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31 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Question 1 of 31
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
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You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include capabilities that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.
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1.
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include capabilities that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In the past few years I was able to upgrade my education while still working full time. The biggest skill that I gained was my ability to multi-task as I worked the dual role of employee and student. I also have strong skills in a variety of Microsoft programs such as PowerPoint and Excel."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some transferable skills that you may have acquired along the way:

- Leading a team
- Intricate problem solving
- Particular software experience
- Organizational training
- Time management
- Self-motivation
- Listening skills
- Written communication
- Verbal communication
- Giving presentations
- Training new hires
- Hiring or on-boarding
- Research"
2.
Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
This question challenges you to think about how you act as a leader in your daily life. Even if you're not leading a team, you can still demonstrate the qualities of a leader!

Give an example of how you coached a coworker who was having difficulty preparing for a big presentation. Maybe you gave them confidence in their strengths by encouraging them, or perhaps you offered some helpful hints. You can be a motivator and a positive communicator in any situation at work!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I naturally take on a leader and mentor-ship type of role with my co-workers. In one instance, I had a new coworker who was having some troubles fitting in. I took her out for lunch and talked to her a bit about the workplace culture and semantics surrounding the various departments. I wanted her to stay and enjoy her employment with us, so I took the responsibility of ensuring she was settling in well. I believe there are always opportunities for leadership - you have to keep your eyes open!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I demonstrate leadership ability on a daily basis by effectively managing my projects and clients independently. It shows that I can take the lead on a project without having my hand held."
3.
The transportation infrastructure industry is ever-changing. At Alstom we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in what we do. How do you stay up to date on related current events?
The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in transportation infrastructure. Perhaps you read infrastructure related magazines, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to an industry-related blog. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to Alstom.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. Most frequently, I read Pavement Publications. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including Transport Data and Transport Now."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"It is a challenge to stay up to date on the transportation industry, with policy changing on a regular basis. The most reliable source that I utilize is 'Transport Topics.' With that said, I love to learn about new resources. Would you mind sharing with me your favorite source for transportation-related news?"
4.
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have been meticulous when paving my career path. Things have gone very well for me so far, and I am thankful for that. This position with Alstom will be a perfect compliment to both my short and long-term career plan."
5.
We have many opportunities for career growth at Alstom. Where do you see this position leading to in the next 5 years?
Onboarding new employees is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any employer. Assure the interviewer that you see long-term career potential with Alstom. Research the company online to discover any opportunities for future growth. Perhaps they have multiple departments or locations. Where do you see yourself growing within Alstom? Be enthusiastic when you discuss your long-term career plans!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My interest is to have a long-term and successful career within transportation infrastructure. I feel that this role with Alstom is a perfect next step in my career right now, but I also see room for future career growth here. You have a few leadership opportunities posted online. I read through the job description for those and am interested in working my way into a role like that with Alstom one day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am looking for a long-term career opportunity within the transportation industry. I feel that this role with Alstom is a perfect step in my career now, and for the future. I see that you have operations management positions open. My dream would be to earn a leadership role with Alstom down the road."

6.
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
Are you the individual who prefers to know what the routine will be, or do you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment and tend to prefer that pace. It's fast and makes every day different. I certainly enjoy the challenge!"
7.
Do you have more experience working within the public or private sector of transportation? Which do you prefer?
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for the interviewer. Once you have highlighted the bulk of your experience, you can discuss some of your favorite projects or areas of interest. Avoid talking yourself into a corner when it comes to your preference of public vs. private projects. Be as diplomatic as possible by highlighting the pros of each.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"For the past four years I have been working with ABC, in the private sector. Some of my favorite recent projects have included X, Y, and Z. With that said, I also bring public sector experience from earlier in my career. That experience was also helpful because it taught me a lot about process and navigating the red tape associated with government projects. I have learned a great deal from both public and private work."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have a balance of experience between public and private transportation. I have three years' experience in public transport and four years' experience in private transportation. The two sectors bring their challenges, so it is difficult to choose a preference. If I had to commit to just one, I would say that private transport brings me fresh challenges daily, which is exciting to me."
8.
How do you handle stress on the job?
Are you someone who can handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
9.
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
From your work history, picture a co-worker who didn't carry their weight or had a difficult personality. Maybe they were unmotivated or preoccupied with their personal life. Think about what bothered you about this person and how you were affected by their behavior.

Most importantly, the interviewer wants to know how you let this person's behavior affect you and your work performance.

Avoid taking this as an opportunity to complain about someone; instead, view it as an opportunity to showcase your ability to deal with difficult people while maintaining your productivity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous position, I did have a coworker who didn't pull their weight which created more work for the rest of the team. Our team started to complete most of the tasks when it came to group projects. It didn't take much time before our manager noticed this particular individual was slacking. I feel like, in most instances, the underachievers will weed themselves out over time, and it's rarely worth making a fuss over."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my first position out of college, I worked with a person who enjoyed gossip in the workplace. I found that I could redirect her to work by giving a quick reply and then asking her a pointed work question, which would get her back on task. There were a few key takeaways from this experience. I learned how to concentrate through chatter or disruption better than before, and I perfected my skills at refocusing someone else to the task at hand."
10.
Would you rather be considered a personable leader or a dynamic leader?
This question can be a tough one because everyone wants to be liked and considered personable. However, being a dynamic leader can make you a proponent for change in the organization. A hiring manager is going to want to know that they are hiring a change agent for their organization vs. a friend for their employees.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I do feel that I am a personable individual, but I won't always be everyone's cup of tea. I would much rather be a dynamic leader. As a dynamic leader I can ensure that the organization is benefiting from my presence and, at the same time, I can lead my team by example."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If I had to choose, I would rather be a dynamic leader. People cannot deny the ways that you impact their life, regardless of how they feel about you."
11.
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
Were you asked to take on a particular task, project, or responsibility that gave you a strong sense of enjoyment? Talk to the interviewer about this specific task and what it meant to you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In additional to my regular responsibilities, my previous employer also asked me to be the head of our social committee. This ask was very exciting for me because I love to have a workplace where people know each other, are comfortable having a meaningful conversation, and where everyone can let loose now and then. I planned four social events per year, and the turnout was always wonderful. Employee engagement went up, and some powerful connections were made."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would say that my favorite responsibility in my current position is the on-boarding and training of new employees. It's great to see their excitement for what's to come, and their passion for the industry. "
12.
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
If you have an expense account or resource allowance, it is very respectful to the company to be as thoughtful with that allowance as possible. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have recently implemented a schedule that allows for ride-sharing rewards which have cut down on our company's fuel expense by $9000 per month. I am quite proud of this initiative because it is not only financially responsible but also environmentally friendly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My current organization runs quite lean so, a big part of my job is to ensure that our resources are utilized as efficiently as possible. This year I wrote a new procedure manual dedicated strictly to cost savings efforts. The topics included energy efficiency and recycling."
13.
At Alstom we work hard to foster a team- based environment. Do you get along with multiple personality types in a close-working environment?
How you answer this question will reveal to the interviewer a lot about your personality and willingness to get along with others in a collaborative, team-based environment. Help the interviewer to see that you would fit well with the characters present at Alstom.

Give the interviewer an example of a time when you have worked with a range of personalities. This example could come from a previous work situation, your post-secondary experience, or even a volunteer opportunity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My current work situation is quite independent; however, I do volunteer on a weekly basis at the local homeless shelter. Every week there are new volunteers and new individuals with a range of needs. This experience has broadened my exposure a huge range of individuals. I am confident in my ability to work productively, and harmoniously, with multiple personalities in a close-working environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I find myself getting along with most people at work. I appreciate diversity in the workplace! Everyone has something to offer using their unique qualities."
14.
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
Often we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully move a job for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question clearly.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I try to leave the small, quick tasks for last. I do this to ensure that the more complicated parts of my projects are taken care of right away. This way, nothing comes back to bite me later on, as the deadline approaches."
15.
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you have experience using and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications. I am best versed in Brosix, AOL Instant Messenger, and Freedcamp. No matter which system you use I am sure that I can pick it up very quickly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My current company does not utilize any team-based messaging applications, but I am familiar with the team and project-based management programs such as Trello and Wrike."
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Interview Questions
  1. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
  2. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
  3. The transportation infrastructure industry is ever-changing. At Alstom we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in what we do. How do you stay up to date on related current events?
  4. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  5. We have many opportunities for career growth at Alstom. Where do you see this position leading to in the next 5 years?
  6. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  7. Do you have more experience working within the public or private sector of transportation? Which do you prefer?
  8. How do you handle stress on the job?
  9. Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
  10. Would you rather be considered a personable leader or a dynamic leader?
  11. Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
  12. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
  13. At Alstom we work hard to foster a team- based environment. Do you get along with multiple personality types in a close-working environment?
  14. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  15. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  16. Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  17. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to this position with Alstom.
  18. We have many competitors in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Alstom?
  19. Alstom puts a large emphasis on workplace safety and the health of our employees. How important is workplace health and safety to you?
  20. At Alstom we put a lot of emphasis on continued education. If you could take any course related to our business, what would you choose?
  21. Because of the nature of our business at Alstom we conduct background checks on all employees. Are you willing to comply?
  22. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  23. When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
  24. How did you go about suggesting changes in your most recent company?
  25. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  26. How do you manage a large workload?
  27. Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
  28. How do you respond to feedback?
  29. Would you consider yourself a creative person?
  30. What is your current salary?
  31. What questions do you have for me?
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