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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?

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1.

How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?

Did you start working at a young age? Perhaps you have held some tough jobs earlier in your career? Many hiring managers agree that the best employees are ones with 'grit' and who have held a 'dirty job' or two in their lives. Talk to the interviewer about your early work experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have been working since I was just 14 years old. My first job was as a shop hand for my father who was a mechanic. I had to sweep, clean, greet customers and order parts. It was a great way for me to get my hands dirty and I was taught excellent customer service skills from an early age. Everything that I learned during that time has helped me to stay grounded and humble in my career."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I started my career working in an office, so I was able to quickly understand how important it is to stay organized and maintain clear communication with everyone on the team. I believe my early experience will help me succeed in this position because it caused me to form good habits from the beginning."

2.

Your workload will be large at Ball Corporation. How do you balance life and work?

It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Not every day will be balanced, and I understand that. I find that I can achieve a great work/life balance most days when I take some time to do something for myself. Whether that be a quick workout, or cooking a delicious meal when I get home."

3.

How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?

Coming up with ideas to increase productivity, efficiency and save time and energy is a great way to make an impact on your coworkers and the company.

Having the ability to see problems as opportunities is a skill that can make you an essential asset to a company. Think of a time you had a chance to make a difference by making a change in a process or procedure.

Rachelle's Answer #1

" I would say that at least once a month I have an idea, big or small, that I present to my manager. My most recent innovation was (give a detailed example)."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am always thinking of new ways to increase productivity and improve the methods I use to complete my work."

4.

Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?

When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change? Talk to the interviewer about how you adapt to change.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When a change occurs I initially try to balance the pros and the cons before reacting. Overall I would say that I prefer to focus on why the changes will work. I am a positive person by nature."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some changes can be tougher to accept immediately than others. Once I understand the motivation or the goal behind the change, I can easily adapt."

5.

The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Ball Corporation we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?

The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in the aerospace and defense industry. Perhaps you read aerospace-related books, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to a blog related to this industry. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to Ball Corporation.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. It's truly fascinating. Most frequently, I read the International Journal of Aerospace Engineering. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including www.aviationweek.com."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Staying up to date on aerospace-related events is quite easy with a couple of phone applications I have downloaded, and a few blogs to which I subscribe. I would love some new suggestions as well! Do you have any strong recommendations?"

6.

At Ball Corporation we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?

It is essential to research Ball Corporation before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors and why you feel Ball Corporation stands out from the crowd. Visit the 'News' and 'About Us' section on the company website to find out if they have received any recent awards or accolades.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have seen that you have a few competitors in your industry; however, after reviewing your website, online reviews, and seeing your multitude of recent awards I feel that working for Ball Corporation would be a real honor and great step in my career. You stand out from the crowd for refusing to bend from your company values."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Your organization stands out in many ways. What impressed me the most was your safety record, employee tenure, and growth opportunity. When it comes to your competitors, would you agree that these are stand-out areas for you? I would love to hear more about your company's competition plan."

7.

Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?

Sometimes a great achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way.

When faced with an impossible deadline and regular interruptions that cause you to have to switch gears every thirty minutes, completing a simple project can seem like climbing a mountain!

You have a couple of options for how to approach this: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share a significant accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it.

Either way, you are showing your determination and focus on reaching your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job for which you are interviewing. Try to keep it as career relevant as possible.

Rachelle's Answer

"One achievement that I am proud of is graduating University as an honors student while still working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and earn recognition for my dedication."

8.

How do you define success?

What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see progress and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Success is the completion of any task you set out to do or any goal that you set for yourself. Success receives interpretation in many different ways but I know I have been successful when I feel that relief and contentment only accomplishment can bring."

9.

How do you manage your time?

What tools do you use to stay on task and meet deadlines? How do you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once? Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar? Do you set reminders? Sometimes a to-do list is helpful when organizing your time because it can help you prioritize what needs to happen next. Paying attention to which tasks require the most time and which ones bring the most value are ways you can pick and choose what needs to happen in your schedule. What are some ways you have found work best for you to manage your time at work?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Time management has been something that I have worked on improving since my time in University. I set goals for myself and attached a time deadline for those goals. Also, I am diligent with the use of my calendar and have a great scheduling app on my phone that I refer to as well."

10.

Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?

The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.

Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.

Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Yes, I think it is possible! What makes a great team member is not that they agree with everything but the level of respect and positive thought that goes into the person's communication style. It's okay to disagree; however, you have to communicate your thoughts professionally."

11.

What is your current salary?

A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

If you are currently employed: "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000, plus a car allowance of $900/month, and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000, plus a car allowance of $900/month, and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you are currently unemployed: "My most recent position paid me a base salary of $45,000 plus overtime and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

12.

How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were 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! You can 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 confident communicator in any situation at work! Share how you have positively influenced others through actions you've taken to support and motivate others at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I demonstrate leadership qualities every chance that I get! I believe that everyone can be a great leader if given the right environment and opportunity."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"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."

13.

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 responsibility 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.

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 with my customers so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my client-facing tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I would leave my email to last! I find that once I am in my email, it's a never-ending whirlwind of small replies and to-dos. For this reason, and to remain focused and productive, I will schedule my email time periodically throughout the day."

14.

Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?

Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the "nice to have" or even the "must have" skills listed in the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"nice to have"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I would be happy to clarify my experience in any skills. Could you tell me which skills you feel I am missing for this position?" (Once the interviewer responds, you can overcome that objection by better highlighting that specific experience, or discussing a related skill that you DO have.)"

15.

Who would you say inspires you?

Show you preparedness for the interview by having an immediate answer. The only wrong answer here is, "I don't know." In most discussions, you will get one or two personal questions to see how you present yourself. You want to be able to articulate yourself well, responding politely and even passionately when appropriate. An excellent way to respond to this question is by sharing a story about a person who has been a positive influence on you and your career. If your dad motivated you to push through to finish your education, talk about how that impacted you. Who showed you that it was possible to overcome even the most significant obstacles? Who taught you the skills that brought you where you are today?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I don't know."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have always been inspired by my grandfather. He is the person who gave me an initial interest in the aerospace field. He is the hardest working person I know, and he taught me how important it is to read and continually grow. Because of him, I always seek to learn."

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Interview Questions

  1. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  2. Your workload will be large at Ball Corporation. How do you balance life and work?
  3. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
  4. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
  5. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Ball Corporation we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
  6. At Ball Corporation we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  7. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
  8. How do you define success?
  9. How do you manage your time?
  10. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
  11. What is your current salary?
  12. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
  13. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  14. Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
  15. Who would you say inspires you?
  16. Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?
  17. We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with Ball Corporation.
  18. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
  19. At Ball Corporation we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  20. There are numerous career avenues you can take with Ball Corporation. Which career path interests you the most?
  21. Because of the nature of business at Ball Corporation we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
  22. Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Ball Corporation, what do you think we could improve on?
  23. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Ball Corporation. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  24. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  25. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  26. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  27. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  28. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
  29. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
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