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31 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Question 1 of 31
We have many opportunities for career growth at Dnata. Where do you see this position leading to in the next 5 years?
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Onboarding new employees is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any employer. Assure the interviewer that you see long-term career potential with Dnata. Research the company online to discover any opportunities for future growth. Perhaps they have multiple departments or locations. Where do you see yourself growing within Dnata? Be enthusiastic when you discuss your long-term career plans!
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1.
We have many opportunities for career growth at Dnata. Where do you see this position leading to in the next 5 years?
Onboarding new employees is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any employer. Assure the interviewer that you see long-term career potential with Dnata. Research the company online to discover any opportunities for future growth. Perhaps they have multiple departments or locations. Where do you see yourself growing within Dnata? Be enthusiastic when you discuss your long-term career plans!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My interest is to have a long-term and successful career within transportation infrastructure. I feel that this role with Dnata is a perfect next step in my career right now, but I also see room for future career growth here. You have a few leadership opportunities posted online. I read through the job description for those and am interested in working my way into a role like that with Dnata one day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am looking for a long-term career opportunity within the transportation industry. I feel that this role with Dnata is a perfect step in my career now, and for the future. I see that you have operations management positions open. My dream would be to earn a leadership role with Dnata down the road."

2.
How do you respond to feedback?
Receiving feedback from a manager or supervisor can be tough. You can't always predict what they may say, and you also can't always predict how you might feel in response. Learning how to respond when given a performance review or negative feedback is essential.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Even though it can be difficult to hear criticism, I always pause before I respond and take time to think about it first. If it's something that catches me by surprise, I usually ask for clarification. I want to grow and improve so the more specific my supervisor can be, the more helpful it is."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I greatly appreciate constructive feedback. I am a firm believer in the idea that feedback should be implemented quickly after it's given. It's important to be able to professionally give and receive feedback."
3.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This success showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and receive recognition for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have many accomplishments of which I am proud. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry."
4.
At Dnata we work hard to foster a team- based environment. Do you get along with multiple personality types in a close-working environment?
How you answer this question will reveal to the interviewer a lot about your personality and willingness to get along with others in a collaborative, team-based environment. Help the interviewer to see that you would fit well with the characters present at Dnata.

Give the interviewer an example of a time when you have worked with a range of personalities. This example could come from a previous work situation, your post-secondary experience, or even a volunteer opportunity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My current work situation is quite independent; however, I do volunteer on a weekly basis at the local homeless shelter. Every week there are new volunteers and new individuals with a range of needs. This experience has broadened my exposure a huge range of individuals. I am confident in my ability to work productively, and harmoniously, with multiple personalities in a close-working environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I find myself getting along with most people at work. I appreciate diversity in the workplace! Everyone has something to offer using their unique qualities."
5.
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include capabilities that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In the past few years I was able to upgrade my education while still working full time. The biggest skill that I gained was my ability to multi-task as I worked the dual role of employee and student. I also have strong skills in a variety of Microsoft programs such as PowerPoint and Excel."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some transferable skills that you may have acquired along the way:

- Leading a team
- Intricate problem solving
- Particular software experience
- Organizational training
- Time management
- Self-motivation
- Listening skills
- Written communication
- Verbal communication
- Giving presentations
- Training new hires
- Hiring or on-boarding
- Research"
6.
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
Were you asked to take on a particular task, project, or responsibility that gave you a strong sense of enjoyment? Talk to the interviewer about this specific task and what it meant to you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In additional to my regular responsibilities, my previous employer also asked me to be the head of our social committee. This ask was very exciting for me because I love to have a workplace where people know each other, are comfortable having a meaningful conversation, and where everyone can let loose now and then. I planned four social events per year, and the turnout was always wonderful. Employee engagement went up, and some powerful connections were made."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would say that my favorite responsibility in my current position is the on-boarding and training of new employees. It's great to see their excitement for what's to come, and their passion for the industry. "
7.
Dnata puts a large emphasis on workplace safety and the health of our employees. How important is workplace health and safety to you?
The interviewer wants to know that, if hired by Dnata, you would enthusiastically contribute to their safety-focused workplace environment. Discuss the importance of safety, and what it means to you. You should also mention any health and safety related training you have taken. Any current certificates and tickets are helpful to bring with you to the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Workplace health and safety are critical topics to me. Without a healthy work environment, morale will be low which creates an environment that fosters accidents and low productivity. I have multiple safety-related tickets including X, Y, and Z. In my current position, I have had zero accidents in 3 years. If hired at Dnata you can be assured that I would exceed your safety expectations."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Without safety in the workplace, there would be complete chaos. For that reason, I believe that it's the most important factor to consider when building a team, and creating workplace policy."
8.
Because of the nature of our business at Dnata we conduct background checks on all employees. Are you willing to comply?
Most companies in the transportation infrastructure industry need to be very cautious about who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and you may be assisting with the transport of dangerous goods. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My criminal record is clean as is my drivers' abstract. You can rest assured that if you hire me for this role with Dnata, I will maintain a clean record."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I fully understand why a complete background check is required in this field of work. I am happy to comply with any checks that you need to conduct."
9.
How did you go about suggesting changes in your most recent company?
The interviewer would like to see that you proactively go after what you want and that you will act as a positive change-agent when you see room for improvement in the workplace. The worst way to answer this question would be to say 'I didn't have the power to change anything in the organization, so I quit.'

This question is not an opportunity to complain about your previous job or company! Think about personal changes you could make that would have made your job easier, improved your skills or furthered your education. You cannot change others, but there is always the option to upgrade yourself!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My previous company did not allow for a lot of employee feedback or input so I chose to focus on ways that I could better my performance instead. I took many weekend workshops on various topics such as Excel, Communication in the Workplace, The Art of Negotiations, and some human resource related courses as well. My boss did notice an improvement in my performance, so I formally suggested that the company pay for every employee to take one course per year. They agreed and implemented my suggestion. I believe it's easier to 'do' rather than 'tell.' My example of performance improvement was what they needed to make some changes."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"That is a great question! I would have participated more in external company events. Life gets busy, but this is a great opportunity to network with your peers outside of the daily grind of business."
10.
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
Often we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully move a job for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question clearly.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I try to leave the small, quick tasks for last. I do this to ensure that the more complicated parts of my projects are taken care of right away. This way, nothing comes back to bite me later on, as the deadline approaches."
11.
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
From your work history, picture a co-worker who didn't carry their weight or had a difficult personality. Maybe they were unmotivated or preoccupied with their personal life. Think about what bothered you about this person and how you were affected by their behavior.

Most importantly, the interviewer wants to know how you let this person's behavior affect you and your work performance.

Avoid taking this as an opportunity to complain about someone; instead, view it as an opportunity to showcase your ability to deal with difficult people while maintaining your productivity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous position, I did have a coworker who didn't pull their weight which created more work for the rest of the team. Our team started to complete most of the tasks when it came to group projects. It didn't take much time before our manager noticed this particular individual was slacking. I feel like, in most instances, the underachievers will weed themselves out over time, and it's rarely worth making a fuss over."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my first position out of college, I worked with a person who enjoyed gossip in the workplace. I found that I could redirect her to work by giving a quick reply and then asking her a pointed work question, which would get her back on task. There were a few key takeaways from this experience. I learned how to concentrate through chatter or disruption better than before, and I perfected my skills at refocusing someone else to the task at hand."
12.
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
If you have an expense account or resource allowance, it is very respectful to the company to be as thoughtful with that allowance as possible. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have recently implemented a schedule that allows for ride-sharing rewards which have cut down on our company's fuel expense by $9000 per month. I am quite proud of this initiative because it is not only financially responsible but also environmentally friendly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My current organization runs quite lean so, a big part of my job is to ensure that our resources are utilized as efficiently as possible. This year I wrote a new procedure manual dedicated strictly to cost savings efforts. The topics included energy efficiency and recycling."
13.
Do you have more experience working within the public or private sector of transportation? Which do you prefer?
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for the interviewer. Once you have highlighted the bulk of your experience, you can discuss some of your favorite projects or areas of interest. Avoid talking yourself into a corner when it comes to your preference of public vs. private projects. Be as diplomatic as possible by highlighting the pros of each.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"For the past four years I have been working with ABC, in the private sector. Some of my favorite recent projects have included X, Y, and Z. With that said, I also bring public sector experience from earlier in my career. That experience was also helpful because it taught me a lot about process and navigating the red tape associated with government projects. I have learned a great deal from both public and private work."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have a balance of experience between public and private transportation. I have three years' experience in public transport and four years' experience in private transportation. The two sectors bring their challenges, so it is difficult to choose a preference. If I had to commit to just one, I would say that private transport brings me fresh challenges daily, which is exciting to me."
14.
We have many competitors in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Dnata?
The interviewer wants to know that you have taken note of the workplace culture at Dnata and how they stand out from their competitors. Check out the company website, and any online reviews, to find a common theme that makes Dnata stand out from their competitors. Be prepared with specific examples from a recent news story or client reviews.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that you have a variety of competitors; however, I am most interested in working for Dnata because of your strong interest in client service, and employee safety. You have won multiple industry awards which tells me that you are an innovative and growth-minded organization. Your company is forward-thinking and progressive. I would be delighted to work at Dnata."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"While researching Dnata and the local market I did see that there are a few competitors in our area. What stood out to me was the enthusiasm of your team when I first applied here, and also the fact that you recently won the coveted Transportation Leadership Award. In addition to all of this, I see that Dnata puts an important focus on carbon footprint. All of this makes you stand out from your competitors."
15.
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to this position with Dnata.
Talk about your education experience and be sure to highlight any areas of excellence. Perhaps you earned individual awards, accolades, or scholarships. If so - be sure to mention those achievements as well!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I completed my Engineering degree in 2011 from University of Florida. I am proud of my 3.90 GPA. I worked very hard! My biggest take away from my post-secondary experience is my knowledge of public infrastructure as well as the project management skills that I acquired. My high grades and great discipline will make me a strong fit for this role with Dnata."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have any post-secondary experience to talk about, then you can certainly discuss any on-the-job training you've completed including workshops, courses, and certifications.

"The bulk of my industry related education has been on the job training. This training includes topics on transportation management, government policy and workplace safety."
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Interview Questions
  1. We have many opportunities for career growth at Dnata. Where do you see this position leading to in the next 5 years?
  2. How do you respond to feedback?
  3. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  4. At Dnata we work hard to foster a team- based environment. Do you get along with multiple personality types in a close-working environment?
  5. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
  6. Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
  7. Dnata puts a large emphasis on workplace safety and the health of our employees. How important is workplace health and safety to you?
  8. Because of the nature of our business at Dnata we conduct background checks on all employees. Are you willing to comply?
  9. How did you go about suggesting changes in your most recent company?
  10. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  11. Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
  12. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
  13. Do you have more experience working within the public or private sector of transportation? Which do you prefer?
  14. We have many competitors in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Dnata?
  15. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to this position with Dnata.
  16. At Dnata we put a lot of emphasis on continued education. If you could take any course related to our business, what would you choose?
  17. The transportation infrastructure industry is ever-changing. At Dnata we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in what we do. How do you stay up to date on related current events?
  18. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  19. When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
  20. Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  21. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  22. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  23. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  24. How do you manage a large workload?
  25. Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
  26. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
  27. Would you rather be considered a personable leader or a dynamic leader?
  28. Would you consider yourself a creative person?
  29. What is your current salary?
  30. What questions do you have for me?
  31. How do you handle stress on the job?
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