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Top 30 Actuant Corporation Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
At Actuant Corporation we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
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Question 2 of 32
Because Actuant Corporation 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?
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"In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."
"If you do not have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "I do not have exposure to working around multiple time zones; however, this is something I could pick up on very quickly. With technology these days I am sure I could find some help with a handy phone or desktop application. Also, I am not opposed to working outside of business hours on the occasions where I would need to communicate with a client across the globe."
Working for a conglomerate corporation can bring some unique challenges as their global footprint may be vast. Be sure to express to the interviewer that you are able to successfully handle those challenges. If you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."
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Question 3 of 32
At Actuant Corporation 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?
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"There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."
"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?"
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."
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Question 4 of 32
Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.
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"I went through a merger in 2010 with Company ABC. The transition during their mass-layoff was not handled as professionally as many would have liked; however, I believe that the leadership team did the best they could. I was lucky enough to stay on board with the company and my experience during the transition was certainly eye opening. I learned a lot through the process."
"I have been fortunate enough to have had very few disruptive changes in my previous places of employment. With that said, I do believe that some mergers and acquisitions can be beneficial to the company culture, if the transition is completed in a smooth and mindful manner."
When your work history includes employment with large companies and/or conglomerate corporations the chances are high that you have experienced a merger or acquisition of some sort. Perhaps you have been laid off through a process such as this? Talk to the interviewer about your experience. They are looking for an idea of your attitude when it comes to change in a corporate environment. Maintain a positive attitude and avoid speaking negatively about any previous employers.
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Question 5 of 32
Actuant Corporation 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?
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"I have always spent time volunteering with local organizations. This includes the animal shelter, the children's hospital, and our local food bank. I believe that no matter how busy we are we always have time to give back. I have researched the efforts that Actuant Corporation puts in when it comes to charity. Your values and interest in your global impact are impressive. It's one of the reasons I am so attracted to your organization."
"I have researched your company's efforts to give back and I really like that you consider your charitable efforts to be another method of determining the success of your organization. It's important to be an active part of the community, in any capacity."
It is very important that you research Actuant Corporation in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that Actuant Corporation supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at Actuant Corporation.
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Question 6 of 32
We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Actuant Corporation do to stand out from the rest?
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Question 7 of 32
Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Actuant Corporation?
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Question 8 of 32
Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Actuant Corporation. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
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Question 9 of 32
At Actuant Corporation 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?
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Question 10 of 32
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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Question 11 of 32
Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
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Question 12 of 32
Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
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Question 13 of 32
Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
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Question 14 of 32
What are your strengths?
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Question 15 of 32
At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
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Question 16 of 32
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?
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Question 17 of 32
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
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Question 18 of 32
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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Question 19 of 32
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 20 of 32
Tell me about your education.
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Question 21 of 32
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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Question 22 of 32
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
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Question 23 of 32
How do you define success?
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Question 24 of 32
When have you had to lead by example?
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Question 25 of 32
As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
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Question 26 of 32
How do you balance life and work?
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Question 27 of 32
What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?
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Question 28 of 32
What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
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Question 29 of 32
How do you feel about performance incentives?
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Question 30 of 32
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 31 of 32
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?
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Question 32 of 32
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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About Actuant Corporation

Actuant Corporation headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is a $2.8 billion multinational company with operations in more than 30 countries. Founded in 1910, the company was an integral part of the early industrialization period in the United States. In its early years, the company produced water pumps for the legendary Ford Model T and other motor cars. Currently, Actuant is structured into four business segments: Industrial, Energy, Electrical, and Engineered Solutions. The Actuant businesses within these segments are leaders in a wide array of niche markets, including branded hydraulic and electrical tools and supplies, specialized products and services for energy markets, and highly engineered position and motion control systems.

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