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Top 25 ADTRAN Inc. Interview Questions

Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
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Question 2 of 29
We value communication at ADTRAN. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?
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Question 3 of 29
Tell me about a time when your communication skills greatly benefited your team.
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"My team is made up of great communicators whom I have trained to take every piece of information and break it down to the simplest factor. This approach has greatly reduced in-house issues related to communication."
"We recently rolled out a large organizational change. I took a very transparent approach to communication throughout the process. I asked the team for their feedback and buy in early in the process. We discussed some options that could be expected. Therefore, when the time came to roll out the change, there was very little surprise as the the new process. It was success!"
Strong communication skills are required in order to be an effective leader. How have your communication skills helped your team in the past?
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Question 4 of 29
How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
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"Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you simply have to relate to others in their own style to be understood."
"There are times in business when this happens. I make sure I regroup with the supervisor to explain the strain a gap in communication causes on the team. I then go into mending mode, ensuring the information that needs to be communicated gets disseminated out to the team."
You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a supervisor who does not communicate with you in way that you like.
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Question 5 of 29
When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
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"I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself."
"First impressions are everything and I make a strong attempt to build relationships with all of my peers right up front when starting a new job. I schedule meetings to make an introduction and ask discovery questions to learn how I can best support them when working together. It is also important to gain insight into their preferred methods of communications."
Due to a wide variety of personalities, relationships can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?
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Question 6 of 29
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
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Question 7 of 29
How would you describe your written communication skills?
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Question 8 of 29
Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
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Question 9 of 29
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
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Question 10 of 29
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 11 of 29
Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
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Question 12 of 29
At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
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Question 13 of 29
At ADTRAN, we give everyone the opportunity to be a mentor. Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?
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At ADTRAN, we value calculated risk. When have you taken an unusual risk in the workplace? What was the outcome?
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Question 15 of 29
Work volumes can become very high at ADTRAN. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 16 of 29
Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
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Question 17 of 29
How can ADTRAN motivate you, as a leader?
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Question 18 of 29
If ADTRAN hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
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Question 19 of 29
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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Question 20 of 29
What do you know about the culture at ADTRAN?
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Question 21 of 29
We appreciate innovative thinking at ADTRAN. When have you created a new product or service?
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Question 22 of 29
How often do you discuss work with your colleagues, in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
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Question 23 of 29
Give me an example of a time when you had to troubleshoot to solve a problem?
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Question 24 of 29
When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
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Question 25 of 29
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
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Question 26 of 29
ADTRAN encourages continued education. Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.
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Question 27 of 29
When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?
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Question 28 of 29
When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
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Question 29 of 29
What excites you?
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About ADTRAN Inc.

ADTRAN, Inc. is a provider of telecommunications networking equipment and internetworking products. Its headquarters are in Huntsville, Alabama.

The company is ISO 9001 and TL9000 certified. ADTRAN was a NASDAQ-100 Index stock from 1996 to 1998. It was #85 on BusinessWeek's 100 "Hot Growth Companies" list in 2006.

ADTRAN was founded by Mark C. Smith and Lonnie McMillian, and began operations in 1986. The AT&T divestiture of the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), with restrictions that effectively barred their manufacturing of equipment, created an opportunity for companies such as ADTRAN to supply network equipment, both to the seven RBOCs and the new and independent telephone companies in the United States.

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