Training Specialist Interview Questions

Training Specialists analyze skills gaps, coordinate learning programs, deliver instructional materials and are super passionate about employee development.

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Training Specialist interview questions

High-quality candidates will have experience organizing training sessions from scratch and (if it’s useful to you) a background in HR. They’ll have solid communication, presentation and event coordination skills, plus they’ll be familiar with e-learning platforms and simulation programs.

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Problem solving interview questions

  • What drew you to this role?
  • How would you improve sales staff negotiation skills?
  • What’s the best training to give new hires? How would you organize that training?
  • How would you motivate employees to take an optional course?
  • How would you persuade senior staff to invest in L&D?
  • What would you do if you realized you forgot to order educational material two days before a training session?

Role-specific interview questions

  • What’s your e-learning software experience?
  • How do you customize training sessions for varying levels of seniority?
  • How do you identify training needs? What’s your approach to a skills gap analysis?
  • How do you figure out how effective an educational program is? 
  • How do you evaluate training impact on employee performance?
  • What’s the difference between mentoring, coaching and on-the-job training and when should they be used?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Describe your in-house training highlight. What resources did you use?
  • Tell us about a time you outsourced employee learning. How did you select the training courses?
  • How do you connect with employees about career path options?
  • Have you ever designed a program that failed to address employee needs? What happened and what would you change next time?

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