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At Basic Precast Company our customers, vendors, manufacturers, and wholesalers are all important to us. How do you keep a healthy balance to ensure that everyone is happy?

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    1.

  1. At Basic Precast Company our customers, vendors, manufacturers, and wholesalers are all important to us. How do you keep a healthy balance to ensure that everyone is happy?
    • Balancing the needs of multiple parties can be a challenge. Discuss with the interviewer how you ensure that everyone involved in a project is feeling happy and listened to. Provide some information in regards to how your current position requires the same of you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position I am tasked with anticipating the needs of our customers based on last years' trends. This approach means ensuring that our vendors keep us stocked - and at the price that our customers have come to expect. I find that the best way to keep a balance of satisfaction is by always being honest. When all parties maintain a healthy and realistic expectation, projects seem to run smoother."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "It certainly can be a juggling act to keep customers, vendors, manufacturers, and wholesalers happy...all at the same time! I know that situations come up and you cannot make all parties happy at the same time. With that said, my relationship with my customers always come first. I am kind and patient with our manufacturers and wholesalers because we need them too, but I am always clear with them on our project needs and deadlines."

    2.

  1. What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
    • Culture fit is a significant factor when looking for a new position. Talk to the interviewer about the types of personalities that you best work with. Be sure to remain positive and avoid using this as an opportunity to speak poorly of previous colleagues.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I best enjoy working with individuals who are driven, positive, energetic, and take accountability for their work. I do have the ability to work with a large variety of individuals; however, these are the ideal traits I would see in future colleagues."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I work well with a wide variety of personalities; however, I work best with those who are honest and hard working. Working alongside like-minded people, versus those you are at odds with, always makes a project run smoother."

    3.

  1. Give me an example of a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed.
    • Everyone has difficult decisions they have made in their career where little information was present. Focus on a choice you made in your job where you wanted more time to gather information, but instead, had to make a fast decision. Remember to pick an example that results in a positive outcome.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was an executive for a Home Renovations DIY blog, and after a google search algorithm update, our traffic declined 30% overnight. I quickly researched what the change was, how websites were affected and made the decision to hire more writers immediately. The decision created better content on the blog, and our traffic gained 50% by the end of the year."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I had a customer who was unhappy with the performance of one of my project managers. I had heard this complaint about the PM before so it was not completely out of the blue, but I did want to get his side of the story before taking disciplinary action. He would not return my calls, so I decided to take disciplinary action without his side of the story, going primarily by his work history and previous actions."

    4.

  1. Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
    • Have you ever faced a time, in the workplace, where you were put to the test when it came to your integrity? Perhaps a co-worker has asked you to lie, or you were tempted to be dishonest on your time sheet when the boss was away. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you overcame the temptation to be dishonest.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year our manager went away on vacation for three weeks. Some of my co-workers wanted to falsify our time sheets to reflect overtime hours that we did not work. I disagreed and was able to convince them that it was a bad idea and certainly not worth being fired over."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I worked with a Project Manager some time ago who always wanted to cut corners to save time and cost. It challenged my integrity because I value putting out great work. I ended up leaving that position because I was unhappy with the low standard of work expected of me."

    5.

  1. Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes, what would make me think that you will stay with Basic Precast Company?
    • Most hiring managers will consider more than two jobs in the past five years to be frequent movement. Take some time to explain your career progression to the interviewer. Be sure to avoid speaking poorly of any of your previous employers. This question is not the time to ramble on about how your former company did you wrong. The only appropriate answer is a short and sweet one.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Leaving Company X was due to a merger, and my role was eliminated. Company Y was a seasonal role, and I am now looking for a new position because my contract with Company Z is complete this March."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have had a couple of positions in the past that I took too quickly, and should have researched further. I am much more selective in my job search this time. I appreciate what Basic Precast Company stands for, and I see a long-term fit here."

    6.

  1. How would you describe your written communication skills?
    • Being a clear communicator, in written form, is a crucial skill to master. Have you taken any courses in communication and writing? Are you confident in your written communication skills? Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a brief example or story.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would describe my written communication skills as very strong and would rate myself as a 9/10. I have always had a penchant for writing and have taken university courses related to communication, writing, and journalism."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although my written communication skills are strong, I am still working on improving them because I do find verbal communication to be a more natural skill. One way that I am improving my written communication skills is by spending more time crafting emails and other forms of written communication to my staff and clients."

    7.

  1. At Basic Precast Company we use robust internal inventory management and project management systems. Do you have experience in SAP, Auto CAD, or Project Insight?
    • Assure the interviewer that you have the technical skills and abilities required of you in this role. You may not have experience in the specific programs and software systems used at Basic Precast Company but perhaps you have a general understanding of how they work. Briefly discuss the programs you have used in your recent positions and rate your level of expertise with each.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have used Program ABC for Inventory Management which I understand is similar to Project Insight. I am an intermediate user in SAP and also have about ten years' experience in Auto CAD. I am confident in my ability to learn your programs quickly as I consider myself to be a robust technical user."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am well versed in SAP, Auto CAD and Project Insight. I used SAP for approximately 12 years when I was with Company A. With Company B; I used Project Insight for about two years. I am more advanced with AutoCAD, having taken some college coursework in this program."

    8.

  1. Basic Precast Company has taken much care over the years to create healthy vendor relationships. How would you handle it if a vendor shorted you on inventory, resulting in a costly project delay?
    • Show the interviewer that you can work proactively with vendors when it comes to fixing errors and managing inventory expectations. Display your ability to remain professional, yet firm.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position, I have strong relationships with my vendors. If it ever happens that inventory is short, they will usually go out of their way to source the product from another one of their contacts."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If a vendor shorted me on inventory, which resulted in a project delay, I would be clear with them about the repercussions while, at the same time, giving them the wiggle room to work hard to fix the situation."

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  1. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
    • Are you the individual who will approach an assignment head-on, or do you need to research and plan first? Do you jump in and get it all done immediately or do you balance it with other assignments? Talk to the interviewer about how you approach essential assignments at work.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When my supervisor gives me an important assignment or task I am sure to assess the depth of the project then take a look at my schedule to see how I can appropriately balance it with my other work. I do not procrastinate because then it's easy to forget to fit them in."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "When given an important project, I will first review all of the details while gathering any questions that come to my mind. From there, I will research answers to the questions and then approach my supervisor with any questions that remain unanswered. At that point, I will dive into the project. My method is very calculated, and I have never missed a deadline."

    10.

  1. At Basic Precast Company we have many strong competitors. In your opinion, what sets us apart from the others?
    • It is essential to research Basic Precast Company before your interview so that you can fully understand why they are the top choice for your particular job search. Go to the Basic Precast Company website and check out any recent news, press releases, announcements, or awards/accolades they have recently achieved. Keep your answer brief and decisive.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "What sets Basic Precast Company apart from the others in your industry is the fact that you have won so many awards for environmental innovation as well as customer service. I would be proud to work here over any of your competitors. Basic Precast Company is doing a great job!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Through my research on Basic Precast Company I have found that you have the best online reviews and some very loyal customers. Basic Precast Company has the strongest reviews on Google and Yelp, which is great to see!"

    11.

  1. What feedback did you receive at your last job?
    • Every manager has a different approach to giving feedback. Some prefer to save it for the performance review while others dish it out on the regular. Your response to feedback is much more important than the input itself. Even if it was negative, if you can take it as constructive criticism, you can improve yourself and your skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the details of a project. I realized that I could be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and hyper-focus on things that aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize the steps I need to take and the tasks that need completion when working on a bigger project."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Every performance review, in my previous position, was very positive. I like to achieve greatness in everything that I do, and my manager appreciated that."

    12.

  1. Tell me about your most significant work experience that relates to this position.
    • This question is an excellent example as to why it is crucial for you to review the job description, in detail, before your interview. Have you ever held a similar position to this one? Can you draw any similarities between this role and another job that you have had?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "3 years ago, I worked for Company X in a very similar position. It required less team supervisory experience but additional educational components. The role also involved shift work and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis. These factors prepared me for a position like this one with Basic Precast Company."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "This position with Basic Precast Company would be my first role in the building products/construction materials industry; however, I have worked for manufacturers in the past. These roles taught me useful transferable skills such as customer service, inventory management, and health and safety best practices."

    13.

  1. At Basic Precast Company we do what we can to take environmentally friendly actions. Are you familiar with the U.S Green Building Council and their purpose?
    • The interviewer would like to know that you are familiar with environmental standards and efforts when it comes to the building products and construction industry.

      If you are familiar with the U.S Green Building Council: "The U.S Green Building Council is a member-based community of businesses and professionals who are active in green based building initiatives. They are a great resource for the construction community in ways that we can be more environmentally conscious during our projects."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The U.S Green Building Council is a member-based community of businesses and professionals who are active in green based building initiatives. They are a great resource for the construction community in ways that we can be more environmentally conscious during our projects."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you are not familiar with the U.S Green Building Council: "I have not had direct exposure with the U.S Green Building Council; however, it sounds as though they would be a great resource for those wishing to take greener initiatives in the building products and construction industry."

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  1. What is LEED and how do you think it affects our day to day operations at Basic Precast Company?
    • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a must-know topic for anyone in the building products and construction industry. Take a moment to explain your understanding of LEED briefly and be sure to ask about the level of involvement Basic Precast Company has with LEED initiatives.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From my understanding, LEED is the largest green building certification program in the world. It has significantly changed the way companies build. I would think that the LEED, and other environmental building initiatives, would greatly affect your day to day operations with Basic Precast Company. Do you find that these initiatives significantly affect your business?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Because I am new to this industry, I am likely not as familiar with LEED as you are. I have conducted some research and believe that LEED in an environmental based building initiative. Could you elaborate for me? I would love to learn more."

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  1. At Basic Precast Company we treat each of our customers, and their projects, as a priority. What is your customer service philosophy?
    • Your attitude towards customer service will reveal to the interviewer a lot about your work personality. What can Basic Precast Company expect from you when it comes to your interactions with their customers?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My customer service philosophy is that knowledge is power. The more I can inform my customers about the products available to them, the more educated their decisions are. This approach results in a better-finished product where everyone wins."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My philosophy is to treat every single customer the same, regardless of the size of their project. Everyone should feel heard, and receive great service at all times."

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