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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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  1. 1.

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

      Ethical dilemmas in the workplace will come up from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you can handle these types of difficulties with professionalism and poise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have never been told to lie to a fellow employee or supervisor on the job. If I were to be asked to lie, I absolutely would not do that. I am not the type of personality to be pushed around on the job. I will always be myself and keep my integrity first."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Yes, I have been asked to lie on the job before. In a previous role, our inventory count was off. My co-worker wanted to go home, and he suggested that I lie about our count. I refused to lie, and we stayed late. I would always choose honesty over lying, any day."

  2. 2.

    Are you applying for any other jobs?

      It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if the are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am keeping an eye out for viable positions. Although I am not in final stages with any other company, I am actively seeking a new position."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am actively seeking a new opportunity; however, will be choosy in my final decision. I am very excited about this opportunity with East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. and look forward to next steps in the interview process."

  3. 3.

    Why are you the best candidate for us?

      Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given special accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am the best candidate for you because I have a consistent history of exceeding my targets and goals for the past three years. I have been promoted two times in the last year which is nearly unheard of in my current company. In addition to these successes, I have excellent cold calling skills which I will put to work immediately after being hired by your company."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe I'm the best candidate because of my decade of experience at your competitor in anything from entry-level sales to managing various departments. I have experience in the specific department in question as an assistant manager, and I look forward to building on those skills with East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.. I know I can make an immediate and long-term impact."

  4. 4.

    We have a variety of career paths available at East Penn Manufacturing Company. What kind of growth would you like to see here?

      Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming process for East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.. Since there are so many career opportunities and specialties available to you at East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc., be prepared to discuss how you would like to see your career grow. This shows the interviewer that you are engaged in this process and interested in becoming a long-term fixture at East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc..

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was looking around on your websites job board as well as your LinkedIn jobs to see what types of growth opportunities were available with East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.. One role that stood out to me was the QA Department Manager position. It seemed that this could be a very natural step in my career once I have grown with you for a couple of years. I'd like to learn more about what I can do to prepare myself for a role like that."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am looking to join a company that will allow me to continue my education and grow into a leadership position over time."

  5. 5.

    Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.

      Is it essential for you to meet and exceed work-related deadlines? Assure the interviewer that you can remain focused on a project and accomplish your goals ahead of schedule.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position I am expected to cold call 100 customers per week. Most of our associates will break this down into 20 per day, five days per week. What has attributed greatly to my success in this role is that I call 50 customers each day for the first two days and then have time to make additional calls throughout the week. This generally equals a 25% surplus of cold calls to my portfolio. I am always ahead of target by going over and above that cold calling schedule."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The majority of my projects are completed ahead of schedule. I believe that my clients deserve the best of me and I will work overtime when I can to deliver faster than expected."

  6. 6.

    Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am satisfied with my career progression. Everyone, including me, hits roadblocks or setbacks, but I have been able to push through them and stay on track."

  7. 7.

    Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in the electrical equipment industry?

      There are many ways that you can be a fit for a position, even though you do not come with direct industry experience. Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit another employer, despite the industry. These are your transferable skills, and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software capabilities.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although my background is not in your precise industry, I have worked with many clients who have been in your industry. I bring excellent transferable skills that qualify me for this position. These skills include my advanced abilities in Excel, my outstanding cold-calling abilities as well as my proven background in team leadership."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I bring a lot of transferable skills to this position and industry. My talents and skills revolve around helping people and making companies profitable. Customer service, problem-solving, and analytical skills can cross any industry, and I am a pro at all three."

  8. 8.

    How many days were you absent from work last year?

      A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I think I missed ten days, counting vacation time. Of those, five were for my vacation. For three days, I was excused under a doctor's note. The other two absences were pre-approved family days."

  9. 9.

    What is your personal mission statement?

      Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly important to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My mission is to give my best 100% of the time. It's important to me that I have a great reputation in this industry through hard work and a positive attitude."

  10. 10.

    What are your salary expectations?

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000, and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."

  11. 11.

    At East Penn Manufacturing Company our equipment standards are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?

      Equipment standards should be high so be sure to address with the interviewer how important the small details are to you. The interviewer would like to be assured that you have a keen interest in the details. Give an example of a time when your attention to detail saved the company from an expensive error or a safety issue.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "After researching East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. I could see that your organization has a keen eye for the details. I, too, am a detail-oriented person. Two months ago, during our quarterly audit, I noticed a couple of discrepancies that ended up saving my company $45,000. My supervisor was very thankful for my keen eye and ended up making me the inventory lead for future audits."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I do consider myself meticulous and detail-oriented. In this industry, attention to detail is a matter of safety. Also, mistakes are expensive. In my last performance review, my supervisor commended my efforts when it comes to precision in my work."

  12. 12.

    We put the safety of our employees first at East Penn Manufacturing Company which includes extensive safety training for our new hires. Walk me through your current safety training and safety related education.

      Your safety-related training may or may not be listed on your resume. Either way, be prepared to discuss your training in greater detail. This includes any coursework, certifications, or informal on-the-job learning. Perhaps you have also led a safety course or trained new employees on safety protocols.

      If you have particular safety tickets or certifications, you can bring those with you to the interview. There is a good chance that East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. will want a scan for your employee file.

      Be sure to acknowledge the safety standards at East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. as well.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am formally trained in Fall Arrest, WHMIS as well as Confined Space. I have been an ESTS trainer as well. In addition to this experience, I have many hours of on-site safety training in my previous roles. I brought my current documents with me if you would like to make a copy. I am confident that my level of effort when it comes to safety will meet your high expectations at East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Because I am newer to the industry, I have not completed a lot of related training. I am CPR, and First Aid certified. Could you tell me which safety training you would like to see me complete? I would be happy to get a head start."

  13. 13.

    At East Penn Manufacturing Company we offer a range of equipment and services. How familiar are you with our business?

      It is essential that you research East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. before you go into your interview so that you have a firm understanding of the range of equipment and services offered, as well as their business strategy.

      You should have a strong idea of the company vision as well as their most recent wins. All of this information can be found on the East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. website by reviewing their 'news' or 'about us' sections. Google search for any recent blog posts, press releases, etc.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have read up on East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. quite extensively since being invited to interview with you. From my understanding, the bulk of your business comes from A, and B. I read the press release posted on your blog last month and see that you are opening a new location in XYZ. Congratulations on that growth! I am very excited to join an organization as successful and progressive as yours."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I've had an eye on East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. for quite some time and have worked for one of your competitors in the past. I am familiar with your product line and do know that your best selling equipment includes A, and B. Is there anything in particular that you would like to share with me about East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc., today?"

  14. 14.

    The electrical equipment industry is vast. What area do you consider your specialty and why will your specialty help us at East Penn Manufacturing Company?

      If you have a particular strength in your skills toolbox, then this is a great time to highlight those. It can be tough to brag about your skills, but the way you answer this question will likely be what sets you apart from the other candidates interviewing for this position.

      If East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. highlights any particular skills in their job posting/job description, it is a great idea to draw on those keywords as a reference when you are answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have approximately 12 years experience in the electrical equipment industry with 6 of those years being on equipment nearly identical to what you have in place at East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.. In your job posting you requested candidates with exposure to A, B, and C. In my current role I am considered the subject matter expert with A, and C. My understanding of B can be classified as an intermediate level. If hired, my training time would be minimal compared to someone with less comprehensive experience within A, B, and C."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I consider my specialty to be in A, and B. With that said, I do have a wide range of knowledge in other electrical equipment and services. Is there a particular specialty that you are hoping to highlight in your next hire?"

  15. 15.

    We have a few local competitors at East Penn Manufacturing Company. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the rest?

      It is essential that you research East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. before your interview and be sure to learn about their business landscape. Who are their competitors? What are customers saying online? Check out some favorite review sites to get an idea of what the public is saying about East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. vs. their local competitors. Keep your answer positive and complimentary.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "After researching East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. online, I found that you stand out from the many ways that you give back to your community. On the East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. website, as well as third-party review sites, people are talking about the charitable contributions and generosity coming from East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.. This makes your company a big stand-out to me because I am serious about working for an organization that is aware of their social impact."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In the electrical equipment industry, it is rare to have a fun and energetic vibe on social media. I think that East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc. stands out from the competition by being present on those platforms."

  16. 16.

    Do you have any post-secondary education directly related to what we do here at East Penn Manufacturing Company?

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  17. 17.

    At East Penn Manufacturing Company we put a lot of emphasis on product knowledge. List the equipment you have the most exposure to and strongest knowledge of.

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  18. 18.

    At East Penn Manufacturing Company we like to hire those who are natural leaders. When have you taken on a leadership task in the workplace without being asked?

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  19. 19.

    At East Penn Manufacturing Company we strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think we could improve on?

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  20. 20.

    When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?

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  21. 21.

    Tell me about a time when you had to analyze information and make a recommendation.

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  22. 22.

    How would you describe your written communication skills?

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  23. 23.

    How did your job change over the years you worked there?

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  24. 24.

    Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?

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  25. 25.

    Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?

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  26. 26.

    What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

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  27. 27.

    What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?

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  28. 28.

    When change occurs in the workplace, it can create new problems. Do you see these as an inconvenience or as opportunities to learn?

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  29. 29.

    Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

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  30. 30.

    Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?

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  31. 31.

    Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team.

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  32. 32.

    If you were the successful candidate, how much notice would you require to give your current employer?

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  33. 33.

    What is your greatest weakness?

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