Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.
BP Shipping Limited Interview Questions
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.
"I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the company, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful employees are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."
"Here are some ways that you can encourage ideas in others:
- Get to know them and what they like to work on
- Send an encouraging email letting them know you like their plan or ideas
- Publicly praise their efforts
- If they are doing a great job, offer them more related opportunities
- If you are a leader, then tell them that you like their ideas
- Say things like 'Well done' or 'Nice work' on a regular basis
- Show that you believe in their quality of work before they even deliver it"
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
Workplace relationships are essential to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.
"I feel that the best way to earn the trust of my co-workers is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."
"Here are some ways that you can build trust with your coworkers:
- Show common courtesy. Say hello, hold the elevator door, bring coffees now and then
- Be respectful in your communication, avoid over cc'ing unnecessarily in emails
- Avoid being a distraction, and respect the use of their time
- Respect their personal space and the line between work life and personal life
- Always ask if they have time before diving into a conversation
- Try to find the answer to your questions before running to ask a manager or co-worker
- Connect with them on LinkedIn but avoid more person social media platforms
- Treat everyone the same, regardless of their job title
- Do not complain about your job to your coworkers
- Reach out to new employees and make them feel comfortable
- Own up to your mistakes and fix them
- Be timely with your followups and meet your deadlines"
At BP Shipping Limited we believe in motivating our employees. How can we motivate you on the job?
Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.
"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."
"Here are some ways that an employer may try to motivate you. Which ones resonate most with you?
- Incentive programs where points are earned
- Showing complete trust in your work and performance
- Setting smaller, more achievable goals
- Helping you to find your greater career purpose
- Being a positive example to you
- Maintaining an open and transparent workplace
- Personalized incentives vs. Team driven incentives
- Getting to know you on a personal level
- Positive feedback based rewards system
- Offering a healthy work/life balance by encouraging time off
- Letting you know your voice matters
- Allowing you to take the lead on projects that excite you
- Handing out big-picture projects, so you feel that you are contributing to the company's future
- Public recognition"
Every day is different when you work at BP Shipping Limited. When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
Have you been asked to change your priorities on a dime? How do you react to this kind of shift in priorities? Assure the interviewer that you can respond professionally when it comes to sudden changes.
"In my current role, our schedule is changed on a regular basis and always at short notice. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes."
"I had to shift my focus when I learned that we were acquiring a smaller competitor. I had to change my plans to incorporate a new team, with new ideas, process, and procedures. Instead of working solely toward increased productivity, I had to back up work toward bringing our new team up to speed and integrate them into our processes."
If someone asked you the top 3 benefits of sea based transportation and logistics, what would you tell them?
The interviewer would like to see that you have a genuine interest in the business they conduct at BP Shipping Limited. Briefly discuss with the interviewer what you feel the benefits of sea transportation are.
"There are some great benefits to sea transportation, but I believe the biggest three benefits of working with an organization like BP Shipping Limited are that it's a great solution for transporting heavy and bulky goods. Also, sea transportation offers much more flexibility when it comes to the materials allowed to be transported. Thirdly, sea transport allows the greatest quantity of materials in a load, because of their large storage capacity."
"That's a great question! If I had to choose the top benefits of sea transportation, I would say that it's more economical for large shipments, it allows for a wider range of materials to be transported, and it offers fewer restrictions on the type of materials shipped."
At BP Shipping Limited our facility runs 24/7. What is your availability? Do you have a preferred shift?
If BP Shipping Limited runs a morning, afternoon, and evening shift then you should go into the interview being very clear on your preference and availability.
The last thing you would want to do is take a role that isn't a fit for your lifestyle. Keep your answer to the point. There is no need to over-explain your scheduling needs.
"My wife and I like to arrange our work schedules around our children's needs. For that reason, I am seeking an afternoon shift. This way I can continue to drive them to school in the morning."
"Although I do not have many restrictions in my schedule, I do need to be available for a prior commitment on Friday evenings. Other that than, I am happy to accommodate any shift, and overtime, as required by BP Shipping Limited."
When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
"I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential problems faster."
Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
You can say that you will go the extra mile, but it's best to give a real-life example to the interviewer about a time when you did just that. Offer up your references as well and discuss with the interviewer what you feel your most recent employer would say about you.
"My former boss would describe me as an employee who goes the extra mile. In my most recent position, I was always available by email, and many of my service clients had my cell phone number just in case of an after-hours emergency. When you call my reference he will be happy to expand on that for you, I am sure."
"Give examples of how you go the extra mile in the workplace. Here are some ways that employees will go the extra mile:
- Starting on an upcoming project ahead of time, without being asked.
- Taking action on any feedback, they receive from their manager. This action means taking a class to improve on a required skill or reaching a self-development book to help with communication skills at work.
- Coming to meetings ready to brainstorm or, better yet, with ideas already jotted down
- Creating new ways for themselves or their team to maximize efficiency
- Going out of their way to make their customers happy"
What would you do if you were made aware of a co-worker being dishonest or stealing from the company?
Companies want to know they are hiring loyal employees. Make sure that you illustrate in your answer that you would do the right thing and represent the company for which you are working.
"Unfortunately, dishonest employees are everywhere, and I certainly would not consider myself a 'whistle-blower' in the workplace. If I found that a co-worker was stealing, or doing anything to harm the company, I would approach them directly to ask what was going on. There is a good chance of the situation being a simple misunderstanding. If it wasn't a misunderstanding and the co-worker was outright defiant with their damaging actions, then I would bring it, professionally, to the appropriate parties."
"I am sure that you have an internal policy for employee theft so I can assure you that I would follow the required steps to report the theft. I am a trustworthy person with a strong track record of honesty with my previous employers."
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.
"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."
"I believe that being a dynamic leader can be subjective as not everyone will like someone's version of dynamic, especially if they do not like them on a personal level. For that reason, I would rather see myself as a personable leader. Being so, I feel that I could connect much better with my team and get to know them on a deeper level."
Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change, in one of your past roles?
The interviewer would like to know that you have the type of personality where you can take initiative. Show that you are happy being an engaged part of your company, and team.
Perhaps a new company policy was coming into place, and you helped to execute some changes. Maybe a new employee benefit program was introduced, or a new software implemented. In your example, be specific about what you did, and the impact your actions had - whether short or long term.
"Last month our company introduced a new software program called XYZ. I was already familiar with the program because I had used it in a previous role. I offered to do an employee training on the program, and my boss agreed to it. I took a lunch hour to give my presentation and then offered myself as the subject matter expert, moving forward. The implementation went very well, and my boss was thankful for my help."
"In my current position, I helped to rearrange our scheduling to save the company money on overtime and temporary staffing. I was able to make significant changes which ended up saving our company nearly half a million dollars in the first year. It felt great to make such a huge impact."
Judging by your resume, you appear to be overqualified for this position. What would keep you here, if you were offered the position?
Sometimes, hiring an overqualified individual can mean that they will leave when a better opportunity arises. Talk to the interviewer about why this position would be satisfying for you, long-term.
"I do have more years' experience than what you have outlined in your job posting; however, there are aspects of this position that would be new and exciting for me as well. For example, I would enjoy the exposure to more sales related duties. Despite my level of experience, there would be much for me to learn here."
"I do not think that I am overqualified for this role. I do believe that I bring a lot to the table, but my last few roles were with smaller companies where everyone wore many hats and had time to handle more responsibility. I like the idea of focusing on one job for a change."
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of setting goals and reaching them. The person who aims to achieve more and more every day is the exact person that every manager wants to hire!
Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to reach a career related goal that seemed impossible. Or, share a time when you received an award, and talk about the most challenging parts of achieving that award. Highlight your determination and focus.
"My company has a President's Club for all top sales reps. When you reach PC level, you earn a trip to Mexico! Last year I told myself that I was going to reach the President's Club level, no matter what it took. I worked an average of 50 hours per week, I doubled my cold calling numbers, and utilized areas of our Sales Force program that most people in our company don't even know about. Mixing my strong determination with sound technical skills, and willingness to push through, I made it! I was proud of this achievement."
"After recently hiring an entirely new team of people to roll out a critical project, I realized they needed to learn to work together. I created a leadership training program and cross-functional work group sessions to bring this team closer at an accelerated pace. It was a challenge to schedule and break the ice early, but we did it well."
What are your weaknesses?
This question is a pervasive one, but it continues to throw people off. This is not the best time to talk about your communication challenges with your partner or how you need to work on your golf game. Instead, focus on your professional life.
What is a quality that you are proactively working to improve? Whatever example you give, be sure that it is not a critical skill that will raise red flags to the employer. It's best to focus on a non-core skill when discussing your weaknesses.
"Although I am an Intermediate level user in Excel, I found that I was not up to date on some of the great functions offered by the program. I decided to enroll myself in an advanced Excel course. That course starts next week! I look forward to being an expert user soon."
"This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in a project, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also definitely inhibit the outcome of the project and my growth as a team player and individual.
I am currently working on this, as I know it is a deficit."
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."
"I waited before completing my college degree. While my career has been rewarding, I still wish I had gone to college right after high school."
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
Have you ever worked in a unionized environment? How do you feel about unions?
At BP Shipping Limited we connect businesses who need to ship their goods with businesses who require those goods. This means that relationships are everything to us. What is your customer service philosophy?
We like to hire well-rounded candidates at BP Shipping Limited. Walk me through your freight management experience.
We have many strong competitors at BP Shipping Limited. In your opinion, what sets us apart?
Why do you see BP Shipping Limited as a long term career fit? How does sea transportation fit into your long term career goals?
BP Shipping Limited puts safety first in all situations. What would you do if you saw a co-worker performing unsafe work?
This position may require you to lift up to 50 pounds, bend, and stand throughout the day. Are you able to meet the physical requirements for this role at BP Shipping Limited?
I see that you have recently worked for one of our direct competitors. Do you have a non-compete agreement in place?
At BP Shipping Limited we like to hire those who can think on their feet. When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
What are your strengths?
What makes you the best candidate for this position?
What do you think might be the greatest challenges faced in this job? How will you overcome these challenges?
What are your salary expectations?
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?