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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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How would your co-workers describe you?

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1.

How would your co-workers describe you?

This question gives you an opportunity to show off your best qualities. Take a moment to reflect on your relationships with your co-workers. Danone is looking for individuals who are strong communicators and innovative leaders. Think about how your work ethic had a positive effect on everyone on your team.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My co-workers respect me for my ability to navigate obstacles and solve problems. When I am working on ABC project, I always pay close attention to detail, double checking my work for any mistakes. My co-workers appreciate that I think about the big picture, being considerate of how my work will affect their jobs. I am highly collaborative with a great attitude."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"All of the colleagues I have worked with have shared a very respectful relationship with me. We have shared the goals and knowledge required to accomplish our projects the best we can. I believe that my current co-workers would best describe me as collaborative and creative."

Anonymous Answer

"My co-workers respect me for my ability to work collaboratively on different projects. When I am working in a team, I believe that most of the great ideas are developed while sharing and brainstorming with your colleagues. Also, my co-workers appreciate that I pay close attention to details, take responsibility, and focus on delivering high results."

Rachelle's Answer

Your response is nice and detailed. You sound like a true collaborator and someone that people can trust to deliver high-quality work. Well done!

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2.

At Danone we understand that conflict can arise when you're working closely with others on a team. Give me an example of a time when you had to deal with an issue while working with others.

Responding to a conflict can be tough, especially in a team environment where you want to be sensitive not to step on any toes. Share an example of a conflict that occurred within your department or between you and a co-worker that you effectively resolved. Explain the situation and how your actions resulted in a resolution or a compromise.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My coworker was a great salesman but horrible 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 getting some additional training to get on the same page as the rest of the team."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"In my current position there has been a concern with workplace bullying, and there are a particular group of individuals who 'lead the pack,' so to speak. The situation became out of control a few months ago, and I had to involve human resources as well as conduct a few exit interviews. It is never easy having to terminate employees; however, if they are causing conflict, it is always the best choice in the end."

3.

What are some of the challenges that the food and beverage industry face today?

With the increase in food allergies and the increase in knowledge of things like hydrogenated oils are bad for your health, the food and beverage industry faces the pressures of keeping the public happy while staying true to their products. Do your research before the interview to make sure you are aware of some of the challenges within the industry. You may want to review press releases or news articles about Danone to learn about any recent events or challenging situations they are facing.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am impressed by the way your company has adapted ABC product for individuals with gluten intolerance. I know that the increasing awareness of these types of allergies and auto-immune diseases is taking a toll on the sales for some companies because people are becoming so health conscious. It's great to hear that you are so competitive within the industry, always taking an innovative approach to making changes to ABC product."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe that the biggest challenge that the food and beverage industry faces today is the fast-changing trends in food and beverage. Everyone is working so hard to come up with the latest and greatest thing that it's very challenging to remain a trailblazer in the market."

Anonymous Answer

"I believe that the biggest challenge that the food and beverage industry faces today is the fast-changing consumer trends. People are eating healthier. Also, as more consumers shift to online shopping, manufacturers are finding ways to adopt e-commerce."

Rachelle's Answer

These are significant challenges, for sure! It would be great to give the nod to how your marketing knowledge will help Danone to overcome these challenges.

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4.

What goals would you like to accomplish while working for Danone?

If you are looking for opportunities to advance your career, Danone is a great place to start! They are interested in hearing about how you want to grow within the company. You may be taking the next step in your career or starting out fresh out of college. It's important to do your company research before interviewing and identify how they will help you reach your goals.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"After looking through your careers I was excited to find out that your mission is very much in line with my career goals. Your leadership development program is exactly what I need to improve my management and team building skills. I want to grow my career in merchandising, eventually moving into a management role. I feel confident that working for you will help me to cultivate my skills so that I can take my career to that next step."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My primary career goal is to find a position where I can stay long term while making an impact on the company's profitability. Because Danone has such a strong reputation for workplace culture, it fits perfectly with my desires for a long-term fit."

Anonymous Answer

"I want to accomplish better leadership and management. As I apply as a management trainee in the supply chain function, my goal is to grow my career in supply chain management. As the business strategy works closely with the supply chain, I want to learn how to adapt and make strategic, operational decisions that follow the fast-changing consumer trends."

Rachelle's Answer

Wonderful answer! Your goals are very clear, and you show a lot of interest in growing within the supply chain.

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5.

Do you have experience training others?

Because Danone is growing at such a rapid pace, as they hire new staff, your manager may ask you to train new employees. If you have experience, talk about how you used your strengths and skills to teach others. If you don't have experience with training, you can share how you will demonstrate, listen and observe others throughout the training process.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Yes, I trained two individuals on XYZ skill in my previous job. First I had them shadow me so that they could see what I was doing. I made myself very approachable by making sure they felt comfortable asking questions, speaking slowly and demonstrating. I asked them if they wanted to try while I shadowed them. This was a very effective way to train, and I enjoyed it very much!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have not been in a role senior enough to train others in the past, but I believe that I will be a strong trainer and mentor in the future. I care about the progress of my colleagues and am a patient teacher."

Anonymous Answer

"Yes. Most of my experience is training others in debating and tutoring the English language. I care about the progress of my peers and am a patient teacher."

Rachelle's Answer

This is very nice! If possible, you could also add in how many tutoring students you think you have trained.

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6.

How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?

You may be carefree and fun-loving with your friends on the weekends, but at work, you are focused and professional. The interviewer is interested in your personality and how you will fit with the team. As you prepare for this question, picture a few scenarios that have occurred in your current or previous position. Maybe you are encouraging and motivating to your coworkers when they are having a bad day.

If you have proven yourself reliable, and people can depend on you to be on time, share it! Think about some of the qualities you enjoy in a coworker and share how you think you embodied some of those qualities.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe that my coworkers would describe me as curious, confident, and creative! I put a lot of effort into my work and always want my clients to be happy with their end product. I conduct a great deal of research into new marketing trends to ensure that I am delivering the best, most up-to-date solutions to my client projects."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe my coworkers would describe me as dedicated, trustworthy and kind. When you call my references, I strongly believe that they will say the same things about me. I am a proud employee and promise to be a great brand ambassador for your company."

7.

It's important for shift changes to go smoothly at Danone to maintain productivity. How do you make sure transitions are seamless?

Shift work can be tricky in the food and beverage industry. If someone leaves a mess or if they leave their work half finished and you don't know where to begin, you can waste valuable time scrambling to pick up the pieces. Danone doesn't want to waste any time during shift changes, because time is money. Give an example that demonstrates that you are mindful of the transitions.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I worked as a merchandiser, I was part-time and shared the responsibilities with a team of four people. I took time to explain what I was working on to my co-workers whenever I had to end my shift in the middle of a project. I also left notes that were easy to understand and kept my workspace tidy."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Strong scheduling is the most important factor in ensuring transitions are seamless. In addition to solid scheduling, is everyone's willingness to jump in and help when volumes are higher than average or when staff is shorter than expected."

8.

How can we motivate you on the job?

Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am motivated by knowing something about the end customer and being able to relate to them as a person. A personal touch is always helpful for me."

9.

What challenges do you anticipate in this new role with Danone?

Interviewers at Danone want to hear that you understand the job description and are capable of navigating challenges at work. To build their confidence in your ability, talk about the challenges you expect based on your knowledge of the position and your experience. Then offer up an example of how you have dealt with problems in the past.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am looking forward to using my experience as a sales associate to help increase product visibility and exceed sales quotas at Danone. I am motivated by the challenge of meeting strict deadlines for client demands. When I was working for my previous company, I prioritized listening to customer needs and making sure I was clear on client expectations. I was so meticulous about details, checking my numbers at the end of every week and ensuring my clients were fully stocked with all of the products they needed."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Because this is a new industry for me, I am expecting that the biggest challenge will be in learning the industry lingo, behaviors, and complex needs. I am excited to learn and have already started studying up on industry-related topics."

Anonymous Answer

"I am looking forward to enriching my experience in supply chain management to help maximize the efficiency and productivity of Danone's overall supply chain. Since the position is new for me, the biggest challenge would be in learning the planning and implementation of supply chain strategy, analyzing the problems and providing suggestions for process improvements, and maintaining a good relationship with other functions of the company and vendors. Previously, I initiated an online brand for creative handmade bed stands to learn about micro business and how a company works on a small scale. I learned how to manage the cost of production and how to maximize selling. As an example, I learned to analyze the market trend and plan the supply of materials to adapt it with the demand of the market."

Rachelle's Answer

Your answer is fantastic! Immediately, you mention how you plan to benefit Danone if hired. You also offer an example of ways you have helped business operations in the past. This is an answer that any interviewer should appreciate.

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10.

Describe your typical work week.

Think about your typical day-to-day in your current or most recent role. Reflect on how your work ethic helped you to stay organized and tackle challenging projects. Connect your past experiences to what you expect to experience while working for Danone.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I like to take time to prepare for the week by organizing my schedule every Monday morning. I make sure all of my meetings are marked on my calendar and set reminders about important deadlines. I understand that changes can interrupt my daily flow, and I can adapt and stay calm when those shifts occur throughout the week. I am efficient, getting my work done within 40 hours each week. I have also proven myself to be flexible to stay late when I need to finish a project or if one of my co-workers needs assistance."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My typical work week is always non-typical! My days range from making client phone calls, site visits, and answering questions and concerns via email. Client management is the key to what I do."

Anonymous Answer

"My day is always different; I have new challenges and tasks. My responsibilities include executing a marketing campaign for a new product line which provides for the development of advertising campaigns and budgeting. Also, holding negotiations with advertising agencies, working with a team of designers to develop new packaging for a product, and analyzing website traffic through Google Analytics."

Rachelle's Answer

It sounds as though you have a wide variety of critical tasks! Be sure to wrap up your answer by discussing how these tasks and challenges will help you to succeed in this role with Danone.

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11.

What interests you about Danone?

It is essential that you do your homework before an interview! Danone wants individuals who are reliable and also those who are willing to work hard to get the job done right. You want them to know that you fit the profile of the type of candidate for which they are looking.

But first, you want to impress them with your company knowledge. After a little research, you will learn about their mission to create new products and services to meet the needs of their customers.

Review the website and then consider checking out what people are saying about them on glassdoor.com. Danone wants to hear about the good things future employees are looking forward to experiencing! It will show them that you are not looking for just any job.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I'm excited to work for a company who cares about their impact on the environment. I'm excited to join a team that shares the same values as me. Your mission stood out to me because I also value providing the best service to customers and creating innovative solutions to problems. Your reputation for meeting your customer's needs, by making changes to your products, and listening to them is impressive!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have been passively seeking a new position for quite some time and haven't jumped on anything yet because I want to make sure it's the right fit. I feel that this job is right for me, at this point in my career, because it offers an opportunity for me to utilize my recent education in hospitality while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills."

Anonymous Answer

"I have been planning to start building my career. I want a friendly and supportive environment for me to learn and maximize my contribution. I found Danone is a great place to start since they understand that the work they do impacts the dual commitment to achieve commercial success alongside social progress. I expect that the working sphere would be critical and dynamic to meet this objective."

Rachelle's Answer

Nicely said! You have conducted a strong amount of research on Danone. I have offered a slight revision below, to help with flow.

"I am looking for a friendly and supportive environment to begin my career, a place where I can continually grow and maximize my contribution. Danone is a great place to do this because the company stands firm in the industry while understanding the impact of their dual commitment to achieving commercial success alongside social progress. I am eager to begin my career with a brand so highly focused on sustainability."

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12.

What is your greatest weakness?

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our own weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Sometimes I have difficulty asking for help from co-workers. I like having control over my daily tasks and taking on new projects, but I'm not always willing to admit when I have taken on too much. When I made a mistake because I was juggling too many projects, I learned that it's okay to ask for help. I'm learning how to organize myself better and communicate what I need from my team. This skill has helped me be more effective at my job, and it's helped my team work together even better than before!"

Anonymous Answer

"My greatest weakness is that “I tend to focus too much on the details, which means I sometimes get curious and distracted by the small points of a project – I can end up spending three hours reading something that’s only very slightly relevant to the project. I think it’s very important to be organised and prioritise, so that will help with making sure I only focus on the finer points when I’m able to."

Rachelle's Answer

Getting lost down the rabbit hole is a common weakness. Staying prioritized and knowing which tasks you need to complete, and when, is a great way to overcome distraction.

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13.

What is your greatest strength? How will it help you make a difference at Danone?

The interviewer at Danone would like to know your stand-out skills and where you put the most value when it comes to your offerings as a candidate. 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have great people skills, and I make a point to be positive to help boost morale when other people on my team are struggling. I'm a good listener, and I work hard to manage conflict with grace and ease whenever an issue arises with a client or a co-worker. All of my skills will help increase productivity by keeping the work environment positive. I am focused on providing the best quality in my work, which rubs off on my co-workers because my work ethic motivates them."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some great strengths you may have:

- Person of Accountability
- Invested in Culture
- Positive Mindset
- Perceptive
- Approachable
- Empathetic
- Honest
- Patient
- Decisive"

Anonymous Answer

"I have a good sensitivity in understanding the condition of my environment. I understand that each member of the team is struggling with their own work life and personal life. And I know how to position myself to make everything easier for them. I am positive and always motivated to finish every assignment. All of my skills will help ensure that the team environment is healthy yet productive."

Rachelle's Answer

Being sensitive to others is an exceptional quality to have, and a unique response. I have offered a slight revision, below.

"I have a strong sensitivity toward others. I have the unique ability to understand the needs of my teammates as they approach their work. I am then able to position myself to make their work easier. I am a positive person who is highly self-motivated. These characteristics will ensure that my team environment is healthy and productive."

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Anonymous Answer

"As I was studying in Business school, I have vast experience in leading different projects. I consider it my greatest strength as I can work collaboratively in a team and achieve high results. I am very initiative, and I like proposing ideas, finding a way to solve a problem, and overcome a challenge. I believe that my entrepreneurial spirit and motivation to provide high-quality work will contribute to Danone's environment."

Rachelle's Answer

This is a perfect answer! You spotlight your strengths so well, and make a great case for Danone to hire you :)

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14.

The work environment at Danone can be fast-paced at times. How do you handle stress?

The interviewer wants to hear that you can keep up in an ever-changing, fast-moving environment. They want to hear that you will be able to handle the pressure and that you have experience dealing with this type of work environment. Share a few tips that have helped you in the past.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."

Anonymous Answer

"In Business school, I was working on a lot of projects with strict deadlines. So I had to prioritize the tasks and keep a calendar to be able to meet the deadlines and avoid any stressful situations. But if it occurred, I would stay focused on my ability to deliver high-quality work."

Rachelle's Answer

It sounds as though you keep reasonable control of your schedule. Your answer highlights your organizational skills. Nice answer.

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15.

Tell me about a time when your actions resulted in greater efficiencies of your team.

Teamwork is essential when working in the food and beverage industry. To ensure that products meet quality standards at Danone, teams within every department must cooperate and communicate effectively. The goal is always to keep customers happy. Share a time when you made a difference on your team.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I was working as a brand ambassador for a local snack company, I moved quickly to unload and organize the products. I noticed that by keeping products organized, we were able to save some time preparing and setting up for events. I made a point to keep all products to make the distribution process go much more smoothly."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am a very organized individual so when I was asked to help with the team schedule; I was very excited to make a difference! I was able to reduce a significant amount of overtime, and eliminated split shifts all-together."

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  1. How would your co-workers describe you?
  2. At Danone we understand that conflict can arise when you're working closely with others on a team. Give me an example of a time when you had to deal with an issue while working with others.
  3. What are some of the challenges that the food and beverage industry face today?
  4. What goals would you like to accomplish while working for Danone?
  5. Do you have experience training others?
  6. How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
  7. It's important for shift changes to go smoothly at Danone to maintain productivity. How do you make sure transitions are seamless?
  8. How can we motivate you on the job?
  9. What challenges do you anticipate in this new role with Danone?
  10. Describe your typical work week.
  11. What interests you about Danone?
  12. What is your greatest weakness?
  13. What is your greatest strength? How will it help you make a difference at Danone?
  14. The work environment at Danone can be fast-paced at times. How do you handle stress?
  15. Tell me about a time when your actions resulted in greater efficiencies of your team.
  16. What is your greatest professional achievement so far?
  17. Why are you leaving your current job?
  18. What do you think you will enjoy most about working in the food and beverage industry?
  19. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
  20. Tell me about an idea you implemented in the past that made an impact.
  21. How do you handle customer complaints?
  22. How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
  23. At Danone we value individuals who take initiative. Can you give me an example of a time you did something without being asked?
  24. There may be times when you are asked to stay late, work weekends or overtime, due to fluctuations in the schedule and shift changes at Danone. What is your availability?
  25. How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?
  26. We strive to help our employees create a healthy work/life balance at Danone. How do you balance life and work?
  27. When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
  28. Danone is asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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