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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated June 15th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 25
Tell me about a time you worked with a team to solve a problem.
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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.
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  1. Tell me about a time you worked with a team to solve a problem.
  2. What do you know about our company?
  3. How do you manage stress?
  4. What makes you qualified for this role?
  5. Tell me about a time when someone gave you difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
  6. How do you deal with conflict in the workplace?
  7. What are your strengths?
  8. Describe a time when you had to quickly adapt to a change at work.
  9. What are some ways you have worked to improve yourself over the past month?
  10. What does success mean to you?
  11. Tell me about a time when you reached a goal within a tight deadline.
  12. Tell me about your experience working in this field.
  13. How have you made an impact on your team in the past?
  14. What are your weaknesses?
  15. How do you deal with a coworker who is not doing their job?
  16. How would you handle a situation where you were presented with new material or a new task but you didn't understand it?
  17. What steps would you take to make an important decision on the job?
  18. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
  19. How would you deal with a difficult client?
  20. How would you describe your work ethic?
  21. When have you faced an unexpected challenge at work in the past? How did you handle it?
  22. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
  23. How would you communicate with someone who has a different cultural background?
  24. When you’re leading or participating on a team, what steps do you take to get team members to contribute ideas?
  25. Tell me about a time when you had to work with another team to accomplish a goal.
15 Boeing Co. Answer Examples with User Answers
1.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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."
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Anonymous Answer
"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!
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2.
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!

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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.
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Anonymous Answer
"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."
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3.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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.
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Anonymous Answer
"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."
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4.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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.
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Anonymous Answer
"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."
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5.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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."
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Anonymous Answer
"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.
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6.
How do you deal with conflict in the workplace?
You don't necessarily have to be in a formal management role to resolve a conflict. However, taking the initiative is essential, especially when there is tension in the office. When asked a question about dealing with conflict or overcoming a challenge, think of an example first. Having a concrete situation to draw from will help you to think through the steps you take to deal with conflict. Keep in mind that sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right. Sometimes it's important to take a stand. Use an example that demonstrates your leadership and compassion when a conflict arises.

Rachelle's Answer
"A change in company policy divided my team because half of us could not support it. We worked in a very conservative corporate environment, and some of my coworkers and I felt that the policy was affecting some of our peers negatively. I initiated an anonymous poll for each of us to voice our opinion. We submitted our consensus to the CEO, and he modified the policy. I would say that I am proactive but also very respectful at the same time."
Anonymous Answer
"In a past role, I was involved in a situation where two of my subordinates were close to physical contact regarding an issue over a forklift truck. I immediately called both subordinates to a meeting, saying that I wanted to resolve the issue right away. I asked both parties to state from their perspective what the problem was. It turned out that the issue was one of poor communication. I got a commitment from both parties that their communication with each other needs to be improved because I did not want a further meeting where I would be forced to take action. This resolved the issue, and there was no further conflict between the two individuals concerned."
Lauren's Answer
This is a good example. I would categorize the example on a broader scale, as to present it as a workplace characteristic that you can use if future issues arise at their company.
"My key approach to conflict in the workplace is healthy and open communication. I have de-escalated heated situation between subordinates by removing both parties into a neutral meeting area, discussing my concerns and the subordinates’, and reaching a more productive resolution. I prefer transparency in the workplace, so that issues can be resolved completely. They may be difficult conversations, but they are essential in clearly defining acceptable and professional behavior."
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Anonymous Answer
"The company I worked for was getting bought out by a larger company, and a lot of people were worried about their positions and if they would have a job after the buyout. We all had a meeting together and expressed our concerns outright to one another. The head of the company reiterated he was not concerned about anyone losing their job and I spoke up and expressed that if he were not concerned, then I would not be concerned. If he weren't jumping ship, I would not. I was informed a few days later that because of me speaking up and my age (youngest in the office) I provided a boost to employees who were not so willing, and we did not lose an employee."
Rachelle's Answer
This example is very good, and shows your willingness to speak up and stand out. Excellent!
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7.
What are your strengths?
Boeing wants to hear how you will use your strengths to make a positive impact! Think of the traits that have helped you succeed in the past. You can draw from your experiences in school or activities if you lack in work experience. Having great people skills, being positive and a good listener are all strengths, but you want to dig a bit deeper and discuss an advantage that is more memorable. Next, talk about how this strength will help you in the workplace! Whatever your power may be, link it back to how it positively impacts your work environment.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe my greatest strength lies in my analytical mindset. I work hard to fully understanding all sides of the business. This entrepreneurial and analytical mindset truly sets me apart in a unique way, as others tend to be self-focused."
Anonymous Answer
"I am a strong communicator and team worker."
Lauren's Answer
Good response. These are definitely strong traits, but you can add more depth. Let the interviewer envision you being in the position.
"Integrity is one of my biggest strengths as well as communication and being a team player. I am very mindful of my performance and quality of work. I believe these strengths would be a great asset and fit for this position."
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Anonymous Answer
"I am a born organizer! In every job, I've have always wanted to learn all I can about the business so I can get a well-rounded experience. I have always been able to pick up systems quickly and very good and seeing solutions to problems and putting a plan in place to get them resolved promptly and efficiently."
Rachelle's Answer
Your strengths are very important ones, and you do a wonderful job explaining how they benefit your employer/will help any future employer.
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8.
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!

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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."
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Anonymous Answer
"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.
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9.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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!
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Anonymous Answer
"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."
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10.
What does success mean to you?
Everyone has their interpretation of success. For some, success is reflected in their earnings and the type of lifestyle they can create for themselves. For others, success is merely the reward of a job well done. Explain what you are doing in your life to be successful in your professional life. You can talk about the hours you have put in to get to this point in your career. Share how your definition of success keeps you motivated.

Rachelle's Answer
"To me, success means that I am spending each day helping someone, feeling fulfilled in my overall life, and making my employer happy. I feel best when I know that I have exceeded the expectations of others."
Anonymous Answer
"Success means achieving my targets and watching my team grow."
Lauren's Answer
Great, concise response. You are demonstrating personal accountability and a collaborative spirit. I edited a minor spelling error.
"Success means achieving my target goals and watching my team grow cohesively and successfully."
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Anonymous Answer
"For me, success is experiencing self-growth in whatever I am currently pursuing."
Rachelle's Answer
This is nice and straightforward!
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11.
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!

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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."
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Anonymous Answer
"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.
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12.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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!"
Anonymous Answer
"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.
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Anonymous Answer
"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."
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13.
How have you made an impact on your team in the past?
Give an example that shows you can think outside of the box and creatively solve problems. Your strengths and skills make you an asset! You make an impact by just being your awesome self. Think about some your most significant advantages, like the resilience of your empathy. You are unique! Then apply these strengths in real time by explaining a situation where you made a difference.

Rachelle's Answer
"I was working as a consultant to help improve the hiring process for a growing business. When I learned that they didn't have an applicant tracking system and they didn't have the budget to purchase one, I helped create one. This contribution helped to speed up the hiring process significantly."
Anonymous Answer
"We were working towards achieving the stocktake so that we could finish work one day early. We managed to complete the stocktake and finish soon. I persuaded my boss to reward all team members with a pizza. It went down well with everyone."
Lauren's Answer
This is a great example of motivating team members and rewarding hard work. Always remember when interviewing that every example you give an interviewer is an opportunity to sell yourself and stand out. Adding more detail in your response would strengthen your message.
"I remember a time when I set a stock take goal for team. I motivated the group to complete the project an entire day early, resulting in upper management satisfaction. With the help of my boss, we were able to reward the entire team with pizza. It felt great being able to report strong productivity on behalf of my team, and having the ability to come back to them with a reward."
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Anonymous Answer
"I have always been a very supportive team member. I take the time to remember to say thank you and when needed, show appreciation with a small gift. I also don't take myself too seriously and believe you can work hard with a smile on your face. In busy times I make sure I am available to be called upon for help and step in to get the job done."
Rachelle's Answer
You sound like a lovely person to work alongside! Very strong answer.
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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!

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"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."
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Anonymous Answer
"I am very hard on myself. If I mess up or do not do something correctly I will get on myself. I feel this is from when I pushed myself so hard in sports to strive to be as good as I possibly could. I am trying to stop this as I know it is human nature to make mistakes and that if I do make a mistake my colleagues and employers are there to help me."
Rachelle's Answer
It's good that you have shown what you are doing to move away from this weakness.
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How do you deal with a coworker who is not doing their job?
You may be able to learn a new task and be up and running quickly, but not everyone is the same way. Explain to the interviewer that you understand how everyone is different. Communication can help bring clarity. Give an example where you resolved a miscommunication through addressing the situation by asking questions and being honest.

Rachelle's Answer
"My coworker was a great salesman but admittedly terrible at the administrative side. He made so many mistakes and didn't seem to care. It bothered me because I take such pride in the quality of my work. I decided to talk with him and found out that he wasn't very clear on expectations or how to do some of the basic aspects of the paperwork for each sale. He ended up going to some additional training to get on the same page as the rest of the team."
Anonymous Answer
"We were having problems with running out of disk space on the server, we had about a 2TB drive on the system. One of the lads had built a model consisting of 1/2 million elements for essentially a z stiffener with a point load applied to it. It should have been solved by hand, standard calculation. He had been there for 2 weeks and he was taking up disk space asking for all the output for his FE model. So I immediately talked through the problem with him. It was clear he really didn't have a stressing background although he seemed to know his way around patran although he wasnt trained in stress engineering. After discussing with him he just wanted a job to do, so in the end we had a data inputting job from measuring geometry for hand calcs and he was happy to do that."
Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You show strong communication and problem-solving skills by how you handled this situation with your new coworker. I revised your response a bit for clarity.
"We had a 2TB drive on the system, and we were having problems with running out of disk space on the server. It turned out that one of the lads had built a model consisting of 1/2 million elements for essentially a z stiffener with a point load applied to it. However, it should have been solved by hand using standard calculation. He had been there for two weeks, and he was taking up disk space for his FE model. So I immediately talked through the problem with him. It was clear he didn't have a stress engineering background, although he seemed to know his way around patran. While discussing the situation with him, I learned he was receptive to feedback and open to doing other tasks, so in the end, we found a job for him that was a better fit for his skills. We gave him a data inputting job that involved measuring geometry by hand calcs, and he was happy to do that."
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Anonymous Answer
"I would arrange to have a cup of coffee with them and discuss the issue so that we could get agreement on how to proceed."
Lauren's Answer
Great answer! I added buzz words such as “deescalate” and “neutral [meeting] place” to demonstrate your tact when dealing with tension.
"Verbal communication is the best way to work out dissention or issues in the workplace. I am a big proponent of having coffee with a coworker in order to deescalate any possible tension. Meeting in a neutral place over coffee tends to open people up for difficult conversations. I like talking through issues to reach an agreement or action plan."
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