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

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  1. 1.

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

      Every company likes to hire those who are respectful of company resources and finances. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have recently implemented a schedule that allows for ride-sharing rewards which have cut down on our company's fuel expense by $9000 per month. I am quite proud of this initiative because it is not only financially responsible but also environmentally friendly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "This is a practice I often utilize to maximize company resources and optimize value to the clients. I recycle a lot of company materials to make the most of our resources. I also do this with people regarding cross training and sharing understanding across departments."

  2. 2.

    Tell me a little bit about yourself.

      Many interviewers will start off with this question, which could throw you off a bit. You've done all of this research on the company but have you prepared to talk about yourself?

      The interviewer is looking for relevant information to the position for which you applied. Respond by mentioning your education, how many years of experience you have in your field, and be sure give some details about your most current position. Conclude your response with a statement about what you are looking for in a job at this time.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

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      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I started my sales career in a large corporate setting, and there I received a promotion within only a few months. I decided that I wanted to stretch my wings and made the leap to a startup. I have had continued success there and am in my preferred sales territory; however, I feel that I may have outgrown the position. Right now there isn't an opportunity for a managerial position here, so I'm looking at outside opportunities, such as this one with Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc.."

  3. 3.

    At Electron Microscopy Sciences 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.

    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."

  5. 5.

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

      When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPI's after 120 days. If hired today, my goal would be to exceed my KPI's after the first 90 days. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If hired today, I would first work on obtaining all of the industry certifications and training that Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc. needs me to complete. This will enable me to work independently, and gain traction in my new role."

  6. 6.

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

      Have you been asked to change your priorities on a dime? How do you react to this kind of shift in priorities? Assure the interviewer that you can respond professionally when it comes to sudden changes.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current role, our schedule is changed on a regular basis and always at short notice. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, I have to respond to sudden change on a regular basis. This situation always occurs when my clients need changes to their projects, and it often happens right before the deadline. I am accustomed to situations like this and welcome the challenge!"

  7. 7.

    Why is this job with Electron Microscopy Sciences 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 Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc., 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 Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc. the right one for me."

  8. 8.

    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 Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc..

      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."

  9. 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 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."

  10. 10.

    Electron Microscopy Sciences has seasons of peak times where the workload is high. How do you handle a larger than average workload?

      The interviewer wants to know that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload:

      - List your tasks and prioritize them
      - Think of which tasks add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!)
      - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself
      - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with
      - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself
      - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team"

  11. 11.

    At Electron Microscopy Sciences 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 Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc. 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."

  12. 12.

    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 Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc., and the chemicals industry in general."

  13. 13.

    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."

  14. 14.

    At Electron Microscopy Sciences 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 Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc. while answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc. 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 Electron Microscopy Sciences, Inc. apart from its competitors. A good brand equals trust and with your strong branding comes a great deal of public trust in your product."

  15. 15.

    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."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

    At Electron Microscopy Sciences we try to hire individuals dedicated to their own professional development. If you could take any related coursework, what would you choose?

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  18. 18.

    At Electron Microscopy Sciences 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?

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  19. 19.

    What do you know about the workplace culture here at Electron Microscopy Sciences?

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  20. 20.

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

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  21. 21.

    When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?

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  22. 22.

    Budget is important for Electron Microscopy Sciences. What was the greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

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  23. 23.

    We value a harmonious culture within Electron Microscopy Sciences. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

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  24. 24.

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

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  25. 25.

    How do you define success?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

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

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  28. 28.

    List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

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  29. 29.

    What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

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  30. 30.

    What is your current salary?

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