Machine Operator
Top 10 Interview Questions and Answers

Question 1 of 7

1. What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
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1. What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
Top Answer
I dont want to learn about this mechine i know already about this.
Second Best
Responsibility of a photo copy machine operator.
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A willingness to learn,i pay attention to detail and want to grow with the company.
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I think I'm able to fit in well on the machine operator job that your company is offering. Being in operating industry for 5 years gives me the experience in handling machines.
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Denpable working hard.
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well as a machine operator job, i have all ready got an experiance about hadling machine, how to run thrugh out the product.
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im dedecated to may work, honest, i give may cometment to my job,passion ang most spicially open minded and freindly to other co worker
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2. Tell me about your training and how it would help you with this position.
Best Answer
I have 14 plus years of experience operating various equipment and vehicles.
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I have work quality and inspection of production to make sure you meet goals meet.
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My training has allowed me to excel to the top position as a operator. It has also giving me the opportunity to learn how to operate in a fast pace environment safely.
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3. How do you handle stressful situations?
Top Answer
Based on operator availability.
Second Best
Assess the situation first before any decision either to continue or not to continue for safety purpose.
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first of all calm yourself down and then think about it, working in team,always plan ahead
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I talk it out.
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I gather all information, before making decisions.
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I keep calm and stay focus on the task that I am supposed to be completing and not the issues that is causing the stress.
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Just be youself and work hard.
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4. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Top Answer
I almost ready to your company.
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I expect to be with the company for a long time and hopefully advance to the next level in your organization.
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i am planing for a future setling down in electronic and electrical practical job
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I plan to build a career with advancement.
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Not at all.
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As long as I could do the job.
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For as long as the comperney would have me.
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5. What's your ideal company to work for?
Top Answer
What do you operat?
Second Best
A company that is financially stable as well as loyal to their employees.
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Its my hope to do some special in machinary and the level of machinary up.
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Leena mar.
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Team work.
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becouse i have lots of practical experiance on operating machine
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A company that would help me advance in my carer.
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6. Why did you choose a career in machine operations?
Top Answer
Its my hope to do some special in machinary and the level of machinary up.
Second Best
I like operate a machine and like to learn more about machine operators.
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Love running first time quallity parts.
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becouse i know its a better future in there,and i love working with getting hand dirty
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I thought this would be a good challeng for me.
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I dident chose a career as a machine operator I worked my way into it.
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I enjoy the everyday challenge of solving random machine issues and coming up with new ideas on how certain tasks can be performed differently and more efficiently to make the job easier.
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7. What motivates you to work hard?
Best Answer
Great people. Also, knowing the reward that I see from my family that I am able to take care of them .
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Machine Operator
Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
Manufacturing
80%
Hard
Provided
Two Weeks
40 Hrs/Wk

Consider the parts of a toaster, such as the metal or plastic housing or the lever that lowers the toast. These parts, and many other metal and plastic products, are produced by machines that are controlled by machine setters, operators, and tenders—metal and plastic. In fact, machine operators in the metalworking and plastics industries play a major role in producing most of the consumer products on which we rely daily.


Source: bls.gov/oco/ocos224.htm
Last Updated: February 25, 2014, 9:52 pm
Education Requirements

High School Diploma or equivalent, is required for most jobs. A course in auto mechanics will be of use. Private vocational training would help landing a job much easier.

Machine Operator Reviews

Jul 1, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I have a lot of passion for the job I am applying for. My past training has shown that it is not routine and will enjoy the variety of work.
What do you enjoy about being a Machine Operator?
At the end of the day I can look back at a project and be proud of the work that was done.
Aug 8, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I feel it is a good fit and what can I bring to the company.
What do you enjoy about being a Machine Operator?
Making the best quality production and safe production customs.
What areas do you dislike about being a Machine Operator?
If I feel that I could not do the job I will not have applied for it.
What special skills does it take to be a Machine Operator?
Making good production for the customer and good quality.
Feb 22, 2015
What are some of your most memorable experiences as a Machine Operator?
Having some friends and learning new skills which can help to me develope internally.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Machine Operator?
Expecting for the enhancement of my knowledge and skills.
Mar 10, 2015
What areas do you dislike about being a Machine Operator?
In my previous job the one thing I disliked about being a machine operator was the rotating shift work.
Why did you choose this profession?
I enjoy the challenge of not knowing what could happen day in and day out on your machine. Whether you are changing the machine over for a different product, mechanical and electrical configurations go wrong, or simple minor conveyor and print adjustments. Everyday is different and I enjoy the desire to always being busy.
What types of customer engagement have you experienced?
The machine operators at my last position never really engaged with customers, but we did engage with certain vendors from time to time. I enjoyed when certain vendors would come to our machine to discuss certain material complaints we would face. It gave us the opportunity to show them our frustration and exactly what and where in the process it happens.
How often did you work in teams as a Machine Operator?
We were always working as a team. Each machine had a team of either four or five operators, with one of them being the machine leader. We had to have strong communications skills between each other in order to keep the machine running to smoothly while meeting all quality specs.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
In the past five years as a mchine operator I learned a lot, never being on a machine before I would have liked to know all the different belt and conveyor tracking techniques. Moving one small or one large conveyor just even an eighth of an inch can cause you an entire shift. Ive learned to pay very close attention to what you are adjusting and what way you are going because if the problem gets worse or better then you know where your starting point was.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
In the past five years as a mchine operator I learned a lot, never being on a machine before I would have liked to know all the different belt and conveyor tracking techniques. Moving one small or one large conveyor just even an eighth of an inch can cause you an entire shift. Ive learned to pay very close attention to what you are adjusting and what way you are going because if the problem gets worse or better then you know where your starting point was.
What special skills does it take to be a Machine Operator?
I am a very flexible individual who is dedicated to working in a structured environment with an eagerness to learn something everyday.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
A typical schedule to me would be days, with the potential to work overtime voluntarily or mandatory.
Mar 10, 2015
What types of customer engagement have you experienced?
I never had the chance to engage with customers in my last position as a machine operator but I did engage with certain vendors from time to time. We would file material complaints, reject, and send out poor material samples to our vendors when we had issues with any given material. Such as poor scoring on KDF boxes, hard solid spots throughout a spool of liner material, and even poor graphics on bags. These vendors would occasionally come to our machines to discuss our issues. I loved it because, us operators were able to explain exactly what has been happening and how it works on our particular machine. As we are the ones who perform the tasks and have to struggle through all the poor material it was nice that they let us explain it to the vendors.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
I am pretty wide open but I would prefer to work day shift. Second shift is not an ideal shift for me as it is difficult with family. I am open for overtime whenever available, and occasional second shift and overnight shift is manageable.
If you had to start over, what career would you choose instead of being a Machine Operator?
If I had to start over completely I would probably do something a long the lines of physical therapy. It has a strong job security, face different challenges everyday due to different injuries and how everybody heals and handles pain differently. I like to stay busy and constantly keep my mind thinking of how to improve every situation.
What type of stressful, high pressure situations, have you experienced?
One day my machine was scheduled to do a full machine grade change. The machine leader was out on vacation and our other two operators had called in. So it was just me and three random operators on overtime. The three operators were generally more lazy and hardly ever work on this machine. So it was up to me to explain everything that needed to be done and how important it was not to cut any shortcuts and may very close attention to detail on all instructions. I gave up my morning breakfast break so I could do all my given tasks plus be there to help these operators through everything as we had a deadline when start up was to take place. I felt like I was working a thousand miles and hour running up and down the machine helping everyone, but in the end it all worked out smoothly and there were a few things that needed minor adjustments on start up but all in all it turned out just fine and everything got done on time.
What special skills does it take to be a Machine Operator?
I am very flexible and dedicated to my work. I pay very close attention to detail and have the eagerness to learn and improve new things everyday.
What do you enjoy about being a Machine Operator?
I enjoy working as a team to solve any challenges that the machine may encounter. IT makes you feel good when something goes wrong and you are able to get it up and running again.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
Sometimes when something so simple goes wrong no matter how its been fixed in the past it will not give in. Something as simple as a small printer printing streaks onto the product. I purged it, cleaned the head or plate, tracked the belt underneath, and nothing seemed to work. Do everything exactly the same 2 or 3 times and then it takes off. Then it breaks down and does it again. The challenge of trying to figure out why something so simple can cause the biggest problems always blows my mind, but it gets you thinking and back tracking to what else could be causing it as its not always going to be the same breakdown even though it is acting up the same as it did in the last time.
What advancements do you expect in the future?
Assuming that you have different levels of machine operators I would like to advanced my skills and knowledge into moving up to higher levels of machine operations and potentially become a machine lead someday.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Machine Operator?
Health and Dental are always important, but I also find it very important to have a strong 401k, paid vacations, and a willingness to provide overtime.
What are some of your most memorable experiences as a Machine Operator?
The people I work with become family to me. They make all the difference at work, so for me it is the people I worked with, all the jokes, stories, and having somebody there to talk to at work.