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There are a lot of red tape and regulations in energy related projects. Are you accustomed to waiting on logistics and policy during your projects?
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Assure the interviewer that you have the fortitude to outlast any policy restrictions that may hold your projects back. Discuss the ways that you are accustomed to changes in regulations and policy mid-project.
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Top 30 EMTEK AS Interview Questions
1.
There are a lot of red tape and regulations in energy related projects. Are you accustomed to waiting on logistics and policy during your projects?
Assure the interviewer that you have the fortitude to outlast any policy restrictions that may hold your projects back. Discuss the ways that you are accustomed to changes in regulations and policy mid-project.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that the energy industry is privy to many policy changes and I am accustomed to setbacks coming my way. I have also experienced setbacks from early-stage funding falling through. Over the years I have gained a lot of patience when it comes to the advancements of my projects and can step away from a project that may be falling behind, look at the situation critically, and reassess my approach when needed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am no stranger to policy changes. I am well aware that setbacks happen during projects, regardless of the industry. Changes and setbacks can be disheartening at times but it all balances out when I am able to enjoy the success of a well done project."
2.
The energy sector often sees changes in regulation and policy. How do you keep up to date on changes in our industry?
Show the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the energy sector by staying up to date on industry news and changes. Perhaps you regularly read a publication that was of great interest. Maybe you follow a certain energy blogger or news channel? Ensure that your answer is enthusiastic and, if you use EMTEK AS as an information resource, be sure to mention that as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"To stay up to date on industry changes, I read the Breaking Energy publication on a daily basis. Also, I follow a blog on remediation law. I am very interested in the changes in the energy sector and find the regulatory news section on your website to be very resourceful as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have google alerts set up, using keywords related directly to my niche. These help me to stay on top of any industry or regulatory changes, and they save me the time of having to comb through countless publications to keep up. I also follow EMTEK AS posts on sustainability and environmental concerns, on a regular basis."
3.
At EMTEK we seek to hire individuals with related post-secondary education. Walk me through your formal education.
Your post-secondary details will likely be on your resume; however, the interviewer would like for you to go into further detail. Discuss your degree, the areas where you excelled, and any awards or recognition you received.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a Master's degree in Energy Systems Management from the University of San Francisco. I graduated with honors which is something that I am proud of."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My Bachelor's degree is in Business Administration which is not directly related to what you do at EMTEK AS. With that said, I did learn a lot about organizational development, behavior, and project management. These skills will certainly help me in this role."
4.
At EMTEK we put a lot of emphasis on attention to detail which some people mistake for micromanagement. How do you feel about this?
Many companies will closely control the details of each project. This close control can often be mistaken as micromanagement which not everyone enjoys. Assure the interviewer that you are comfortable working in a role where the details are valued.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I naturally pay close attention to details so to be asked about the finer details of a project is of no concern to me. I am happy to comply with any project checklists."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I work very well on an independent basis; however, it is nice to be checked in on every now and then! I don't mind having my work double checked or proofed."
5.
In which ways do you feel that EMTEK stands out from industry competitors?
It is essential that you research EMTEK AS, and the competitive space, before your interview. Discuss with the interviewer how you feel that they stand out from other energy-focused organizations. Keep your answer positive and to the point.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched EMTEK AS as well as Company ABC and XYZ as I believe those to be the strongest competitors in this industry. One thing that stands out to me is that EMTEK AS seems to put a stronger and more positive emphasis on environmental concerns. Your involvement with community concerns and innovative technology is also inspiring."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"EMTEK AS has been around a lot longer than many competitors, and your name is often mentioned in the news as well as other industry leading publications. I feel this sets you apart in your industry and sets you up as an industry expert and influencer."
6.
What are your thoughts on the stance environmentalists take against some of our practices in the energy industry?
The energy industry is rarely free of criticism. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on a recent hot topic. You can show the interviewer that you keep up to date on industry news and that you have a well researched, and valuable, opinion.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There are many hot topics when it comes to the energy industry. We are no stranger to controversy which is why I seek to work for a reputable organization such as EMTEK AS. One recent topic has caught my attention, and that is the oil drilling activity in West Africa. I've been following many environmentalist blogs to get a well-rounded view of the controversy. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but if I am confident in our ethics, then that's all I need."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I respect what environmentalists are attempting to achieve, and I agree with much of it. What I do not agree with is how some of the extremists are portraying our industry. Our industry is vital, and sometimes the extreme environmentalists do not appear to understand that or care to learn."
7.
At EMTEK we put a strong focus on health and safety. What is your experience with health and safety in the energy industry?
Health and safety efforts are incredibly important when it comes to any industry. Show the interviewer that you also emphasize workplace safety. If you have any related training, this is a great time to discuss.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last year I attended a health and safety course directed at upstream oil and gas. It was an eye-opening experience, and I understand even more so, how important workplace safety is. I appreciate hearing that EMTEK AS puts such a strong emphasis here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am new to the industry, I have not taken many energy industry related health and safety courses. I do have CPR and First Aid training. If you could tell me the type of training that you are looking for in your next hire, I would be happy to get a head start on those courses."
8.
The energy sector has many competitors. Why do you want to work for EMTEK?
Discuss with the interviewer the ways that EMTEK AS stands out from their competitors. What caught your eye when applying here? Perhaps it was the information you came across on their website? Maybe you liked how their job posting was worded? Or - perhaps you have a strong referral from a friend or acquaintance. With enthusiasm, discuss why you want to work for EMTEK AS.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand there are many options when seeking a career in the energy industry; however, I am most interested in working for EMTEK AS because you value continued education and put a strong emphasis on being environmentally responsible."
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 GIS while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills."
9.
Do you have any experience in SAP?
Many energy companies will use robust software, including SAP. Because there are endless choices in SAP based programs, you will likely not have the exact experience in the SAP module that EMTEK AS is looking for. Do not fret! All you need to do is display to the interviewer that you have a general understanding of how their technology works. Display that you are tech savvy and a fast learner. If EMTEK AS has their programs listed in the job posting, be sure to research those programs a bit before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have approximately two years' experience in Fieldglass which is an internal SAP used at Company ABC. From your job posting I see that you use X, Y, and Z at EMTEK AS. I am familiar with how these programs work. Technology is very interesting to me, and I am a quick study."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have not been lucky enough to have exposure to SAP as of yet; however, I have watched a few tutorials on the program and am confident in my ability to pick it up very quickly."
10.
At EMTEK we use a variety of robust internal software programs. Do you consider yourself tech savvy and a fast learner?
Many energy companies will use robust software programs that you may not have even heard of. Because of this, you may not have the exact experience that EMTEK AS is looking for. Do not fret! All you need to do is display to the interviewer that you have a general understanding of how their technology works. Display that you are tech savvy and a fast learner. If EMTEK AS has their programs listed in the job posting, be sure to research those programs a bit before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am an advanced level user in all of the programs used in my current company. From your job posting I see that you use X, Y, and Z at EMTEK AS. I am familiar with how these programs work. I pick up on new technology quickly, and I am willing to get a head start through some helpful online tutorials so that I am a touch more up to speed on my first day with EMTEK AS."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I had taken some courses in computer programming and also worked part-time evenings as an IT support person when I was attending University. I consider myself to be technically inclined. Could you share with me the primary programs you use at EMTEK AS?"
11.
Tell me about yourself.
When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a passionate, excited team player who loves to learn on the fly, take the lead when possible, and I have a proven track record of success. I'm loyal and have shown that through my decade-long career at one employer. I have risen through their ranks, and am ready to take on the next challenge. Outside of work, I love to travel and do DIY projects in my home."

12.
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve, in your most recent position?
Being able to face a challenging or stressful situation, and still gain some accomplishment, in the end, is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my career, so far, I feel that the most difficult accomplishment for me to achieve were the three back-to-back promotions in my current company. Because promotions are granted based on results, I had to put in a lot of overtime hours, and hustle, to get there."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My most challenging accomplishment was to boost employee morale, lower turnover and increase productivity. After the year they had, it was not easy to take over, gain their trust, and put a smile back on their faces."
13.
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When my manager went on unexpected medical leave for three months last year I was asked to step into her position in the interim. I knew the basics but was certainly not trained on the specifics of the role. I was able to take it on successfully by leaning on my team, reading a lot of company manuals, and asking many questions. Once my manager returned she was very pleased with the progress that I made, and I was awarded a promotion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am often asked to perform tasks outside of my wheelhouse. This includes customer dispute resolution and interviewing potential new employees. I am a diverse employee and am happy to take on additional functions."
14.
How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a supervisor who does not interact with you in a way that you like.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you simply have to relate to others in their style to be understood."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have worked for a previous supervisor who was incredibly brief in his communication. Many times, I would have to put the pieces together for myself. I managed through it, and it taught me independent thought."
15.
Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
Public speaking can be intimidating so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my past two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of over 200. I have taken a couple of Toastmasters sessions which helped a great deal. I am a confident public speaker."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Presenting to large groups is a big part of successfully rolling out great communications to teams organization-wide. I have experience preparing the deck to be presented to ensure it is simple and thorough. I utilize different communication techniques to make a presentation fun, interesting, and engaging."
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