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When change occurs in the workplace, it can create new problems. Do you see these as an inconvenience or as opportunities to learn?

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  1. 1.

    When change occurs in the workplace, it can create new problems. Do you see these as an inconvenience or as opportunities to learn?

      When a change occurs in the workplace, often problems arise due to new procedures being implemented, or unforeseen kinks needing to be worked out. Do you approach these problems positively or do you resist the change? Talk to the interviewer about how you can adapt to the inevitable issues that come with a change in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I fully understand that when a change occurs in the workplace, some new problems may arise because of it. I embrace workplace change because it often gives me the opportunity to learn a new skill or even teach a colleague a new skill."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I like to approach every day and situation as an opportunity to learn and grow, so even though it's uncomfortable, I like to think that there's something valuable to take away from the situation."

  2. 2.

    We have a variety of career paths available at Entegris. What kind of growth would you like to see here?

      Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming process for Entegris, Inc.. Since there are so many career opportunities and specialties available to you at Entegris, Inc., 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 Entegris, Inc..

      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 Entegris, Inc.. 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."

  3. 3.

    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."

  4. 4.

    How would you describe your written communication skills?

      Being a clear communicator, in written form, is a crucial skill to master. Have you taken any courses in communication and writing? Are you confident in your written communication skills? Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a brief example or story.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would describe my written communication skills as very strong and would rate myself as a 9/10. I have always had a penchant for writing and have taken university courses related to communication, writing, and journalism."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My written communication skills are solid. I often utilize written communications as a follow up to verbal communications. They provide a great resource for associates to go back to and reference, plus might answer any questions that come up along the way."

  5. 5.

    At Entegris we offer a range of equipment and services. How familiar are you with our business?

      It is essential that you research Entegris, Inc. 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 Entegris, Inc. 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 Entegris, Inc. 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 Entegris, Inc. 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 Entegris, Inc., today?"

  6. 6.

    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."

  7. 7.

    Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in the electrical equipment 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 another employer, despite the industry. These are your transferable skills, and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software capabilities.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although my background is not in your precise 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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I bring a lot of transferable skills to this position and industry. My talents and skills revolve around helping people and making companies profitable. Customer service, problem-solving, and analytical skills can cross any industry, and I am a pro at all three."

  8. 8.

    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 think I missed ten days, counting vacation time. Of those, five were for my vacation. For three days, I was excused under a doctor's note. The other two absences were pre-approved family days."

  9. 9.

    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."

  10. 10.

    What is your personal mission statement?

      Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly important to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My mission is to give my best 100% of the time. It's important to me that I have a great reputation in this industry through hard work and a positive attitude."

  11. 11.

    At Entegris 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 Entegris, Inc. 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."

  12. 12.

    We put the safety of our employees first at Entegris 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 Entegris, Inc. will want a scan for your employee file.

      Be sure to acknowledge the safety standards at Entegris, Inc. 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 Entegris, Inc.."

      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."

  13. 13.

    The electrical equipment industry is vast. What area do you consider your specialty and why will your specialty help us at Entegris?

      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 Entegris, Inc. 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 Entegris, Inc.. 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?"

  14. 14.

    We have a few local competitors at Entegris. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the rest?

      It is essential that you research Entegris, Inc. 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 Entegris, Inc. vs. their local competitors. Keep your answer positive and complimentary.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "After researching Entegris, Inc. online, I found that you stand out from the many ways that you give back to your community. On the Entegris, Inc. website, as well as third-party review sites, people are talking about the charitable contributions and generosity coming from Entegris, Inc.. 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 Entegris, Inc. stands out from the competition by being present on those platforms."

  15. 15.

    Do you have any post-secondary education directly related to what we do here at Entegris?

      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 Entegris, Inc. - 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 Entegris, Inc..

      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 Entegris, Inc.?"

  16. 16.

    At Entegris we put a lot of emphasis on product knowledge. List the equipment you have the most exposure to and strongest knowledge of.

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  17. 17.

    At Entegris we like to hire those who are natural leaders. When have you taken on a leadership task in the workplace without being asked?

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  18. 18.

    At Entegris we strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think we could improve on?

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.

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  20. 20.

    Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

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  21. 21.

    Why are you the best candidate for us?

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  22. 22.

    How did your job change over the years you worked there?

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  23. 23.

    Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?

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  24. 24.

    Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?

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  25. 25.

    Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?

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  26. 26.

    What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

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  27. 27.

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

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  28. 28.

    Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

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  29. 29.

    Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?

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  30. 30.

    Are you applying for any other jobs?

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  31. 31.

    Tell me about one of the most rewarding experiences you had working on a team.

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  32. 32.

    If you were the successful candidate, how much notice would you require to give your current employer?

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  33. 33.

    What is your greatest weakness?

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