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Generac Power Systems Interview

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We want you to find a fulfilling career with Generac Power Systems. Where could you see yourself 5 years from now?

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  1. We want you to find a fulfilling career with Generac Power Systems. Where could you see yourself 5 years from now?
    • Before your interview, be sure to visit Generac Power Systems career opportunities online. Take note of the range of job possibilities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations? What kind of growth is available in the particular department with which you are interviewing? Assure the interviewer that you desire a long-term opportunity with Generac Power Systems by discussing the career path you would like.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I saw a few leadership opportunities posted on your company website that seemed very interesting. Ultimately, I would like to work my way into a management role that offered leadership opportunities. I am very interested in working for Generac Power Systems because of the multiple growth opportunities present here, and I look forward to proving my capabilities to you."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."


  1. What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
    • If you are in a management type of role, you will often be asked to keep your eyes open for cost-saving opportunities. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of understanding the importance of this practice and give a strong example of a time when you have done so.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have been able to present cost-cutting suggestions many times to my previous employer. The one that I feel had the biggest impact was when I suggested additional warehouse staff. We had three various shifts and still an average of 100 hours of overtime per week. I presented to my employer that we hire one more warehouse employee for each shift, keeping the hours to just 120 regular vs. 100 hours of overtime pay (@1.5x) This recommendation saved the company $31,000 per year. They implemented this change across 15 warehouses the following year, amounting to nearly half a million dollars in savings per year."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The greatest cost-cutting measurement that I accomplished at work was through new suggestions for theft prevention. Since we implemented some of my suggestions our loss, due to theft, has decreased 12%."


  1. 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 competition in me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am delighted that you have asked this question! It just goes to show that you are a thoughtful employer. I am motivated by fun contests led by reaching KPI's and other important targets."


  1. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
    • There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you have experience using and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications. I am best versed in Brosix, AOL Instant Messenger, and Freedcamp. No matter which system you use I am sure that I can pick it up very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not used team-based messaging applications in my past positions; however, I am very technically savvy and experienced with multiple programs such as A, B, and C. I look forward to learning your systems as well!"


  1. How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?
    • Do you value your client and customer relationships? How do you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back? Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for solid customer and client relationships.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My customer and client relationships are best described as open and honest. I believe that the more upfront and transparent you are with your clients, the more likely they are to return. I most definitely value my clients and am sure to nurture those relationships as much as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I build and keep excellent relationships with my clients! These relationships are key to the success of my employer which means that I need always to be putting my best foot forward. I am honest with my customers, helpful, and always try to deliver earlier than they anticipate."


  1. We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a coworker stealing? co-worker stealing?
    • Some businesses have trouble with employee theft, and they need to make sure that they are hiring someone who is honest and trustworthy. Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you caught a co-worker stealing.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am sure that you have an internal policy for employee theft so I can assure you that I would follow the required steps to report the theft. I am a trustworthy person with a strong track record of honesty with my previous employers."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If I caught an employee stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a previous manager, I understand the value of employee honesty."


  1. What challenges are you looking for in this position with Generac Power Systems?
    • The interviewer wants to know that this role will be challenging enough for you to stay with Generac Power Systems long term.

      Be sure that you understand the job description. Take a close look at the duties and responsibilities that could pose a more significant challenge for you. Sometimes the hardest part is balancing all of the tasks you're expected to manage.

      Explain to the interviewer that you are prepared and looking forward to learning from difficulties as they arise. Be specific to show your understanding of the expectations of the role.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that working as a (your position) comes with a lot of challenges. As a new graduate, I have been eagerly awaiting my opportunity to jump into the job market and take on any challenge presented to me. I see the challenges of this position as opportunities to grow and learn."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am eager to be challenged in the workplace and am particularly looking forward to challenges pertaining to marketing, and product development."


  1. At Generac Power Systems we manufacture thousands of SKU's. How do you plan to learn about our product range?
    • The interviewer wants to know that you have a plan in place to succeed in this position with Generac Power Systems. Discuss with the interviewer how you plan to learn their vast product range. Highlight your ability to study, memorize, and retain information. Display to the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in what Generac Power Systems manufactures.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have already taken a keen interest in your products and am confident in my ability to learn the range of SKU's very quickly. I noticed that you have an online catalog, so I already started learning a lot about your product. Are there any other learning resources that you would recommend? I am a quick learner and great at retaining information. If you hire me, you will not be disappointed in my strong product knowledge abilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Your product range is impressive, and I understand that it is going to take some time for me to become familiar with the large range of offerings you have here. I have a strong ability to memorize facts, and so I plan to create flashcards and cheat sheets for myself to help with my initial training."


  1. Generac Power Systems works with some very well-known and respected brands. How will you do your part to contribute to our strong reputation?
    • This question is designed for the interviewer to find out if you have researched Generac Power Systems before your interview and also to see if your customer service philosophy matches their company values.

      Be sure to research the brands that Generac Power Systems works with, or represents. Of those brands, discuss with the interviewer the ones with which you are most familiar. If something about them stood out to you during your research, be sure to mention this.

      Next, assure the interviewer that you are capable of upholding their strong reputation through your morale and customer service expertise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Part of the reason why I applied to work here is that of your impeccable industry reputation. The biggest brands that you work with are some of the brands that I currently work with already so if you hired me; you would be hiring someone with an applicable background. I would uphold your strong reputation by continuing to bring dedication and deep product knowledge to the job."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I plan to do my part in upholding your reputation by bringing my absolute best to work every single day. I will treat your customers, vendors, and suppliers with utmost professionalism and respect."


  1. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
    • The interviewer wants to know that you are confident about your leadership abilities and that you understand when your leadership abilities have been most useful.

      Perhaps you best demonstrate yourself as a leader when your manager is away. Maybe you often jump into a leadership mindset when a co-worker is struggling. Think about a recent time when an employee on your team was successful at something because of your leadership skills. Discuss the scenario and how your leadership skills made the difference.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I know that a coworker could use my assistance. I seem to be a natural teacher and mentor which means that when someone is struggling, my first instinct is to train them. Just recently, I coached a new employee on a sales technique that helped her to achieve her quota for the first time. I look forward to working in this role with you because it will allow me to take on further leadership opportunities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, every time my current manager is away, I take on the role of leader for our team. This leadership opportunity takes place usually one day per week. When you call him for a reference, he will be able to tell you that I have naturally stepped into the responsibilities associated with being a leader."


  1. At Generac Power Systems we prefer to hire individuals who are invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have attended.
    • The interviewer would like to know if you have taken any formal education and training related to their industry. Your reply will help the interviewer to assess your commitment to Generac Power Systems and their industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have taken a variety of coursework related to the manufacturing and engineering industry. In addition to my Bachelor's degree in Engineering, I also have a Project Management certificate. I am fully dedicated to forging a strong career in this field and look forward to bringing my knowledge to work for Generac Power Systems"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The majority of my training is in leadership and human resources within a manufacturing environment. I appreciate that Generac Power Systems takes an interest in professional development because that aligns nicely with my plan to further my knowledge in safety and training for factory environments."


  1. How did you bring value to your last position?
    • This question is similar to 'Why are you the best candidate?' Think about the strengths and skills that made you an asset in your last position. Maybe you influenced changes that saved the company money. Perhaps you were the top grossing sales person on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support for coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "There were several ways I was able to bring value to my company. First, I successfully passed each sales goal in my department. Second, I was able to motivate other members of my team and share my sales techniques with them. Third, I introduced two new procedures to the sales manager that helped us eliminate employee idleness between sales calls."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I bring value to my current position by being a knowledgeable and reliable employee. I bring a great attitude to work every day and am always open to teaching new employees as well."


  1. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
    • The interviewer would like to know more about the types of decisions you are accustomed to making in the workplace. The way you answer this questions will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision-making requirements in this possible position.

      If the job you are interviewing for requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet, you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. If you worked in tech support, you faced problems that you needed to find solutions for on a regular basis. If you worked as a sales rep, you might have required to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

      You may have faced decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these types of decisions and be sure to highlight how these types of decisions have prepared you for a role like this one.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my previous position I was quite often required to make decisions on staff scheduling as well as hiring and terminating. I feel that role prepared me quite well for a position like this one. I have well-honed decision-making skills and my intuition, when it comes to hiring, has been elevated."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I regularly made decisions regarding pricing and discounts for customers. I had a standard set of criteria that I created, and I tried to let that guide me for consistency."


  1. At Generac Power Systems we have employees from all branches of manufacturing including food, chemicals, textiles, machines, and equipment. What type of experience best defines your background or specialty?
    • This question is designed for the interviewer to draw out any transferable skills you may have. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your background. Be sure to highlight any experience in manufacturing, whether or not the industry is a direct fit with what Generac Power Systems does.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My previous employers have focused on food manufacturing; however, I am very familiar with many of the processes that transfer to the chemicals manufacturing industry. My safety training, as well as my machinery experience, will be a major asset to your company, should you choose to hire me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am newer to the manufacturing industry so feel that I could quite easily land on my feet in a multitude of focus'. If I could choose one particular area that I was most passionate about, I would prefer to work on the machining side."


  1. At Generac Power Systems we put great pride into the quality of our products. In your opinion, what do we do best?
    • When a company takes great pride in the quality of the products they manufacture, they want to know that the individuals they hire are passionate about quality as well. Show the interviewer that you have invested some time in getting to know the products at Generac Power Systems.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can certainly see the pride that this company puts into the products you manufacture. After researching your range of products, I believe that you have the biggest market strength because you keep so much of your work local."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "From my experience, so far, I feel that Generac Power Systems is fantastic when it comes to how you treat your employees. Happy employees will put out great products. A healthy workplace culture is a great way to stand out!"


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