It can be hard to know how to respond when your manager tells you about ways you need to improve, primarily when you are working so hard already! Don't let this question catch you off guard! You want the interviewer at Boeing to know that you take feedback constructively and that you don't take this sort of thing personally. Discuss how you accepted the input and what you did to implement the information to improve.
Boeing Interview Questions
Tell me about a time when someone gave you difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
It can be hard to know how to respond when your manager tells you about ways you need to improve, primarily when you are working so hard already! Don't let this question catch you off guard! You want the interviewer at Boeing to know that you take feedback constructively and that you don't take this sort of thing personally. Discuss how you accepted the input and what you did to implement the information to improve.
"My manager told me, earlier in my career, that I needed to pay closer attention to detail when she noticed some mistakes in my paperwork. I am meticulous about staying organized and double checking my work, so I was a little surprised at first. I took a deep breath and let my manager know that I would have a peer review the documents before I submitted them and that I would take extra steps to make sure it didn't happen again. I now use a couple of programs and apps to ensure my work is triple checked before I submit it."
"I handled the problematic feedback by listening carefully to what was said. I then took the time to review the points raised and put in an action plan to improve my performance."Lauren's Answer
Collaboration versus isolation is a key message you can drive home with your response.
"When I have received difficult feedback, I use it as an opportunity to collaborate with the person reviewing my performance. Creating an action plan helps my problem-solving nature and, together, my manager and I have a working document to visualize my progress and remain accountable."Was this answer helpful? Yes (2) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I have always valued feedback and believe it is the only way to improve yourself. I tend to listen and ask advice on how to improve the situation. On the rare occasion, this has happened, I have appreciated the other person's honesty and valued the opportunity to have a conversation about it and get it addressed."Rachelle's Answer
It sounds as though you readily accept feedback and quickly implement improvements. Try to give a specific example of a time when you faced this situation.Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What are your weaknesses?
Even though the recruiters at Boeing are looking for excellence, they know you're not perfect. To successfully answer this question, you will need to be strategic! First, think of an area where you can improve. For example, maybe you could do a better job of taking the initiative to solve problems before they become an issue. Even though it may feel vulnerable to share a weakness, your self-awareness is a strength! Your insight that you know you need to grow in this area shows the interviewer that you know you have room for improvement and that you have a desire to grow. Now, think about how you can explain what you're doing to improve. Don't be hard on yourself! You can refine if you work at it! Show that you are proactive in growing and learning from your weaknesses!
"I tend to be a perfectionist, which means I can often get caught up in the details and get behind on deadlines. I am working on creating a better infrastructure for my days, setting reasonable goals and planning. This method has helped me to manage my time and not lose time striving for impossible perfection."
"In the past, I have had an issue with time management. I went on a management course where I learned about the Eisenhower matrix. I use this method together with my mobile phone time management app to improve my time management."Lauren's Answer
Great response! Your experience with training courses makes you a stand out candidate. All the trainings you have attended should be reflected on your resume. Be ready to name another weakness in the event you are asked in an interview.
"In the past, I struggled with time management. When I notice deficits, I try to better myself through continued education and training. I took a Management course that introduced me to the Eisenhower Matrix, which was very helpful and I use on a daily basis along with a mobile time management app. I took the necessary steps to better that particular weakness."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I'm too focused and independent in problem-solving and sometimes find it difficult to ask for help, especially when I feel I can finish the task myself. I have worked on overcoming this weakness by implementing project management techniques that help me connect with other experts and team members when help is needed."Rachelle's Answer
Very well said. This question can be tough to answer, but you have done this seamlessly. You show what you are doing to improve, and the weakness you provide is not a core skill for the job at hand.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
How would you communicate with someone who has a different cultural background?
Show that you are a team player by demonstrating how you have gone above and beyond to support other team members who are different from you. Being perceptive and sensitive to others is critical! Explain that you are accustomed to working in diverse environments and that you can quickly adapt to any different situation in which you are placed.
"I have worked with people from all backgrounds and personalities. Whenever I join a new team, I make a point to get to know each person and find ways we can connect. I made a point to help one our new hires feel welcomed by taking them to lunch and letting them know that I am available if they have any questions. I wanted to help make the transition of moving from Saudi Arabia and working at a new place as smooth as possible."
"I have worked in a few different countries, in Germany, I worked with french, german, Spanish and Indians for Americans and with Japanese support remotely. I like to take time to get to know people and where they are from, as I am interested in travel like to find out about other countries. Its always to go for a meal with people from different cultures, particularly since a lot of different cultures are based around food and people feel more comfortable and open up when they around food from home,"Kristine's Answer
Great response! It's clear you have experience working with diverse cultures, and you thrive in building relationships with people from various cultures. I reworded your answer in places to help with clarity.
"I have worked in a few different countries and developed good work relationships with people from different cultures. In Germany, I worked with French, German, Spanish, and Indian co-workers, as well as with American and Japanese co-workers for remote support. I like to take time to get to know people and where they are from, and I am interested in traveling and finding out about other countries and cultures. I always go out for a meal with people from different cultures, particularly since a lot of different cultures are based around food, and people feel more comfortable. They open up when they are enjoying food from their home countries."Was this answer helpful? Yes (2) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I respect people coming from different cultures. I do this by listening carefully and speaking clearly to avoid any miscommunication."Mary's Answer
I altered some of the wording in your response. I don’t want to imply that you speak clearly and the other person does not (which is not your intent).
"I respect people of all cultures and backgrounds. When communicating with someone of a different cultural background, I listen carefully and intently. In return, I try to clearly convey my response to ensure I am adequately handling their needs."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Tell me about your experience working in this field.
Open-ended questions like this can feel a little overwhelming at first. Learning how to talk about yourself is a skill that will help you express yourself clearly and concisely. Boeing wants to hear about your accomplishments, not your qualifications. Start by writing out a summary of your experience followed by a few pivotal moments where you made an impact. Highlight your expertise, skills or any training you have received. You can also include any continuing education, from workshops to higher education that you have pursued to further your career.
"I have worked in the ABC field for the past four years, after graduating with my (related degree or post-secondary education or formal training). I have worked with Company XYZ for the past six years, and you can see. What you may not know from my resume is that I have spent a lot of time training others newer to this role, and have been formally recognized by my organization for a job well done (insert accolades, awards, and notable achievements). I look forward to bringing this experience to work for Boeing!"
"I have been working in IT for near 25 years. My interest has always been to combine a business vision with an IT background. For most of the 25 years, my assignments have allowed me to achieve that. I started as a management consultant before becoming more focused on the technical side of the work."Rachelle's Answer
Good start! Try adding a bit more about some projects that you would have been working on in the past year or so.Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I have worked in the aerospace field for 11 years. I have been in operations for 20 years. This means that I can quickly add value to Boeing's business."Lauren's Answer
Fantastic response. I changed the wording slightly.
"I have worked in the Aerospace field for 11 years and Operations for 20 years. My vast experience can be highly valuable for your team at Boeing."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Tell me about a time when you reached a goal within a tight deadline.
Imagine yourself racing to complete an assignment with only six hours left to reach the finish line. Whether you have experienced this type of pressure in school or the workplace, you understand the intensity. Boeing wants to hear that you are determined and motivated. They want to hear how you navigated the obstacles along the way. Explain the steps you took to make it happen. Be sure to share the results!
"My previous boss gave me a 30-day deadline to hire four new technicians. After that, we were going to be meeting a hiring freeze with an undetermined end date. I used a service called Zip Recruiter and was able to make three excellent hires within two weeks."
"We started on implementing a new saw; suddenly, the supplier indicated that they had to deliver early. We had to work extra hours to ensure that the area needed was cleared two days earlier than planned. That meant increasing the workforce allocated to this task from 1 to 4 so that the job could be done in 2 days instead of 4 days."Lauren's Answer
Great example. There is a way to highlight your leadership and problem-solving skills that were required for this scenario. I want to create a consistent flow of highlighting your strongest skills. Reiteration of Leadership and problem-solving will help you stand out and be more memorable.
"There was a time when I had to think quickly to resolve a change in a target deadline. A supplier was making a large delivery in half the time we anticipated. Thankfully, I was able to increase manpower to clear the delivery location. When leading a team, it is important to rely on clear communication and problem-solving. I managed to allocate a handful of employees to the new, expedited task to meet the tight deadline."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I am constantly making goals for myself to encourage my workflow. I try to perform one inspection per day, so I am continually writing investigative reports, and they are due every two weeks. If I do not stay organized, everything will fall apart. Creating smaller goals to produce quality reports helps my state agency overall."Rachelle's Answer
It sounds as though you have a lot going on! Try speaking about one specific instance for this 'Tell me about a time' style question. These situational questions generally require a specific story to be most impactful.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Tell us about a time when you faced an unexpected challenge at work. How did you handle it?
This situation-based question is commonly asked during interviews with companies like Boeing. Unexpected circumstances can arise at any time and be minor or major, so the interviewer needs to understand how well you remain cool, collected, and solution-oriented. Remember, your answer to this question should focus primarily on your response to the challenge and less on the challenge, itself. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your adaptability in the face of adversity and your ability to stay focused.
"My current company has increasingly leaned on Zoom meetings and online platforms to collaborate virtually since the start of the pandemic. For the most part, it has been a great experience and an easy transition from our already tech-savvy approach before. One day, I was scheduled to present a new initiative during a team meeting, and my computer crashed 20 minutes prior to the meeting. I realized that I didn't have time to call our IT department and wait on hold, so I immediately began looking for another solution. Luckily, I had the presentation saved on SharePoint, so I emailed it out to the team from my phone and advised everyone to open the link while I was presenting. I joined the meeting through my phone, explained the slight hiccup to the team, and had them follow along from their own computers. Despite the inconvenience, my solution felt seamless."
"During VIP conversion, it became apparent there was a mis-communication problem in terms of the positioning of the interior, hence the fundamental assumptions of the layout had to be changed having significant impact on the loading on the aircraft. So I highlighted the error and made sure the lines of the communication were addressed also reported the impact of the delay and how the miscommunication had happened - well lack of control on positioning of ornaments etc. I was initially frustrated but then concentrated efforts on communicating the issue and replanning and ensuring the same error didn't happen again - which required more management control."Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You explain the situation and focus on your response and decisive handling of it. I reworded slightly for clarity.
"During VIP conversion, it became apparent there was a miscommunication problem in terms of the positioning of the interior. Hence the fundamental assumptions of the layout had to be changed, which had a significant impact on the loading on the aircraft. So, I highlighted the error and made sure to address the lines of the communication. I also reported the impact of the delay and how the miscommunication had happened, such as lack of control over the positioning of ornaments. Instead of focusing on my frustration, I concentrated my efforts on communicating about the issue, replanning, and ensuring the same error didn't happen again, which would require more management control."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"Our MD left the company suddenly. I was in a new position which he had created. I had to maintain my poise and perform during this difficult period. This was something I managed to do."Lauren's Answer
This is a very solid response. You explained the situation that occurred, but be sure to answer all parts of the question.
"Our Medical Director left the company abruptly. At the time, I was in a new position the MD created. I had to maintain poise and perform my normal functions in spite of that difficult period. This is a circumstance I managed to handle. I handled my workload by focusing on each task at hand versus the bigger picture of the staff loss."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What are some ways you have worked to improve yourself over the past month?
When an interviewer asks about self-improvement, it shows they seek to hire someone who takes the initiative and wants to grow. Think about a goal you are actively working towards and explain what you are doing to help you reach that goal. If your goal is ongoing, like being a good leader or maintaining your health, tell how your actions will help you in the short and long term. Stay relevant to the field in which you are applying. Focus less on any weakness you want to improve, and more so on the steps or actions, you are taking to improve.
"I just went to a leadership conference to help me cultivate some of my skills and learn how to be a more effective leader on my team. I have found it to be beneficial to attend meetings like this at least once a month because I am surrounded by other leaders who also want to challenge themselves and grow."
"In my current role, I have recently taken on the training side of each project. I have never had formal tutor training; it is something that I have always just fallen into. So I have recently enrolled in some online courses to improve my teaching styles and better understand how adults learn."Rachelle's Answer
Your response shows a lot of insight and a desire to up-skill. Very nice work!Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I have enrolled in a leadership course to improve my leadership skills."Lauren's Answer
That is fantastic! I added some depth to your response.
"I have enrolled in a Leadership course to help sharpen my pre-existing skills and open my skillset to new techniques. Continued Education is extremely important, and I would like to continue learning and building my career."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
How do you manage stress?
Keep it simple! You don't have to explain about your vegan diet and your weekly yoga schedule. Boeing is more interested in hearing that you have managed yourself and supported others through stressful situations and that you have learned to be proactive so that the stress doesn't get to you.
"I've learned to stick to my routine and ensure that my calendar is always up to date. I've found that simple acts of scheduling like this make all the difference in my productivity and my attitude by the time I get to work. I found out my coworker was terminated one day and it meant that I would need to take over her job while we interviewed other people to fill the position. It was stressful, but I stayed focused and took extra care in my scheduling so that I didn't get sick or overwhelmed."
"I believe I manage stress pretty well. I try to stay focused on my tasks at hand and follow a schedule that fits my activity and drive. I know a few times where stress has come in the workplace for me. I was informed that the payroll administrator was getting a new job, and I would be taking on her work as well as my Health and Safety position. I scheduled the days that were necessities for each job and informed my now two bosses how I would manage them both. It was stressful at first, but I found my stride and got in a rhythm."Rachelle's Answer
Good example of how you handle current stress levels.Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I manage stress by allocating time in my diary to look at the issues involved. I then adopt a problem-solving approach to the problems involved. I then produce an action plan for reducing my stress. This is how I manage stress."Lauren's Answer
This is a great response. Your example demonstrates a methodical way you approve challenges. You can carry this example onto your work approach so the interviewer gets to know your personal work style.
"When facing stressors, I use a journal as a resource. At the end of a stressful day, I will write all of the issues out in order to examine, reflect, and problem-solve. Processing ways I can reduce the stress helps me feel proactive versus reactive. I am very much a problem-solver, and I carry this outlook with my personal and professional life."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What steps would you take to make an important decision on the job?
As an employee, your decisions affect others. It's important to express to the interview team at Boeing that you recognize the weight of your responsibility, whether you are managing a team or leading by example within your organization. Write out the steps that you consider when making an important decision. Prepare yourself by thinking of examples of when you were faced with a difficult decision.
"Whenever I am making an important decision, I question how the company will benefit. I also check to make sure the decision is in line with the company's values. It's important to consider how the decision will impact the company. I take steps to address these factors before I decide what needs to happen next."
"When making an important decision, its important to get buy-in. Engage others in the know whether they would agree with the decision. I would consider the possible consequences, risks and value to the project ultimately to the company. So before making a decision, mitigate risks where possible, communicate with others involved, get buy-in and have a plan in place for possible outcomes - have a plan B."Kristine's Answer
Great response! You show you would approach the decision carefully and you value the input of others. I reworded your answers slightly for clarity.
"When making an important decision, it's important to get buy-in. I would engage others to know whether they would agree with the decision. I would also consider the possible consequences, risks, and value to the company. So before making a decision, I would mitigate risks where possible, communicate with others involved, get buy-in, and have a plan in place for possible outcomes, including a plan B."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"In my last role, I had to make a decision as to whether to keep an employee. I was careful to ensure that I understood the context about the decision. I consulted those who would be affected by the decision to determine the most likely consequences. I then made the decision which was to terminate and recruit a new person. This went down well with the team and my boss."Lauren's Answer
Great example; you sought several avenues to arrive at a final decision, which demonstrates tact. I would caution the way you explain “[consulting] with those who would be affected.” You don’t want this to be viewed as office gossip or discussing sensitive HR issues with the person’s coworkers versus discussing the situation with other team leaders and managers (which is acceptable).
"There was a time when I need to weigh the pros and cons of terminating an employee. Time and sensitivity was needed to review the implications and arrive at the most logical decision. I explored all possible options, and consulted with proper staff. Ultimately, terminating the employee and hiring a new person was the right decision for staff culture and morale."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What do you know about our company?
Boeing Co. is a competitive company that only hires those who take the job seriously. One way you can show you're serious about working there is through doing your research before the interview. Boeing is America's most significant manufacturing exporter. Take some time to learn more about their mission, values and their culture. You can find out what employees are saying about them through searching glassdoor.com and searching for articles online. These efforts matter to Boeing. Explain how they matter to you too!
"I am aware that Boeing is a highly competitive organization yet one that takes giving back very seriously. Boeing recently donated $6 million dollars in grants to support over 50 organizations that serve communities in Washington. This fact stood out to me as I am seeking to join an organization that values giving back to the communities that support them."
"Boeing demonstrates innovation by being the leader in developing commercial planes, defense, and security systems. I saw a quote on the company website that read, “Do the right thing, every time. No exceptions.” That speaks volumes to the level of conduct Boeing represents. That is a company I want to be associated with and a representative."Rachelle's Answer
Fantastic response! You have obviously done your homework on Boeing. The interviewer will greatly appreciate the effort.Was this answer helpful? Yes (3) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I went on your company's website, and I could see that you are a very active supporter of the environment. Your customers will receive your products, and you are secure financially."Lauren's Answer
This is a great start! Researching your interviewer’s company is key, but you can also use it as an opportunity to highlight other skills.
"When looking for new employment opportunities, I research companies who have a positive mission, value, and cultural fit. From my research of Boeing Co. online, I was struck by the active and supportive environment. I thrive best in work environments that have a team atmosphere, and have quality products to back superior customer service. A large, fiscally sound company such as Boeing is highly appealing as well."Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
How would you deal with a difficult client?
You want to show the interviewer that you work well with every person even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please. Share an example that gives some context about the situation and what you did to make the client happy. Remember, there's no need to be negative or share any negative interactions you had with the client. Focus on how you responded graciously and courteously to client complaints.
"I recognized that my client had good intentions and wanted what was best for his company. When we interacted, I always took his feedback with a grain of salt knowing. Even though my client was demanding, my job was to support him and comply with our agreed upon expectations. I never took anything personally and stayed professional, even when my client acted harshly."
"It was a potentially delegate situation where we were taking over work from partner with Boeing. But we still had to work with partner as they supported the role with design remotely. However we had to adopt the previous calcs which were not complete so we had to ask some questions and salvage what we could as well as assess and report how much was need to be done to the judge the extent of the job and plan for way forward. The previous partner was perhaps not too forthcoming with information due to not wanting to lose face. So we went through the process of asking the questions as polite as we could but firmly and to systematically go throught work and try not get frustrated or take it personally and still keep a good working relationship as we had to still work the same partner as they were providing design support."Kristine's Answer
Good answer! Your response makes it evident you displayed respect and courtesy with a difficult client. I revised slightly for clarity.
"We faced a potentially delicate situation when we took over work from a partner with Boeing. While we took over the project, we still had to work with the partner as they supported the project with design remotely. It turned out the calcs the partner provided to us were not complete, so we had to ask them some questions and salvage what we could. We also had to assess and report how much needed to be done and plan for a way forward. The partner was perhaps not too forthcoming with information due to not wanting to lose face. So we asked the questions as polite as we could and made a point not to get frustrated or take it personally and stay focused on maintaining a good working relationship."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"In my last role, our client was difficult by blaming us for poor delivery performance. I was able to show the client that we were taking their issue seriously by meticulously going through their data. I also went to their site to discuss the matter. We found that the client had made an error with the data. However, because I responded proactively; the client was happy with our approach."Lauren's Answer
Great example. When answering this question (and questions like this), be sure to round out your response. I added language around what you do in a general sense, then backed it up with an example.
"When dealing with a difficult client, I listen to the grievance and do not take the issue personally. I deescalate issues by being proactive in problem-solving quickly and thoughtfully. I once dealt with a difficult client who was dissatisfied with our delivery performance. I listened to the grievance, and reviewed the data associated with the order. I took it a step further by visiting their site and reviewing the data with the client. Ultimately, it was not my team’s error, and the client was pleased with my approach."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
How would you handle a situation in which you were presented with new material or a new task that you didn't understand?
Most employers encourage and even expect learning on the job, and Boeing is no exception. This question provides you an opportunity to demonstrate how open you are to learning, developing, and even being coached by others. Professional development and growing leaders are both highly valued aspects of employment at Boeing, so your interviewer will need to see that potential and desire in you. Use this question to display to the interviewers how you identify where your gaps of understanding are as well as the initiative you take to seek solutions or support.
"I welcome the unfamiliar at work, because it means that I have an opportunity to learn and grow as a professional. When I first receive something like this, I often start by asking clarifying questions about the material or project to better gauge my level of understanding. After that, I might simply research on my own depending on the circumstances and my level of non-understanding. However, if it is particularly complex, or if my understanding is minimal, then I would seek guidance from a supervisor or colleague. I have so much to learn from others at work, and I always appreciate the opportunity to develop in that way as a professional when I'm able."
"Recently in studying a computer language module on my HDIP which was online learning, I found quite difficult to grasp a recursion - I asked questions via online forum and found that other students on the course had similar issues, the lecturer responded and gave additional link to engage with the material, other students also contributed in some video sources."Kristine's Answer
Great answer! The interviewer will be impressed you took the lead in asking questions about the material in your online course. I assisted slightly with wording.
"Recently I was studying a computer language module on my HDIP as part of an online learning course, and I found recursion quite difficult to grasp. So, I asked questions via the online forum and found that other students taking the course had similar issues. The lecturer shared additional links to engage with the material, and other students also shared some video sources."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"In my last role, I was presented with an excel file which was difficult to understand. I went to see the person who created the file and asked for clarity on what was required from me. This worked."Lauren's Answer
This is a solid answer. You are demonstrating resourcefulness and eagerness to learn. Awesome job. I made very minor grammatical edits.
"In my last role, I was presented with an Excel file that was difficult to understand. I sought out the person who created the file, and asked for clarification."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Tell me about a time you worked with a team to solve a problem.
Problem-solving with a team can be challenging! Give an example that shows you are a leader and that you are willing to ask for help when you need it. Humble leaders are hard to come by these days. Present the situation and explain what you and your team did to create optimal results.
"My coworkers and I worked together to resolve a client situation. They had an issue my presentation that revealed some issues with their production process. I shared the problem with my coworkers for support. They helped me back up my research with more facts and information to provide for my client. Together we were able to gather additional statistics and documents to assist my client."
"At my last company, the attitude of my team towards the concept of continuous improvement was poor. In a department of 40 people, only four people were actively involved in any improvement work. There had been attempts to introduce the 5S method of continuous improvement, but they failed. My task was to increase involvement in continuous improvement from 10% to 100%. The action that I took was to work with an influential team member on a novel way of introducing 5S. This team member and I then presented the technique to the other team members in a humorous and fun way, and we managed to persuade the other members of the team that it was not just about housekeeping. By doing this, we were able to increase participation from 10% to 100%, which resulted in significant time savings and improved workplace organization."Lauren's Answer
This is a fantastic response! The example you gave (again) provided measurable results and the method with which you were able to be successful. I made minor grammar and sentence structure edits. Be prepared to give your interviewer specific examples of the “fun and humorous” techniques that aided your efforts with the staff. This example demonstrates your ability to lead and think outside the box to get the job done. Again, great example!
"At my most recent employer, I was tasked with boosting quality improvement department-wide. At the time, the vast majority of the staff group (40 individuals) struggled with continuous improvement. I knew a modality such as “5S” would be effective, but it was a matter of delivering the information in a way that aided the staff’s daily work rather than viewed as an added task. I partnered with an influential team member to present the 5S technique in a fun and humorous way, thus gaining the attention and buy-in of the group. As a result, continuous improvement increased from 10% to 100%. Leadership and out-of-box thinking created the desired outcome."Was this answer helpful? Yes (4) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I was tasked with updating a green sheet for our shop to minimize the work not related to the shop that is used in the field, such as working from heights, scaffolding, etc. It was my first time doing this, so I used my shop colleagues as resources and asked for their opinions to make the green sheet more user-friendly for them. I did my walkthrough of the shop and used my judgment on what was necessary to be on the green sheet. Then, after I sat down with my shop colleagues, I took their opinions as well. They had a few more things they believed were not necessary for the shop green sheet, and I finished it up and sent to my boss for implementation. He felt that it was very well done and we put it into process. The shop employees are much happier with less paperwork, and I had a better understanding of what we did in the shop. We worked together to complete an objective that we both wanted to be changed and implemented."Rachelle's Answer
It sounds like you did an excellent job taking everyone's needs into account for the creation of this green sheet. This is a great example!Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What makes you qualified for this role?
For many who apply to Boeing, they never even get to the interview stage, so - pat yourself on the back! Now it's your job to win the interviewers over by explaining what makes you the best candidate for their open position.
They know you're qualified on paper, but now you need to give examples and share qualities that make you stand out above the rest. Boeing is looking for leaders across every department. Even if you're not interviewing for a management role, your initiative and communication skills will help you be an active leader in your field.
Your ability to interact with customers, clients and coworkers will also make you an asset. Review the job description and reflect on some specific examples that show you are the most qualified for this role.
"I am qualified for this role because, in addition to meeting all of your must-have requirements, I also check the boxes for your nice-to-haves. I bring a history of exceeding my targets in my current role and bring positive performance reports for the last five years. I am dedicated to my employer and will increase your productivity exponentially. I am ready for this challenge and look forward to joining your esteemed organization."
"I meet all of the required components as wells as many of the preferred qualities. I am highly self-motivated and results-oriented. I have a resilient work ethic and will increase the success and productivity of Boeing within my role. I am eager to learn and take on new tasks and more responsibility."Rachelle's Answer
I like that you referred back to the Boeing job description, mentioning that you check all the boxes! Energetic and eager response.Was this answer helpful? Yes (2) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I have received the job description, and I am confident that my unique skills are an excellent match for the role. That is why I am qualified for this role."Lauren's Answer
Good start. I would be more specific to ensure the interviewer knows you are a strong candidate. Think back to all of your previous roles and what knowledge and skill sets would be the most transferable.
"I am highly qualified for this role because I have numerous transferable skills from (put number of years in the industry here) X years in this industry. (These are all examples, but I would use the job description to be specific). I have excellent communication skills; I pride myself on building rapport with customers and maintaining positive relationships with team members. I love being in a leadership role and have a lot to offer with staff team training and continued education. If given the opportunity, I would like to share my unique skills with Boeing."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Describe a time when you had to quickly adapt to a change at work.
Just as a friendly reminder, when you're answering these questions, always give a specific example that explains the situation, your actions, and the results. Boeing is notoriously picky about which candidates they hire, and you can stay ahead of the competition if you prepare your answers carefully.
To address this question, you can use a simple everyday example, like adjusting to the ebb and flow of a hectic customer service environment the way company demands can change depending on the season. You are flexible and adaptable! The interviewer wants to hear about how you handled the stress of a promotion or additional responsibilities being added to your job description. These types of examples will demonstrate that you can efficiently adjust to a changing work environment. You're so calm and collected that nothing phases you!
"Last year our company was sold to a competitor, and a lot of our management team changed hands. It was a great deal of change to handle in a short time, especially being unsure of who to report to ahead of others. I am resilient, though, and have made the big changes work by keeping my head down and delivering great work, no matter who it goes to in the end."
"At a previous company, redundancies were prominent. I had to adapt to the change of atmosphere and ensure my tasks were completed with the same drive on positivity."Lauren's Answer
If I were the interviewer, I may need more clarification to fully understand your response.
"(This is an example that can be revised) I once worked in an extremely fast-paced environment where I was working on multiple projects at once. At any given time, I had to change my prioritization to accommodate new and changing conditions. I can assess situations quickly in order to provide the best service."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"In a previous job, I was working for a company that had six different funding provisions. I originally started in the engineering division covering Marine, Motor, and engineering. That was relatively simple as the basis for all three were along the same generic lines. I was then promoted to look at all six provisions, which included the Service section and Business section. I had three weeks to get up to speed on all the different frameworks available and the funding implications."Rachelle's Answer
This is a short amount of time to get up to speed on these frameworks! This answers shows a great capability to handle a lot of new information at one time. Try to expand your answer a bit by speaking further on the final outcome.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What are your strengths?
Tell us about a time you navigated conflict in the workplace.
What does success mean to you?
How have you made an impact on your team in the past?
How do you deal with a coworker who is not doing their job?
How have you demonstrated leadership when you were not in a leadership role?
How would you describe your work ethic?
How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
When you’re leading or participating on a team, what steps do you take to get team members to contribute ideas?
Tell me about a time when you had to work with another team to accomplish a goal.