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At Avnet our equipment standards are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?
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Equipment standards should be high so be sure to address with the interviewer how important the small details are to you. The interviewer would like to be assured that you have a keen interest in the details. Give an example of a time when your attention to detail saved the company from an expensive error or a safety issue.
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Top 30 Avnet Inc. Interview Questions with Full Content
1.
At Avnet our equipment standards are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?
Equipment standards should be high so be sure to address with the interviewer how important the small details are to you. The interviewer would like to be assured that you have a keen interest in the details. Give an example of a time when your attention to detail saved the company from an expensive error or a safety issue.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"After researching Avnet Inc. I could see that your organization has a keen eye for the details. I, too, am a detail-oriented person. Two months ago, during our quarterly audit, I noticed a couple of discrepancies that ended up saving my company $45,000. My supervisor was very thankful for my keen eye and ended up making me the inventory lead for future audits."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do consider myself meticulous and detail-oriented. In this industry, attention to detail is a matter of safety. Also, mistakes are expensive. In my last performance review, my supervisor commended my efforts when it comes to precision in my work."
2.
We put the safety of our employees first at Avnet which includes extensive safety training for our new hires. Walk me through your current safety training and safety related education.
Your safety-related training may or may not be listed on your resume. Either way, be prepared to discuss your training in greater detail. This includes any coursework, certifications, or informal on-the-job learning. Perhaps you have also led a safety course or trained new employees on safety protocols.

If you have particular safety tickets or certifications, you can bring those with you to the interview. There is a good chance that Avnet Inc. will want a scan for your employee file.

Be sure to acknowledge the safety standards at Avnet Inc. as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am formally trained in Fall Arrest, WHMIS as well as Confined Space. I have been an ESTS trainer as well. In addition to this experience, I have many hours of on-site safety training in my previous roles. I brought my current documents with me if you would like to make a copy. I am confident that my level of effort when it comes to safety will meet your high expectations at Avnet Inc.."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because I am newer to the industry, I have not completed a lot of related training. I am CPR, and First Aid certified. Could you tell me which safety training you would like to see me complete? I would be happy to get a head start."
3.
At Avnet we offer a range of equipment and services. How familiar are you with our business?
It is essential that you research Avnet Inc. before you go into your interview so that you have a firm understanding of the range of equipment and services offered, as well as their business strategy.

You should have a strong idea of the company vision as well as their most recent wins. All of this information can be found on the Avnet Inc. website by reviewing their 'news' or 'about us' sections. Google search for any recent blog posts, press releases, etc.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have read up on Avnet Inc. quite extensively since being invited to interview with you. From my understanding, the bulk of your business comes from A, and B. I read the press release posted on your blog last month and see that you are opening a new location in XYZ. Congratulations on that growth! I am very excited to join an organization as successful and progressive as yours."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I've had an eye on Avnet Inc. for quite some time and have worked for one of your competitors in the past. I am familiar with your product line and do know that your best selling equipment includes A, and B. Is there anything in particular that you would like to share with me about Avnet Inc., today?"
4.
The electrical equipment industry is vast. What area do you consider your specialty and why will your specialty help us at Avnet?
If you have a particular strength in your skills toolbox, then this is a great time to highlight those. It can be tough to brag about your skills, but the way you answer this question will likely be what sets you apart from the other candidates interviewing for this position.

If Avnet Inc. highlights any particular skills in their job posting/job description, it is a great idea to draw on those keywords as a reference when you are answering this question.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have approximately 12 years experience in the electrical equipment industry with 6 of those years being on equipment nearly identical to what you have in place at Avnet Inc.. In your job posting you requested candidates with exposure to A, B, and C. In my current role I am considered the subject matter expert with A, and C. My understanding of B can be classified as an intermediate level. If hired, my training time would be minimal compared to someone with less comprehensive experience within A, B, and C."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I consider my specialty to be in A, and B. With that said, I do have a wide range of knowledge in other electrical equipment and services. Is there a particular specialty that you are hoping to highlight in your next hire?"
5.
We have a few local competitors at Avnet. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the rest?
It is essential that you research Avnet Inc. before your interview and be sure to learn about their business landscape. Who are their competitors? What are customers saying online? Check out some favorite review sites to get an idea of what the public is saying about Avnet Inc. vs. their local competitors. Keep your answer positive and complimentary.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"After researching Avnet Inc. online, I found that you stand out from the many ways that you give back to your community. On the Avnet Inc. website, as well as third-party review sites, people are talking about the charitable contributions and generosity coming from Avnet Inc.. This makes your company a big stand-out to me because I am serious about working for an organization that is aware of their social impact."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In the electrical equipment industry, it is rare to have a fun and energetic vibe on social media. I think that Avnet Inc. stands out from the competition by being present on those platforms."
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