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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated August 31st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?

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1.

Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?

Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. For instance, if you are applying to be a software engineer for General Dynamics, you should not find writing code to be the most stressful part of your day.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The part of my career that brings me the most stress is when the schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part. I like to be on time with my schedule to ensure that my clients are taken care of."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I currently have a couple of delinquent team members who are on the brink of termination. I have tried to save them a few times, but now the HR department has become involved. I never like to see people leave, but you cannot force others to have a strong work ethic. The turnover in our plant is currently my biggest stressor."

2.

Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?

General Dynamics has a stringent hiring process, and they promote and hire only the best managers. Although their management team is well-oiled, there may remain times that you do not agree with a decision or how a situation is handled. The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic during times such as these.

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. Discuss that even if you disagree with the final decision your leader makes, 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. The professional reaction is to maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion. I understand that my leader may have information that I do not, or may see a longer range picture than I am able."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Yes, I think it is possible to get along with a leader without agreeing on everything, all of the time. 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."

3.

We are looking for a specific post-secondary degree for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with General Dynamics.

It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by General Dynamics 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.

At General Dynamics we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?

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 General Dynamics 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. I have excellent knowledge of EASA and FAA aviation regulations."

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 a stronger level of experience? I would be happy to highlight that experience for you, further."

5.

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."

6.

Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at General Dynamics. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?

If you work for General Dynamics, you may become privy to highly sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy individual who can handle being under a confidentiality agreement if hired.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am a highly trustworthy person. My background includes many years of experience working on sensitive projects. I fully understand the desire that General Dynamics has to protect their data and am more than willing to sign a confidentiality agreement."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Yes, I am willing to sign a confidentiality agreement with General Dynamics, anytime in this process."

7.

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."

8.

If General Dynamics hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

The interviewer would like to know that you would be ready to make an impact in their department, immediately after being hired. It's important to come to an interview with a 30-90 day strategic plan on how you would impact the business, should you be the successful candidate. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"If hired today, I would start by analyzing all quantifiable data from the last month, quarter, and year to identify any bottlenecks or shortfalls in productivity. I would make corrections from there. Perhaps this will be in the form of creating better processes, implementing new applications for productivity, or simplifying the vendor process. This work will, of course, coincide with your biggest pain-points at the moment."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"You mentioned earlier that staff training and retention had become a pressure point for your organization. I considered that and created a 90-day plan to increase retention while streamlining the training process via an online training manual with self-guided lessons. Would you like to take a deeper look?"

9.

Communication is one of the biggest keys to success at General Dynamics. When have your communication skills benefitted your team?

General Dynamics employs thousands of people which means that communication between teams needs to be crystal clear. The interviewer would like to know how your communication skills have benefited your team in the past. Strong communication skills are required to be an active leader, whether you are in a formal leadership role or not. How have your communication skills helped your team in the past?

If you are struggling to come up with an answer to this question, here are a few examples that should turn the gears and help you think of a time when you communicated a message that benefited your co-workers.

- Maybe you were the first to hear of new corporate policy, and you alerted your co-workers to the new changes.
- Perhaps you created an efficient way to streamline a process, and you informed your team about this.
- Maybe you found a new product or service that had a benefit to your organization.
- Perhaps you realized an error in a project, and you alerted everyone of this before it became a significant problem.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"We recently rolled out a large organizational change. I took a very transparent approach to communication throughout the process. I asked the team for feedback and buy-in, early in the process. We discussed some scenarios on what to expect. When the time came to roll out the change, there was minimal surprise with the new process. It was a success!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My clear communication style has greatly benefited my team and the company I work for because it helps me to exceed performance targets consistently while showing my team what stage of the project I am on at all times. When one person succeeds, the whole team benefits."

10.

How do you manage your time?

The interviewer would like to know what tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Share precisely how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. To start, think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar or 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."

11.

What questions do you have for me?

It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely watching a video on their company site!

Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would like to ask if there is anything in my background on which you need clarification? Also, after discussing everything today, is there any particular reason why I would not be the best fit for this software engineer role?"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Thank you for asking! A couple of questions come to mind. What do you see as the biggest challenge the aviation and defense industry will be facing in the next 12 months? Also, what is your employee turnover rate, in this particular role? Third, could you tell me a bit about the retention plan you currently have in place?"

12.

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?

Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the 'nice to have' or even the 'must have' skills listed in the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I realize that I may not check off all of the boxes for this position; however, I can assure you that I am a rapid learner. The main experience I am missing is in AvPro, but I am very well versed in another aviation program called Cirro. I think that I can pick up the required knowledge quickly."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I would be happy to clarify my experience in any skills. Could you tell me which skills you feel I am missing for this position?" (Once the interviewer responds, you can overcome that objection by better highlighting that specific experience, or discussing a related skill that you do have.)"

13.

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 software engineering degree; however, your role is the position for which I am most enthusiastic. Because General Dynamics is involved in aerospace as well as defense, I see endless career growth opportunities."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you are not interviewing with other companies: "I just started my search, so I am not in final interviews with any other company. I am aggressively seeking a new role but am discerning at the same time. General Dynamics is a top choice because you are one of the largest defense contractors in the world and your reputation for quality is second to none."

14.

How do you define success?

General Dynamics is one of the top companies in the world, and they want to hire people who are winners, too. 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."

15.

General Dynamics believes that a diverse workplace yields better results. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?

General Dynamics provides a lot of great information on their diversity and inclusion plan, on their website. You can easily see they are committed to promoting diversity across the board. One of their beliefs is that a diverse workplace yields better results than a workplace that is lacking variety. They want to know that you will embrace difference of perspectives in the workplace. Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential solutions faster."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I currently have an extensive client demographic and company workplace culture. Everyone's needs are so different from the next. I have to be sensitive to varying cultures, genders, and religions. It has stretched me as a professional, and I wouldn't have it any other way."

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Interview Questions

  1. Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?
  2. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
  3. We are looking for a specific post-secondary degree for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with General Dynamics.
  4. At General Dynamics we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  5. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  6. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at General Dynamics. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  7. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  8. If General Dynamics hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  9. Communication is one of the biggest keys to success at General Dynamics. When have your communication skills benefitted your team?
  10. How do you manage your time?
  11. What questions do you have for me?
  12. 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?
  13. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
  14. How do you define success?
  15. General Dynamics believes that a diverse workplace yields better results. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
  16. Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  17. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
  18. General Dynamics focus' on four fundamental values, that shape everything we do. What are they?
  19. How do you feel about relocation or substantial amounts of travel?
  20. What is your current salary?
  21. Your workload will be large at General Dynamics. How do you balance life and work?
  22. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  23. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  24. 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?
  25. Our goal is to be the #1 defense company in the world. After researching General Dynamics, what do you think we could improve on?
  26. At General Dynamics we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  27. Because of the nature of business at General Dynamics, we conduct background checks on employees. This practice includes criminal background, credit, and education checks. Are you willing to comply?
  28. There are numerous career avenues you can take with General Dynamics. Which career path interests you the most?
  29. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
  30. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At General Dynamics, 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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