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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

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1.

Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. Show the interviewer that you are a motivated individual by telling the interviewer about a specific time that you took the lead. Include details of your project timeline, who you led, or what you had to teach yourself in order for the project to be successful. Be sure to complete your answer by telling the interview what the outcome was.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"We recently had a major inventory count requested of us by the corporate head office. At the time, our manager was away on holidays. No one quite knew where to start or who should take the lead. I took the initiative to lead my co-workers through the inventory project. I taught myself the tracking software in a short amount of time and created a schedule for the inventory counts so everyone knew what was expected of them. We completed the project three days ahead of schedule! It was a great success."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I was tasked with changing our health benefits provider. Completing this project successfully was crucial to our employees and our bottom line. I made a lot of calls and RFQs, and spent a lot of time hearing proposals to make the best choice before enrollment time."

2.

At Eaton Corporation we seek to hire those who are confident in their skills and proactive. How do you plan to make an impact on our business in the first 90 days?

It is a great idea to map out a proactive progress plan before your interview so that you are prepared to discuss the ways in which you plan to make an impact on Eaton Corporation, if hired. Be sure to display confidence in your abilities but avoid trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the impact you wish to make. A great place to start would be to see if there appears to be a common need mentioned in the Eaton Corporation job description/job posting.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I noticed in your job description that you mention a sales hunter mentality as being a must. My 90 day impact plan would be to aggressively tackle the cold call list that you mentioned has been neglected recently. These cold calls will result in an increase in sales appointments as my closing percentage is very strong."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If hired, I plan to make an impact on your business quickly. I will do this by fully absorbing my training, taking any additional coursework if required, and building healthy co-worker relationships right out of the gates."

3.

What are your salary expectations?

The best way to discuss your salary expectations are 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 opportunity for growth."

4.

At Eaton Corporation we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?

For many conglomerate corporations who have interests across the globe, international travel is a very important part of what they do. You must disclose to the interviewer if you are unable to travel internationally.

If you are able to travel internationally: "There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."

If you are unable to travel internationally: "I do have restrictions on international travel which I can fully disclose to you if I am still eligible for this role. I expect to have this restriction cleared in the near future."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am open to some international travel; however, for the sake of my family, I do not wish to travel more than 30% of the time. What percentage of travel is expected in this role?"

5.

Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Eaton Corporation. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.

Workplace culture is incredibly important since we spend so much of our time at work! Talk to the interviewer about what your ideal workplace culture looks like. Share with the interviewer the factors that would make you want to stay with Eaton Corporation long term.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am seeking a role with an organization like Eaton Corporation where employees matter. This means fair wages, regular opportunities for continued education, and strong internal growth opportunities."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I work best in more casual workplaces where autonomy is given and everyone is encouraged to act like a leader."

6.

How do you feel about performance incentives?

Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings re: performance incentives.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that performance incentives are a great idea. They keep an employee motivated to do a great job and ensure that they are on top of their KPI's. The majority of people are very enthused about being rewarded for their successes."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I think performance incentives are important for driving people to get results. For me, personally, they give me some skin in the game and get my team engaged in making an impact towards the results."

7.

When have you had to lead by example?

The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of the need to always lead by example.

"All the time!" As a leader, your actions, decisions, and demeanour are always under some form of scrutiny. The most stressful workplace situations often surround change so it's a great idea to talk about a time when your organization went through a major change. Change can be very challenging for some people. Discuss how you accept change with a positive attitude.

Perhaps a new software system was being implemented. Maybe your company was being acquired. Perhaps a change occurred in your senior leadership. Talk about how easily your team could have leaned towards negativity by becoming unmotivated, or acting fearful of the change. Highlight that you have genuine excitement surrounding the possibilities that come with change and that this excitement rubs off on your team.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"All the time!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I often lead by example when it comes to mandatory overtime. I work in an order-driven environment and sometimes we have to work late to get the job done. I don't let my peers see me get upset at last minute announcements."

8.

How do you define success?

What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I define success by what we achieve as a team. The project, as a whole, needs to deliver on expectations before I consider the job a success."

9.

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 is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely 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 5 years working in this industry, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

10.

Eaton Corporation puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?

It is very important that you research Eaton Corporation in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that Eaton Corporation supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at Eaton Corporation.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have always spent time volunteering with local organizations. This includes the animal shelter, the children's hospital, and our local food bank. I believe that no matter how busy we are we always have time to give back. I have researched the efforts that Eaton Corporation puts in when it comes to charity. Your values and interest in your global impact are impressive. It's one of the reasons I am so attracted to your organization."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have researched your company's efforts to give back and I really like that you consider your charitable efforts to be another method of determining the success of your organization. It's important to be an active part of the community, in any capacity."

11.

What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?

Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of environments that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position prior to the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I work well in a high pressure, demanding environment that requires you to work smart and make your mark."

12.

Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.

In addition to being able to handle change, can you also recognize when change is required and be confident enough to present that to your organization? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to make a suggestion for change in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Last year when I was managing dispatch for my company I noticed a pretty solid opportunity for us to save on overtime hours. I created a presentation and gave it to my manager who took it to upper management. The changes were implemented and I was very proud of the suggestion that I made."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Our company did not have a strong policy when it came to workplace harassment and bullying. I was able to work with the leadership team to create a new program which has been readily welcomed by our staff."

13.

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

It is always best to support your reply with a real life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out spelling discrepancies in communication and will notice the small things. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My attention to detail was actually a point of conversation in my last performance review. My manager was very pleased with the level of detail that I put into a large project recently. I put a lot of pride into my work and it shows in everything that I do."

14.

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

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. At the end of the day, my talents and skills revolve around helping people and making companies profitable."

15.

At Eaton Corporation we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.

The interviewer would like to be assured that your communication style is a close match to the communication preferences of Eaton Corporation. When working for a conglomerate vs. a smaller, privately owned business your communication style automatically becomes more 'corporate' in nature. Briefly describe your communication style to the interviewer and be sure to include the ways in which you feel your communications styles align.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My communication style leans more to the formal side. I like to be concise and keep expectations simple to understand. If I had to sum up my communication style in a few words I would say it is concise, clean, and friendly. From the communication exchanges I have had with Eaton Corporation so far, I believe our communication styles are a great fit."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some other words to describe your communication style:

- Articulate
- Conversational
- Eloquent
- Formal
- Informal
- Succinct"

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Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  2. At Eaton Corporation we seek to hire those who are confident in their skills and proactive. How do you plan to make an impact on our business in the first 90 days?
  3. What are your salary expectations?
  4. At Eaton Corporation we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?
  5. Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Eaton Corporation. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
  6. How do you feel about performance incentives?
  7. When have you had to lead by example?
  8. How do you define success?
  9. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  10. Eaton Corporation puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?
  11. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  12. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
  13. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  14. Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?
  15. At Eaton Corporation we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
  16. Because Eaton Corporation is geographically widespread, we have to accommodate a variety of time zones. Do you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones?
  17. Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.
  18. We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Eaton Corporation do to stand out from the rest?
  19. Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Eaton Corporation?
  20. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  21. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
  22. What are your strengths?
  23. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
  24. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  25. Tell me about your education.
  26. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  27. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
  28. How do you balance life and work?
  29. What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?
  30. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  31. 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?
  32. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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