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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Published September 3rd, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Describe to me a time when you made an error at work, and the impact of that mistake. How did you correct it, and what did you learn?

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1.

Describe to me a time when you made an error at work, and the impact of that mistake. How did you correct it, and what did you learn?

Everyone makes mistakes; no one is perfect. The interviewer is asking this question to see how you handle situations when you make mistakes. Give an example that demonstrates how you took responsibility for your error and fixed it. Also, what you learned from the experience as a result. Sometimes learning from our mistakes allows us to gain some valuable tools.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I was slated to demonstrate our new technology in beta to an important client and was running late for the meeting. During the presentation, I ran into many avoidable technical errors. The presentation was not smooth, and I didn't get the feedback I wanted. I apologized not only to the client but also to the tech team for failing to gather the information we needed. As a result of this, I made sure to practice the techniques and bring all of the necessary gadgets, including a hotspot and a small projector. That way, no matter what their network or supplies looked like, and no matter what room I was in, I could give the best presentation possible. It was an exercise in humility, and I learned a lot in the process."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Last month I made a financial accounts error where 4 of our vendors ended up not being paid on time. Our company faced some large fees for overdue payments. I stayed overtime that week to call each vendor personally. I owned up to the situation, explained the error, and negotiated the fees down. I learned from that error and have been conscious to not rush through my work since then."

2.

Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?

The interviewer is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.

1. The company wants to know what kind of timeline is present before you are scooped up by another organization.
2. They want to know how discerning you are with your job applications.
3. They want to know the types of roles that interest you.
4. They want to hear that they are your top choice.

You can certainly discuss your search but avoid giving too many details. Give the interviewer enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I recently started my search and had found some interesting job postings related to my software engineering degree; however, your role is the position for which I am most enthusiastic. Because Boeing Australia is involved in aerospace as well as defense, I see endless career growth opportunities."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you are not interviewing: "I just started my search, so I am not in final interviews with any other company. I am aggressively seeking a new role but am discerning at the same time. Boeing Australia is a top choice because you are one of the largest defense contractors in the world and your reputation for quality is second to none."

3.

We are looking for highly specific tertiary qualifications for this role. Tell me about your education and how it will help you in this position with Boeing Australia.

It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by Boeing Australia to ensure that you have the proper educational requirements. If you do not bring the desired degree or certification, be prepared to defend your education and remind them why you are still the best candidate for the job!

If you have the desired education: "I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with tertiary qualifications in Software Engineering or Computer Science. I have my degree in Software Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with tertiary qualifications in Software Engineering or Computer Science. I have my degree in Software Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you do not have the desired education: "I have a Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although my degree does not boast a primary focus on Aerospace, I do have significant industry training outlined on my resume."

4.

At Boeing Australia, we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?

The interviewer would like to see that you have experience in the industry; whether your aerospace experience comes from private or public entities. If the job description or job posting from Boeing Australia points out a preference of one over the other, it is wise to focus your answer on that particular experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I noticed in your job posting that you prefer to see experience in the public aerospace sector. I do have experience in both public and private; however, the most recent three years of my work experience is in the public sector. I have excellent knowledge of EASA and FAA aviation regulations."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I can say that I have equal experience in both public and private aerospace matters. Is there a specific sector where you would prefer to see a stronger level of experience? I would be happy to highlight that experience for you, further."

5.

How do you define success?

Boeing Australia is one of the top companies in the world, and they want to hire people who are winners, too. 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."

6.

Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Boeing Australia. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?

Many companies involved in Aerospace and Defense have sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy individual who can handle being under a confidentiality agreement with Boeing Australia if hired.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am a highly trustworthy person. My background includes many years of experience working on sensitive projects. I fully understand the desire that Boeing Australia has to protect their data and am more than willing to sign a confidentiality agreement."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Yes, I am willing to sign a confidentiality agreement with Boeing Australia at any time in this process."

7.

Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Yes, I am happy with my career progression. I have always been the type to set out a detailed plan for myself and take the required action steps to get there. This position is most definitely in line with my expected career progression."

8.

What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

The interviewer wants to know that you are interested in your industry, and career growth, enough to take your professional development into your own hands. Even if your current employer does not offer perks like industry conferences or tuition reimbursement, there is no reason why you cannot take the initiative.

You could:

- Read industry or career-related books
- Subscribe to relevant podcasts
- Enhance your education with an additional certificate
- Attend a conference related to your career or personal growth
- Teach yourself a new software program
- Read established journals and websites on a regular basis
- Find a mentor who is senior to you, in your particular industry or career path

Rachelle's Answer #1

"This year, I committed to improving my knowledge by reading one book per month. I mapped out my twelve books ahead of time, including topics on my career, the industry, personal development, politics, history, and leadership. I would be happy to share the list with you if you'd like!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I subscribe to a variety of management related podcasts, which I listen to every morning on my commute to work. The list of podcasts that I listen to include Gary Vaynerchuk's 'Ask Gary Vee' Show, 'What Great Bosses Know,' with Jill Geisler, and 'Dose of Leadership' with Richard Rierson. The lessons I have learned from these industry pros are invaluable, and I love that I can commit my driving time to develop myself professionally and personally."

9.

Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.

The interviewer wants to know how you overcome challenges in a team environment. They want to see that you persevere, despite being faced with teamwork challenges. Give an example of a time when communication became an issue; perhaps due to personality differences or a misunderstanding when it came to the scope of the project. Be sure to express to the interviewer how the communication issues affected the team, and how you overcame those communication challenges.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I recently worked on a team project focused on our business growth analysis. Each person on the team was asked to analyze a different set of data. In the end, we came together to discuss the results but couldn't seem to agree. We were struggling to listen to each person's opinion on their findings. I suggested we give each person a chance to talk through their findings, uninterrupted. It seemed to help us, but I did learn that there can be major challenges when a team has many aggressive personalities."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My team is made up of many personalities, which means that communication often suffers. We have over-communicators, brief communicators, and everyone in-between! The last project, our differences were very prevalent, so I held a team meeting, outlining a communication schedule which offered a happy medium. This schedule worked very well, and I will be implementing it for future projects."

10.

How do you react to an increase in your workload?

Workloads will increase and decrease as the market demands. And, in the aerospace and defense industry, demand is always high. The interviewer would like to know how you adapt when the work starts to pile up. Show that you are willing to work faster, put in overtime, or take work home when needed. You will also want to express your time-management abilities.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I fully understand that my workload will increase from time to time and I easily accept that. I prefer it when times are busy, so I do not mind an increase in workload now and then."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My workload changes by the minute. Many of my clients have shipping emergencies, and I need to adapt to those as they arise. I keep organized with google calendar and my iPad. What would I do without them!"

11.

When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.

Boeing Australia employes about 3,500 people - all with different personalities, backgrounds, work styles, and opinions. The interviewer would like to know how you plan to start relationships with your new co-workers. Due to a wide variety of personalities, coworker connections can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?

Here are some ideas for getting started on the right foot:

- Be willing to accept feedback and help
- Offer to join a committee or volunteer assistance in some way
- Do not have an air of entitlement or act as though you know the ins and outs immediately
- Avoid all company gossip, at all cost
- Be thankful for the equipment that you have. Don't complain about your used computer or your slow dial out line!
- Be early on your first day (and every day after that!)
- Come dressed appropriately

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I understand that people like to talk about themselves. The best way that I can create new relationships with others is by asking them about themselves. Hopefully, we find common ground and make a quick connection!"

12.

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."

13.

When have you significantly contributed to obtaining a corporate goal?

The interviewer would like to know that you would take an interest in the overall goals of the company if hired. Engaged employees are always the most productive. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of being an involved team member by assisting, in some way, to the end goal of the corporation.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My most recent employer had a solid interest in giving back to the community. So much so that we, as a group, logged our volunteer hours as another KPI. We would review our community contributions on a quarterly basis. Our goal was always to hit a minimum of 500 volunteer hours per quarter which meant that everyone would volunteer one day per month. It was a great initiative and one that I happily participated in."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"As a senior sales team member, I am held very accountable for company-wide goals. When we were having a slow month, I took it upon myself to come in early and stay late to get my numbers, and therefore my team's numbers, up. This extra effort motivated the vast majority of the sales staff to take the same approach, without direction from leadership. Because of everyone banding together on our terms, we were able to exceed our monthly quota by 124%."

14.

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 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."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I think it's important always to be a leader. The old cliche of "dress for the job you want, not the one you have" applies here. From the get-go, it's important to walk in the door and let your supervisors know that you are ambitious and driven for growth and also let your coworkers and reports know that you're here to grow and help them grow, too."

15.

Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.

An interviewer needs to hear that you have a plan in place to keep yourself organized. The interviewer wants to evaluate your time management skills, and diligence when faced with prioritization. Start off by mentioning that you are typically an organized person. From here, dive into a recent time-consuming project for which you were involved.

Tell the interviewer that you started off by ensuring you had your schedule mapped out before you dove into your workload. Discuss if you made a to-do list, updated your calendar, or created a color-coded agenda. Share whatever organization method worked for you! Talk about how you diligently stuck with this plan for the duration of the project and how it allowed you to complete the project on time successfully.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am a naturally organized individual. Without proper organization, a project can get out of hand quite quickly. I was recently involved with a project that required 30 hours of my time in a two week period while I was also in the middle of several other projects. I was able to stay on track with visual reminders, mid-day check-ins, and a strong support team. I ended up working some overtime, but that is par for the course in project management!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Every new departmental project that I take on requires a great deal of time from me. To minimize time lost, I like to map out my plan of attack and then start the action sequence. I use a few tools like FreedCamp and Evernote to help me remain organized."

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  1. Describe to me a time when you made an error at work, and the impact of that mistake. How did you correct it, and what did you learn?
  2. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
  3. We are looking for highly specific tertiary qualifications for this role. Tell me about your education and how it will help you in this position with Boeing Australia.
  4. At Boeing Australia, we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  5. How do you define success?
  6. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Boeing Australia. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  7. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  8. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
  9. Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
  10. How do you react to an increase in your workload?
  11. When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
  12. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  13. When have you significantly contributed to obtaining a corporate goal?
  14. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
  15. Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
  16. What types of inspections and maintenance have you performed on aircraft engines?
  17. The competition for this role at Boeing is fierce. Why should we hire you?
  18. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not correctly communicate information to you?
  19. There is an aggressive learning curve for every new Boeing employees. Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new within a short deadline.
  20. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
  21. Your workload will be large at Boeing Australia. How do you balance life and work?
  22. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  23. It seems there are particular skills necessary for this position that fail to stand out on your resume. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
  24. 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?
  25. Our goal is to be in the Top 50 Fortune Global 500 list one day. After researching Boeing Australia, what do you think we could improve on?
  26. At Boeing Australia, we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  27. Because of the nature of business at Boeing Australia, we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
  28. There are numerous career avenues you can take with Boeing Australia. Which career path interests you the most?
  29. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
  30. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Boeing Australia, we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace-related current events?
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