Integrity is best displayed through honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you show your integrity in the workplace.
Element Six Interview Questions
Integrity is a key value at Element Six. When have you shown great integrity at work?
Integrity is best displayed through honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you show your integrity in the workplace.
"In my last position, I was responsible for the cash deposit on a daily basis. There was never a discrepancy, in the four years that I worked there. I best show my integrity by being a consistently reliable employee."
"I show great integrity in all that I do. It's important in this industry, to be honest, and allow people to know what to expect from you. Being a person of integrity is very important to me."
Are you applying for any other jobs?
It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far.
"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."
"Yes. I am eager to return to work and am actively seeking my next opportunity."
Element Six likes to bring out the best in our employees. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
The interviewer wants to see that you are self-aware and understand the type of manager or employer that brings out the best in you. Some individuals prefer a close working relationship with a lot of accountability while others prefer space and autonomy. If you are unsure of the management style at Element Six Ltd., try to leave your answer as open as possible. You can certainly ask the interviewer to describe their management style.
"I have worked with a wide range of personalities and management styles with great success. If I could express a preference, I feel that I perform best in an independent and autonomous environment. Can you describe the management style here?"
"I work best with managers who are patient, like to teach and are clear communicators. Because I am newer to my career, I do hope to work for a manager who can mentor me."
What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
The interviewer wants to know that you can think outside the box, or even ask for help when you are stuck on a complicated problem.
Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues or even patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need to find the best way to solve the problem.
Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.
"When faced with a complicated problem, I will look to the resources that my current company has provided me. The answer is almost always in there. If it's more of a moral dilemma vs. a knowledge-based dilemma, I will ask my supervisor for his thoughts and opinion since I value him as a mentor and expert in our industry."
"If there's a complicated problem, I'll write out what I think the possible solutions would be, and make a note of what my gut tells me to do. Then, I will weigh those potential solutions against one another and list the complications that may arise as a result of each choice. Also, I am always open to input or suggestions from those with more experience than I and look to my mentors, their experience, and the training resources, as well as potentially talk the problem out with coworkers or my boss."
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
We all like recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want credit for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?
"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is being noticed."
"I do not like public recognition all that much as I prefer to do my job well, regardless of being recognized. When I have a major achievement, I would prefer a phone call from my supervisor saying a good job. Also, I like to be awarded additional responsibilities."
We are looking for a long term fit at Element Six. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but does assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for their position.
"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."
"In 5 years I would like to be seen as an authority in our industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."
Considering your background is in an industry different from Element Six, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for 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 Element Six Ltd., despite the industry background you may have. These are your transferable skills, and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software capabilities.
"Although my background is not in the metals and mining 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."
"Here are some transferable skills that could qualify you to work in the metals and mining industry:
- Conflict Resolution
- Time Management
- Project Management
- Hiring and Onboarding
- Supervising Others
- Presentation Giving
Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.
Everyone has had their share of challenges in their career. The interviewer knows that you are not perfect; however, they need to know that you can professionally overcome work-related roadblocks.
Maybe you had a significant project that almost went sideways. Perhaps you had a conflict in the workplace that you could have handled more professionally. Explain your approach to resolving the issue and be sure to highlight the steps you took to reach that resolution.
"The most challenging problem I have encountered in my professional career was with my most recent employer. I had an incredibly important project that made up the majority of my annual budget. The client was challenging to work with as he was rarely available for comment, due to extensive international travel. I needed this deal to work out so, for the 6-month span of the project, I made my work hours reflect his time zone. This allowed us to communicate via Skype on a daily basis. This meant a fair share of late night and early morning calls for me! It was a sacrifice; however, I would do it again. I understand that sacrifices need to be made for successful outcomes to happen."
"The most challenging problem that I encountered in my career was when my former company experienced a major merger. It was a lot to adjust to but, after some time, I was able to get a good pace again."
When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?
Being able to delegate to your team correctly is a critical part of successful management. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have appointed in error. Be sure to discuss how you repaired the mistake.
"Earlier in my career I would delegate tasks at random, thinking that everyone had the skills to complete any company-related task. I found that these employees would procrastinate on these tasks if they seemed overwhelming or if they did not understand them. After a bit of time, and some learning, I began to delegate based on personality type and skill-set. This method proved to be much more effective, and I follow this delegation style to this day."
"I am usually cautious when delegating tasks because putting the wrong person in the wrong function can be a dangerous, and expensive, mistake. A few years ago I put an employee on the incorrect piece of machinery, thinking that he was certified in operating that bit of equipment. I am now sure to double check credentials before delegating."
What is your current salary?
A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.
"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
"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."
Element Six seeks to hire those who are up to date on the industry. Our industry is a competitive one with policy changing frequently. How do you keep up with industry trends and policy changes?
The interviewer is seeking for proof that you have a genuine interest in their particular industry. When you have a real interest in a topic, you will spend time dedicating yourself to grow your knowledge base.
Discuss with the interviewer a couple of ways that you keep yourself updated on industry trends and policy changes. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewer about the ways they keep prefer to stay on top of industry topics. You never know what other resources are out there and you may learn something new!
"There are many great resources dedicated to the metals and mining industry. At the moment, my favorite resource is miningmagazine.com. I visit their website frequently and also subscribe to their blog. What is your favorite resource for industry related news?"
"I subscribe to a variety of print, and online, publications such as Mines to Markets, Mining Global and Cobalt News. Could you share with me some of your favorite resources? I always like to learn about new industry resources."
In your opinion, why is our industry a fundamental one?
Employees who see value in their company, and industry, are going to be happier and stay longer. The interviewer is looking for your opinion on why the metals and mining industry is an important one. Show the interviewer that, if hired by Element Six Ltd., you would have a sense of pride in what they do.
"I strongly believe that the metals and mining industry provides an excellent boost in the economy; especially in those regions and states where mining activity is concentrated. Minerals and metals are what make nearly everything we have so without this type of mining, many of the products we know and love would not exist."
"I believe the biggest reason why mining is necessary is that minerals and metals can rarely be substituted for anything. They are vital to our everyday lives. If mining stopped, we would not have other resources for some of the most important things we use every day."
At Element Six we understand that our industry can be a volatile one. In your opinion, what is the outlook for the metals and mining industry in the next year?
The interviewer wants to see that you have a keen interest in the industry and that you are up to date on some of the challenges and wins that Element Six Ltd. may be facing. You do not need to give an incredibly long and drawn out answer but be sure to highlight a couple of interesting points.
Wrap up your response by asking the interviewer their personal opinion on the outlook for the industry. This question from you could start an insightful and helpful conversation
"I read in an article a short time ago that mining was one of 2016's best performing sectors despite a slow start to the year. Citi analysts are predicting another solid year. How do you feel the outlook will be for this industry in the years to come?"
"Although the prices for many commodities have declined over the years, I feel that we will be bouncing back again very soon. According to the Financial Post, 2018 is going to be a solid year for the metals and mining industry."
At Element Six 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 security in the workplace.
"One of the reasons why Element Six Ltd. 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."
"Safety is of utmost importance to me! I take regular precautions in the workplace, and I continue to attend safety training while keeping my tickets and certifications valid."
At Element Six 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 incredibly important 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 Element Six Ltd. while answering this question.
"I have researched Element Six Ltd. and see that you truly are an industry leader in the metals and mining arena. From my research, I believe what sets you apart is your incredible dedication to safety, and to the environment."
"From my understanding, your biggest competitors are companies A, B, and C. I believe that Element Six Ltd. is different because you put safety above all else. Your public safety records are impressive, and I am excited at the possibility to join such a responsible company."
What do you know about corporate governance practices in the metals and mining industry?
Element Six is committed to transparency, whether that means full disclosure to our board, the government, or audit committee. Do you consider yourself a transparent and honest individual?
Social responsibility is important to us. In your opinion, what is the best environmental effort Element Six has launched in the past 3 years?
Every step counts for a successful project so at Element Six we prefer to hire those who come highly trained. Do you have any post-secondary education related to project management or environmental affairs?
How has your current job changed over the years?
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
Strong communication skills are important for any role with Element Six. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
We believe in giving Element Six employees honest, open, and regular feedback. What feedback did you receive at your last job?
How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
How do you define success?
Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
What is your personal mission statement?
What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision and you do not feel you have all the relevant or necessary information?
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?