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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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At Glencore International we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
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At Glencore International we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
The interviewer would like to be assured that your communication style is a close match to the communication preferences of Glencore International AG. When working for a conglomerate vs. 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 the ways in which you feel your communications styles align.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My communication style leans more to the formal side. I like to be concise and keep expectations simple to understand. If I had to sum up my communication style in a few words I would say it is concise, clean, and friendly. From the communication exchanges I have had with Glencore International AG so far, I believe our communication styles are a great fit."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some other words to describe your communication style:

- Articulate
- Conversational
- Eloquent
- Formal
- Informal
- Succinct"
Anonymous Answer
"My communication style is more on the friendly side. I cannot call it informal, but it's certainly not formal either. If I had to sum up my communication style in a few words, I would say it is conversational, clean, and straight forward."
Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You picked strong adjectives to describe your communication style. There is just one adjective that I suggest you change. Perhaps "clear" would be more accurate than the word "clean." If you feel your communication style matches the communication style of the company, you can mention that too.
"My communication style is more on the friendly side. I would not call it informal, but it's certainly not formal either. If I had to sum up my communication style in a few words, I would say it is conversational, clear, and straightforward."
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Because Glencore International 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?
Working for a conglomerate corporation can bring some unique challenges as their global footprint may be vast. Be sure to express to the interviewer that you are able to successfully handle those challenges.

If you have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current position I collaborate with our offices in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Finland. It was a struggle at first to always remember what day and time others were working in; however, I now have a great desktop application that tracks this for me so I have quick reference to the information that I need."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: "I do not have exposure to working around multiple time zones; however, this is something I could pick up on very quickly. With technology these days I am sure I could find some help with a handy phone or desktop application. Also, I am not opposed to working outside of business hours on the occasions where I would need to communicate with a client across the globe."
Anonymous Answer
"In my current position I don't have a big time difference with any of my suppliers. But in my previous experience, our suppliers and customers were from multiple different time zones, such as China, USA, and Italy. I remember that I was coming to the office early in the morning to be able to have enough time to work with China and leaving quite late sometimes to catch up with American suppliers."
Kristine's Answer
Good answer! The interviewer will be interested to know how you successfully worked with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones, so I reworded your response slightly to emphasize your willingness to accommodate different time zones.
"In my current position, there is a 2-hour time difference with my suppliers, which is easy to accommodate. But in my previous experience, our suppliers and customers were from multiple different time zones, such as China, the USA, and Italy. Suppliers and customers appreciated when I was available to talk with them, so we could quickly and efficiently make decisions, and I could answer their questions. So, I would come into the office early in the morning to work with suppliers and customers in China and leave quite late sometimes to catch up with American suppliers."
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At Glencore International 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?
For many conglomerate corporations who have interests across the globe, international travel is a very important part of what they do. You must disclose to the interviewer if you are unable to travel internationally.

If you are able to travel internationally: "There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."

If you are unable to travel internationally: "I do have restrictions on international travel which I can fully disclose to you if I am still eligible for this role. I expect to have this restriction cleared in the near future."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am open to some international travel; however, for the sake of my family, I do not wish to travel more than 30% of the time. What percentage of travel is expected in this role?"
Anonymous Answer
"I am used to traveling for business. My current job also requires some business trips to Turkey and France. So I have no restrictions on travel."
Kristine's Answer
Good answer. You will reassure your interviewer you are available to travel, and you are already accustomed to traveling for your current employer.
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Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.
When your work history includes employment with large companies and/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 are looking for an idea of your attitude when it comes to change in a corporate environment. Maintain a positive attitude and avoid speaking negatively about any previous employers.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I went through a merger in 2010 with Company ABC. The transition during their mass-layoff was not handled as professionally as many would have liked; however, I believe that the leadership team did the best they could. I was lucky enough to stay on board with the company and my experience during the transition was certainly eye opening. I learned a lot through the process."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have been fortunate enough to have had very few disruptive changes in my previous places of employment. With that said, I do believe that some mergers and acquisitions can be beneficial to the company culture, if the transition is completed in a smooth and mindful manner."
Anonymous Answer
"I haven't been employed by a company merger or acquisition, I haven't gone through many changes in my previous work places. But I think as long as the merging process is smooth, I think it may be favorable or advantageous."
Kristine's Answer
Good answer! While you haven't been through a merger, you can draw attention to your adaptability and understanding that mergers can be good for business. I provided sample wording you may use if you feel it reflects your experience.
"I haven't been employed during a company merger or acquisition, but I have adapted well to changes in my previous workplaces. I think there are times when mergers may be advantageous."
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Glencore International 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?
It is very important that you research Glencore International AG in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that Glencore International AG supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at Glencore International AG.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have always spent time volunteering with local organizations. This includes the animal shelter, the children's hospital, and our local food bank. I believe that no matter how busy we are we always have time to give back. I have researched the efforts that Glencore International AG puts in when it comes to charity. Your values and interest in your global impact are impressive. It's one of the reasons I am so attracted to your organization."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have researched your company's efforts to give back and I really like that you consider your charitable efforts to be another method of determining the success of your organization. It's important to be an active part of the community, in any capacity."
Anonymous Answer
"I have read your company's code of conduct and researched about your efforts in order to meet these values. I know that your values include safety, entrepreneurialism, simplicity, responsibility and openness. I like your efforts to prevent occupational disease and injuries that your company is aware of its impact on the environment and doing its best to mitigate these effects by working on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions etc. and helping people in South Africa with HIV, malaria."
Kristine's Answer
Great answer! It's clear you researched the company's values. To enhance your response, you can elaborate on any values you have that align with those of the company. I assisted with wording to ensure clarity.
"I have read your company's code of conduct and researched your efforts to carry out your values. I know that they include safety, entrepreneurialism, simplicity, responsibility, and openness. I want to work for a company that works to prevent occupational disease and injuries, and I like that your company is aware of its impact on the environment and is doing its best to mitigate these effects by working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I'm impressed the company is helping people in South Africa living with HIV and malaria."
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