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  1. 1.

    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 this potential new employer.

      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

      "Here are some additional transferable skills you may have acquired in your last position:

      - Leadership experience
      - Delegating tasks to other employees
      - Researching
      - Analyzing data
      - Written and verbal communications
      - Terminations and onboarding"

  2. 2.

    Why were you fired or let go from your last job?

      Being terminated does not have to be an embarrassing or shameful thing. Be open and honest with the interviewer regarding your dismissal. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you can provide positive references despite a previous termination.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was terminated from my last position due to my inability to relocate to the new plant that my company was opening. It was unfortunate, but I am confident that I will find the right fit again shortly. Despite my termination, I can provide you with strong work references."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Unfortunately, I was part of the 300 layoffs that occurred after a competitor acquired our company. It was a disappointing experience to go through; however, I am excited about the opportunities that await me."

  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 individual 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'm qualified and passionate about your cause. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization and will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond for your organization."

  4. 4.

    List for me the machinery that you are most accustomed to operating.

      The interviewer would like assurance that you can handle the type of machinery that they operate at Eastman Chemical Co.. Talk to the interviewer about your exposure to machinery and any manufacturing specific experience that you may have. Be sure to ask the interviewer if they are looking for a particular type of machinery. This question will allow you to overcome any potential objections later. If specific machinery experience is requested in the job description, be sure to address that as well.

      If you have the right experience: "I see from your job description that you are looking for experience in machines X, Y, and Z. I have run these specific pieces of equipment for the past 12 years and consider myself an expert with them. Are there any other machine operating skills that you desire?"

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I see from your job description that you are looking for experience in machines X, Y, and Z. I have run these specific pieces of equipment for the past 12 years and consider myself an expert with them. Are there any other machine operating skills that you desire?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not have the exact experience, they are seeking: "I am most experienced in X which is very similar to Y, which I believe you frequently operate here. I am also an expert operator in A, B, and C machinery types. Are there any other skills that you desire?"

  5. 5.

    When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?

      The interviewer wants to know that you are confident about your leadership abilities and that you understand when your leadership abilities have been most useful.

      Perhaps you best demonstrate yourself as a leader when your manager is away. Maybe you often jump into a leadership mindset when a co-worker is struggling. Think about a recent time when an employee on your team was successful at something because of your leadership skills. Discuss the scenario and how your leadership skills made the difference.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I know that a coworker could use my assistance. I seem to be a natural teacher and mentor which means that when someone is struggling, my first instinct is to train them. Just recently, I coached a new employee on a sales technique that helped her to achieve her quota for the first time. I look forward to working in this role with you because it will allow me to take on further leadership opportunities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, every time my current manager is away, I take on the role of leader for our team. This leadership opportunity takes place usually one day per week. When you call him for a reference, he will be able to tell you that I have naturally stepped into the responsibilities associated with being a leader."

  6. 6.

    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

      "I am not one for regrets or looking back; however, if I could change anything about my career path, I would have been more aggressive in my path to leadership earlier on."

  7. 7.

    How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?

      Do you value your client and customer relationships? How do you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back? Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for solid customer and client relationships.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My customer and client relationships are best described as open and honest. I believe that the more upfront and transparent you are with your clients, the more likely they are to return. I most definitely value my clients and am sure to nurture those relationships as much as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I build and keep excellent relationships with my clients! These relationships are key to the success of my employer which means that I need always to be putting my best foot forward. I am honest with my customers, helpful, and always try to deliver earlier than they anticipate."

  8. 8.

    What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision without all the relevant information?

      Sometimes we have to make decisions without all of the pertinent information at our fingertips. The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of taking educated guesses and that you are confident enough in your abilities that you can make a good decision without all pieces of the problem being present.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I need to decide without all of the information present, I weigh the pros and cons and come up with a solution that makes the most sense. Common sense can take you a long way! Next, I may ask the opinion of someone I trust to see what they think. Even though I trust my decision-making ability, I still think it's important to get a second opinion when it comes to situations involving money or decisions that make a significant impact on others."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a strong believer in following my gut, and for the most part, it has not steered me wrong. I try to gather as much information as possible, but when all of the pieces are not accessible, I assess the situation using my prior knowledge of similar situations, and I follow my intuition. If I'm not certain or feel conflicted, I don't hesitate to bring in another person or persons to help me come to the best, most effective decision."

  9. 9.

    What do your team members think of you as the team leader?

      It is essential to be aware, and honest, about your strong points and shortcomings when it comes to your leadership skills. Talk to the interviewer about what you honestly feel your team would say about your leadership skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I often ask my team members for feedback on my leadership skills. The points that consistently come up are that I am a clear communicator and that I am approachable. One thing that I could work on would be my ability to be more concise in my direction, but I have been working on that and feel that I have improved significantly. "

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I hope that my team sees me as a positive example, whether I am in a leadership role or not. I enjoy teaching and guiding others so I believe they would say that I am a collaborative leader who values mentorship."

  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 Eastman Chemical we have employees from all branches of manufacturing including food, chemicals, textiles, machines, and equipment. What type of experience best defines your background or specialty?

      This question is designed for the interviewer to draw out any transferable skills you may have. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your background. Be sure to highlight any experience in manufacturing, whether or not the industry is a direct fit with what Eastman Chemical Co. does.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My previous employers have focused on food manufacturing; however, I am very familiar with many of the processes that transfer to the chemicals manufacturing industry. My safety training, as well as my machinery experience, will be a major asset to your company, should you choose to hire me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am newer to the manufacturing industry so feel that I could quite easily land on my feet in a multitude of focus'. If I could choose one particular area that I was most passionate about, I would prefer to work on the machining side."

  12. 12.

    We want you to find a fulfilling career with Eastman Chemical. Where could you see yourself 5 years from now?

      Before your interview, be sure to visit Eastman Chemical Co. career opportunities online. Take note of the range of job possibilities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations? What kind of growth is available in the particular department with which you are interviewing? Assure the interviewer that you desire a long-term opportunity with Eastman Chemical Co. by discussing the career path you would like.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I saw a few leadership opportunities posted on your company website that seemed very interesting. Ultimately, I would like to work my way into a management role that offered leadership opportunities. I am very interested in working for Eastman Chemical Co. because of the multiple growth opportunities present here, and I look forward to proving my capabilities to you."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

  13. 13.

    At Eastman Chemical we prefer to hire individuals who are invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have attended.

      The interviewer would like to know if you have taken any formal education and training related to their industry. Your reply will help the interviewer to assess your commitment to Eastman Chemical Co. and their industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have taken a variety of coursework related to the manufacturing and engineering industry. In addition to my Bachelor's degree in Engineering, I also have a Project Management certificate. I am fully dedicated to forging a strong career in this field and look forward to bringing my knowledge to work for Eastman Chemical Co."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The majority of my training is in leadership and human resources within a manufacturing environment. I appreciate that Eastman Chemical Co. takes an interest in professional development because that aligns nicely with my plan to further my knowledge in safety and training for factory environments."

  14. 14.

    At Eastman Chemical we put great pride into the quality of our products. In your opinion, what do we do best?

      When a company takes great pride in the quality of the products they manufacture, they want to know that the individuals they hire are passionate about quality as well. Show the interviewer that you have invested some time in getting to know the products at Eastman Chemical Co..

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can certainly see the pride that this company puts into the products you manufacture. After researching your range of products, I believe that you have the biggest market strength because you keep so much of your work local."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "From my experience, so far, I feel that Eastman Chemical Co. is fantastic when it comes to how you treat your employees. Happy employees will put out great products. A healthy workplace culture is a great way to stand out!"

  15. 15.

    Eastman Chemical works with some very well-known and respected brands. How will you do your part to contribute to our strong reputation?

      This question is designed for the interviewer to find out if you have researched Eastman Chemical Co. before your interview and also to see if your customer service philosophy matches their company values.

      Be sure to research the brands that Eastman Chemical Co. works with, or represents. Of those brands, discuss with the interviewer the ones with which you are most familiar. If something about them stood out to you during your research, be sure to mention this.

      Next, assure the interviewer that you are capable of upholding their strong reputation through your morale and customer service expertise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Part of the reason why I applied to work here is that of your impeccable industry reputation. The biggest brands that you work with are some of the brands that I currently work with already so if you hired me; you would be hiring someone with an applicable background. I would uphold your strong reputation by continuing to bring dedication and deep product knowledge to the job."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I plan to do my part in upholding your reputation by bringing my absolute best to work every single day. I will treat your customers, vendors, and suppliers with utmost professionalism and respect."

  16. 16.

    Workplace safety is incredibly important to us at Eastman Chemical. What kind of safety training do you have?

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  17. 17.

    At Eastman Chemical we manufacture thousands of SKU's. How do you plan to learn about our product range?

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  18. 18.

    Eastman Chemical manufactures a multitude of products. Which to you think is our best seller?

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about the inventory software you have worked with. Are you familiar with the programs we use at Eastman Chemical?

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  20. 20.

    What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

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  21. 21.

    What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

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  22. 22.

    What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

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  23. 23.

    Do you ever used your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

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  24. 24.

    How did you bring value to your last position?

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  25. 25.

    What challenges are you looking for in this position with Eastman Chemical?

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  26. 26.

    We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a coworker stealing? co-worker stealing?

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  27. 27.

    How can we motivate you on the job?

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  28. 28.

    How competitive are you?

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  29. 29.

    How do you deal with a coworker when they stand in the way of your progress at work?

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  30. 30.

    If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?

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