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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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How do you manage your time?
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What tools do you use to stay on task and meet deadlines? How do you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once? Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar? Do you set reminders? Sometimes a to-do list is helpful when organizing your time because it can help you prioritize what needs to happen next. Paying attention to which tasks require the most time and which ones bring the most value are ways you can pick and choose what needs to happen in your schedule. What are some ways you have found work best for you to manage your time at work?
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1.
How do you manage your time?
What tools do you use to stay on task and meet deadlines? How do you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once? Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar? Do you set reminders? Sometimes a to-do list is helpful when organizing your time because it can help you prioritize what needs to happen next. Paying attention to which tasks require the most time and which ones bring the most value are ways you can pick and choose what needs to happen in your schedule. What are some ways you have found work best for you to manage your time at work?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Time management has been something that I have worked on improving since my time in University. I set goals for myself and attached a time deadline for those goals. Also, I am diligent with the use of my calendar and have a great scheduling app on my phone that I refer to as well."
Anonymous Answer
"I prioritize my time on what task will take the longest and what task I can finish quickly depending on how much time I have."
Rachelle's Answer
Good strategy!
"My approach to time management is to tackle the most difficult task first, while I am fresh in my day. Then, I could move onto the less complicated tasks as I wrap up my day."
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2.
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.

If you are currently employed: "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."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are currently unemployed: "My most recent position paid me a base salary of $45,000 plus overtime and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
3.
We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with GE Aviation.
It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by GE Aviation to ensure that you have the proper educational requirements. If you do not bring the desired degree or certification, be prepared to defend your education and remind them why you are still the best candidate for the job!

If you have the desired education: "I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have the desired education: "I have a Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although my degree does not boast a primary focus on Aerospace, I do have significant industry training outlined on my resume."
4.
How do you define success?
What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see progress and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Success is the completion of any task you set out to do or any goal that you set for yourself. Success receives interpretation in many different ways but I know I have been successful when I feel that relief and contentment only accomplishment can bring."
Anonymous Answer
"Success is reaching goals that you have set for yourself or your team. It means not standing still, always climbing the ladder and bettering yourself."
Rachelle's Answer
This is an excellent answer!
"Success is reaching the goals you have set for yourself or your team! Being successful means never standing still, but always climbing the ladder and bettering yourself."
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5.
How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
Coming up with ideas to increase productivity, efficiency and save time and energy is a great way to make an impact on your coworkers and the company.

Having the ability to see problems as opportunities is a skill that can make you an essential asset to a company. Think of a time you had a chance to make a difference by making a change in a process or procedure.

Rachelle's Answer #1
" I would say that at least once a month I have an idea, big or small, that I present to my manager. My most recent innovation was discovering a new way to use our automation software to work for us even more efficiently."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am always thinking of new ways to increase productivity and improve the methods I use to complete my work."
Anonymous Answer
"Daily I think of ways to make my work life and home life easier, whether I’m keeping my station clean and organized with the tools I need on-site or when I’m home food prepping my meals for the week or setting my clothes up for a quick change in the morning."
Rachelle's Answer
These are all great examples! I have organized your response a touch.
"I think of ways to make a bigger impact on my work and home life, every single day. This week, I worked on a color-coded sticker system to help identify materials, saving me time during the day. I keep my station clean and organized, ensuring the tools I need are within reach."
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6.
Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching GE Aviation, what do you think we could improve on?
If GE Aviation asks for your feedback on what they could improve on it is best to keep your answer positive and light. Be sure to start, and finish, your suggestion with a compliment on what they are doing right.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have conducted a great deal of research on GE Aviation before meeting you today. I like your branding, and your online presence is strong. If I could make a suggestion, it would be to have a confirmation email sent to all online job applicants. I found the site a bit difficult to navigate and was not sure that my initial application went through successfully. Luckily, your HR department was amazing, and they called me just a few days later for a pre-screen interview."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you could improve on anything, I would recommend updating the website a bit more frequently and adding a blog for aerospace enthusiasts. Aerospace and defense is a popular topic for research, and you could gain many website visitors by putting a greater emphasis on your online content."
Anonymous Answer
"I would say making the website more clear."
Rachelle's Answer
Try to be more specific, as it will be helpful for the interviewer. Was it tough to navigate the GE website from the front page, or perhaps just the careers site?
"My suggestion at this time would be to work on the flow of the careers page on the GE Aviation website. I had a tough time navigating it from my mobile device."
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7.
Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?
The interviewer would like to avoid any hurdles during the offer and negotiations stage that would prevent you from being successfully on-boarded. If GE Aviation is a direct competitor to your current or most recent employer, then you should carefully review your employment contract to ensure nothing is hindering you. Be prepared to present the agreement in your late stage interview.

If you are under a non-compete contract: "I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining GE Aviation."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining GE Aviation."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are not under a non-compete contract: "I am free to sign any offer letter that comes my way as there is no such contract with my current employer."
Anonymous Answer
"No, I am 100 percent ready to take your offer if given."
Rachelle's Answer
Great! To the point, nice and clear.
"I am not bound by any contracts, and am 100% ready to begin work at GE Aviation."
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8.
Your workload will be large at GE Aviation. How do you balance life and work?
It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Not every day will be balanced, and I understand that. I find that I can achieve a great work/life balance most days when I take some time to do something for myself. Whether that be a quick workout, or cooking a delicious meal when I get home."
Anonymous Answer
"Work comes first. It has a big role in my life. I expect to work above and beyond to finish my workload with over time if I have it. I’ll do whatever it takes."
Rachelle's Answer
You show an excellent willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty! Very good!
"Work comes first. I expect to work hard and put in overtime if that's what it takes to get the job done right."
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9.
At GE Aviation we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
GE Aviation is a subsidiary of General Electric. They are a top aircraft engine supplier, offering engines for the majority of commercial aircraft. The interviewer would like to see that you have experience in the industry; whether your aerospace experience comes from private or public entities. If the job description or job posting from GE Aviation points out a preference of one over the other, it is wise to focus your answer on that particular experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I noticed in your job posting that you prefer to see experience in the public aerospace sector. I do have experience in both public and private; however, the most recent three years of my work experience is in the public sector."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I can say that I have equal experience in both public and private aerospace matters. Is there a specific sector where you would prefer to see stronger experience? I would be happy to highlight that experience for you, further."
10.
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe there is always room to improve communication skills so for that reason I will rate myself as an 8/10. I have not received any complaints related to my communication abilities and am quite proud of my oral and written communication skills."
Anonymous Answer
"I would rate my self an 8/10. I feel like there is always room for improvement in communicating verbally or in writing. I’ve never once gotten a complaint about my communication skills."
Rachelle's Answer
An 8 is a good rating that shows strength, while leaving opportunity for improvement. Good response! I have re-worded it slightly for the sake of flow.
"I rate myself an 8/10 as there is always room for improvement in written or oral communication. I have never received a complaint regarding my communication skills."
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11.
How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
Did you start working at a young age? Perhaps you have held some tough jobs earlier in your career? Many hiring managers agree that the best employees are ones with 'grit' and who have held a 'dirty job' or two in their lives. Talk to the interviewer about your early work experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been working since I was just 14 years old. My first job was as a shop hand for my father who was a mechanic. I had to sweep, clean, greet customers and order parts. It was a great way for me to get my hands dirty and I was taught excellent customer service skills from an early age. Everything that I learned during that time has helped me to stay grounded and humble in my career."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I started my career working in an office, so I was able to quickly understand how important it is to stay organized and maintain clear communication with everyone on the team. I believe my early experience will help me succeed in this position because it caused me to form good habits from the beginning."
Anonymous Answer
"I've done all types of jobs, whether I’m destroying a wall doing demolition or building one with carpentry, they both taught me the meaning of hard work. My last job taught me more of a team aspect, and I enjoy seeing a finished product come together when many different hands work as a unit."
Rachelle's Answer
You've done a great job walking the interviewer through your early career. I have organized your response just a touch.
"I have performed all types of jobs - some in demolition and some in carpentry. Both jobs taught me the meaning of hard work and the importance of completing a job. Working with Orvis has taught me more of the team aspect when it comes to seeing a product all the way through. It's great to see so many hands work together as a unit."
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12.
Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
The interviewer is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.

1. The company wants to know what kind of timeline is present before you are scooped up by another organization.
2. They want to know how discerning you are with your job applications.
3. They want to know the types of roles that interest you.
4. They want to hear that they are your top choice.

You can certainly discuss your search but avoid giving too many details. Give the interviewer enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I recently started my search and had found some interesting job postings related to my degree; however, your role is the position I am most enthusiastic about."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are not interviewing: "I just started my search, so I am not in final interviews with any other company. I am aggressively seeking; however."
Anonymous Answer
"No, I have a job and am new to the state, so I’m still learning my surroundings. GE has gotten my full attention."
Rachelle's Answer
Feel free to ask the interviewer if there is a timeline, so that your gain something from this exchange as well.
"I recently moved to {state} and am still learning my surroundings. At this point, I have given GE my full attention. Could you share with me the next steps, and expected timeline?"
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13.
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
Sometimes a great achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way.

When faced with an impossible deadline and regular interruptions that cause you to have to switch gears every thirty minutes, completing a simple project can seem like climbing a mountain!

You have a couple of options for how to approach this: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share a significant accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it.

Either way, you are showing your determination and focus on reaching your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job for which you are interviewing. Try to keep it as career relevant as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My greatest career accomplishment is the fact that, in my current company, I gained a promotion faster than anyone in the organization's entire history. I received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was an extraordinary moment. Exceed expectations, being promoted, and then financially ahead of where I initially expected, was exhilarating."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"One achievement that I am proud of is graduating University as an honors student while still working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and earn recognition for my dedication."
14.
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. Some options can be through bonus' or financial perks, public recognition, kind words, or promotion opportunities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is through words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work makes a difference."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel that most achievements are due to the great work of a team. If I gain recognition for my accomplishments, I always prefer that my team be a part of that recognition as well. Words of encouragement are always motivating."
Anonymous Answer
"I like to be told I'm doing a good job or even get a pat on the back. The best reward for me is to know my hard work makes a difference."
Rachelle's Answer
Being recognized for a job well done is a great way to be motivated. Good response!
"I like to be recognized by a pat on the back or a comment that I am doing a good job."
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15.
Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.

Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.

Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Yes, I think it is possible! What makes a great team member is not that they agree with everything but the level of respect and positive thought that goes into the person's communication style. It's okay to disagree; however, you have to communicate your thoughts professionally."
Anonymous Answer
"I believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader. I believe each employee should bring their own ideas to the plate whether your team leader likes your idea or not. Two brains are better than one. You should just make sure to disagree respectfully."
Rachelle's Answer
Yes - respectfully bringing up your opinion is key. Good answer! I have reworded it slightly for impact.
"Yes, I believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader. Each employee should be able to bring their ideas to the table respectfully. Two brains are always better than one!"
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  1. How do you manage your time?
  2. What is your current salary?
  3. We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with GE Aviation.
  4. How do you define success?
  5. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
  6. Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching GE Aviation, what do you think we could improve on?
  7. Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?
  8. Your workload will be large at GE Aviation. How do you balance life and work?
  9. At GE Aviation we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  10. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  11. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  12. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
  13. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
  14. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  15. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
  16. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
  17. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
  18. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  19. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  20. Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
  21. Who would you say inspires you?
  22. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  23. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
  24. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at GE Aviation. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  25. At GE Aviation we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  26. Because of the nature of business at GE Aviation we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
  27. There are numerous career avenues you can take with GE Aviation. Which career path interests you the most?
  28. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
  29. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At GE Aviation we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
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