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At Emco our equipment standards are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?
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Equipment standards should be high so be sure to address with the interviewer how important the small details are to you. The interviewer would like to be assured that you have a keen interest in the details. Give an example of a time when your attention to detail saved the company from an expensive error or a safety issue.
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1.
At Emco our equipment standards are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?
Equipment standards should be high so be sure to address with the interviewer how important the small details are to you. The interviewer would like to be assured that you have a keen interest in the details. Give an example of a time when your attention to detail saved the company from an expensive error or a safety issue.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"After researching Emco Ltd. I could see that your organization has a keen eye for the details. I, too, am a detail-oriented person. Two months ago, during our quarterly audit, I noticed a couple of discrepancies that ended up saving my company $45,000. My supervisor was very thankful for my keen eye and ended up making me the inventory lead for future audits."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do consider myself meticulous and detail-oriented. In this industry, attention to detail is a matter of safety. Also, mistakes are expensive. In my last performance review, my supervisor commended my efforts when it comes to precision in my work."
2.
We put the safety of our employees first at Emco which includes extensive safety training for our new hires. Walk me through your current safety training and safety related education.
Your safety-related training may or may not be listed on your resume. Either way, be prepared to discuss your training in greater detail. This includes any coursework, certifications, or informal on-the-job learning. Perhaps you have also led a safety course or trained new employees on safety protocols.

If you have particular safety tickets or certifications, you can bring those with you to the interview. There is a good chance that Emco Ltd. will want a scan for your employee file.

Be sure to acknowledge the safety standards at Emco Ltd. as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am formally trained in Fall Arrest, WHMIS as well as Confined Space. I have been an ESTS trainer as well. In addition to this experience, I have many hours of on-site safety training in my previous roles. I brought my current documents with me if you would like to make a copy. I am confident that my level of effort when it comes to safety will meet your high expectations at Emco Ltd.."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because I am newer to the industry, I have not completed a lot of related training. I am CPR, and First Aid certified. Could you tell me which safety training you would like to see me complete? I would be happy to get a head start."
3.
At Emco we offer a range of equipment and services. How familiar are you with our business?
It is essential that you research Emco Ltd. before you go into your interview so that you have a firm understanding of the range of equipment and services offered, as well as their business strategy.

You should have a strong idea of the company vision as well as their most recent wins. All of this information can be found on the Emco Ltd. website by reviewing their 'news' or 'about us' sections. Google search for any recent blog posts, press releases, etc.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have read up on Emco Ltd. quite extensively since being invited to interview with you. From my understanding, the bulk of your business comes from A, and B. I read the press release posted on your blog last month and see that you are opening a new location in XYZ. Congratulations on that growth! I am very excited to join an organization as successful and progressive as yours."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I've had an eye on Emco Ltd. for quite some time and have worked for one of your competitors in the past. I am familiar with your product line and do know that your best selling equipment includes A, and B. Is there anything in particular that you would like to share with me about Emco Ltd., today?"
4.
The electrical equipment industry is vast. What area do you consider your specialty and why will your specialty help us at Emco?
If you have a particular strength in your skills toolbox, then this is a great time to highlight those. It can be tough to brag about your skills, but the way you answer this question will likely be what sets you apart from the other candidates interviewing for this position.

If Emco Ltd. highlights any particular skills in their job posting/job description, it is a great idea to draw on those keywords as a reference when you are answering this question.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have approximately 12 years experience in the electrical equipment industry with 6 of those years being on equipment nearly identical to what you have in place at Emco Ltd.. In your job posting you requested candidates with exposure to A, B, and C. In my current role I am considered the subject matter expert with A, and C. My understanding of B can be classified as an intermediate level. If hired, my training time would be minimal compared to someone with less comprehensive experience within A, B, and C."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I consider my specialty to be in A, and B. With that said, I do have a wide range of knowledge in other electrical equipment and services. Is there a particular specialty that you are hoping to highlight in your next hire?"
5.
We have a few local competitors at Emco. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the rest?
It is essential that you research Emco Ltd. before your interview and be sure to learn about their business landscape. Who are their competitors? What are customers saying online? Check out some favorite review sites to get an idea of what the public is saying about Emco Ltd. vs. their local competitors. Keep your answer positive and complimentary.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"After researching Emco Ltd. online, I found that you stand out from the many ways that you give back to your community. On the Emco Ltd. website, as well as third-party review sites, people are talking about the charitable contributions and generosity coming from Emco Ltd.. This makes your company a big stand-out to me because I am serious about working for an organization that is aware of their social impact."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In the electrical equipment industry, it is rare to have a fun and energetic vibe on social media. I think that Emco Ltd. stands out from the competition by being present on those platforms."
6.
We have a variety of career paths available at Emco. What kind of growth would you like to see here?
Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming process for Emco Ltd.. Since there are so many career opportunities and specialties available to you at Emco Ltd., be prepared to discuss how you would like to see your career grow. This shows the interviewer that you are engaged in this process and interested in becoming a long-term fixture at Emco Ltd..

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was looking around on your websites job board as well as your LinkedIn jobs to see what types of growth opportunities were available with Emco Ltd.. One role that stood out to me was the QA Department Manager position. It seemed that this could be a very natural step in my career once I have grown with you for a couple of years. I'd like to learn more about what I can do to prepare myself for a role like that."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am looking to join a company that will allow me to continue my education and grow into a leadership position over time."
7.
Do you have any post-secondary education directly related to what we do here at Emco?
Most job postings and job descriptions will outline the ideal educational background for which the company is looking.

If you do not have the specific educational background requested of Emco Ltd. - do not fret! Since you are being interviewed, they naturally place value in your experience which, for them, outweighs your educational background. Highlight some of your career wins and how those are directly related to your potential success with Emco Ltd..

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The majority of my knowledge has come from on-the-job training, and other workplace provided courses and workshops such as A, B, and C. Last year I was recognized as the #1 employee for productivity and participation. My industry knowledge has also gained me a leadership role in my current company where I am able to train a lot of new college graduates who are just starting out in the industry."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The majority of my post-secondary education is focused on mechanics and electronic engineering. Is this the educational background that you feel is the best fit for this role with Emco Ltd.?"
8.
At Emco we put a lot of emphasis on product knowledge. List the equipment you have the most exposure to and strongest knowledge of.
Your equipment knowledge is listed on your resume, but the interviewer would like to see you go into further detail on your level of expertise. Be sure to highlight your knowledge with any equipment used at Emco Ltd. if you are privy to that information.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Every piece of equipment that I have solid knowledge in is listed on my resume; however, I would say that my strongest skills are with A, B, and C. I understand that you use all of this equipment at Emco Ltd. as well. This is great news since it means that there will be little downtime in training me on the majority of your equipment and tools."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have had experience with a multitude of equipment. To ensure that I am focusing my answer on the equipment experience you are most interested in, could you share with me the strongest areas of interest when it comes to equipment knowledge?"
9.
At Emco we like to hire those who are natural leaders. When have you taken on a leadership task in the workplace without being asked?
Most companies want to know that they are hiring someone who can grow with their company, show initiative, and be an excellent example to others. Talk to the interviewer about a time, big or small, when you took the initiative to go above your regular duties and set an example of leadership for your co-workers.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last month when our supervisor was out unexpectedly we had a couple of temporary employees not show up for their assignment. We were short-handed, and volumes were high. I decided to step up for the team, like a leader would do, and offered to work a double shift so that last-minute overtime was not expected of my team members. I enjoy setting an example of teamwork while maintaining a positive mindset."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I naturally take on a leader and mentor-ship type of role with my co-workers. In one instance, I had a new coworker who was having some troubles fitting in. I took her out for lunch and talked to her a bit about the workplace culture and semantics surrounding the various departments. I wanted her to stay and enjoy her employment with us, so I took the responsibility of ensuring she was settling in well. I believe there are always opportunities for leadership - you have to keep your eyes open!"
10.
At Emco we strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think we could improve on?
A great organization will always be open to improvement and innovation. The interviewer would like to know if you have suggestions for improvement; however, they are indeed not asking you to reinvent their wheel. The worst thing you could do here is speak negatively about the company without any constructive feedback or recommended solution. If you do have a suggestion, keep it light-hearted and be sure to end your remark with a positive comment.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think that you are doing an impressive job at Emco Ltd. and I look forward to coming to work with you. If I could make any suggestion, I would suggest more updates on the company blog. I believe your vendors and distributors are interested in what Emco Ltd. has to say and where you are taking the company in the future!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"It is difficult for me to comment on where Emco Ltd. could improve without having worked here. From a consumer perspective, I would suggest that additional forms of advertising could not hurt. I see many commercials and ads for your competitors and fewer for Emco Ltd.."
11.
Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.
Is it essential for you to meet and exceed work-related deadlines? Assure the interviewer that you can remain focused on a project and accomplish your goals ahead of schedule.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current position I am expected to cold call 100 customers per week. Most of our associates will break this down into 20 per day, five days per week. What has attributed greatly to my success in this role is that I call 50 customers each day for the first two days and then have time to make additional calls throughout the week. This generally equals a 25% surplus of cold calls to my portfolio. I am always ahead of target by going over and above that cold calling schedule."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The majority of my projects are completed ahead of schedule. I believe that my clients deserve the best of me and I will work overtime when I can to deliver faster than expected."
12.
When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?
Workloads will increase and decrease as the market demands. How do you adapt to these changes?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current position, my workload changes depending on the team and their needs. I can adapt to those needs quickly and effectively. Just last week I had two team members who were sick, and my workload increased significantly. I worked overtime and met my deadlines."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My workload changes by the minute. I keep a to-do list every day and push unfinished items to the next. Then, the next day I come into 150 emails and have to completely re-prioritize yesterday's to-do leftovers with today's emergencies."
13.
Tell me about a time when you had to analyze information and make a recommendation.
With this question, the interviewer is looking at your thought process and your level of logic. Begin by discussing the problem you were trying to solve. Next, consider the data set you used to analyze the problem. Lastly, talk about the recommendation you gave, and the positive outcome of your recommendation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I recently wrapped up an organizational effectiveness survey with our team. I analyzed the results by leader, location, and department then came up with recommendations of how the company can improve trouble areas."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Once it appeared that productivity was slowing down, so I was asked to look into it. I pulled data from a variety of sources and poured through it, from order types, changeovers, employee turnover, absenteeism, etc. I identified all of the changes from the previous quarter to the current and made several recommendations."
14.
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am satisfied with my career progression. Everyone, including me, hits roadblocks or setbacks, but I have been able to push through them and stay on track."
15.
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 special 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 because of my decade of experience at your competitor in anything from entry-level sales to managing various departments. I have experience in the specific department in question as an assistant manager, and I look forward to building on those skills with Emco Ltd.. I know I can make an immediate and long-term impact."
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