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On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
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Do you feel that you are a very honest person or do you have room for growth? This could be a tricky question as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your personal ethics.
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1.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
Do you feel that you are a very honest person or do you have room for growth? This could be a tricky question as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your personal ethics.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself an 9 because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Nobody is perfect but I would like to say that I am a 10/10 when it comes to honesty and how much I value that attribute in myself, and others."
2.
As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
Have you had a strong mentor in your management career? Talk to the interviewer about what type of influences have shaped your management style.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest influence in my career has been one of my Professors from University. Mr. Smith was my professor in Business Ethics and I connected really well with his teaching style. Even after graduating University, we kept in touch and he has greatly influenced my coaching, teaching, and leadership style."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The first CEO I reported to has been a tremendous influence on my career. That person helped shape my work ethic and passion for business early on, which has helped me become a better business partner along the way in my career. I wish to be someone who is fair, demanding and supportive. Someone who cares about the customers and cares about our people."
3.
What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?
Sometimes the greatest workplace challenge is a difficult task that puts you outside of your comfort zone. It could be something that requires skills you haven't mastered yet or qualities where you not the strongest. Explain to the interviewer why it was difficult but be sure to spend more time highlighting the actions you took to overcome the challenge.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The most challenging aspect of my last job was troubleshooting some of the older technology we worked with. We needed some serious upgrades, but they weren't in the budget. Learning how to work around this problem was quite a challenge, but I learned how by referring to old manuals and online forums. I ended up become one of the stronger users of this program, in our entire office! I quickly became the go-to person when anyone had questions on the technology."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The most challenging aspect of my previous position was to maintain a positive attitude at all times. The workplace culture was not a positive one but I tried to make it so through words of encouragement to my coworkers, trying to facilitate small events for our team to get to know each other a bit better, and also keeping a smile on my face throughout the day."
4.
Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?
There are many ways that you can be a fit for a position, even though you do not come with direct industry experience. Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit another employer, despite the industry. These are your transferable skills and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Although my background is not in your precise industry, I have worked with many clients who have been in your industry. I bring excellent transferable skills that qualify me for this position. These skills include my advanced abilities in Excel, my outstanding cold-calling abilities as well as my proven background in team leadership."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I bring a lot of transferable skills to this position and industry. At the end of the day, my talents and skills revolve around helping people and making companies profitable."
5.
At A.P. Moller - Maersk we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?
For many conglomerate corporations who have interests across the globe, international travel is a very important part of what they do. You must disclose to the interviewer if you are unable to travel internationally.

If you are able to travel internationally: "There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."

If you are unable to travel internationally: "I do have restrictions on international travel which I can fully disclose to you if I am still eligible for this role. I expect to have this restriction cleared in the near future."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am open to some international travel; however, for the sake of my family, I do not wish to travel more than 30% of the time. What percentage of travel is expected in this role?"
6.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would have to say my greatest accomplishment was reducing departmental costs by 25% by thoroughly reviewing packing slips and comparing them to invoices and contract terms for accuracy."
7.
Tell me about your education.
The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job. A few highlights you can focus on are some of the relevant topics you learned about while attending your courses. How will they help you in this new role? What were some of the most interesting things you learned?

Some ideas for you:

- If you have experience working on group projects, share how you improved your listening and communication skills when working on a challenging project.

- If you learned a new type of software or how to work a type of equipment you will need to know in this new job, talk about what you know and how you will apply this new knowledge.

While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned in your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
- Self-Motivation
Rachelle's Answer
"I am a big believer in post-secondary education. It adds a lot of value to those newer to the workplace. My post-secondary education was in Communication and Journalism. The courses in this program helped me to develop stronger business relationships through professional correspondence. I also learned persuasive writing skills which have proven to be incredibly helpful when working on client proposals, and in negotiations."
8.
How do you define success?
What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I define success by what we achieve as a team. The project, as a whole, needs to deliver on expectations before I consider the job a success."
9.
If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?
Show your confidence to your interviewer by explaining your willingness to be part of the team and not being afraid to pick up the slack when needed, but make sure you don’t allow someone to take advantage of you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I will always first choose to be a team player. If I had a co-worker call in sick, I would take over what I was capable of. The only time I would draw the line would be if I felt I was being taken advantage of."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If my coworker was purposefully being inefficient and expecting me to pick up the slack, I would likely not jump in. For the sake of the company, I am always willing to go above and beyond what is expected of me but not to the point where I am being taken advantage of."
10.
What are your salary expectations?
The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."
11.
How do you feel about performance incentives?
Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings re: performance incentives.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that performance incentives are a great idea. They keep an employee motivated to do a great job and ensure that they are on top of their KPI's. The majority of people are very enthused about being rewarded for their successes."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I think performance incentives are important for driving people to get results. For me, personally, they give me some skin in the game and get my team engaged in making an impact towards the results."
12.
When have you had to lead by example?
The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of the need to always lead by example.

"All the time!" As a leader, your actions, decisions, and demeanour are always under some form of scrutiny. The most stressful workplace situations often surround change so it's a great idea to talk about a time when your organization went through a major change. Change can be very challenging for some people. Discuss how you accept change with a positive attitude.

Perhaps a new software system was being implemented. Maybe your company was being acquired. Perhaps a change occurred in your senior leadership. Talk about how easily your team could have leaned towards negativity by becoming unmotivated, or acting fearful of the change. Highlight that you have genuine excitement surrounding the possibilities that come with change and that this excitement rubs off on your team.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"All the time!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I often lead by example when it comes to mandatory overtime. I work in an order-driven environment and sometimes we have to work late to get the job done. I don't let my peers see me get upset at last minute announcements."
13.
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Along with my 5 years working in this industry, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."
14.
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
It is always best to support your reply with a real life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out spelling discrepancies in communication and will notice the small things. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My attention to detail was actually a point of conversation in my last performance review. My manager was very pleased with the level of detail that I put into a large project recently. I put a lot of pride into my work and it shows in everything that I do."
15.
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of environments that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position prior to the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I work well in a high pressure, demanding environment that requires you to work smart and make your mark."
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32 A.P. Moller - Maersk Interview Questions
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Interview Questions
  1. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  2. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
  3. What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?
  4. Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?
  5. At A.P. Moller - Maersk we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?
  6. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  7. Tell me about your education.
  8. How do you define success?
  9. If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?
  10. What are your salary expectations?
  11. How do you feel about performance incentives?
  12. When have you had to lead by example?
  13. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  14. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  15. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  16. What are your strengths?
  17. Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  18. Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at A.P. Moller - Maersk. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
  19. We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does A.P. Moller - Maersk do to stand out from the rest?
  20. At A.P. Moller - Maersk we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
  21. Because A.P. Moller - Maersk is geographically widespread, we have to accommodate a variety of time zones. Do you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones?
  22. Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.
  23. A.P. Moller - Maersk puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?
  24. Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with A.P. Moller - Maersk?
  25. At A.P. Moller - Maersk we seek to hire those who are confident in their skills and proactive. How do you plan to make an impact on our business in the first 90 days?
  26. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
  27. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
  28. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
  29. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  30. How do you balance life and work?
  31. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  32. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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