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General Electric Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a General Electric job interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 40

Tell me about a time you had a heavy workload.

How to Answer

Not only is the interviewer curious about how much work you can handle at any given time, but they are also curious if you are an overachiever. Additionally, they want to know if you fall into the category of people who take on more work than they can handle and under-deliver as a result. Do your best to exhibit a strong grasp of the scope of the work involved and demonstrate your strong project and time management skills.

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List of 40 General Electric Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1.

    Tell me about a time you had a heavy workload.

      How to Answer

      Not only is the interviewer curious about how much work you can handle at any given time, but they are also curious if you are an overachiever. Additionally, they want to know if you fall into the category of people who take on more work than they can handle and under-deliver as a result. Do your best to exhibit a strong grasp of the scope of the work involved and demonstrate your strong project and time management skills.

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      1st Answer Example

      "When I started at my last position, I was trying hard to prove myself. My ambition got the best of me, and I got into the habit of biting off more than I could chew. I then had to recruit help to keep my nose above water. That was years ago. My time management skills have substantially improved since then, and now I feel comfortable accomplishing my work well within my deadlines. However, when I have more on my plate than usual, I am no stranger to managing that either."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "We had a great opportunity when we brought on a new client account, but the initial demands we had to meet to bring the client on required far more work than we were used to. Every team was in overdrive. Thinking back on that challenge, it was a pretty fun time. Sure it was high pressure, but the way everyone just jumped right in and collaborated was incredible. We all just sprung into high gear, and it was high-fives from there on out."

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  • Behavioral

    2.

    Tell me about a time you were blamed for a mistake you didn't make.

      How to Answer

      The trick to answering this question is demonstrating above-average communication skills. A situation like this is nuanced. On one hand, you don't want to deflect blame. Doing so could show an unwillingness to accept responsibility for your actions. Demonstrate active listening, mirroring, and communicating non-defensively. If they blame you by mistake, clarifying this and redirecting the feedback to the proper party supports the growth and the development of the team. Taking this big picture view is the core of this question.

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      1st Answer Example

      "This happened to me once. I listened and let them deliver their feedback. When they finished and asked if I had any questions, I followed up by asking what led them to believe I was responsible for this project, let alone the mistake made. They furrowed their brow and got defensive. I explained what happened and redirected the feedback to the appropriate person. I then gave that supervisor some corrective feedback on how they should address this issue with the employee who was responsible for the mistake, letting them know if they delivered the feedback to the appropriate party they might receive it as well as I did. They took my advice, and we were able to sort the whole thing out."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I was once blamed for a mistake made based on a poorly formed assumption. I corrected them and explained I had nothing to do with this mistake but helped them conduct a little research, and we were able to uncover the real culprit. It turned out the mistake was made by the supervisor who was trying to give me feedback for the mistake they made. This was a little embarrassing for them, I think. Luckily, we never had another conversation like that one."

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  • Behavioral

    3.

    Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

      1st Answer Example

      "The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating from University as an honors student while working full time in a related field. I was at the top of my class and working full time. This showed me that I can dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I would have to say my greatest accomplishment was reducing departmental costs by 25% by thoroughly reviewing packing slips and comparing them to invoices and contract terms for accuracy."

  • Behavioral

    4.

    Tell me about a time you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.

      How to Answer

      In addition to being able to handle change, the interviewer wants to know if you can also recognize when change is required and be confident enough to present that to your organization. Talk to the interviewer about a time you suggested a change in the workplace.

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  • Behavioral

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    Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

      How to Answer

      This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. Show the interviewer that you are a motivated individual by telling the interviewer about a specific time that you took the lead. Include details of your project timeline, who you led, or what you had to teach yourself for the project to be successful. Be sure to complete your answer by telling the interviewer about the outcome.

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  • Behavioral

    6.

    If a co-worker called in sick and you were asked to take over their project, requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?

      How to Answer

      Consider how you would react in the given situation. Explain your willingness to be part of the team and pick up the slack when needed, but make sure you don't allow someone to take advantage of you.

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  • Behavioral

    7.

    What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?

      How to Answer

      Sometimes the greatest workplace challenge is a difficult task that puts you outside of your comfort zone. It could be something that requires skills you haven't mastered yet or qualities that are not your strongest. Explain to the interviewer why it was difficult, but be sure to spend more time highlighting the actions you took to overcome the challenge.

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  • Communication

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    At General Electric, we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that your communication style is a close match to the communication preferences of General Electric. When working for a conglomerate instead of a smaller, privately owned business, your communication style automatically becomes more 'corporate' in nature. Briefly describe your communication style to the interviewer, and be sure to include how you feel your communication style aligns with that of the company.

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      Pro Tip

      Some words to describe your communication style:

      - Articulate
      - Conversational
      - Eloquent
      - Formal
      - Informal
      - Succinct

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  • Communication

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    Tell me about a time you had to explain something complex in a simplified manner.

      How to Answer

      This question evaluates the importance you place on communication. Communication is integral to the successful operations of any business. Whether you take clear communication for granted or are accustomed to working in an environment where clear communication with others is key, make sure you clearly communicate your answer. Before your interview, record your voice while you answer some of these questions. Then play it back and write down all of your speech crutches and how many times you used them. Words such as, "Like," "um," "you know," "so on and so forth," "and," "well," "but," "so," "ah," "er," "literally," "actually," and "basically. " Once you've identified which speech-crutch words you use the most, practice answering without those words. Whenever you find yourself struggling, just pause instead. This will present you as a clearer communicator and more of a professional.

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  • Communication

    10.

    At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?

      How to Answer

      Consider if you are accustomed to working in an environment where clear communication with others is key. Talk to the interviewer about your most recent workplace and how communication played a part.

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  • Direct

    11.

    Because General Electric is geographically widespread, we have to accommodate a variety of time zones. Do you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones?

      How to Answer

      Working for a conglomerate corporation can bring some unique challenges, as its global footprint may be vast. Be sure to express to the interviewer that you can successfully handle those challenges.

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  • Direct

    12.

    What drives results at GE?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is curious about how well you've researched the company and its values. Your familiarity with their company reveals that you put in the work not just when you're on the clock, but when you are vested in success.

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  • Direct

    13.

    What did you like or dislike about your previous job?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer asks this question to understand what motivates you, what distracts you, and what kind of work environment suits you best. They are also curious about your general attitude towards life. Someone who has a lot of negative things to say about their last position might feel that way about their workplace, no matter where they are.

      Keep your answer focused on you and what you loved about your last job. Be honest about what you liked least, but stay focused on the positives. For example, saying that the leadership was toxic will indicate that you might have issues with people in positions of authority. Saying that you liked the break room the least at your last job and that the refrigerator kept breaking down says something different. Focus on the positive impact you made on your work environment, which demonstrates the positive, collaborative impact you'll make beyond the team.

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  • Direct

    14.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

      How to Answer

      This question is focused on your career interests, not your personal interests. Start with the interests that inspired your career pursuits. Then, explain where you want to take your career. Regardless of life's unknowns, assure the interviewer you could see yourself aspiring to be a tenured employee at General Electric if graced with the opportunity. Before the interview, create a five-year career plan. If you wrote one a while ago, update it, evaluating where you've come from, where you are going, and where you currently stand in the framework of your plan. Then, plan five years out from there. Evaluate where General Electric fits into that plan.

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  • Direct

    15.

    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

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  • Direct

    16.

    What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • Direct

    17.

    At General Electric, we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?

      How to Answer

      For many conglomerate corporations that have interests across the globe, international travel is an important part of what they do. Disclose to the interviewer if you are unable to travel internationally.

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  • Direct

    18.

    Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.

      How to Answer

      When your work history includes employment with large companies or conglomerate corporations, the chances are high that you have experienced a merger or acquisition of some sort. Perhaps you have been laid off through a process such as this. Talk to the interviewer about your experience. They want to hear your attitude towards change in a corporate environment. Maintain a positive attitude and avoid speaking negatively about any previous employers.

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  • Discovery

    19.

    Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with General Electric?

      How to Answer

      Before your interview, visit General Electric career opportunities online. Take note of the range of opportunities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations. Consider what kind of growth is available in the particular department you are interviewing with. Assure the interviewer that you desire a long-term opportunity with General Electric by discussing the career path you would like.

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  • Discovery

    20.

    Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at General Electric. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.

      How to Answer

      Workplace culture is incredibly important since we spend so much of our time at work! Talk to the interviewer about what your ideal workplace culture looks like. Share the factors that would make you want to stay with General Electric long-term.

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  • Discovery

    21.

    At General Electric, we seek to hire those who are confident in their skills and proactive. How do you plan to make an impact on our business in the first 90 days?

      How to Answer

      It is a great idea to map out a proactive progress plan before your interview so that you are prepared to discuss how you plan to make an impact on General Electric if hired. Be sure to display confidence in your abilities, but avoid trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the impact you wish to make. A great place to start would be to see if there is a common need mentioned in the General Electric job description/job posting.

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  • Discovery

    22.

    Have you ever taken a role in a company that didn't fit into your long-term career plans?

      How to Answer

      Most people have taken on a position that was not a fit for them. It's best to openly discuss any positions you have held that were not a fit. This will assist the interviewer in properly placing you within their organization. End your answer on a positive note by discussing how you bounced back from the misstep.

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  • Discovery

    23.

    What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?

      How to Answer

      Consider if you can be productive in any environment or if there are particular types of environments that you find distracting. Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position before the interview.

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  • Education

    24.

    Tell me about your education.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job. A few highlights you can focus on are some of the relevant topics you learned about while attending your courses. Discuss how they will help you in this new role or some of the most interesting things you learned.

      Some ideas for you:

      - If you have experience working on group projects, share how your listening and communication skills improved when working on a challenging project.

      - If you learned a new type of software or how to work a type of equipment you will need to know in this new job, talk about what you know and how you will apply this new knowledge.

      While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned in your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

      - Time Management
      - Creative Thinking
      - Proposal Writing
      - Public Speaking
      - Presentation Building
      - Independent Learning
      - Academic Research
      - Self-Motivation

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  • General

    25.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

      How to Answer

      Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings regarding performance incentives.

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  • General

    26.

    General Electric puts a lot of focus on our local and global impact, so we seek to hire those with the same values. What do you know about our company values, and how do they align with your personal values?

      How to Answer

      Research General Electric in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and research any local charity efforts that General Electric supports. Discuss your values and how they align with the values at General Electric.

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    27.

    We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does General Electric do to stand out from the rest?

      How to Answer

      Before your interview, it is important that you not only research General Electric but also their competitors. Consider what General Electric is doing better than any of its competitors. Be positive, compliment General Electric on their efforts, and do not bash the competitors.

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  • General

    28.

    What are your weaknesses?

      How to Answer

      How you answer this question will give the interviewer insight into your self-awareness, how you identify your weaknesses and growth opportunities, and whether you're open and honest about your shortcomings. It will also help them determine if you allow your shortcomings to control you or actively pursue self-growth. Frame your greatest weakness as an asset in its own right and benefit the greater good. The best examples have positive and negative sides. Being a perfectionist can be a weakness and a strength.

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    29.

    What are your strengths?

      How to Answer

      Consider which personal strengths make you excellent at your job. Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

      In a work context, your strengths help you complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and explain why those will help you to be successful in this role.

      Some great strengths to mention are:

      - Communicative
      - Loyal
      - Collaborative
      - Tech Savvy
      - Flexible in Schedule/Availability
      - Persistent and Determined
      - Eager for Knowledge/New Skills

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    30.

    Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?

      How to Answer

      There are many ways you can be a fit for a position, even if 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 skills.

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    31.

    How do you define success?

      How to Answer

      Consider what success means to you. Tell the interviewer how you view success and be sure to mention the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

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  • General

    32.

    On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

      How to Answer

      This could be a tricky question, as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

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    33.

    We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

      How to Answer

      To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible as long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

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    How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

      How to Answer

      It is always best to support your reply with a real-life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

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  • Leadership

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    When have you had to lead by example?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of the need to lead by example.

      As a leader, your actions, decisions, and demeanor are always under some form of scrutiny. The most stressful workplace situations often surround change, so it's a great idea to talk about a time your organization went through a major change. Change can be challenging for some people. Discuss how you accept change with a positive attitude.

      Perhaps a new software system was being implemented. Maybe your company was being acquired. Perhaps a change occurred in your senior leadership. Talk about how easily your team could have leaned towards negativity by becoming unmotivated or acting fearful of the change. Highlight that you have genuine excitement surrounding the possibilities that come with change and that this excitement rubs off on your team.

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    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      Encouragement of others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.

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  • Management

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    As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? Tell us about person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.

      How to Answer

      Think about a person who served as a strong mentor in your management career. Talk to the interviewer about what type of influences have shaped your management style.

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  • Operational

    38.

    What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can think outside the box or even ask for help when you are stuck on a complicated problem. Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

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      Pro Tip

      Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals, and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry.

      If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues, or even a patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need to find the best way to solve the problem.

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  • Operational

    39.

    How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

      It is important to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

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  • Teamwork

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    How do you deal with conflict?

      How to Answer

      This question is designed to determine what you consider a conflict and how you confront it. The interviewer wants to get a glimpse of your mediation and negotiation skills. The interviewer needs to know if you respond defensively to situational conflict or are adept/effective at diplomacy and working swiftly towards a communal end goal, which will attest to your soft skills.

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