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When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?

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  1. 1.

    When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?

      Being able to problem solve and think outside the box when it comes to changing situations is a valuable skill set. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to create a variety of potential scenarios.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that it is a vital approach to create alternative scenarios in all situations. One cannot guess what will happen in the end, so it is great to be prepared for all possible outcomes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I try always to create 'what-ifs' because I know that plans change and fail. Plan B is always ready to go."

  2. 2.

    Because of the nature of our business at Dredging Corp. of India 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd., 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."

  3. 3.

    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."

  4. 4.

    Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to this position with Dredging Corp. of India.

      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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd.."

      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."

  5. 5.

    The transportation infrastructure industry is ever-changing. At Dredging Corp. of India we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in what we do. How do you stay up to date on related current events?

      The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in transportation infrastructure. Perhaps you read infrastructure related magazines, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to an industry-related blog. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to Dredging Corp. of India Ltd..

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. Most frequently, I read Pavement Publications. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including Transport Data and Transport Now."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "It is a challenge to stay up to date on the transportation industry, with policy changing on a regular basis. The most reliable source that I utilize is 'Transport Topics.' With that said, I love to learn about new resources. Would you mind sharing with me your favorite source for transportation-related news?"

  6. 6.

    What questions do you have for me?

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!

      Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"

  7. 7.

    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."

  8. 8.

    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. "

  9. 9.

    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"

  10. 10.

    We have many opportunities for career growth at Dredging Corp. of India. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd.. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd.? 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. down the road."

  11. 11.

    What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?

      Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of situations that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the kind of environment offered in this position before the interview.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I work best in an environment where a positive and healthy culture is encouraged. I am great with autonomy and working independently; however, I am also able to collaborate with my coworkers very well."

  12. 12.

    Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?

      Are you the individual who prefers to know what the routine will be, or do you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment and tend to prefer that pace. It's fast and makes every day different. I certainly enjoy the challenge!"

  13. 13.

    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."

  14. 14.

    What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

      There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you have experience using and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications. I am best versed in Brosix, AOL Instant Messenger, and Freedcamp. No matter which system you use I am sure that I can pick it up very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My current company does not utilize any team-based messaging applications, but I am familiar with the team and project-based management programs such as Trello and Wrike."

  15. 15.

    We have many competitors in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Dredging Corp. of India?

      The interviewer wants to know that you have taken note of the workplace culture at Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. and how they stand out from their competitors. Check out the company website, and any online reviews, to find a common theme that makes Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd.."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "While researching Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. 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 Dredging Corp. of India Ltd. puts an important focus on carbon footprint. All of this makes you stand out from your competitors."

  16. 16.

    Dredging Corp. of India puts a large emphasis on workplace safety and the health of our employees. How important is workplace health and safety to you?

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  17. 17.

    Do you have more experience working within the public or private sector of transportation? Which do you prefer?

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  18. 18.

    At Dredging Corp. of India we put a lot of emphasis on continued education. If you could take any course related to our business, what would you choose?

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  19. 19.

    At Dredging Corp. of India we work hard to foster a team- based environment. Do you get along with multiple personality types in a close-working environment?

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  20. 20.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

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  21. 21.

    Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

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  22. 22.

    How did you go about suggesting changes in your most recent company?

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  23. 23.

    Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

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  24. 24.

    How do you manage a large workload?

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  25. 25.

    If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

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  26. 26.

    Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?

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  27. 27.

    Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?

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  28. 28.

    Would you rather be considered a personable leader or a dynamic leader?

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  29. 29.

    Would you consider yourself a creative person?

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  30. 30.

    What is your current salary?

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  31. 31.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

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