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What are your salary expectations?

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  1. 1.

    What are your salary expectations?

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

  2. 2.

    At EnerSys we use a variety of robust internal software programs. Do you consider yourself tech savvy and a fast learner?

      Many energy companies will use robust software programs that you may not have even heard of. Because of this, you may not have the exact experience that EnerSys is looking for. Do not fret! All you need to do is display to the interviewer that you have a general understanding of how their technology works. Display that you are tech savvy and a fast learner. If EnerSys has their programs listed in the job posting, be sure to research those programs a bit before your interview.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am an advanced level user in all of the programs used in my current company. From your job posting I see that you use X, Y, and Z at EnerSys. I am familiar with how these programs work. I pick up on new technology quickly, and I am willing to get a head start through some helpful online tutorials so that I am a touch more up to speed on my first day with EnerSys."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I had taken some courses in computer programming and also worked part-time evenings as an IT support person when I was attending University. I consider myself to be technically inclined. Could you share with me the primary programs you use at EnerSys?"

  3. 3.

    How many days were you absent from work last year?

      A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."

  4. 4.

    There are a lot of red tape and regulations in energy related projects. Are you accustomed to waiting on logistics and policy during your projects?

      Assure the interviewer that you have the fortitude to outlast any policy restrictions that may hold your projects back. Discuss the ways that you are accustomed to changes in regulations and policy mid-project.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that the energy industry is privy to many policy changes and I am accustomed to setbacks coming my way. I have also experienced setbacks from early-stage funding falling through. Over the years I have gained a lot of patience when it comes to the advancements of my projects and can step away from a project that may be falling behind, look at the situation critically, and reassess my approach when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am no stranger to policy changes. I am well aware that setbacks happen during projects, regardless of the industry. Changes and setbacks can be disheartening at times but it all balances out when I am able to enjoy the success of a well done project."

  5. 5.

    How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?

      You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a supervisor who does not interact with you in a way that you like.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you simply have to relate to others in their style to be understood."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have worked for a previous supervisor who was incredibly brief in his communication. Many times, I would have to put the pieces together for myself. I managed through it, and it taught me independent thought."

  6. 6.

    When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?

      Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When my manager went on unexpected medical leave for three months last year I was asked to step into her position in the interim. I knew the basics but was certainly not trained on the specifics of the role. I was able to take it on successfully by leaning on my team, reading a lot of company manuals, and asking many questions. Once my manager returned she was very pleased with the progress that I made, and I was awarded a promotion."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am often asked to perform tasks outside of my wheelhouse. This includes customer dispute resolution and interviewing potential new employees. I am a diverse employee and am happy to take on additional functions."

  7. 7.

    Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

      Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on their performance. A new employee would be greatly motivated through being rewarded for performance, and it encourages a healthy competition with tenured employees."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I feel both performance and experience should be equally rewarded and weighted."

  8. 8.

    Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.

      Public speaking can be intimidating so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my past two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of over 200. I have taken a couple of Toastmasters sessions which helped a great deal. I am a confident public speaker."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Presenting to large groups is a big part of successfully rolling out great communications to teams organization-wide. I have experience preparing the deck to be presented to ensure it is simple and thorough. I utilize different communication techniques to make a presentation fun, interesting, and engaging."

  9. 9.

    Tell me when you have delegated tasks effectively.

      Delegating tasks to employees is always a requirement when you are in a management type of role. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to delegate and empower your employees.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I find that to delegate tasks effectively you first need to understand each employee's strengths. I will always delegate to someone's strength so that they will organically know how to complete the task. This method eliminates a lot of resistance and promotes effective and productive work."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, prioritization of our workload is critical to our success. I tap into the resources of my team by finding out their strengths and career aspirations, then assigning them work that will compliment them."

  10. 10.

    At EnerSys we put a strong focus on health and safety. What is your experience with health and safety in the energy industry?

      Health and safety efforts are incredibly important when it comes to any industry. Show the interviewer that you also emphasize workplace safety. If you have any related training, this is a great time to discuss.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year I attended a health and safety course directed at upstream oil and gas. It was an eye-opening experience, and I understand even more so, how important workplace safety is. I appreciate hearing that EnerSys puts such a strong emphasis here."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am new to the industry, I have not taken many energy industry related health and safety courses. I do have CPR and First Aid training. If you could tell me the type of training that you are looking for in your next hire, I would be happy to get a head start on those courses."

  11. 11.

    Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?

      It is easy to say that you are trustworthy and honest, but it's best if you can back it up with a review or words from a previous supervisor.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual and you will be able to hear that directly from my supervisor when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as fundamental virtues."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My friends and family rely on me heavily because I am trustworthy and honest. They can count on me to be straightforward with them and depend on me to be there when it matters least or most."

  12. 12.

    At EnerSys we put a lot of emphasis on attention to detail which some people mistake for micromanagement. How do you feel about this?

      Many companies will closely control the details of each project. This close control can often be mistaken as micromanagement which not everyone enjoys. Assure the interviewer that you are comfortable working in a role where the details are valued.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I naturally pay close attention to details so to be asked about the finer details of a project is of no concern to me. I am happy to comply with any project checklists."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I work very well on an independent basis; however, it is nice to be checked in on every now and then! I don't mind having my work double checked or proofed."

  13. 13.

    Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.

      Show the interviewer that you will still get the job done even when you aren't excited about the task at hand. Think about a time when there was a work-related task that you did not want to do. Perhaps the dreaded file room needed to be purged of outdated files to make room for new files.

      Tell the interviewer what your task was, and explain why you were not excited about it. Be sure to tell the interviewer that even though you were not enthusiastic about the work, you made it happen promptly knowing that it would help the organization as a whole.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I like to set rewards for myself when there are undesirable tasks at hand. For instance, a large part of what I do is review all of the resumes that come into our job portal on a weekly basis. Sometimes there will be up to 200 resumes to review. They all begin to look the same after awhile, so I have set a goal to look at 20 at a time, give myself a quick break, then return to the task."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I do not particularly like filling out a CRM. I don't think any salesperson does. It's just not how we are built! We like the call, the chase, the close. Taking time to pause and write out the details of our conversation, projections, and all that jazz is not something we like. It slows us down. However, it's a necessary step in the sales process. Not only does it ultimately help that sale go better when the CRM is filled out in full detail, but also it helps inform the next sales' close rate. It's an important tool in the sale, and even if it takes slowing down and doing a seemingly monotonous task, it's a task that will help me as a salesperson and the organization as a whole."

  14. 14.

    In which ways do you feel that EnerSys stands out from industry competitors?

      It is essential that you research EnerSys, and the competitive space, before your interview. Discuss with the interviewer how you feel that they stand out from other energy-focused organizations. Keep your answer positive and to the point.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched EnerSys as well as Company ABC and XYZ as I believe those to be the strongest competitors in this industry. One thing that stands out to me is that EnerSys seems to put a stronger and more positive emphasis on environmental concerns. Your involvement with community concerns and innovative technology is also inspiring."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "EnerSys has been around a lot longer than many competitors, and your name is often mentioned in the news as well as other industry leading publications. I feel this sets you apart in your industry and sets you up as an industry expert and influencer."

  15. 15.

    At EnerSys we seek to hire individuals with related post-secondary education. Walk me through your formal education.

      Your post-secondary details will likely be on your resume; however, the interviewer would like for you to go into further detail. Discuss your degree, the areas where you excelled, and any awards or recognition you received.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a Master's degree in Energy Systems Management from the University of San Francisco. I graduated with honors which is something that I am proud of."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My Bachelor's degree is in Business Administration which is not directly related to what you do at EnerSys. With that said, I did learn a lot about organizational development, behavior, and project management. These skills will certainly help me in this role."

  16. 16.

    The energy sector often sees changes in regulation and policy. How do you keep up to date on changes in our industry?

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  17. 17.

    What are your thoughts on the stance environmentalists take against some of our practices in the energy industry?

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  18. 18.

    The energy sector has many competitors. Why do you want to work for EnerSys?

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  19. 19.

    Do you have any experience in SAP?

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  20. 20.

    Tell me about yourself.

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  21. 21.

    What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve, in your most recent position?

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  22. 22.

    What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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  23. 23.

    How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?

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  24. 24.

    How can we motivate you on the job?

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  25. 25.

    Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?

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  26. 26.

    What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?

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  27. 27.

    When faced with a problem, are you more likely to jump into solving it, or are you the type to carefully assess the issue first?

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  28. 28.

    Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?

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  29. 29.

    What questions do you have for me?

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  30. 30.

    Why should we hire you to work at EnerSys?

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