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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Every step counts for a successful project so at BHP Billiton plc we prefer to hire those who come highly trained. Do you have any post-secondary education related to project management or environmental affairs?
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Assure the interviewer that you come equipped with the knowledge level appropriate for this position. If you do not have a post-secondary education, then be sure to make a statement regarding your ability to perform the tasks required of you for this role with BHP Billiton plc.

If you have project management or environmental related post-secondary education: "I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."
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1.
Every step counts for a successful project so at BHP Billiton plc we prefer to hire those who come highly trained. Do you have any post-secondary education related to project management or environmental affairs?
Assure the interviewer that you come equipped with the knowledge level appropriate for this position. If you do not have a post-secondary education, then be sure to make a statement regarding your ability to perform the tasks required of you for this role with BHP Billiton plc.

If you have project management or environmental related post-secondary education: "I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have project management or environmental related post-secondary education: "My formal education related to environmental affairs is limited; however, I bring 15 solid years' experience in the industry. My knowledge level is healthy, and I am confident in my ability to surpass your expectations."
Anonymous Answer
"I'm currently studying a cluster of maintenance planning and projects."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a good start. Now, try offering up details on what you are learning, and what you hope the end result will be of this education (is this a formal certificate/diploma/degree?). Lastly, it will be essential to talk about how this knowledge will benefit BHP Billiton, should you be hired.
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BHP Billiton plc seeks to hire those who are up to date on the industry. Our industry is a competitive one with policy changing frequently. How do you keep up with industry trends and policy changes?
The interviewer is seeking for proof that you have a genuine interest in their particular industry. When you have a real interest in a topic, you will spend time dedicating yourself to grow your knowledge base.

Discuss with the interviewer a couple of ways that you keep yourself updated on industry trends and policy changes. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewer about the ways they keep prefer to stay on top of industry topics. You never know what other resources are out there and you may learn something new!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There are many great resources dedicated to the metals and mining industry. At the moment, my favorite resource is miningmagazine.com. I visit their website frequently and also subscribe to their blog. What is your favorite resource for industry related news?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I subscribe to a variety of print, and online, publications such as Mines to Markets, Mining Global and Cobalt News. Could you share with me some of your favorite resources? I always like to learn about new industry resources."
Anonymous Answer
"By reading company newsletters, magazines, and following mining news forums."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a great start! Could you elaborate on which magazines, and the names of the forums? The interviewer will be looking for details to know that you lean on reputable resources for your information.
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3.
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
The interviewer would like to know more about the types of decisions you are accustomed to making in the workplace. The way you answer this questions will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision-making requirements in this possible position.

If the job you are interviewing for requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet, you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. If you worked in tech support, you faced problems that you needed to find solutions for on a regular basis. If you worked as a sales rep, you might have been required to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

You may have faced with decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these types of decisions and be sure to highlight how these types of decisions have prepared you for a role like this one.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous position I was quite often required to make decisions on staff scheduling as well as hiring and terminating. I feel that role prepared me quite well for a position like this one. I have well-honed decision-making skills and my intuition, when it comes to hiring, has been elevated."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I regularly made decisions regarding pricing and discounts for customers. I had a standard set of criteria that I created, and I tried to let that guide me for consistency."
Anonymous Answer
"The decisions I made were assisting with the planning of maintenance to equipment without stopping the process of manufacturing."
Rachelle's Answer
Good answer - this is nice and clear! To complete your response, try adding in a sentence on how successful you were in these tasks, or something positive your management said about your decision making/leadership skills.
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4.
BHP Billiton plc likes to bring out the best in our employees. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
The interviewer wants to see that you are self-aware and understand the type of manager or employer that brings out the best in you. Some individuals prefer a close working relationship with a lot of accountability while others prefer space and autonomy. If you are unsure of the management style at BHP Billiton plc, try to leave your answer as open as possible. You can certainly ask the interviewer to describe their management style.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have worked with a wide range of personalities and management styles with great success. If I could express a preference, I feel that I perform best in an independent and autonomous environment. Can you describe the management style here?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I work best with managers who are patient, like to teach and are clear communicators. Because I am newer to my career, I do hope to work for a manager who can mentor me."
5.
BHP Billiton plc is committed to transparency, whether that means full disclosure to our board, the government, or audit committee. Do you consider yourself a transparent and honest individual?
Assure the interviewer that you are an honest individual who will respect the values and environment created at BHP Billiton plc. When a question like this is asked of you, it's a great idea to offer up your references as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I consider myself honest, and quite a transparent individual. I believe it is always best to have your intentions and desires known. In turn, I appreciate my employer being honest with me. I have prepared some references for you, and I'm confident they will speak to my honest character as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual, and you will be able to hear that directly from my supervisor when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as fundamental virtues."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes, by being transparent and honest removes all fears and gives me the self-confidence in doing things correctly."
Rachelle's Answer
Try to flesh out this answer a bit further and discuss how you, as a person, are honest in the workplace. This question is a great opportunity to tell a story about a time when you were honest and trustworthy in the workplace.
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6.
At BHP Billiton plc we understand that our industry can be a volatile one. In your opinion, what is the outlook for the metals and mining industry in the next year?
The interviewer wants to see that you have a keen interest in the industry and that you are up to date on some of the challenges and wins that BHP Billiton plc may be facing. You do not need to give an incredibly long and drawn out answer but be sure to highlight a couple of interesting points.

Wrap up your response by asking the interviewer their personal opinion on the outlook for the industry. This question from you could start an insightful and helpful conversation

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I read in an article a short time ago that mining was one of 2016's best performing sectors despite a slow start to the year. Citi analysts are predicting another solid year. How do you feel the outlook will be for this industry in the years to come?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although the prices for many commodities have declined over the years, I feel that we will be bouncing back again very soon. According to the Financial Post, 2018 is going to be a solid year for the metals and mining industry."
7.
We are looking for a long term fit at BHP Billiton plc. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but does assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for their position.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In 5 years I would like to be seen as an authority in our industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."
Anonymous Answer
"Ideally, in 5 years, I would like to see myself as a key role player within the maintenance department achieving KPIs to an agreeable higher standard."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a great goal that BHP Billiton could get behind! What steps do you plan to take to achieve this in the next five years?
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8.
In your opinion, why is our industry a fundamental one?
Employees who see value in their company, and industry, are going to be happier and stay longer. The interviewer is looking for your opinion on why the metals and mining industry is an important one. Show the interviewer that, if hired by BHP Billiton plc, you would have a sense of pride in what they do.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I strongly believe that the metals and mining industry provides an excellent boost in the economy; especially in those regions and states where mining activity is concentrated. Minerals and metals are what make nearly everything we have so without this type of mining, many of the products we know and love would not exist."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe the biggest reason why mining is necessary is that minerals and metals can rarely be substituted for anything. They are vital to our everyday lives. If mining stopped, we would not have other resources for some of the most important things we use every day."
9.
At BHP Billiton plc we take every step possible to be a leader in our industry. In your opinion, who are our competitors and what sets us apart from them?
It is incredibly important to research the company before your interview. You should learn who the company's competitors are. Discuss your findings with the interviewer and be sure to speak highly of BHP Billiton plc while answering this question.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched BHP Billiton plc and see that you truly are an industry leader in the metals and mining arena. From my research, I believe what sets you apart is your incredible dedication to safety, and to the environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"From my understanding, your biggest competitors are companies A, B, and C. I believe that BHP Billiton plc is different because you put safety above all else. Your public safety records are impressive, and I am excited at the possibility to join such a responsible company."
10.
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 choose to be a team player. If I had a co-worker call in sick, I would take over what I could. The only time I would draw the line would be if I felt I was being taken advantage of for some reason. For example, if they were purposefully being inefficient and expecting me to pick up the slack. For the sake of the company, I am always willing to go above and beyond the expectations."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Teamwork is important to me, and I am always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for the good of the organization for which I work. So long as I am not being taken advantage of, then I will happily step in to assist."
11.
What is your personal mission statement?
Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly important to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am not sure that I have a personal mission statement; however, my mission is to always treat people with respect and kindness. Kindness will always win, and people appreciate the gesture."
12.
Strong communication skills are important for any role with BHP Billiton plc. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Discuss with the interviewer why you chose that particular rating for yourself. Be sure to highlight that your exceptional communication skills will make you a success in this role with BHP Billiton plc!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 current 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 look forward to bringing my strong communication skills to BHP Billiton plc."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I will rate myself an eight because I value communication but, just like most people, I have things to learn. Some ways that I ensure clear communication are by utilizing multiple methods of delivering messages, and I give ample time for questions before implementing changes."
Anonymous Answer
"I rate my communication skills 9 out of 10, knowing that whatever task I engage in performing, I make sure that it is well communicated down the structure with procedures in place."
Rachelle's Answer
You sound very detailed when it comes to communicating procedures. Have you had positive feedback in the past, related to your communication style, that you could share with your interviewer?
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13.
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
The interviewer would like to know if you consider yourself a patient individual. Impatience can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in coworkers, so it is imperative that you can showcase your ability to remain patient and professional in workplace situations.

Patience is indeed a virtue but can be challenging to maintain when it seems that situations continue to push your buttons. Show the interviewer that you possess the ability to keep your cool in challenging conditions.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I do consider myself a patient person. I would rate myself an eight /10 for patience because I certainly have room to grow, but I do have a very long fuse. If I need a boost of patience in a challenging situation, I will take a step away, count to 10 and then return to the situation. I recently read a book, 'The Power of Patience' by M.J. Ryan which also gave me some excellent new methods for coping with stress."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I was once working with a group that could not quite get along, and it tested my patience a bit because it prevented us from staying on track and focusing on the goals. I went above and beyond in helping the group get along by scheduling lunches as a team and helping to mediate situations that needed it."
14.
Social responsibility is important to us. In your opinion, what is the best environmental effort BHP Billiton plc has launched in the past 3 years?
The interviewer wants to see that you have a keen interest in what they do at BHP Billiton plc and that you're up to date on their latest company news and efforts.

Visit the BHP Billiton plc website or Google the company name to see what you can find in regards to their latest environmental efforts. Keep your answer brief and complimentary. It's okay to ask the interviewer some questions on their environmental initiatives as well. This inquiry could be a great way to start a meaningful conversation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I like that BHP Billiton plc takes social and environmental responsibility so seriously. In my opinion, the best environmental effort that this organization has made in the last few years would be the mine land restoration program that you rejuvenated in 2015. Which environmental effort are you most proud of?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your organization has many great efforts focused on environmental sustainability. I would say that the most impressive efforts I have seen from your organization are the reduction of your energy and water consumption while maintaining a focus on minimizing land disturbance."
Anonymous Answer
"BHP Billiton plc is responding to climate change by reducing operational emissions and investing in low emission technology for sustainability."
Rachelle's Answer
Nice answer! It sounds as though you have done your research on these initiatives. The more detail you can go into (re: results, impact, etc.), the better.
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15.
At BHP Billiton plc we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?
Assure the interviewer that you are as concerned about safety as they are. In which ways do you put safety first? Talk about the importance of security in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"One of the reasons why BHP Billiton plc stands out to me as a potential employer, is your dedication to workplace safety. I feel that safety should be the number one consideration in this industry. It determines employee engagement, company profitability, and ensures a strong industry reputation."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Safety is of utmost importance to me! I take regular precautions in the workplace, and I continue to attend safety training while keeping my tickets and certifications valid."
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  1. Every step counts for a successful project so at BHP Billiton plc we prefer to hire those who come highly trained. Do you have any post-secondary education related to project management or environmental affairs?
  2. BHP Billiton plc seeks to hire those who are up to date on the industry. Our industry is a competitive one with policy changing frequently. How do you keep up with industry trends and policy changes?
  3. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
  4. BHP Billiton plc likes to bring out the best in our employees. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
  5. BHP Billiton plc is committed to transparency, whether that means full disclosure to our board, the government, or audit committee. Do you consider yourself a transparent and honest individual?
  6. At BHP Billiton plc we understand that our industry can be a volatile one. In your opinion, what is the outlook for the metals and mining industry in the next year?
  7. We are looking for a long term fit at BHP Billiton plc. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  8. In your opinion, why is our industry a fundamental one?
  9. At BHP Billiton plc we take every step possible to be a leader in our industry. In your opinion, who are our competitors and what sets us apart from them?
  10. 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?
  11. What is your personal mission statement?
  12. Strong communication skills are important for any role with BHP Billiton plc. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
  13. Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
  14. Social responsibility is important to us. In your opinion, what is the best environmental effort BHP Billiton plc has launched in the past 3 years?
  15. At BHP Billiton plc we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?
  16. What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
  17. What do you know about corporate governance practices in the metals and mining industry?
  18. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  19. How has your current job changed over the years?
  20. Considering your background is in an industry different from BHP Billiton plc, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this industry?
  21. We believe in giving BHP Billiton plc employees honest, open, and regular feedback. What feedback did you receive at your last job?
  22. How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
  23. Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.
  24. Integrity is a key value at BHP Billiton plc. When have you shown great integrity at work?
  25. How do you define success?
  26. Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
  27. When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?
  28. What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision and you do not feel you have all the relevant or necessary information?
  29. What is your current salary?
  30. Are you applying for any other jobs?
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