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On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

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  1. 1.

    On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

      Do you feel that you are a sincere person or do you have room for growth? This question could be tricky as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself an nine because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I put a heavy focus on honesty and trustworthiness in the workplace, as well as in my personal life. Because I strive for complete honesty, I will rate myself as a 10/10. My values are solid."

  2. 2.

    The health and safety of our employees is top priority at Edwards Vacuum. How would you react if your supervisor asked you to perform a task that you were not comfortable with?

      This situational question will give the interviewer a firm idea of the morale you bring to the workplace. Safety is so important to Edwards Vacuum, Inc., so be sure to acknowledge that you understand the importance of workplace safety. Discuss how you would handle being asked to do something that makes you uncomfortable.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If I were asked to perform a task that I was not comfortable with, I would have a sincere discussion with my supervisor about why I was not comfortable. I believe that open communication is a key part of safety. Under no circumstance would I perform a task I did not feel comfortable doing."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I do not waiver when it comes to safety in the workplace. If I were asked to perform a task that I was not comfortable with, I would discuss it immediately with the person who initiated the request. If things needed to be escalated to upper management, I would not hesitate to do so. Processes and policy are there for a reason, and there are no excuses for cutting corners in the workplace."

  3. 3.

    What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?

      Having hobbies and interests outside of work is a vital part of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Talk to the interviewer about the activities that interest you outside of the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a variety of hobbies that keep me busy outside of work hours. First, I have two children who are involved in basketball and gymnastics. I also play in a baseball beer league, I volunteer at our community church and like to read."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a very physically active person, with a passion for outdoor sports. I love to ski, snowboard, and skate. I play in an adult hockey beer league, as well."

  4. 4.

    Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.

      Being goal-oriented and determined is essential. What do you do, outside of your own goals, to ensure that everyone on your team is successful? Assure the interviewer that you are always willing to keep the team, or company as a whole, in mind.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "As a Sales Manager my team is only as successful as the lowest producing employee. It is imperative that my entire team is motivated, engaged, and on point with their KPI's. Last month I hired a new employee who was struggling significantly with sales. I sat him down and realized that he didn't understand the product. We spent a few hours together over that next week learning the product. In the end, his sales increased by 64%, and he was significantly more confident. It helped the team morale as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      " I help my co-workers accomplish essential goals on a daily basis. I believe that this is the most critical part of teamwork - being willing to help others achieve their goals. Just las"

  5. 5.

    At Edwards Vacuum we measure productivity in a variety of ways. In your opinion, what are the most important performance metrics for this position?

      The interviewer would like to know that you can identify the most critical parts of this role and understand how those relate to the overall success of Edwards Vacuum, Inc.. Reading through their job description, you should be able to pull out the key responsibilities in this role. These key responsibilities are connected directly to the success of the organization. Discuss what you think the key performance metrics are and how you plan to meet them.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From reading the job description and overall responsibilities of the role, I believe that the most important metrics to measure in this role are A, B, and C. In my current position I am measured by these specific metrics. I am a consistent performer in my current role and plan to bring the same enthusiasm to this position."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe the key metrics for this position are inventory turnover, receiving efficiency, and cost of carrying inventory. Is this correct? I have ten years' experience managing these exact metrics and am confident in my ability to improve these KPI's in the first 30 days after starting with Edwards Vacuum, Inc.."

  6. 6.

    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 believe I'm the best candidate for Edwards Vacuum, Inc. because of my decade of experience at your competitor. I have experience in the specific department in question, as a team leader, and I look forward to building on those leadership skills with your organization. I know I can make an immediate, and long-term, impact."

  7. 7.

    How can we motivate you on the job?

      Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "It does not take a lot to keep me motivated. If I work in a positive environment with a forward-thinking team, I am a very happy employee. If you see me going above and beyond, a quick thanks or small recognition of my hard work is good enough for me."

  8. 8.

    Tell me about yourself.

      Take a few minutes to tell the interviewer a few things about yourself. You can begin with your recent education, family life, volunteer work, or talk about your travels. Bring up anything that is interesting and highlights your ability to be a responsible, reliable, and bright individual.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I am a recent grad from Columbia University and have spent the past 12 months traveling the world. It was the best experience that I could have given myself as I was able to learn so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US just last month and have been actively looking for work the past couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting into the routine of a career again."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit. On the professional side, I recently graduated with my heavy machinery operators' license and am a journeyman mechanic."

  9. 9.

    We put a lot of effort into ensuring Edwards Vacuum uses only the best parts and materials available. What do you know about our cutting edge machinery?

      The interviewer wants assurance that you have conducted substantial research on Edwards Vacuum, Inc. before attending the interview. The more you know, the more it shows that you are excited about the position and engaged in this process. You should be able to find everything that you need from the company website. Feel free to ask the interviewer if there is anything they would like to add. The more information they can divulge to you, the better armed you are for the next interview!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched Edwards Vacuum, Inc. and your machinery a great deal. I like that your best machinery is manufactured in the USA. This fact means high quality and more local employment opportunities. I also learned A, B, and C (use specific examples). Is there anything else you would like to share with me about your machinery?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Your cutting edge machinery is absolutely world class, and it offers you the ability to deliver much faster to your clients. I look forward to learning more about your machinery and processes, as well."

  10. 10.

    Our motto at Edwards Vacuum is to work smarter, not harder. If you had a workplace motto, what would it be?

      The interviewer would like to have some insight into your workplace values and personal morale. Before your interview, conduct some research on Edwards Vacuum, Inc. via their website, job postings, and online reviews. Take note of any common keywords they use when describing their workplace culture and company goals. Try to incorporate those keywords when you answer this question. This strategy will help the interviewer to see that you are an excellent fit for the position!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I fully agree with your company motto. Efficiency and productivity go hand in hand. If I had a workplace motto, it would be a quote by Jim Rohn: 'Don't wish it were easier. Wish you were better.' I am a big advocate for continued education and constant achievement."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My workplace and personal motto are one in the same; 'Happiness is an attitude.' I believe that we choose how we feel in a day, for the most part. Thus, I choose to be happy, confident, and enthusiastic."

  11. 11.

    How would you describe your written communication skills?

      Being a clear communicator, in written form, is a vital skill to master. Have you taken any courses in communication and writing? Are you confident in your written communication skills? Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a brief example or story.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would describe my written communication skills as very strong and would rate myself as a 9/10. I have always had a penchant for writing and have taken university courses related to communication, writing, and journalism."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My written communication skills are powerful. I often utilize written communications as a follow up to verbal communications. They provide a great resource for associates to go back to, and reference, plus they might answer any questions that come up along the way."

  12. 12.

    At Edwards Vacuum we work with some of the largest scale machinery in our industry. Tell me about the types of machinery you are most experienced with.

      The types of machinery that you are experienced with may be listed on your resume. Either way, the interviewer would like to see you be more specific about your exposure to certain types of machinery. Make sure that you understand which types of machinery Edwards Vacuum, Inc. works with. If you are not clear on that answer, it is okay to ask the interviewer for further details.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The machinery I am most experienced with would be A, B, and C. I am an expert in these types of machinery which I understand you work with at Edwards Vacuum, Inc.. Are there any other types of machinery you are looking for experience in?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have experience in a variety of machinery, and from my research, I understand that your company primarily uses machinery A, B, and C. Is this correct? I do bring about five years' experience in each."

  13. 13.

    How will the knowledge gained from your most recent position help you succeed in this role with Edwards Vacuum?

      The interviewer would like to know more about the skills and knowledge you have gained in your current role and how those skills will help you to succeed in this position with Edwards Vacuum, Inc.. It's a great idea to start with the core skills mentioned in the Edwards Vacuum, Inc. job description and talk about how you currently exercise those skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I see that you are looking for a candidate with strong leadership skills. Currently, I lead a team of 15 technicians with great results. Since taking a leadership role with my current company, our productivity has increased by 23%, and our employee turnover has decreased by 46%. I am excited to apply my leadership successes to this role with Edwards Vacuum, Inc."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, I am exposed to a lot of decision making when it comes to internal process. I believe that this has greatly increased my ability to make sound decisions based on profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee retention. I look forward to lending this knowledge to my role with Edwards Vacuum, Inc.."

  14. 14.

    Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?

      While Edwards Vacuum, Inc. may have some or all, unionized employees, it's best to answer this question as diplomatic as possible. Avoid complaining and try to focus on the perks that might come from working in a unionized environment.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Personally, I have not worked in a unionized environment; however, I have heard that unions are a great way to ensure continuity in the workplace. From what I understand, they offer security to employees which is always a bonus."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I currently work in a unionized environment. There are some kinks to be worked out, but overall, I am certainly open to working in another unionized environment. If executed properly, unions can be great!"

  15. 15.

    What are your career aspirations beyond this job?

      Everyone has some dream or aspirations on where their career could go. When you think about the future, what comes to mind? Openly share with the interviewer where you'd like to see your job take you. Be sure to include how you feel this particular company would fit in with those specific aspirations.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have some pretty lofty career aspirations, and after researching your organization and learning more about this position, I feel that this role fits with my future aspirations. I would love to see myself promoted based on my hard work and results, eventually managing my branch, then become a regional director."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I want to get into a company that I can stay with an grow long term. While change is good, I like the comforts of having something familiar or regular around me. I aspire to grow into a leadership position and teach newcomers the ins and outs of the business."

  16. 16.

    If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

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  17. 17.

    Our reputation is very important to us. In which ways do you feel Edwards Vacuum stands out from the crowd?

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  18. 18.

    Some of our competitors use social media to promote their brand. How do you feel about the social media presence at Edwards Vacuum? Do you feel this type of marketing is relevant to our industry?

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  19. 19.

    We have a variety of shifts at Edwards Vacuum. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?

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  20. 20.

    What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?

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  21. 21.

    How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?

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  22. 22.

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

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  23. 23.

    Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes. What would make me think that you will stay with our company?

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  24. 24.

    When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?

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  25. 25.

    With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?

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  26. 26.

    Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.

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  27. 27.

    When have you effectively delegated tasks to your employees?

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  28. 28.

    How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?

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  29. 29.

    What makes you a great problem solver?

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  30. 30.

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

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  31. 31.

    What part of this career brings you the most stress?

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  32. 32.

    How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?

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