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Blue Origin Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Blue Origin job interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of and why it’s significant.

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin, was quoted as equating accomplishment to making the impossible possible. He said, "The idea of going to the moon was so impossible that people actually used it as a metaphor for impossibility. What I would hope you would take away from that is that anything you set your mind to, you can do." He then quotes the pioneering rocket scientist, Wernher von Braun, who after the moon landing, said, "'I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with great caution.' And I hope you guys take that attitude about your lives."

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35 Blue Origin Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of and why it’s significant.

      What You Need to Know

      Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin, was quoted as equating accomplishment to making the impossible possible. He said, "The idea of going to the moon was so impossible that people actually used it as a metaphor for impossibility. What I would hope you would take away from that is that anything you set your mind to, you can do." He then quotes the pioneering rocket scientist, Wernher von Braun, who after the moon landing, said, "'I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with great caution.' And I hope you guys take that attitude about your lives."

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      How to Answer

      It is obviously of value to research any company you are interested in pursuing an opportunity. However, it is just as important to research yourself, your professional experience, your setbacks, and your accomplishments, and consider every qualifying and transferable skill you can think of which could lend to your credibility. The idea is to align what you have to offer with what they are looking for in a candidate.

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      Entry Level Example

      "One achievement I am proud of is graduating from University as an honors student while working full time. My thesis made that possible. Nearly every peer and professor said my approach couldn't be done, especially within the timeframe allotted. Yet I received a perfect score for my thesis and a standing ovation. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals I set for myself, even when others said it couldn't be done. It felt great to accomplish so much and earn recognition for my dedication."

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      Community Answer

      "An achievement I am proud of is earning all A's so far in my master's program while working over full time and being deployed many times. It showed me that I could be committed to my career and still reach the goals that I set for myself."

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  • Adaptability

    2. Do you find change difficult to adapt to, or do you prefer being in an ever changing environment?

      What You Need to Know

      This question aims to assess your general attitude to your professional environment or your approach to your work. It tests your adaptability and flexibility. How you answer could inform the interviewer whether you are a half-glass-full or half-glass-empty person. One of Blue Origin's leadership principles says, "Leaders derive energy from pulling people together and moving in the same direction while leaving room for healthy tension and dissent. They recognize that skeptics productively lead them away from failure. They also recognize that cynics suck energy from the team like air from a vacuum chamber."

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      General Example

      "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."

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      General Example

      "Some changes can be more challenging to accept than others. I can easily adapt once I understand the motivation or the goal behind the change."

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      Community Answer

      "When it comes to change, I am all for it. In the military, change happened all the time, so I am easily adaptable. I am a positive person by nature and will focus on why it will work and why it is better than the old approach."

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  • Behavioral

    3. What gets you up in the morning?

      What You Need to Know

      This question is a common question asked in a Blue Origin interview. Passion is one of the most important keywords that Jeff Bezos repeats on Blue Origin's website. Therefore, this question asks how your passion inspires your career pursuits, ensures your job satisfaction, and fuels your drive and motivation throughout your day.

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      General Example

      "I love what I do. They say you should eat, drink, live, and breathe your job; that describes me. I am doing what I love and love geeking out about what I do. So, loving my life and feeling gratitude as I do, I am excited every day to keep pursuing my dream. Not a bad way to be."

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  • Behavioral

    4. What is your favorite spaceship?

      What You Need to Know

      This is a standard Blue Origin interview question aimed at getting to know you as a person. Jeff Bezos explains that his experience watching the lunar mission as a child excited his imagination and fueled his passion for this industry. So this ice-breaker aims to reveal where the source of your pursuit in the aerospace industry began. Have fun with this question, and be yourself. Show them your personality and how well you'll fit in with their teams.

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  • Behavioral

    5. Who would you say inspires you?

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      Some define inspiration as something outside yourself that unveils possibilities and alters your perspective. That, in and of itself, is humbling. As one of Blue origin's leadership principles states, "Leaders look to the past for inspiration and knowledge. They know when to ask for help and embrace that help when given. Leaders are slow to take credit for their own contributions but are quick to point out the value of others."

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      How to Answer

      Articulate who you are through those who positively influenced your character. It can be someone related to you, a mentor, or a hero figure. Anyone who showed you it was possible to overcome even the most significant obstacles. If you can align your figure of inspiration with their values or leadership principles, even better.

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  • Career Goals

    6. Are you willing to travel for work or relocate?

      What You Need to Know

      It is just as important to explore the potential opportunities for your career growth at Blue Origin's eight national locations (Seattle, West Texas, Cape Canaveral, Washington DC, Huntsville, Los Angeles, Pheonix, and Denver) as it is to familiarize yourself the requirements and expectations for the position you are applying for. How you answer will speak to how far you want to take your career and how determined you are to succeed in those goals. Assure them you are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed in your pursuits while mapping out your goals.

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  • Career Goals

    7. What direction would you like to take your career at Blue Origin?

      What You Need to Know

      With hundreds of employment opportunities available at the company, and multiple locations handling different projects, you must thoroughly research Blue Origin before your interview and determine how your long-term career goals align with the opportunities they offer. Be sure to assess the potential growth opportunities Blue Origin has to offer, and where possible, incorporate their language or key phrases into your answer: "BUILD THE FUTURE. JOIN TEAM BLUE. LAUNCH YOUR FUTURE. IGNITE YOUR CAREER."

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  • Career Goals

    8. Have you progressed in your career as expected?

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      One's career progression rarely follows a linear path; for some, that can be a touchy subject, especially if your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. When this is the case, it's worthwhile determining how you would contextualize those detours and what valuable lessons you learned that you've applied toward your professional growth. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

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  • Communication

    9. Do you believe managing up is a sign of team work or insubordination?

      What You Need to Know

      One of Blue Origin's 12 leaders principles is, "Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit. Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. Once a decision is determined, they commit wholly."

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Managing up doesn't mean micromanaging your superiors or approaching from the presumption that you know better. It is a supportive role where you provide insight that helps support their roles as leaders. This interview question evaluates your sense of diplomacy and how well you get along with those in positions of authority. When you don't agree with the decisions or approach your leadership takes, do you prioritize the needs of the team and work constructively towards a mutually beneficial outcome, or do you sow dissent and accomplish nothing?

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  • Communication

    10. What do you think Blue Origin could do differently to be the top rated private aerospace company in the industry?

      What You Need to Know

      When a company asks for your feedback or thoughts on what they could improve as a company, it's best to keep your answer positive and light. This question is a personality test to see your approach to onboarding and how well you'd get along with their existing teams. Someone who comes on strong, presumptuous, or opinionated is likely to rub others the wrong way and could hurt morale and productivity. This question can be tricky to answer without knowing the ins and outs of the company, what they have already tried, and what they have ruled out. Proceed with caution, humility, and emotional maturity. Where you can, compliment them on what they are doing right.

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  • Communication

    11. Tell us about your communication skills.

      What You Need to Know

      Communication is integral to the operations of any business, especially in the aerospace industry, where it can save or put lives at risk. Blue Origin states that safety is their top mission. Describe your communication skill by sharing all the tools you employ when communication breakdowns occur. Discuss your style towards nondefensive communication and how you adapt your style to others who are less-skilled communicators. Display your ability to actively listen, validate, mirror, and ensure the message sent is the message received. As Blue Origin says in their leadership principles, "Mission-driven leaders create and communicate a direction that inspires results, and their actions and attitudes are guided by "mission first."

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  • Compatibility

    12. How do you keep up to date on aerospace-related current events?

      What You Need to Know

      Blue Origin often makes headlines, as do its competitors. Additionally, Blue Origin posts articles about the most recent developments on their news page on their website. Your interviewer wants confirmation that you are a reliable resource for the latest news, developments, and trends in the industry. The more in the know you seem to be, the more convincing your passion for your career and industry will be. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to the aerospace industry. One keyword that repeats throughout their mission statements and values is passion.

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  • Compatibility

    13. Who are Blue Origin’s primary competitors, and how do you think they compare?

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      It is essential to research Blue Origin, its competitors, and the industry before your interview and determine how Blue Origin stands out. Visit the 'News' and 'About Us' section on the company website to find out if they have received any recent awards or accolades. Go outside their website and refresh yourself on everything written about them.

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  • Compatibility

    14. What was the biggest aerospace innovation in the last decade?

      What You Need to Know

      Sharing something recent and relevant will assure the interviewer of your strong grasp of the happenings in your field and your passion for your career in the aerospace and defense industry. If possible, briefly discuss something related to Blue Origin which caught your attention to drive home your vested interest in furthering your career with them.

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  • Critical Thinking

    15. How do you prioritize your work, and what do you prefer to leave for last?

      What You Need to Know

      Your interviewer is interested in learning more about your work style and how organized and strategic you are in your approach. Jeff Bezos uses several keywords, including 'operational,' 'practical,' and 'pragmatic.' This question aims to determine whether you leave the tasks you least prefer for last out of procrastination or prioritize your tasks according to what makes the most sense when it comes to effectively managing your time.

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  • Critical Thinking

    16. How often do you think of innovations to improve your work performance?

      What You Need to Know

      One of Blue Origin's leadership principles says, "Leaders push for high-performance technical architectures and are willing to break new ground with novel approaches. They use judgment to make these decisions, and recognize that even 'simple' lower-performance systems are hard to develop. They understand that medium-performing variants of high-performance architectures can meet mission needs and provide a path to higher-performing upgrades."

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question aims to explore your approach to your work. How you answer will reveal whether you are constantly evaluating how to maximize your performance, increase productivity and efficiency, and save time and energy for yourself and your teams. Recruiters are always on the hunt for resourceful candidates who think outside the box and keep an eye out for growth opportunities.

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  • Direct

    17. Are you bound by any non-compete contracts? Would you have any issue with signing and adhering to a non-compete contract?

      What You Need to Know

      With this question, the interviewer is offering their candidates an opportunity for transparency. If Blue Origin is a direct competitor to your current or most recent employer, you should carefully review your employment contract to ensure nothing is hindering you before the interview and be forthcoming out of respect for their time. They want to avoid any hurdles when they enter the offer and negotiations stage. Sometimes, a company will deem it worthwhile to navigate such legal hurdles for a desirable candidate. In those cases, they'll want to know what to expect in advance rather than be caught off guard, delaying the process and putting your credibility and integrity in question.

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  • Direct

    18. Would you have any issue signing and adhering to a confidentiality agreement?

      What You Need to Know

      As the world enters another space race, the leading aerospace companies and agencies need to be very cautious about who they hire. Many companies in Aerospace and Defense have sensitive information and trade secrets they take extra measures to protect. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. Assure the interviewer that you are trustworthy and willing to comply with any confidentiality agreement.

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  • Direct

    19. Would you have any issue with Blue Origin conducting a criminal, credit, and education background check on you?

      What You Need to Know

      Background checks are commonplace and should be expected. If you have any concerns about what might come up, transparency is the best approach, as it allows you to provide context to what might be uncovered. Life happens, and not everything that arises in a background check is a deal breaker. However, agreeing to a background check and hoping something won't come up after you assured them you have no concerns would speak to a lack of integrity and disrespect for their funds and resources.

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  • Direct

    20. Tell us about the employment gaps in your work history.

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      If you have employment gaps on your resume, this is your opportunity to offer context to those periods of your life. Whether you decided to re-prioritize the demands on your personal life, continue your formal or informal education, address the health concerns of yourself or your family, or become a stay-at-home parent while your significant other pursued their career, be honest. Entrusting your interviewer with this personal information while framing it in a professional context can go a long way.

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  • Direct

    21. Where else are you interviewing? Are any close to offer?

      What You Need to Know

      The interviewer wants to know about your professional worth and if another organization is looking at you. They are curious about how discerning you are with your job hunt, the types of roles you are interested in, and where they rank among your list of preferred positions. Feel free to answer honestly while filtering the information you volunteer. Give the interviewer enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.

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  • Diversity

    22. Do you have experience working in a diverse and inclusive environment?

      What You Need to Know

      Blue Origin's website includes many mission statements and value propositions about diversity and inclusion; "Blue Origin embraces a culture of inclusion and belonging. We encourage diversity in employment across race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, physical or mental disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The work culture is diverse, inclusive, and equitable, and encourages fresh perspectives from bold, diverse voices, as their unique selves, foster friends and allies for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, veterans, parents, and more. Space is for everyone."

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question aims to reveal how comfortable you are working in a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. When answering this question, you want to exhibit a high cultural competence. Discuss your experience in this area and your exposure to people from varying backgrounds and experiences. If you don't have much experience in this regard, speak sincerely while keeping your body language open and relaxed. If this environment makes you uncomfortable, then reconsider whether this working environment is the right fit for you and your career goals and job satisfaction.

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  • Education

    23. How do you feel your education could give you a leading edge in this role?

      What You Need to Know

      Thoroughly research the company and the job post description to ensure you have the desired educational requirements. If you only meet the minimum educational requirements but not the preferred requirements, consider what your education and experience can lend and what you uniquely offer instead of those requirements.

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  • Experience

    24. What unique skills do you have to offer in lieu of the preferred skills you seem to be missing?

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      Most job descriptions will detail a long list of preferred requirements. Hiring managers are aware that it is unlikely they'll find someone who checks off all the boxes, and this wishlist can sometimes be impossible to fulfill. Don't give up on pursuing the position if you are missing some of the "nice to have" or even the "must have" skills listed in the job description. Now is the right time to exhibit determination. Be forthcoming about where you come up short and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to make up for those skills in other desirable ways. Exude confidence and determination.

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  • Experience

    25. Do you have more aerospace industry experience in the private or public sector?

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      The interviewer is curious about where your field of expertise or unique strengths lie. Whether your aerospace experience comes from private or public entities, be prepared to explain how your unique experience is transferable to this role. If the job description or job posting from Blue Origin suggests a preference for one over the other, focus your answer on that range of experience.

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  • Experience

    26. How do you feel your early career experience will aid you in this position?

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      One of Bleu Origin's leadership principles is as follows: "Show Grit (Keep Climbing) - Leaders convey optimism without naivety. They say "let's figure it out." They take setbacks in stride and know it's not about how they start, but how they finish. They display grit by refusing to stop at the first barrier and constantly looking for a way to make forward progress. Keep climbing at a steady pace--it's the best way forward."

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      How to Answer

      We often pick up some of the most valuable skills in our formative years as a professional. These could be organizational skills, work ethic, or the discovery of our leadership potential. Grit is one of the keywords from Blue Origin's leadership principles. 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 and how it helped build your character as a professional.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    27. How do you prefer to be motivated on the job?

      What You Need to Know

      Jeff Bezos said, "I think we all have passions, and you don't get to choose them. But you have to be alert to them. You have to be looking for them." It is this messaging that is behind one of Blue Origin's leadership principle; Passion for our Mission - Our mission is bold--to enable millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. Blue leaders are above all else mission driven. Mission-driven leaders create and communicate a direction that inspires results, and their actions and attitudes are guided by 'mission first.'"

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      How to Answer

      When answering questions about how you prefer to stay motivated on the job, discuss what it would take to earn your loyalty. What drives your passion is what motivates you in your career, whether it is a desire to evolve into a higher-up position in your career, to graduate to the leading teams in rocket research and development, or to be a trusted and relied upon contributor. Share what you are passionate about and what you are ultimately working toward. Tell the interviewer how you would like to get there while allowing them to help you achieve those goals.

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  • Leadership

    28. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

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      Another of Blue Origin's 12 leadership principles is "Earn the Trust of Others - Leaders are sincerely open-minded, genuinely listen, and examine their own strongest convictions with humility. They value diversity, in all its forms, since different viewpoints result in novel ideas. Their openness enables them to trust those around them--and to earn the trust of others in turn."

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      How to Answer

      This question speaks to your leadership potential, your sense of teamwork and collaboration, and how you view your professional growth while working towards your career goals. Some rise to the top by leading the way and helping the rest of their teams rise with them. One's ability to coach and mentor others while encouraging and developing teammates speaks of true leadership while offering mutually assured success. Consider these points while formulating your answer.

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  • Leadership

    29. Tell us about a time you demonstrated leadership potential when not in a position of leadership.

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      One's leadership potential can often be exemplified in how one shows initiative, prioritizes the needs of the team, anticipates the needs and decisions of their leaders, and keeps their eyes on the big picture. It could also be demonstrated in identifying growth opportunities, volunteering for something rather than waiting to be volunteered, coaching others, and seeking feedback. While considering how to answer this question, try to align your values and language with theirs. As stated in Blue Origin's Leadership Principles, "Titles don't define leaders; behavior does."

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  • Organizational

    30. How do you approach managing your time?

      What You Need to Know

      Describe your systems approach to prioritizing your projects, ensuring you stay on task, adhere to your deadlines, and adjust accordingly when adapting to change. Share how you determine which tasks require the most time or bring the most value. As Blue Origin states on their website, "Leaders focus on the key inputs for their business and deliver them with the right quality and in a timely fashion."

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  • Performance Based

    31. Tell us about a time you suffered a setback and how you dealt with it.

      What You Need to Know

      Here are a few of Blue Origin's statements on demonstrating leadership despite facing setbacks; "Leaders are owners. Leaders have a habitual drive to correct errors at the root. They take setbacks in stride and know it's not about how they start, but how they finish. They display grit by refusing to stop at the first barrier and constantly looking for a way to make forward progress."

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Taking ownership of your failures, personal or professional, examining what needs to be learned from that failure so as not to repeat that mistake, and staying true to your word that you won't make that mistake again, are signs of leadership. Admitting to it exhibits strength rather than weakness. It shows that you own it and have moved on. However, someone who tries to cover their tracks out of fear of being held accountable for the mistake exhibits a lack of leadership potential and integrity and little regard for the impact that mistake may have on the rest of the team. The interviewer is interested in learning where you fall on the scale.

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  • Performance Based

    32. What is your definition of success?

      What You Need to Know

      This question is an opportunity to share your philosophy, passion, and drive with your interviewer while aligning your definition of success with theirs. Showcase the positive attitude you'll bring with you to their teams. The higher your emotional intelligence, the more desirable a candidate you'll be. Someone who experiences a failure or a setback can take what can be learned from that experience to further guarantee success on their next attempt.

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  • Problem Solving

    33. Three light switches control three corresponding bulbs in the next room. From where you are, you can’t tell which switch controls which bulb. Only entering the room once, how do you determine which switch operates which light?

      What You Need to Know

      This question is a fun riddle Blue Origin poses for their candidates. It intends to determine your problem-solving analytical skills in real-time. Before looking up the answer, try to solve this problem on your own. If you already know the answer, admit to it, and have fun with the question. Any connection you can make with your interviewer during more relaxed questions, the higher the likelihood you'll be a more memorable candidate.

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  • Salary

    34. What is your current salary?

      What You Need to Know

      A potential employer will often base their offer on your current professional worth. However, it is up to you to reveal that professional worth. Therefore, you should be transparent about everything that constitutes earnings and be prepared to back that up. That should include what you currently earn, including any bonuses, performance-based earnings, and benefits, plus how frequently you receive pay increases and your projected worth over the next five years.

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  • Stress

    35. How do you establish and maintain a healthy balance between your personal and work life?

      What You Need to Know

      A healthy work/life balance prevents burnout and ensures job satisfaction. Employees should also avoid bringing additional stress or drama from home into their professional domain. Share with your interviewer how you ensure balance through time management, effective project management, and stress management. Showcase how you avoid bringing your work stress home and your stress from home to work.

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