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  1. 1.

    When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?

      How you face unexpected difficulty can say a lot about your character. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have encountered an unexpected challenge. How did you handle the situation?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The biggest unexpected difficulty that I have faced was my unexpected lay off during the last recession. I had to adapt to a new economy and search deeply for other skills and opportunities. I was able to earn enough to avoid financial strain and am quite proud of my ability to be versatile when required."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I faced unexpected difficulty last year when Company X swiftly acquired our company. With nobody aware of the change, it was emotional chaos in our offices for some time. I chose to remain calm, avoid jumping to assumptions and continued doing my job as usual. This approach helped me to get through the situation."

  2. 2.

    At EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC we try to hire individuals dedicated to their own professional development. If you could take any related coursework, what would you choose?

      The interviewer would like to know if you are willing to expand your industry knowledge through further professional development and coursework. Talk to the interviewer about any additional education you may have been considering and assure them you are interested in the professional development options they may be offering.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am very dedicated to my professional development and am happy to attend any coursework that you may recommend. If I could choose any related coursework, I would choose further education on leadership and team engagement."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "GLP and Quality Assurance are topics of interest to me. I appreciate that EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC emphasizes the professional development of their employees."

  3. 3.

    At EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC we ask for active contribution from our employees. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

      It is essential to show the interviewer that you are a team player. Talk about a time that you were recently expected to achieve a goal in a team setting. How did you go above and beyond to ensure that your contribution was felt?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last month our company asked upper management to complete a full inventory audit. There were 4 of us in total and so we broke the audit requirements into shifts. These shifts had to take place when the warehouse closed. In the end, there was one additional shift that nobody wanted to take. I volunteered myself to do that shift to show my dedication to my job and my co-workers. The gesture was appreciated, and the audit completed on time."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My most notable contribution was my ability to analyze and predict market trends, and then create a successful marketing strategy. Before me, there was no one with a true marketing background on the team."

  4. 4.

    At EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC we take every step possible to be a leader in our industry. In your opinion, who are our competitors and what sets us apart from them?

      It is vital to research the company before your interview. You should learn who the company's competitors are. Discuss your findings with the interviewer and be sure to speak highly of EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC while answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC and see that you truly are an industry leader in the chemicals arena. From my research, I believe what sets you apart is your incredible customer service and dedication to safety. Also, it appears that your employee benefits package is one of the best in the industry."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "From my research, I understand that your biggest competitors are companies X, Y, and Z. Your branding is what sets EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC apart from its competitors. A good brand equals trust and with your strong branding comes a great deal of public trust in your product."

  5. 5.

    Why is this job with EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC right for you at this time in your career?

      Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change, and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you are seeking. Be sure to give a more in-depth answer than the typical "I am looking for growth" answer that so many interviewers hear. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on the company.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am looking for growth"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have attended multiple interviews as of late, and when I walk into the offices of EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC, it already feels like home. I believe that my advancement goals will be respected here and that I can flourish in this position. Your willingness to mentor and encourage professional development is another factor that makes this role with EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC the right one for me."

  6. 6.

    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 EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC.

      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

      "Some skills that you could mention are:

      - Written Communication
      - Verbal Communication
      - A particular software program
      - Collaboration
      - Initiative
      - Ability to work autonomously"

  7. 7.

    What work situations excite and motivate you?

      It is crucial, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive at EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am most motivated, on the job, when tasks are organized, and the vibe is positive. I value strong teamwork and good leadership."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Work situations that excite and motivate me to include fun internal contests, camaraderie among the staff, and the ability to participate as a creative thinker."

  8. 8.

    We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

      To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This question is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I have five years' experience vs. eight years' experience I can do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Along with my five years working in this industry, I have worked near it my entire career, and I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

  9. 9.

    At EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?

      Assure the interviewer that you are as concerned about safety as they are. In which ways do you put safety first? Talk about the importance of safety in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "One of the reasons why EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC stands out to me as a potential employer, is your dedication to workplace safety. I feel that safety should be the number one consideration in this industry. It determines employee engagement, company profitability, and ensures a strong industry reputation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Safety is the most important factor in the workplace, in my opinion. When working with chemicals, especially! I have attended a variety of safety training including Decontamination, Responding to Chemical Emergencies, and CPR / First Aid."

  10. 10.

    In the chemical industry there is always potential for dangerous spills and exposure to toxic chemicals. Are you willing to work in an industry that poses this type of risk?

      The interviewer would like to know that you can professionally handle an emergency situation. Have you ever encountered a chemical spill or other emergency situation in the workplace? Talk to the interviewer about how you reacted. If you have not experienced this, discuss how you feel you would respond in this type of situation.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have experienced a couple of different scenarios surrounding chemical spills. When situations like this occur, I am sure to rely on my training when it comes to chemical related emergencies. I feel well equipped to handle a situation like this in a professional manner."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am well trained for these scenarios and fully understand the risks that come with working for EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC, and the chemicals industry in general."

  11. 11.

    In your chemicals career have you ever experienced a chemical related emergency such as a spill or injured co-worker due to exposure?

      Assure the interviewer that you are well equipped when it comes to handling an emergency situation in the workplace. Do you have any training when it comes to chemical safety, chemical spills, etc.?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a spotless safety record in my work history, so I have not experienced a chemical related emergency at this point in my career. I have great amounts of training in emergency situations, as well as WHMIS and OSHA certified."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I experienced a chemical spill in one of our warehouse facilities last year. A forklift operator accidentally pierced a container. In my current position, we have rigorous spill protocols. We followed those protocols and were able to avoid any injury and toxic exposure."

  12. 12.

    Tell me about any safety related training you have received when it comes to the handling of chemicals and other toxic substances.

      Give the interviewer a concise overview of your formal and on the job training related to chemical safety and proper handling. You can be brief when answering this question but be sure to give the interviewer confidence in your abilities.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am certified in chemical safety and currently hold a valid WHMIS certificate as well as a valid OSHA certificate. I am confident in the training I have received and understand the importance of caution and safety while working around chemicals and potentially toxic substances."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am new to this industry, I have not taken any safety-related training related to chemicals. If you could suggest some specific training, I would be happy to get a head start while you make your hiring decision."

  13. 13.

    Do you have experience when it comes to appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals and other potentially toxic products?

      Proper shipping and handling of chemicals are of utmost importance to the success of most chemical companies. Talk to the interviewer about your experience in transportation of chemicals.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have experience in shipping and handling of chemicals by road transportation and air. I have been formally trained in Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA) and have a spotless record when it comes to transportation safety."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Because I am new to the chemicals industry, I do not have specific experience when it comes to the appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals. I am here to learn, and will do so, enthusiastically."

  14. 14.

    In your opinion, what do you think has been the biggest change in the chemicals industry in the past 10 years?

      Talk to the interviewer about the most significant changes you have seen in the chemicals industry. Keep your answer positive by focusing on the changes that have been good for the industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that the biggest change in the chemicals industry has been the amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These amendments have greatly assisted with the consistency of communication and expectations in the chemicals industry."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The chemicals industry is always faced with new challenges as policy changes come all the time. The biggest challenge that stands out to me is increasing capital costs that cause knee-jerk reactions such as cost-cutting measurements that end up being poor decisions further down the road."

  15. 15.

    At EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC we try to hire people who want to stay with us long term. What are your long term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?

      Discuss with the interviewer your longer-term career plans and how they fit into the career path being offered by EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC. Assure the interviewer that you are looking for a longer term fit.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am looking for a long-term career path which is one of the reasons I applied to work with EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC. I like that you have opportunities for advancement within your team and that you offer professional development coursework. If hired, I would seek to work my way into a leadership role with EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I plan to have a long-term career in the chemicals industry. My education is geared to this as I recently graduated from Chemical Engineering. I would be happy to enjoy a long-term career with EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC."

  16. 16.

    What do you know about the workplace culture here at EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC?

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  17. 17.

    If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?

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  18. 18.

    What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?

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  19. 19.

    When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?

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  20. 20.

    Budget is important for EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC. What was the greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

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  21. 21.

    We value a harmonious culture within EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

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  22. 22.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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  23. 23.

    How do you define success?

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  24. 24.

    When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?

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  25. 25.

    Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

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  26. 26.

    How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

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  27. 27.

    What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

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  28. 28.

    EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC has seasons of peak times where the workload is high. How do you handle a larger than average workload?

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  29. 29.

    What is your current salary?

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  30. 30.

    Tell me a little bit about yourself.

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