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26 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
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Culture fit is a significant factor when looking for a new position. Talk to the interviewer about the types of personalities that you best work with. Be sure to remain positive and avoid using this as an opportunity to speak poorly of previous colleagues.
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Top 25 EHL AG Interview Questions
1.
What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
Culture fit is a significant factor when looking for a new position. Talk to the interviewer about the types of personalities that you best work with. Be sure to remain positive and avoid using this as an opportunity to speak poorly of previous colleagues.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I best enjoy working with individuals who are driven, positive, energetic, and take accountability for their work. I do have the ability to work with a large variety of individuals; however, these are the ideal traits I would see in future colleagues."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I work well with a wide variety of personalities; however, I work best with those who are honest and hard working. Working alongside like-minded people, versus those you are at odds with, always makes a project run smoother."
2.
What is your current salary?
A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am currently earning less than the average professional in my line of expertise. In my next position, I would like to make a base salary in the $80-$84K range. What salary range are you offering at EHL AG?"
3.
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If I had to start my career over again, I would take the same direction! Working in this industry has been incredibly fulfilling for me, and I have zero regrets with the path my career has taken me."
4.
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
Problem-solving and dispute resolution are fundamental skills to possess. Display to the interviewer that you are capable of problem-solving within the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my most recent position we had a consistent problem with employees showing up late for their shifts or calling in sick at the very last moment. Rather than the typical documenting and reprimanding style that management usually takes, I decided to track the results of an accountability reward system. For 180 days, my employees received a reward for coming to work 10 minutes early. Also, for every month with zero sick days, a bonus was added. In the end, we awarded those with perfect attendance a $600 bonus. The bonus' cost us less money, in the end than the cost of lowered productivity due to absent employees. The program was a success, and upper management chose to keep it implemented for another six months. We will re-assess in December, but it seems to be working very well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"We have a problem with being short on labor hands quite often, due to the high employee turnover in our industry. I solved this issue by engaging a placement agency that specializes in temporary labor staffing. Whenever we are short on labor hands, they have a roster of individuals we can hire last minute and for the short term. Surprisingly, before I started with this company, they had never utilized this resource. Everyone is quite pleased with how this has worked out so far."
5.
Give me an example of a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed.
Everyone has difficult decisions they have made in their career where little information was present. Focus on a choice you made in your job where you wanted more time to gather information, but instead, had to make a fast decision. Remember to pick an example that results in a positive outcome.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was an executive for a Home Renovations DIY blog, and after a google search algorithm update, our traffic declined 30% overnight. I quickly researched what the change was, how websites were affected and made the decision to hire more writers immediately. The decision created better content on the blog, and our traffic gained 50% by the end of the year."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I had a customer who was unhappy with the performance of one of my project managers. I had heard this complaint about the PM before so it was not completely out of the blue, but I did want to get his side of the story before taking disciplinary action. He would not return my calls, so I decided to take disciplinary action without his side of the story, going primarily by his work history and previous actions."
6.
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
The tension between coworkers can be draining, mainly if you work in a high-stress work environment. 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My coworker and I had a misunderstanding about the schedule. We both got frustrated, so I took a step back and asked if we could talk about it when we were both calm; so the tension didn't escalate. The next day I pulled him aside and asked if we could talk. We both shared our sides of the story and realized it was just a miscommunication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Conflict in the workplace is sometimes unavoidable when you have so many personalities working together. When faced with conflict, I will remind myself to keep a level head, hear all sides of the story whenever possible, and remove myself from any situation that becomes heated."
7.
How would you describe your written communication skills?
Being a clear communicator, in written form, is a crucial skill to master. Have you taken any courses in communication and writing? Are you confident in your written communication skills? Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a brief example or story.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe my written communication skills as very strong and would rate myself as a 9/10. I have always had a penchant for writing and have taken university courses related to communication, writing, and journalism."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although my written communication skills are strong, I am still working on improving them because I do find verbal communication to be a more natural skill. One way that I am improving my written communication skills is by spending more time crafting emails and other forms of written communication to my staff and clients."
8.
How would you describe your personality?
Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. Traits could include buzzwords such as extroverted, energetic, and confident.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some other words you can use to describe your personality without using overused keywords:

- Adaptable
- Balanced
- Capable
- Disciplined
- Eloquent
- Flexible"
9.
What feedback did you receive at your last job?
Every manager has a different approach to giving feedback. Some prefer to save it for the performance review while others dish it out on the regular. Your response to feedback is much more important than the input itself. Even if it was negative, if you can take it as constructive criticism, you can improve yourself and your skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the details of a project. I realized that I could be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and hyper-focus on things that aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize the steps I need to take and the tasks that need completion when working on a bigger project."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Every performance review, in my previous position, was very positive. I like to achieve greatness in everything that I do, and my manager appreciated that."
10.
When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?
Are you given the creative freedom to improve existing processes? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to take an existing process and develop it creatively.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last month my supervisor asked me to take our existing sales training package and improve it. My goal was to make the system more engaging for recruits. Once we implemented my ideas, we increased our new trainee retention rate by 16%. I was quite proud of what my creativity could do!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I created a new training manual for our labor employees, last year. It included safety tips, training suggestions, and how-tos. Our employees appreciated having the resource, and I enjoyed creating it!"
11.
When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
Are you the individual who will approach an assignment head-on, or do you need to research and plan first? Do you jump in and get it all done immediately or do you balance it with other assignments? Talk to the interviewer about how you approach essential assignments at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When my supervisor gives me an important assignment or task I am sure to assess the depth of the project then take a look at my schedule to see how I can appropriately balance it with my other work. I do not procrastinate because then it's easy to forget to fit them in."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When given an important project, I will first review all of the details while gathering any questions that come to my mind. From there, I will research answers to the questions and then approach my supervisor with any questions that remain unanswered. At that point, I will dive into the project. My method is very calculated, and I have never missed a deadline."
12.
Tell me about your most significant work experience that relates to this position.
This question is an excellent example as to why it is crucial for you to review the job description, in detail, before your interview. Have you ever held a similar position to this one? Can you draw any similarities between this role and another job that you have had?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"3 years ago, I worked for Company X in a very similar position. It required less team supervisory experience but additional educational components. The role also involved shift work and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis. These factors prepared me for a position like this one with EHL AG."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This position with EHL AG would be my first role in the building products/construction materials industry; however, I have worked for manufacturers in the past. These roles taught me useful transferable skills such as customer service, inventory management, and health and safety best practices."
13.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
Do you feel that you are a sincere person or do you have room for growth? This question could be a tricky one as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself a nine because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Honesty is fundamental to me, and I was raised to be a truthful person at all times. For this reason, I would rate myself as a 10/10 for honesty."
14.
At EHL AG we do what we can to take environmentally friendly actions. Are you familiar with the U.S Green Building Council and their purpose?
The interviewer would like to know that you are familiar with environmental standards and efforts when it comes to the building products and construction industry.

If you are familiar with the U.S Green Building Council: "The U.S Green Building Council is a member-based community of businesses and professionals who are active in green based building initiatives. They are a great resource for the construction community in ways that we can be more environmentally conscious during our projects."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"The U.S Green Building Council is a member-based community of businesses and professionals who are active in green based building initiatives. They are a great resource for the construction community in ways that we can be more environmentally conscious during our projects."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are not familiar with the U.S Green Building Council: "I have not had direct exposure with the U.S Green Building Council; however, it sounds as though they would be a great resource for those wishing to take greener initiatives in the building products and construction industry."
15.
Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?
Terminations and corrective discipline measures can be very difficult to do but, with experience, they do get more comfortable. Talk to the interviewer about the extent of your experience with terminations and discipline.

If you do have the experience: "I have been a part of individual terminations and group lay-offs throughout my career. I am comfortable with these types of tasks."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been a part of individual terminations and group lay-offs throughout my career. I am comfortable with these types of tasks."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have the experience: "I have not been in a position to perform terminations or hold corrective discipline meetings; however, I would be willing to perform these types of tasks with a small amount of training and research."
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