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  1. 1.

    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 E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc..

      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."

  2. 2.

    What challenges do you anticipate in this new role with E. &. J. Gallo Winery?

      Interviewers at E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. 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 E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc.. 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."

  3. 3.

    How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?

      The food and beverage industry requires people and processes to operate promptly. Remember, you are a part of a much larger operation. If you are running behind, you could slow down production. Give an example that will show E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. that you plan and take a proactive approach to these types of situations.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I always arrive to work at least 15 minutes before I am expected to be there, to give me extra time in case something happens. I also make sure I have the numbers of my co-workers and boss so that I can call to let them know if I'm stuck or might be running late."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I was raised to be early, at all times. I am well-scheduled and understand the negative impact that my tardiness can cause. If I am to be late, I am sure to call my manager, or whoever will be affected by the situation. I will also put in extra hours when necessary."

  4. 4.

    What is your greatest professional achievement so far?

      E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. is looking for individuals who are motivated. Whether your accomplishment is related to school, work or volunteer experience, you can give an example that demonstrates your determination and ability to overcome obstacles. Often an achievement is honored through receiving high praise from a manager or an award. Numbers speak volumes! Whenever you are able, tangibly explain the results, offering up a concrete example of what your achievement looked like to help the interviewer at E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. get a much clearer picture of your success.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was the top sales leader when at my most recent company. I think the reason I did so well was my consistency in following up with customers. I checked in with them daily, also checking to make sure I was meeting my own personal sales goals on a weekly basis. My contribution helped them increase sales that year by 25%!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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 achievement 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 be recognized for my dedication."

  5. 5.

    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 E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. 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."

  6. 6.

    How do you handle customer complaints?

      If you are interviewing for a customer facing role at E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc., you want to show off your ability to deal with conflict and nurture those professional relationships. Give an example of a time you helped resolve a customer's issue.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "A customer called me very frustrated about a problem with a shipment. I listened and told them I would be happy to help. I asked more questions to understand the problem and then suggested once I had a better idea of what might solve it. The customer was very relieved and grateful that I took the time to listen and make sense of the issue."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If I have a customer complaint, I have been trained to actively listen, do not interrupt, and repeat back to the client in their own words. This technique prevents further misunderstanding and helps the client to feel they are listened to and cared for."

  7. 7.

    At E. &. J. Gallo Winery we value individuals who take initiative. Can you give me an example of a time you did something without being asked?

      Taking the initiative demonstrates leadership ability. Even if you are working as a delivery driver, there is always an opportunity to be proactive in the way you approach your work. E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. wants to hire individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, because they invest in their employees and often promote from within. Impress the interviewer by showing how you manage your workload and take action before anyone has the chance to ask you first.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I noticed the numbers were off on a shipment I was delivering to a customer. They had ordered 30 cases, and we were only delivering 25. When I made the delivery, I let the customer know we would deliver the additional cases the next day and I called my manager to find out what went wrong. My manager and the client appreciated my sense of urgency and my ability to take action after making that observation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I often find myself taking the initiative without being asked. This will include situations like training staff members on a new procedure, calling customers to follow up on their orders, or taking random inventory counts."

  8. 8.

    We strive to help our employees create a healthy work/life balance at E. &. J. Gallo Winery. How do you balance life and work?

      E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. cares about their employees working hard to build connections with their customers and create a sense of community within the workplace. Even in healthy work culture, it can be challenging to balance your work with the rest of your life. Explain how you balance your life in your current or past roles.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am methodical about my work and my schedule. I set reminders on my calendar to stay organized and on-time, relying on my google calendar and my to-do list. I make sure I can make it to soccer practice each week so that I can play in the games on the weekends."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, the work doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."

  9. 9.

    What interests you about E. &. J. Gallo Winery?

      It is essential that you do your homework before an interview! E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. 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. E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. 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."

  10. 10.

    What goals would you like to accomplish while working for E. &. J. Gallo Winery?

      If you are looking for opportunities to advance your career, E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. 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 E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. has such a strong reputation for workplace culture, it fits perfectly with my desires for a long-term fit."

  11. 11.

    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!"

  12. 12.

    What is your greatest strength? How will it help you make a difference at E. &. J. Gallo Winery?

      The interviewer at E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc. 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"

  13. 13.

    The work environment at E. &. J. Gallo Winery 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."

  14. 14.

    At E. &. J. Gallo Winery 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."

  15. 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 E. &. J. Gallo Winery, Inc., 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."

  16. 16.

    Why are you leaving your current job?

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  17. 17.

    What do you think you will enjoy most about working in the food and beverage industry?

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  18. 18.

    How would your co-workers describe you?

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  19. 19.

    Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

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    Tell me about an idea you implemented in the past that made an impact.

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  21. 21.

    Do you have experience training others?

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  22. 22.

    It's important for shift changes to go smoothly at E. &. J. Gallo Winery to maintain productivity. How do you make sure transitions are seamless?

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  23. 23.

    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 E. &. J. Gallo Winery. What is your availability?

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  24. 24.

    How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?

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  25. 25.

    How can we motivate you on the job?

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    How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?

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  27. 27.

    When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?

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  28. 28.

    E. &. J. Gallo Winery 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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