made of recycled materials. There are alreay enough colors of crayons.
Trupleen - A new color that cannot be seen by any known measurement. Crayola can sell it as an extra profit making color.
It doesn't matter what color I am, it's what's on the inside that counts!!
Multi-colored. I can multi-task.
Rainbow, just to amuse/confuse the children.
CLEAR. Because I always wanted a way to erase other crayons and typical erasers don't work, so yes, clear.
Black HB #2 Pencil color. The most used and versatile color in the world.
combination of purple and aqua, because the name sounds cool, and the color would be unique and marketable
combination of purple and aqua, because the name sounds cool, and the color would be unique and marketable
Purqua -- combination of purple and aqua, because the name sounds cool, and the color would be unique and marketable
Neapolitan - blends of colors that will change as you write/use it more. Very fun!
I'd be that blue shade that is totally the best, but you keep looking over it because it looks almost green, and when you finally use it, you're like 'This is MY crayon! I shall love it and protect it like my child!'
Crapola - every colour of crayola melted together.
I'll just be a software developer, the best colour for me!
white. Because there will be no mix of colors that can match me. While I could just match the other colors to mix certain colors
Sunrise - I like to give people hope and inspiration
what is the correct answer they are looking for ?
A crayola eraser.
"Eat My Dust"- Motorized Crayon. (Bonus Crayon Series 2014) The Color that will start off in the child's hand to gain his style. Beeps and then start up and continues to draw itself for the child. Therefore it will build the child's self-esteem when he shows his mother his pic she assumes she has another VAN Gough. *Parents will pay $30.00 just for the single version!
Neon green, because it glows in the black light.
Chartreuse - may not be the prettiest color in the box, but with a name like Chartreuse, I'll easily be remembered. Plus, Chartreuse has an air of elegance and prestige about it!
If i was the new addition to the crayon box I'd be red because i'm a red head and just like the color of blood i bleed sweat and tears with my hard work.
50 shades of grey.... haha !
Black it's bold
Black. Even though it's dark, scary and unknown everybody still loves it.
Black. It's a classic.
Red. Hot red.
i just got this question I said chrome because it is a good accent for every other color
Glitter. I voluntarily spread glitter on other colours so they can shine!
Unicorn color, which will be combination of purple,blue,pink,yellow and green. I would choose this color since it will have an ability to spread all the colors in one go, without shifting to other crayons. It will be an 'All in One' colored crayon.
Pepsi or coke?26 Answers
Diet Pepsi or Coke Zero
Neither, they are both products of a capitalist economy seeking to overrun the world with needless products that we are brainwashed into believing are needs; or did you mean powdered coke? NOW you're talking! Shall I close the door on the way out?
Assuming that you'd already made a decision to drink soda, I'd choose Coke just because it tastes better. Both have about the same amounts of calories, chemicals and 34 grams of sugar which will hurt your health the same way. The question is more fundamental I think, why drink soda in the first place?
yes, thank you.
Coke, please. And a bourbon chaser to go with it. Thanks. ;>)
Just soda water, please!! With lime if you have it.
Me: Neither for me, but thank you for the offer. I fear one would be hazardous to my teeth and the other would lead to a short and rather brief interview.
Well, since I work for Coke everyone assumes that is what I always drink, sometimes we need to surprise people by our answers and break down the established barriers. Actually, I'm a water, coffee and tea guy.
Do you have Diet Coke / Pepsi?
Neither, and I would recommend you not drinking it as well. The phosphoric acid in them has other excellent uses, such as cleaning toilets, etc :D
If it's for clean toilet, any of them is good.
Bud Light, please.
It's an insurance company!!! They are looking for neither or water. If you drink either, then you are a health risk and a risk they don't want as an employee on their insurance plan.
Personally, I can't tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi and I try to limit my consumption of soft drinks because they are unhealthy. If you compare the ingredients in in a can of Coke vs. a can of Pepsi, they are essentially the same, but everybody has their particular brand affiliation. That's really where these beverage producers excel: branding. And I think UnitedHealth could learn a lot from Coke and Pepsi in terms of branding and PR. The insurance industry in general isn't always seen in the best light and I think that's something I could really help with, marketing UnitedHealth's services so that customers have the same positive feelings they do towards Coke and Pepsi.
Neither, High Fructose Corn Syrup is the scurg of our society!!
water with no ice please.
Given that this is a health insurance company, I would say that either of them is just as bad. This question may have as well been phrased "pick your poison", or "Camel or Marlboro?" But for the record, I prefer Dr. Pepper.
Neither are part of a healthy diet.
Are you buying?
way too much time on your hands...
Work ..(rhyme with coke)
What do you think about when you are alone in your car?35 Answers
I evaluate design work I have done for clients to see if its ideal or needs to be perfected.
I try not to be distracted and pay attention to the road.
I hope I will never have to work at HR and have to create smart unexpected questions.
The fact that because no one will hire me I'm so in debt that the only way out for my family would be for me to drive off that overpass so they can cash in on the life insurance since apparently I'm worth more dead than alive.
Why the hell is the dipwad in front of me driving 10 miles below the speed limit and not using his turn signal?
I don't think about anything - just driving, because I want to come by my car, not by ambulance.
My family, the music or programs on the radio, and story ideas.
How crazy life would be if I didn't have a driver's license.
Where are the cops?
Get the job, get the job, get the job
"I hope nobody catches me."
I don't have a car.
Which exit do I need to take to get away from Sallie Mae forever?
Must thought "would have been better if some one accompanied in car"
I just try to concentrate on road while driving.
Life is wonderful.live it once by safe driving.The power is in present moment.
I wonder what it's like to be a bird
I wonder how long it will be before that body in my trunk starts smelling.
Sex. Do you want me to go into more detail on that?
There's no backseat driver, I am free.
about my destiny
wheres my chauffeur? He ought to be here now..
how i am different frm other and what should i do to make it
About the escape plan if someone attacked me when the doors are closed. :P
I would be thinking about Flo, from Progressive Insurance, and how many ways to get rid of her fat behind. Drop her off at an all you can eat buffet, and call it a night? Make her one of Revlon's makeup models, and watch their stock drop? Her hitting on the plumber, under the cabinet, and wonder who has the bigger plumbers crack? Take her water skiing, and watch her start a Tsunami? Maybe watch her dance to a song like, "I like big butts and I cannot not lie......." by Sir Mix-A-Lot? Gotta Go..............Beep-Beep, Beep-Beep, Beep-Beep (Flo doing Michael Jackson's moon walk)?
it depends at present wtz in my mind... and i cant sit more time freely in car. or hearing by the music i wil be in an enjoyable mood it depends...
Its depending upon the mood at that moment........
I spend my time driving to plan my day or recap my day depending on the time. I also rehearse conversations I anticipate may be difficult and try to anticipate responses. On really long drives, I'll listen to books on Audible or practice my Portuguese with language tapes. But if the weather's good, and I'm in the right mood, I'll just open the sunroof and blast Hendrix or he Clash and sing along.
Ouch! That BUG will never have the GUTS to do that again!
How would be my next map in Portal 2.
I'd be thinking... what next........ what do I need to do next!
Tell me about yourself3 Answers
just have to prepare 1 min self intro. Oh, they do care about leadership experience a lot.
Look up elevator speech
would anyone share wih some insights of pwc's panel discussion during the second round interview? Thanks in advance
What would your most recent employers say about you?2 Answers
Even if they might say bad things, they can't check to find out, it's illegal to do so. So say that they'd say very positive things. The key to this question is to answer with confidence.
Do they ask you this question even if you've never had a job?
Brainteaser: If I were to give you a cube that was 10x10x10 units in volume, how many individual 1x1x1 units would not appear on the outside of the cube?2 Answers
(n^3) - ((n-2)^3)
Or you could just say 8x8x8.
Describe a time you had a difficult situation with a customer and what did you do to solve it?2 Answers
I didn't have experience at the time so I didn't know what to say
If you lack customer service experience, try to answer the question by describing another difficult situation that had a positive outcome. Like, "Well, I have never had a job in customer service, but I once had to co-write a paper with someone whose ideas were the total opposite of mine. I kept a positive attitude and really tried to listen to where she was coming from. We ended up finding common ground and got an A!"
"This will be harder than anything you've done. Gauranteed. Still want to do it?"5 Answers
No the hardest thing i ever done was was surviving suicide. I've been to hell and back already. Learned that the hardest part of life is not trying even the most challenging obstacles. That's failure i won't accept again.
Your concern is whether not the job is hard to do, then you've chosen the wrong job. You have to enjoy your commitment.
The Hardest thing I ever did was survive Marine Corp boot camp and survive war. This job is exciting because it is challenging. Once "alignment" is defined then creativity and critical thinking kick in.
I'm curious as to why it's the hardest job I could do. I have already taken a seminar on how to be a writer's assistant from a person currently working as a writer for BLACKISH. I have already done research for a friend's published book entitled, "Mary, The Mary Tyler Moore Story." If your standards are very high, I look forward to the challenge.