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How do you stay organized and on track when working on a long-term project?

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  1. 1.

    How do you stay organized and on track when working on a long-term project?

      Working for Geosyntec Consultants in the role you are interviewing for will require an innate ability to manage projects from conception to final implementation. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the ability to maintain organization to meet deadlines and customer expectations. Talk about your personal methods for organizing project work and give any examples that you have of your methods being successful. In the consulting and advisory industry, customer satisfaction and word of mouth are integral to success and growth of a business and effective project management is key in satisfaction.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I really pride myself on my ability to multitask and my ability to stay organized in key in multitasking. For me personally, organization starts with using technology to my advantage and I do this through the use of my Outlook calendar and tasks functions. I take time each day to update my tasks and project work and use my ability to prioritize tasks to ensure that the right things are being worked on. In looking to bring these skills to long-term project work with your clients, staying organized and on task will be extremely important for the success of both Geosyntec Consultants and your clients."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my work, the ability to stay organized and on track comes down to having a plan of attack for each project and keeping track of the plan as milestones are hit. If you are familiar with the program Trello, it really helps me organize all of the components of the projects that I work on and give me the ability to track who is doing what, what deadlines are coming and what milestones have been hit. But even with a great program like this, I always have the ability to re-prioritize due dates and new tasks as needed with any project."

  2. 2.

    In what ways would our clients here at Geosyntec Consultants benefit from your knowledge and services?

      This question is your chance to talk about the unique skills and knowledge that you would bring to Geosyntec Consultants and that is exactly what your interviewer is looking to hear. In your answer, keep your focus centered on how clients of the organization will benefit from the things that you bring to their table because Geosyntec Consultants is client focused in all that they do. To be effective with this answer, be sure to do your research on the clients at Geosyntec Consultants and think about how your experience will be beneficial for them.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, I have extensive experience in risk management in the healthcare industry. Having worked with some major players in the industry, your healthcare clients would benefit the most from the experience and solutions I could help provide them. Not to leave other industries out, I think my experience in the healthcare realm will also translate nicely to your clients in other areas of the private sector."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Having worked in accounting and tax law in a few different industries during my career to this point, I also have the unique experience of creating new organizational policies and procedures in my current role. In hearing more about this role, I think this experience would be very beneficial for your clients as I would be helping advise them in their practices and creating new policy would be crucial in that process."

  3. 3.

    What are some of the bigger energy sustainability projects that you've been a part of during your career or training?

      In looking to move to the consulting world at Geosyntec Consultants, your prior experience in energy sustainability projects will prove to be an asset for the clients that you will work with. Talk in detail to your interviewer about a major project or two that you were a part of. As you speak, be sure to reiterate that this type of project would be beneficial to clients that you will work with at Geosyntec Consultants.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "With my current organization, I have traveled throughout central and South America to help design and build geothermal power plants for countries in dire need of efficient and environmentally friendly electricity. These projects have put me working with people from all over the world and I've learned so much great information that I can pass forward to the clients here at Geosyntec Consultants."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Solar energy has always been a passion of mine. I've had the opportunity to work with the installation of photovoltaic cells on the sides of large skyscrapers and the implementation of solar power towers in countries around the world. The power of the sun to create energy on earth is so powerful and I truly believe that our technology is just touching the surface of what we can harness. I would look forward to working with clients on new and exciting projects as we move into the future."

  4. 4.

    In this role with Geosyntec Consultants, working with regulatory bodies in many different industries will be imperative. What regulatory bodies have you reported to during your time working in compliance?

      Compliance professionals work across every industry and each industry has their own unique set of regulating industries. While it is important that your interviewer understands where your experience falls during your career to this point so they can best match you with clients that fall under your experience, it is also important that you point out your strong suits in reporting to regulatory bodies and how this will translate over to other industries. Be sure to highlight this in your answer.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Having most of my experience in the banking industry, I am familiar with working closely with the regulations put out by the FDIC and the Federal Reserve Board. My experience in interpreting new regulations and putting them to policy within my organizations is a skill that I can build upon if called upon to consult clients in just about any industry. The key is understanding the industry and its regulating body and I'm willing to put any time and effort into being as versatile as possible if hired here at Geosyntec Consultants."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my resume, I've spent the last twelve years in the meat packaging and vegetable canning industries where my regulatory bodies were the USDA and the FDA. Being governmental agencies, there were definitely some positives and negatives that I had to learn and work around to ensure successful compliance. In the end, my ability to network, read and learn from regulatory experts was key for my organization's policies and procedures surrounding compliance. While this is the area I would consider my expertise, just know that the skills I've developed in this area of the food industry are definitely transferable to regulating bodies in other industries."

  5. 5.

    What interests you in joining the business consulting world here at Geosyntec Consultants?

      Anytime the question regarding why you want to join the company is asked, it is very important to do your research on the organization and the position you are interviewing for so you can match your skills and desires to the job. In your answer here, be sure that you also speak to the potential move to a consultative type role if this will be the first time for you with a consulting organization. Be sure to highlight your qualities that make you an ideal fit for the job.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "At this point in my career, I feel like I have really maxed out my capabilities in my current role as the IT Director with my current organization. Over the past two or three years, I've found so much fulfillment in my work when I've been helping others and providing education to them that I've narrowed my job search down to the IT consulting field. The prospect of helping other IT departments grow and become more efficient under my consultation is an adventure that I would love to embark on here at Geosyntec Consultants!"

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As I've grown in my role in the Training & Education department with my current employer, I've gravitated toward leadership development and succession planning with my organization and I'd like to bring these skills to work here at Geosyntec Consultants as this position fits right in that mold. Using my experience and knowledge, you'll quickly find that I have a great ability to work alongside and train the top level executives with your clients in a manner that is professional and effective at the same time. My experiences in both healthcare and manufacturing sound like they'd fit well with your client base as well."

  6. 6.

    Talk about a time that you successfully educated another individual or group in your area of expertise. What made your educational experience effective?

      The role that you are interviewing for with Geosyntec Consultants will likely involve providing education to clients in your area of expertise. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are comfortable and effective in providing education by having you talk about a time that you have done so. In the example that you provide, try to point out some key items to making business education successful like developing a plan/goals, respecting differing viewpoints/opinions, making it hands on and making it fun.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Probably the aspect that I love the most about my current job is being the lead for training new hires into our department. Because of my years of experience and my innate ability to effectively orientate new employees, my director asked me to take this duty about four years ago. My approach with any new hire is to customize their training based on their knowledge and experience so the training is effective for them. What works for one person may not work for another and I always need to be fluid with this. I also prioritize the need to make orientation and training a hands on experience for the new hire because classroom learning can only take a person so far in the learning process."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my resume, I've spent the last seven years working in the corporate tax field. While in this job, I worked very independently for a private organization, so I've been out of the training and education side for a while now. During my first job out of college as a CPA though, I was very adept at providing education to the clients that I worked with on a daily basis. What I learned in that experience was the importance of putting material out there in a manner that the person being trained understood. As well, talking to clients and understanding my client's wants and needs were very important for me to be able to best educate them. I really believe that these skills would enable me to hit the ground running with Geosyntec Consultants and your clients would benefit greatly."

  7. 7.

    In your point of view, what environmental issue will require the most attention in ten years?

      As you come to Geosyntec Consultants to interview, your interviewer has a pretty good understanding of your skills and abilities that you'll bring to the table by looking at your past work history and speaking to references. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear your philosophical view on what you believe is the key environmental issue in ten years. Be sure to speak openly and honestly with what you feel is the key issue and focus your answer on why you believe it is important and give some ideas with how you feel it can be monitored and fixed.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "To me, the availability of quality water on our planet will continue to be a major issue and if desperate measures aren't taken, it will continue to worsen as we move forward. Water is one of the key elements of survival in the human race and that's why I've dedicated a lot of my effort in my career towards wastewater treatment using nanotechnology."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I think to truly answer this question and all of the issues that face our field moving forward, we have to look at overpopulation of the planet and how we will deal with pollution, water and natural resource issues. Each year, global industrialization and expansion creates less and less natural areas on the globe and resources like forests are wiped out on a regular basis. There are many theories to tackling this issue and more research and education of the general public will be important."

  8. 8.

    If hired here at Geosyntec Consultants, you may have to step out of your comfort zone working in new industries. How will you be able to make this potential seamless?

      Because risk managers work across many different industries, a move to a consultant role could put you working with clients in insurance, banking, manufacturing or many other industries. For this question, talk about your knowledge of the risk management job that is consistent across industries and be able to apply that knowledge to clients from any industry. To really help your answer here, try to do as much research on Geosyntec Consultants and their clients as possible prior to your interview so you can tailor your answer to meet their needs.

      Ryan's Answer

      "I think my years in the banking industry can be very beneficial to the clients here at Geosyntec Consultants. Financial risk and technology risks are my forte and these areas of expertise can be beneficial to your clients in the healthcare industry, the insurance industry and the manufacturing industry. I'd also greatly look forward to this challenge to help broaden my skills as a professional."

  9. 9.

    In looking to make the move to an Engineering Consultant here at Geosyntec Consultants, how would you approach clients, and potential equal colleagues, as the expert in your field?

      For this question, your interview is really looking how you will effectively transition to a role as a consultant in the engineering field, working with clients across many different industries. Prior to your interview, prepare and be ready to talk about how you plan to make this transition to the consulting role. Be sure to highlight the ways that your education, skills and experiences will translate smoothly to working with leaders and engineers in different industries. Also be sure to talk about your personal approach you will take in the consultant role so that clients are assured that you are the expert that they are paying for.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "For the past few years, I've really been looking to transition to the consulting field because of my broad area of expertise across many areas of electrical and mechanical engineering. When I was part of a company merger a couple of years ago, my manager commented on my ability to work with new staff and lead them into our new processes and procedures. My personable and knowledgeable approach went over well with my colleagues and is definitely an approach I would bring to clients here at Geosyntec Consultants."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my experience, I've worked in the manufacturing industry for many years and think my experience here will be a great asset to your clients. I am trained in Six Sigma and Lean principles and would be able to bring these strategies to help benefit engineering practices of your clients. If hired for this position, you'll quickly find that I have a passion for education and I feel that is a vital quality for being a successful consultant."

  10. 10.

    What knowledge do you have of differing leadership styles and how would you work effectively with each in this role?

      People that work their way through the ranks of the business world and find themselves in high level positions can lead with many different styles. For this question, be sure to do your research on the differing leadership styles and be able to speak about specific times you have worked with leaders with that style or how you would effectively work with each style. Make sure to speak to the importance of differing leadership styles equating to the need for an individualized approach to training leaders.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I have received training on working with the most common leadership styles in the sales industry: transformational leadership, transactional leadership, autocratic leadership, bureaucratic leadership and democratic leadership. I also fully understand the important characteristics and personality traits that leaders in each style display. I have some personal experience training an autocratic leader very closely on promoting teamwork within his department due to low morale. For this leader, it was important for me to personalize my approach by teaching him about his leadership style and what the pro's and con's both were. From there, my focus remained outward towards his team and their performance and how his approach could help impact that positively. Moving forward from our training, his team definitely felt a positive uptick in their morale and production."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Having worked with leaders all across my current organization, I quickly came to realize that every leader works in and is motivated by their own unique set of circumstances. And because of those facts, it is important for me to take a personalized approach to training. I've worked with leaders that had a hard time delegating work and ruled with more of an iron fist than most others. For these leaders, a direct approach from myself as the trainer was required and a focus on the importance of teamwork and recognition were important. I've also worked with leaders on the opposite end of that spectrum that approached leadership from a very hands off perspective and were successful more on the administrative side of their roles. With these leaders, I had success in approaching training with an emphasis on establishing standards and procedures for their department and promoting their involvement with their team. I think my versatility in working with every leadership style would be an advantage here at Geosyntec Consultants."

  11. 11.

    Customer service is our top priority at Geosyntec Consultants. What is your customer service philosophy?

      Because Geosyntec Consultants puts so much effort into their customer service reputation, the interviewer needs to be confident that your customer service values align with theirs. Be sure to research the Geosyntec Consultants website and take note of any keywords they use when it comes to their customers. Match your language with theirs.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I noticed on your website that you put a lot of value into your customers by actively listening to their needs. You also survey them regularly while staying on top of industry trends so that you can provide them with innovative new services. To me, customer service goes beyond friendliness and efficiency. You need to understand your customer's business needs and have the ability to analyze their future needs so that you can respond appropriately to their business landscape changes."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As overused as this phrase may be, 'Service with a smile' has always been my customer service philosophy. Very few people can resist a great smile and a friendly interaction! Friendliness warms customers up, makes them more inclined to work with you, and also diffuses a conflict quickly."

  12. 12.

    Do you have any experience in 1:1 coaching of business leaders? If given the opportunity to coach leaders as a consultant here at Geosyntec Consultants, what skills would you bring to the table?

      In looking to hire staff to work with the leaders of their clients, Geosyntec Consultants may be considering candidates from many different backgrounds. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear if you have experience in working with and possibly coaching high level leaders in the business world. Talk openly about any experience that you have and, most importantly, talk about the unique skills that you would bring to the table if hired for this role at Geosyntec Consultants.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "After obtaining my MBA, I embarked on a career path that involved organizational development and corporate training in the healthcare and manufacturing fields. During my time in the healthcare industry, I was an integral part in coaching high level leaders and did get the opportunity to do so on an individual basis. In my training and experience, I believe that the key component of individualized leadership training is that it is customized to each individual to suit their needs. I have extensive experience in evaluating skill sets and developing individualized training to work on critical leadership skills. Last year, I developed an individualized training for my organization's new Chief Nursing Officer that was centered around having difficult conversations with staff. The new leader was highly equipped with all of the great skills for the position, but lacked the ability and confidence in this necessary aspect of the job."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "During my experience working with and training leaders in the manufacturing industry, I think I have a great knack for working with Type A personalities and really reaching them and their needs. I am skilled at creating desired challenges for them to help develop and hone their skills like I did a few years ago with a newly hired Chief Operating Officer that struggled with interpersonal skills. My key with him was setting challenging goals in between our meetings and the plan worked to perfection. If hired for this role here at Geosyntec Consultants, this ability would be key with the leaders I would be working 1:1 with."

  13. 13.

    As a consultant with Geosyntec Consultants, the ability to give sound risk advice to our clients is always expected. What's the greatest piece of advice you've ever given regarding organizational risk?

      Upon first hearing this question, you may be left empty minded given the large number of ways you can answer this questions while trying to please your interviewer. At the heart of this question, your interviewer is looking to hear what you feel is the most important advice you have ever given a company or a particular person regarding the mitigation of risk. Talk about why this advice was important, how you learned it and how you still carry it forward to this day.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Throughout my career, I've always taken the time to network with other risk and compliance professionals. About five years ago at a national conference, I attended a breakout seminar on whistle blowing policies surrounding risk. I heard a colleague talk about a policy that their organization had adopted that removed all fear of retribution for employees that brought risk concerns forward to the risk manager. Upon returning from the conference, I approached our COO about adopting a similar policy and upon doing so, I considered this my greatest piece of advice ever. Right way upon communication, we had a few employees come forward with significant concerns that otherwise wouldn't have in fear of retaliation against them or a colleague."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "What I learned early on in my career was that the need for having a long-term, extended outlook on potential risks and mitigation of those risks was extremely important. When I took my current job, my department was way too shortsighted in the risk prevention efforts. The best advice I've ever given was to our CEO to allow professionals in risk management to the table on financial planning and operational planning conversations for the future. If hired here at Geosyntec Consultants, this is one area of expertise that I could bring to your clients."

  14. 14.

    What experience do you have in leading or overseeing the work of others? How will this be beneficial to Geosyntec Consultants if you are hired in a consulting role here?

      In the construction consulting industry, you will be charged with leading the clients of Geosyntec Consultants in their construction endeavors. From your resume, your interviewer can likely get some sense of the experience you have in leading others. But, for this question, they are looking to hear from you directly both about your experiences that you have in leading and supervising others and your comfortability in doing so. However you answer the question, ensure that your interviewer leaves your conversation knowing that you have the ability to lead others into big projects.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "From my early days as a foreman for a small commercial contractor to where I'm currently at with a large commercial contractor, I have many years of leading teams and delegating work among large teams of laborers. My big picture mind knows the tasks it takes to finish a project efficiently and my leadership style bodes well for motivating others and delegating work efficiently. In my dream of moving to a consulting role with Geosyntec Consultants, these skills would prove very beneficial for your clients."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "If hired here at Geosyntec Consultants, I would come with many years of experience in leading teams of workers on the job site. Having been trained in the many leadership styles, I try to be as adaptive as possible to my audience. I can be a coach, a servant leader and a democratic style leader if the situation calls for it. If warranted with your clients, I can also provide the visionary leadership style necessary to see big projects through to the end."

  15. 15.

    Part of our work here at Geosyntec Consultants entails obtaining buy-in from clients on energy conservation. How would you sell energy conservation ideas to clients?

      As Geosyntec Consultants moves into the future, part of the work that they do will be selling companies on the need to be more energy conscious and efficient. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear your tactics for educating clients on the importance of sustainability in their operations. The reality is that many clients don't have energy conservation at the top of their minds and your job will be to convince them otherwise. Be sure to speak passionately about this aspect of the job.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can probably already tell from our conversations so far, I am very passionate about sustainable energy and the need for every organization and person to keep that in the front of their mind in all of their efforts. I would approach clients with statistical data that proves the positive facts that sustainability projects can achieve. I understand that the clients here at Geosyntec Consultants are driven by data and I would be able to deliver that to them."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Being a firm believer that utilizing energy on the earth in a wise way is the right thing to do, my approach with clients here at Geosyntec Consultants would be to take an educational approach that is empathetic to the environment and even their own pocketbooks. What most organizations don't realize is that while costs up front can sometimes be a little higher to implement energy savings programs, it doesn't take long for initial costs to be negated due to cost savings down the road."

  16. 16.

    Talk about a time that you applied a new technology or new information to your work as an engineer?

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  17. 17.

    Part of our consulting business here at Geosyntec Consultants is advising clients on new technology and advancements in environmental engineering. When have you had to learn and implement new technology during your career?

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  18. 18.

    Our clients here at Geosyntec Consultants expect a consultant that can help develop new compliance programs and policies. What experience do you have in creating compliance programs and writing policies?

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  19. 19.

    In your eyes, what makes a compliance program effective?

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  20. 20.

    Talk about a time that your thoroughness in inspecting a construction site helped identify a critical issue. What did you learn from that situation?

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  21. 21.

    Talk about a time you had to work with a very difficult person. What was the situation and how did you handle it?

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  22. 22.

    Give an example of a time you used data in analyzing risk for an organization. Did you utilize any tools in this process?

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  23. 23.

    What factors would you consider when determining the feasibility of new engineering project as a consultant with Geosyntec Consultants?

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  24. 24.

    Throughout your career, what types of roles and positions have you worked closely with and which roles are you most comfortable working with?

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  25. 25.

    Talk about a time that you utilized a creative solution to help with an environmental issue on the job. What resources did you use to help make the creative solution a reality?

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  26. 26.

    Being successful in the consulting industry requires adaptability and the ability to learn a business fast. What would be your approach to help you learn the ins and outs of a new client?

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  27. 27.

    What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

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  28. 28.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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