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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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  1. 1.

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

      Show the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the energy sector by staying up to date on industry news and changes. Perhaps you regularly read a publication that was of great interest. Maybe you follow a certain energy blogger or news channel? Ensure that your answer is enthusiastic and, if you use Engen Ltd. as an information resource, be sure to mention that as well.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "To stay up to date on industry changes, I read the Breaking Energy publication on a daily basis. Also, I follow a blog on remediation law. I am very interested in the changes in the energy sector and find the regulatory news section on your website to be very resourceful as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have google alerts set up, using keywords related directly to my niche. These help me to stay on top of any industry or regulatory changes, and they save me the time of having to comb through countless publications to keep up. I also follow Engen Ltd. posts on sustainability and environmental concerns, on a regular basis."

  2. 2.

    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."

  3. 3.

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

      Being in a management role is always a significant challenge. Share with the interviewer what you feel is the most challenging part of being a manager, and why. Also, discuss what you are currently doing to make this task less complicated in the future.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate the work evenly. You will always have team members who are absolute rockstars, then some who are a bit less enthusiastic or are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give more work to the high performers. I am currently working with my underperforming team members to prepare them for a larger workload."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I would say the most difficult part of managing people is being both their friend and earning their respect while being new on the team. To balance all of these roles, you have to make sure to be approachable and genuinely interested in them as humans, but also make sure they know that it's a place of business and that meeting or exceeding expectations is the name of the game, above all else."

  4. 4.

    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."

  5. 5.

    What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

      Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to know the type of environment that is offered in this position before the interview.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can be productive in most work environments, so long as the mentality is positive and teamwork is encouraged. I cannot work in an environment that feels negative or toxic. This is not a concern for me with Engen Ltd. as I have read many great employee reviews on Glassdoor and your commitment to your workplace culture is evident."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I tend to find slow paced or red tape environments challenging to maintain my excitement levels. With that said, even if I can experience a small win along the way, it is enough to keep me going."

  6. 6.

    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."

  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 being 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

      "I am motivated by knowing something about the end customer and being able to relate to them as a person. A personal touch is always helpful for me."

  8. 8.

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

      Discuss with the interviewer the ways that Engen Ltd. stands out from their competitors. What caught your eye when applying here? Perhaps it was the information you came across on their website? Maybe you liked how their job posting was worded? Or - perhaps you have a strong referral from a friend or acquaintance. With enthusiasm, discuss why you want to work for Engen Ltd..

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand there are many options when seeking a career in the energy industry; however, I am most interested in working for Engen Ltd. because you value continued education and put a strong emphasis on being environmentally responsible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have been passively seeking a new position for quite some time and haven't jumped on anything yet because I want to make sure it's the right fit. I feel that this job is right for me, at this point in my career, because it offers an opportunity for me to utilize my recent education in GIS while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills."

  9. 9.

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

      It is essential that you research Engen Ltd., 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 Engen Ltd. 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 Engen Ltd. 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

      "Engen Ltd. 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."

  10. 10.

    Tell me about yourself.

      When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a passionate, excited team player who loves to learn on the fly, take the lead when possible, and I have a proven track record of success. I'm loyal and have shown that through my decade-long career at one employer. I have risen through their ranks, and am ready to take on the next challenge. Outside of work, I love to travel and do DIY projects in my home."

  11. 11.

    At Engen 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 Engen Ltd.. With that said, I did learn a lot about organizational development, behavior, and project management. These skills will certainly help me in this role."

  12. 12.

    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."

  13. 13.

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

      Being able to face a challenging or stressful situation, and still gain some accomplishment, in the end, is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my career, so far, I feel that the most difficult accomplishment for me to achieve were the three back-to-back promotions in my current company. Because promotions are granted based on results, I had to put in a lot of overtime hours, and hustle, to get there."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My most challenging accomplishment was to boost employee morale, lower turnover and increase productivity. After the year they had, it was not easy to take over, gain their trust, and put a smile back on their faces."

  14. 14.

    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."

  15. 15.

    At Engen 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."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

    Do you have any experience in SAP?

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

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

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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

    How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?

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  23. 23.

    Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?

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  24. 24.

    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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  25. 25.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  26. 26.

    Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

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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 Engen?

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