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Ghafari Associates Interview

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Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?

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  1. Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
    • Have you ever faced a time, in the workplace, where you were put to the test when it came to your integrity? Perhaps a co-worker has asked you to lie, or you were tempted to be dishonest on your time sheet when the boss was away. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you overcame the temptation to be dishonest.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year our manager went away on vacation for three weeks. Some of my co-workers wanted to falsify our time sheets to reflect overtime hours that we did not work. I disagreed and was able to convince them that it was a bad idea and certainly not worth being fired over."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I once had a subordinate that would perform work after clocking out. There was a rumor later that I forced my team to work off the clock to save the company money. I did not know it was happening, and I certainly did not ask anyone to work outside of their scheduled shift. The situation was cleared up later."


  1. What is your definition of hard work?
    • Hard work and dedication can be interpreted differently by everyone. To one person, another person's hard work could seem like slacking. Talk to the interviewer about how you understand a hard day's work.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For me, hard work means that I did what I could that day to exceed expectations. I come to work early and stay late if needed and I go over and above the requirements without hesitation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "To me, hard work means going over and above the call of duty whenever the opportunity arises. It means giving my best to my employer every day."


  1. Have you ever had to terminate an employee?
    • Employee termination can be an awkward and uncomfortable task. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of being the pragmatic leader that they need.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I do have experience with employee termination. Although this is a task that no leader loves to do, I am confident in my ability to communicate with underperforming team members. I do not shy away from uncomfortable tasks such as employee terminations and exit interviews."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not been responsible for terminating an employee in the past; however, I do know that this is a task I would be capable of doing. I can give constructive feedback. My knack for giving direction, but also being a dedicated mentor, would make me a person of positive influence when it comes to employee relationships."


  1. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
    • The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of confidently delegating tasks to your employees or coworkers.

      A great leader is someone who can effectively manage their time by ensuring tasks are equitably divided while utilizing the strengths of others. Display to the interviewer that you have the wherewithal to recognize the depths of your team by delegating tasks which compliment their skill sets.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position I was asked to put together a team for a special client project. I was able to handpick the team members and organize the project execution. I chose my strongest employees in a variety of areas. In our initial meeting, I delegated the tasks while explaining my reasoning. This situation was a great opportunity for me to show each team member that I had the utmost confidence in their abilities. I played to their strengths, and it worked out well. We delivered to our client on time and under budget."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Every month I have a meeting with all team members to talk about our plan for the month and how we will delegate the work. It's a great strategy for us, and everyone starts the month with laid out expectations."


  1. At Ghafari Associates we put the safety of our employees first. How familiar are you when it comes to construction safety standards?
    • Assure the interviewer that you understand safety construction standards and regulation. You also want to display to the interviewer that you put safety first.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I admire the fact that Ghafari Associates, Inc. puts the safety of their employees first. I am very immersed in the current safety standards for the engineering and construction industry. I do have a recent certification in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and am committed to applying that knowledge to a position with Ghafari Associates, Inc.. If there are additional pieces of training and certifications that you would like to see, I am happy to comply."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe that safety on site is incredibly important and, for that reason, I am eager to take any safety courses that you recommend. At this point, I have taken coursework in fatigue management, reporting, safe lifting, alcohol and drug awareness, and PPE guidelines."


  1. In your opinion, who are the strongest competitors for Ghafari Associates?
    • It is essential to research Ghafari Associates, Inc. before your interview, along with any significant competitors. Be sure to keep your answer positive and discuss with the interviewer the many ways in which Ghafari Associates, Inc. stands out from their competitors.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that the engineering and construction industry is highly competitive. After researching the focus of Ghafari Associates, Inc., I believe that the strongest competitors are ABC and XYZ. Despite these competitors being strong, I still believe that Ghafari Associates, Inc. stands out in the landscape through the integrity displayed in each project. You stand out through your strong industry reputation and honest approach."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I am not 100% sure who you compete with on a day to day basis, I feel that Company A would be the closest to a competitor. With that said, Ghafari Associates, Inc. still does the most thorough job standing out in the market through your great branding and social media marketing."


  1. Tell me about any experience you may have in overseeing the performance of other contractors.
    • Performance management and coaching experience will set you apart in the interview process. Talk to the interviewer about your experience when it comes to leading and coaching other contractors.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have approximately two years experience when it comes to leading and coaching other contractors. In my most recent position, I led a team of 25 employees ranging from general laborers to junior project managers."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My experience in overseeing other contractors includes my current team of 4 tradesmen. I review their work throughout the day and do random safety checks. I enjoy working in this type of role because I am a natural leader and mentor. I especially enjoy training junior tradesmen."


  1. What is your long-range career objective with Ghafari Associates?
    • Onboarding new employees is a time consuming and costly endeavor, so the interviewer wants to make sure that this role will be a long-term fit for you. Be open with the interviewer about your dreams within this company, on a long-term basis. Share what promotions you hope to eventually receive and discuss what you wish to learn from being a part of their organization. The key to answering this question is to express to the interviewer that you plan to be employed by the company for many years to come.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "While visiting your company website I noticed that you have some leadership opportunities available in a variety of locations. I would love to work my way into a management or leadership role with your organization and would be willing to relocate to do so. I really like what your organization stands for, and I hope to see a current fit, and future growth, here."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My long-range objective is to be a director within your organization. I am constantly looking to improve myself professionally and personally and would welcome the opportunity to do that for your organization."


  1. What questions do you have for me about Ghafari Associates, and this role?
    • It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the items you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to 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 biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"


  1. We are looking for strong team players to join Ghafari Associates. What role do you usually take in team projects?
    • The interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on, when put into a team-based environment. Let the interviewer know that you tend to take the lead, without seeming overbearing. If you usually like to generate new ideas and allow someone else to execute them, share your creative side but express that you prefer for others to take the lead.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am usually the 'ideas person' in team projects. In my current position, I am not the most influential salesperson, but I am highly creative. This creative edge means that, in most projects, I am great at creating a plan of action but am most comfortable passing the final client-facing tasks to our more extroverted personnel."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I like to take the lead on team projects. I am vocal and organized which makes me a natural leader."


  1. Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
    • Many employees will look for new work if they feel that they are underpaid and underappreciated. Talk to the interviewer about your current compensation and whether or not you think it is fair.

      If you feel you are currently paid what you are worth: "I feel that my current employer pays me fairly; however, I would like to see an increase in pay with an increase in responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that my current employer pays me fairly; however, I would like to see an increase in pay with an increase in responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not feel you are currently paid what you are worth: "I know that I am underpaid compared to my industry colleagues. My company is small, and they do what they can, but this is part of why I am seeking a new position."


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

      If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."


  1. At Ghafari Associates we know that efficiency is directly related to profitability. How do you accurately assess the progress of each project you manage?
    • Talk to the interviewer about your experience in assessing project progress. Are you able to remain on top of the needs of a project? Assure the interviewer that you can stay ahead of project needs and predict any possible productivity roadblocks.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that efficiency is the primary factor in the profitability of a construction project. Because I bring six years of project management experience, I am confident that I can predict, early on, the inefficient factors on a job site. In my most recent position, I was able to increase employee productivity which directly resulted in faster delivery time and increased profits."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Before I begin a project, I will map out a project blueprint and timeline. I refer to this timeline on a daily basis to ensure that I am on target. It's an organized technique that has worked incredibly well for me."


  1. Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?
    • Keep your answer simple and precise. Stay away from long drawn out stories. Briefly, describe a time when you resolved a customer service issue. Highlight your ability to remain patient and rational.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Just last week, a customer called our design team because he was unhappy with a particular design we were creating for him. I reassured him that we would modify the design to his liking before finalizing the project. We spoke further and, in the end, he was feeling uncomfortable not being a part of the decision-making every step of the way. With any customer complaint I remain patient, listen to their concerns, and reassure the customer we would do anything within reason to satisfy their requests."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I worked in a retail customer care center and had to navigate angry customer experiences more times than I would have liked. People who are upset want to be heard and respected. I would listen, empathize and reassure the customer that I am there to support them and resolve the matter. Communication and reassurance are important throughout the process."


  1. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Ghafari Associates?
    • Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Success comes from dedication and hard work. I am purposeful in my work which makes me confident in the fact that I will be a success here at Ghafari Associates, Inc.."


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