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33 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Published September 24th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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If Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

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1.

If Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate and hired at Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My first priority would be soaking up as much information about culture, process and KPIs as possible. I'd embark on a 'listening tour' in order to engage in deep conversation with my team and with my colleagues to discover the greatest current needs and how to prioritize them based on company goals for the quarter. Overall, I would strive to meet or exceed all KPIs for the business quarter as efficiently as possible."

Michelle's Answer #2

"If hired today, I would start with analyzing all quantifiable data from the last month, quarter and year to identify any challenges and set a plan to address them. I'd also look for team and company strengths in order to capitalize on or expand them in order to increase the company's bottom line. Overall, I'd be looking for patterns that help me make an immediate contribution to the team and the organization."

2.

Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd.?

Talk to the interviewer about your reasons for wanting to work for Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. specifically. With all of the competitors out there - why them? Be as specific as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading makers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. With brands like Brawny, Dixie and Quilted Northern, you are nothing short of a household name. Not only would I be learning from and working with the best in the industry, but you also conduct your business in a way that's meaningful for me. I admire that Georgia-Pacific operates in ways that enhance the quality of life in your communities, help ensure the economic stability of your company and help protect environmental resources."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Georgia-Pacific has been on my radar for some time now. I've done a bit of research into the company, and I am impressed by the way you value your employees. I love that the company acknowledges that hard work is important, but balance is essential. I've been heartened to see that you offer employees ways to connect with each other including wellness events and volunteer opportunities."

3.

Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate!

Focus on special non-work related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when it's possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last 8 years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I moved here from Ukraine when I was 8, speaking only Russian, and learned English from my Palestinian neighbor who spoke zero Russian. How? I'm still not sure, but we were pals and hung out daily and somehow figured out how to communicate!"

4.

What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

Everyone will have particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfaction on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace, along with how you might overcome them.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have felt dissatisfaction on the job when I am not feeling heard or when there is a lack of respect among team members. I work best in more harmonious situations where there is little drama or gossip, and where people are aligned behind common goals. From what I understand, Georgia-Pacific fosters a respectful, inclusive and collaborative workplace with a strong sense of principled entrepreneurship, so that seems like a very good sign. How would you best describe the environment here?"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I have felt dissatisfied on the job when I feel that I am undervalued as someone who has good ideas and can improve the customer experience. Some employers don't necessarily value the thoughts and experience of front-line employees or empower them to solve problems to the benefit of customers. I'm very pleased with what I've learned about Georgia-Pacific's culture of empowering and developing employees, and I believe that will help me be engaged and successful here."

5.

After researching Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?

Display to the interviewer that you are engaged in the interview process by showing off the research you have conducted on Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. before your interview. What types of qualities do they consistently mention on their website? In their job postings, do they refer to their company culture?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have researched the company quite a bit in preparation for this interview, and I would say the most of all you're looking for candidates with integrity, knowledge and respect in order to continue building the kind of positive, collaborative work environment that will keep Georgia-Pacific successful on a global scale. I possess all of these qualities and feel that I would be a very good match for Georgia-Pacific."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I love that the company makes it very easy to answer this question since you're so clear and straightforward about the cultural values of Georgia-Pacific. You're looking for team members with a sense of principled entrepreneurship, humility, respect and integrity, and who are knowledgeable in their particular areas of expertise and willing to share that knowledge with others. I believe this is the kind of environment in which I can thrive and make a positive impact."

6.

Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.

Coaching and training experience may not be required for this role, but they are abilities that are always valued by an employer. Briefly explain the experience that you do have in training, and coaching, in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have always enjoyed the opportunity to teach or mentor my colleagues. For example, last month our company introduced a new module in our SAP system, and I could see that one of our team members was having some trouble with the new module. I was familiar with it already, so I offered to help him. We spent his lunch hour for the next three days working on it. He eventually perfected his interaction with the module, and he's now teaching others."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Absolutely. In each of my two previous roles, I have been tasked with leading a small team. I have worked on everything from appointment-setting and overcoming objections to price negotiations with those respective teams. What's more, I always look for an opportunity to connect with new team members. I try to always invite them out for coffee so they not only have a friendly face in the office, but also know that I can be a resource for them. I was promoted from their role, so I am always happy to share how I did it on such a fast timeline and what I've found effective that can help them be a change-maker in the company, too."

7.

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

To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so 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 question is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Although I have five vs. eight years' experience, I am confident I can do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience or more. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

Michelle's Answer #2

"Based on Georgia-Pacific's commitment to innovation and results, I believe that what I've accomplished during my five years of experience has well prepared me for this role. I have exhibited true dedication, passion and ability to problem-solve, all with outstanding results for my company's bottom line. I am confident in my ability to thrive in this role."

8.

When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"Setbacks happen no matter what, and for that reason I try not to let them affect me emotionally in the least. I am a pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite challenges that come my way. I once had a colleague who described setbacks as "forward fumbles," which is a philosophy I have internalized and try to share with others. What looks in the moment like a setback can often, in retrospect, be a catalyst for change or an inadvertent step toward a successful outcome you weren't even able to imagine."

9.

The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?

Being up to date on current trends is incredibly essential in the consumer products industry. Assure the interviewer that you are engaged and interested in what the market trends look like.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I agree - the consumer products market is incredibly fast moving. I keep up to date on new trends in the news and online through several business- and consumer-goods-focused blogs. I subscribe to a variety of industry publications as well. "

Michelle's Answer #2

"It's tough to stay up to date on current trends, in such a fast-moving industry. I like to follow any blogs from the C-suite within the consumer products industry to get a feel for various company strategies and philosophies. I think it's also important to join professional organizations and travel to at least one professional conference per year. That allows me to hear from leaders in the field and to swap stories and experiences with those who hold similar roles in other companies across the world."

10.

At Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?

Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary education, being sure to highlight the best parts of your performance. If you do not have the formal post-secondary education, you will need to sell the interviewer on the idea that you have gained the knowledge required to succeed with Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I value post-secondary education as well. Although I do not have a completed degree, I do bring a plethora of related experience from previous work experience. My previous organizations provided me with exceptional training. In addition to this formal, on-the-job training, I have also read numerous business books and attended a variety of industry related workshops. I have taken advantage of every opportunity I can for professional development and continuing education, and I'd look forward to continuing to do so in this role."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I have a bachelor's degree in marketing from Concordia University, and I am proud to say that I graduated at the top of my class. I have a lot to offer Georgia-Pacific when it comes to my knowledge of consumer products, marketing and advertising, and I look forward to learning additional skills and tactics from my colleagues who have been working in the industry for some time and have knowledge and experience to share."

11.

Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Both tenure and performance are important, but I do lean toward performance incentives. I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on the documented value they bring to the organization. This approach is a strong motivator - a new employee would be greatly encouraged by being rewarded for performance, and this approach also facilitates a healthy competition with more tenured employees."

Michelle's Answer #2

"This is a classic question, isn't it? Experience and company knowledge are so important and are certainly of value to an organization, while performance is the documented articulation of an employee's value to the company. I believe the best compensation programs figure out a way to honor both, with the emphasis on performance. Doing so encourages good employees to stay, since they know they're valued for their tenure and experience - but it discourages people from getting so comfortable in a long-time role that they don't strive for their highest performance."

12.

Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.

On occasion, mistakes will happen, and communication will be broken. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this occurred in the workplace. How did you resolve the situation?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I recall one instance where I misread an email from one of my subordinates. The punctuation was incorrect, and I read it in in a dire tone rather than in a positive one, as it was intended. After a tense conversation, the employee clarified her intention, and it seems I was mistaken. She and I agreed to exercise verbal communication on a regular basis to avoid a similar situation from happening again."

Michelle's Answer #2

"We recently had a missing link in communication to one of our vendors, who we signed on to provide a large service. They were not aware of a change in the agreement which cost the company wasted time, resources and money. We were able to identify the breakdown in communication and change the process to ensure it does not happen again."

13.

We believe in strong work/life balance at Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd.. How often do you take work home with you?

The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home. If you do take work home with you, make sure to express that it is due to overachieving and not procrastination or poor time management.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Only occasionally. I make every effort to utilize my work hours efficiently so that the only time I take work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline or some type of emergency. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. Now, that's on the execution side, but on the ideation side, I can tell you that I'm constantly thinking about new ways to do things, new innovations to try or new approaches to problem, so that 'script,' if you will, is constantly running in my brain!"

Michelle's Answer #2

"I try very hard not to take my work home with me. For me, it's very important to compartmentalize work and life and keep them separate so that I can give each of them my full focus in the moment. That means I have to be very disciplined throughout the workday, stay focused, and use effective time-management techniques to help me maximize my performance. This way, I'm meeting or exceeding goals, while still enjoying time with my family to disconnect from work and just 'be.'"

14.

Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?

Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your personal traits vs. your integrity. This would include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would describe my personality as approachable, energetic, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me. I would also classify myself as bold - I'm willing to take risks in order to achieve higher and better results, ultimately for the good of the company and the good of the consumer."

Michelle's Answer #2

"It may seem like an odd combination, but I would describe myself as both logical and imaginative. I'm imaginative in the sense that I'm always looking for new ways to approach consumer issues and new ideas to test out. And then I'm logical in the sense that I want experimentation, data and results to know for sure that what my imagination comes up with is truly feasible."

15.

Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?

Every hiring manager wants to know how to keep you best motivated and excited about the job. Talk to the interviewer about what excites you and keeps you happy at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have a healthy competitive edge, even if its a personal competition. For me, I am excited and motivated by winning, whether that be winning over a new client, exceeding my KPIs or being recognized for a job well done. I am also motivated and energized by a strong team that supports and challenges one another."

Michelle's Answer #2

"I get excited when new challenges are presented in the workplace. This could include a new program, a new customer initiative, a sales contest, or even the training of a new employee. A fresh problem to solve or a fresh obstacle to conquer is highly motivating and exciting for me."

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  1. If Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. hired you today, what would you accomplish first?
  2. Of all the places that you could work, why do you want to join Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd.?
  3. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  4. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  5. After researching Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. and our culture, what do you think are the top 3 values we look for in our candidates? Do you possess those qualities?
  6. Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
  7. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  8. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  9. The consumer products industry is fast moving. How do you keep up to date on current trends?
  10. At Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. we prefer to hire candidates who value post-secondary education. Do you have any post-secondary education or related training?
  11. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  12. Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
  13. We believe in strong work/life balance at Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd.. How often do you take work home with you?
  14. Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. puts emphasis on hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
  15. Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  16. How did you bring value to your last position?
  17. How do you believe you will complement our department, if you were hired?
  18. What are your salary expectations?
  19. At Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd., we take having the right team members very seriously. Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
  20. At Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd., we want to make sure we are the right fit for our employees. Describe to me your ideal employer.
  21. Do you see yourself as a leader? When have you led a team?
  22. Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
  23. Many consumer products are heavily regulated by the FDA and other health organizations/associations. How do you feel about that?
  24. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  25. Change is par for the course with Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd.. When have you had to adapt to change?
  26. How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
  27. Are you applying for a job with any of our competitors?
  28. Sales performance is of utmost importance to Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. How do you plan to contribute to our profitability?
  29. When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
  30. The performance of consumer products relies greatly on advertising and marketing efforts. Do you have any experience with advertising, marketing, or market research?
  31. What do you know about Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. and our work environment?
  32. At Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. we offer many corporate growth opportunities to our star employees. Where do you see your career with Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. taking you?
  33. At Georgia-Pacific GB Ltd. we receive many applications on a daily basis. Why should we hire you?
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