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Hitachi Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Hitachi job interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

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

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They are curious which way you will lean towards personal preference in having the easiest time with your professional duties, or your preferences for the most productively conducive work environment. It also aims to determine whether you are more of an extrovert or an introvert. For many, an analytical approach is more of a singular task, whereas interpersonal is more team-oriented and collaborative. They're looking for candidates who can strike a balance between exhibiting analytical skills and having an interpersonal approach.

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32 Hitachi Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

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

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      They are curious which way you will lean towards personal preference in having the easiest time with your professional duties, or your preferences for the most productively conducive work environment. It also aims to determine whether you are more of an extrovert or an introvert. For many, an analytical approach is more of a singular task, whereas interpersonal is more team-oriented and collaborative. They're looking for candidates who can strike a balance between exhibiting analytical skills and having an interpersonal approach.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "

      2nd Answer Example

      "I work well in a high pressure, demanding environment that requires you to work smart and make your mark."

      Community Answer

      "I like being part of a strong team environment where I can be self-driven and goal-focused. Having supportive and knowledgeable teammates is a huge plus."

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      You do a great job of identifying the kind of team environment where you're most likely to succeed!

  • Behavioral

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

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      Your answer serves to show how effective your communication skills are. It also serves to revealhow effective your active listening skills as well as your attention to detail. Therefore, this is an opportunity to circle back to previous questions you could have elaborated on more eloquently. Contemplate what the interviewer has said so far and include this in your response, if appropriate. How you answer this question will offer the interviewer insights into your confidence and your self-perception.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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?"

      2nd Answer Example

      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 that I can clarify for you I would be happy to do so."

      Community Answer

      "I think I did good and feel like I answered all the questions that were asked of me. Of course, I'll probably look back after and know I missed some key points that I could have highlighted but I feel like that's normal for just about everyone. If this is more that I can clarify for you I would be happy to do that."

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      In the "Revised Answer" section, I have provided a suggestion for re-wording this response.

      "I have really enjoyed our conversation and feel confident that I would be a wonderful fit for this company. I have answered all of the questions that were asked of me and provided insight into my working style and previous professional experiences. Are there any additional questions that I can answer for you? If there is more that I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."

  • Behavioral

    3. If you had a co-worker call 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?

      What You Need to Know

      This questions serves three purposes: It aims to evaluate your communication skills, your team mentatlity, and how effectively you manage your time and your priorities. It could also indicate how emotionally mature and grounded you are, especially when it comes to striking a balance between going to batt for the team and establishing boudaries.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I will always first choose to be a team player. If I had a co-worker call in sick, I would take over what I was capable of. The only time I would draw the line would be if I felt I was being taken advantage of."

      2nd Answer Example

      "If my coworker was purposefully being inefficient and expecting me to pick up the slack, I would likely not jump in. For the sake of the company, I am always willing to go above and beyond what is expected of me but not to the point where I am being taken advantage of."

      Community Answer

      "I would gladly take it up and cover for them. That's what good teammates in a highly functioning team do for each other. I would expect the same if I was the one sick. As for the line, I'm a worker and ok with what is put in front of me when I know everyone is giving it their all. If someone wasn't pulling their weight on purpose, it can really drive down team morale and would need to be addressed as no one likes to be taken advantage of."

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      It sounds like you make a great teammate and you aren't afraid to roll up your sleeves and help others out, when necessary. This is an important asset to any company or organization!

  • Behavioral

    4. What are your salary expectations?

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      This question is more commonly delivered towards the end of an interview. It not only evaluates your expectations, but your self-awareness as well. How you answer stands to reveal your self-awareness of how the interview has gone so far, and how much of a professional you are. It stands to reveal how value yourself and how realistic your expectations are. Transparency is the best path when salary-based questions arise. Yet revealing how you've calibrated your suggested salary could serve as a strong performance indicator. Use your current earnings as a base-line. Contrast your current pay rate with where you stand on your career trajectory. Take into consideration bonuses and incentives. You could even factor in your commute, the job market climate, and any benefits, such as medical/vision/dental. Be open, realistic, honest, and open to negotiation.

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  • Behavioral

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

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      A career minded professional constantly strives to expand the sphere of their comfort zone and overcome obstacles that stand in their way of their professional growth. When detailing challenging aspects of a previous job, make sure to detail why overcoming this challenge was significant towards your goals, and how what you learned will benefit you in your future pursuits.

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  • Behavioral

    6. How do you balance life and work?

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      Even for the most professional employees, maintaining a healthy work/life balance is of import prevent burnout. Discuss with your interviewer what tools or techniques you implement to maintain an appropriate balance for yourself between your professional life and your personal life.

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  • Behavioral

    7. How do you define success?

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      The interviewer is trying to assess your work ethic, your career goals, and insights into your personality. This will help them determine your motivators, your work ethic standards, and how you'd potentially contribute to the culture of their brand. Meditate on how you'd define success.

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  • Behavioral

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

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      Do you feel that you are a very honest person or do you have room for growth? This is a tricky question. No one is ever 100% honest. This question more so probes your integrity and your intentions. The semantics of your answer may reveal more about your intentions so choose your words with care. Back up your reply by touching on your personal ethics.

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  • Behavioral

    9. What are your strengths?

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      The interviewer wants assurances your strengths will fulfill their needs in a candidate. Offer insight into how your self-perceived strengths help deliver on goals. Strike a balance between confidence and self-awareness. Advertise what makes you uniquely qualified for this position.

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  • Behavioral

    10. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

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      Your interviewer is interest in learning more about your motivators, work ethic, and what you consider above and beyond. Showcase your merits. Exhibiting pride in your work shows you are invested in your career path.

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  • Behavioral

    11. Hitachi 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?

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      Research Hitachi so you're fully versed in the company and their philanthropic pursuits. Align your ideals with theirs. Discuss with enthusiasm their global efforts currently underway and any charity efforts they support.

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  • Behavioral

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

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      Share what your ideal work environment looks like, and align your answer with what the culture of Hitachi's brand looks like. Go into detail about how these align with your long-term career goals. Offer your core values, and what appeals to you about their core values and mission statement, emphasizing you feel you both could contribute to each other's goals.

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  • Career Goals

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

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      One's career path is rarely a straight line. Sometimes what we thought was an opportunity to advance our career ends up being a detour or not the investment we thought it would be. This question serves to answer two questions. It aims to inform how proactive you are in mapping out your career, and how aligned your goals are to what working for them could offer your career.

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  • Career Goals

    14. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Hitachi?

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      Thoroughly explore Hitachi's website and take note of the range of career opportunities available and their locations. Contrast that with the career growth opportunities available in the department you are interviewing with. Assure the interviewer that a long-term opportunity is more in line with your career goals and objectives. Answer with enthusiasm and optimism.

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  • Communication

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

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      It is one thing to identify a kaizen opportunity towards innovation, and it is an entirely different matter in how you go about communicating a suggested change. Talk to the interviewer about a time you identified an opportunity, how you gathered information to build a sound case for your suggested change, and how you went about presenting it. If they decided not to take your suggested course of action, explain why and how you came to respect that decision, and what you took away from it.

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  • Communication

    16. Share with us what you can about your communication style.

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      The interviewer would like to know how your communication style will complement the teams of Hitachi. How honed your communication skills are will attribute to how well you'll be able to build workplace relations, and how effectively you actively listen and mirror. 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.

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  • Communication

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

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      Before your interview, it is important that you not only research Hitachi but also their competitors. This is also an excellent opportunity to showcase the breadth of your industry knowledge. What do you think Hitachi is doing better than any of their competitors? Be positive, compliment Hitachi on their efforts, and ensure that you do not bash the competitors at the same time.

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  • Education

    18. Tell me about your education.

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      The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job, they are curious if you're committed to pursuing a career with the degree you've chosen or if you're thinking of taking your life in another direction. Confidently display your commitment to your career path by detailing how you've come to pursue your career and how your degree led you to competing for a position at Hitachi. If you weren't passionate about your studies when you started, that's fine, as long as your passion emerged along the path of your professional journey.

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  • Experience

    19. Do you have experience working with clients across co-workers multiple time zones?

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      Working for a conglomerate corporation with a vast global footprint can offer its own unique challenges. This question tests another aspect of your communication skills. There are a variety of factors that can influence how others communicate with you. Having strong communication skills equips a person with being able to communicate with a wide variety of personalities with varying communication styles. A person's mood is often influenced by the time of day. Additionally, this serves to gauge whether you are culturally competent, as Hitachi is an international company. This question touches on your communication and customer services skills. Strong communication skills rely on seeking a deeper understanding and looking for clarification of anything you don't fully understand. Lastly, prior to your interview, familiarize yourself with all of Hitachi's locations.

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  • Experience

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

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      Your interviewer wants to understand your emotional view of structural changes in a corporate environment. Mergers and acquisitions are not uncommon among larger corporations. So this question tests your emotional intelligence, your attitude and perception of upper management or a company's executives, and the scope of your big-picture-thinking. Exude a professional, supportive, and impartial attitude when relaying your experience. Avoid speaking negatively about any previous employers.

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    21. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?

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      Frame yourself as resourceful, capable of exhibiting outside-of-the-box thinking, with a propensity to think fast on your feet. Demonstrate that you aren't easily discouraged. Measure your preferred working style against meeting deadlines, over performing, learning, and innovating.

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  • Experience

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

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      For 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. An interviewer uses a preset number of years of on the job experience as a marker for a potential candidate's experience level, but this scale doesn't apply to everyone. This is your opportunity to detail how you've exceeded your career goals and objectives, and why you feel you have advanced ahead of your peers. This may demonstrate you as a desirable fit, and suggest you will advance much faster in their company as well.

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

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      When answering questions about how your professional colleagues perceive you, it's imperative to maintain an objective sense of self-awareness. This question serves to reveal your ability to objectively perceive yourself. There's an old expression. No one can hold something over you which you already own. This logic applies here. Take responsibility for your own actions and take actionable steps towards self improvement.

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    24. 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?

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      Even without direct industry experience, you'll likely have strong transferrable skills that can be adapted to a wide variety of industries. Detail the variety of your skills, going deeper than how they are listed on your resume, which you perceive as a benefit to any employer, regardless of the industry. Consider your soft skills as well, such as your time management, project management, communication and emotion intelligence. Exude professional enthusiasm for your offerings.

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  • Flexibility

    25. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?

      What You Need to Know

      The reason it is important to set up realistic expectations in an interview is to ensure that you are the right candidate for them, and that this is the right job for you. For many conglomerate corporations who have global interests, candidates open to international travel are of value. Out of respect for their time and their resources, honesty is best, especially when setting up realistic expectations.

      It is natural to want to play your cards right in an interview. Try never to deliver a hard answer to a complicated and nuanced question. Rather, open it up to further discussion in order to prevent any deal-breaker moments. If you're not sure if traveling for work fits into your lifestyle or your career goals or expectations, express that you are open to discussing the matter further, but you'd need more information to ensure it is conducive to your lifestyle and career goals. This approach then opens things up for asking clarifying questions and learning more.

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  • Leadership

    26. When have you had to lead by example?

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      This speaks to your soft skills. Being able to effectively communicating your messaging, the importance of the work that needs to be done, giving your team ownership for their work and giving them pride in their contribution towards the team's success can go a long way here.

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

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      By offering those who view as inspirations serves to reveal your style of leadership, what motivates you, and your work ethic. The person can be living or dead, fictional or non-fictional. Elaborate on why they serve as an inspiration, and how you've modeled yourself after them.

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    28. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

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      This should reveal some of your leadership qualities. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas with your team members. Explain how you motivate your team, such as leading by example, mentoring, and inspiring innovation.

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    29. How do you feel about performance incentives?

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      Your interviewer is assessing your work ethic. Describe your approach and your perspective on the different methods one might use to motivate their team. Describe your methods for influencing innovation, whether by individual recognition and mentorship or by inciting a friendly workplace competition through rewarding incentives. When performance incentives are abused, they can adversely affect a company's overall budget. Communicate that you keep your eye on the big picture. Through proper leadership, performance incentives can be a useful tool, but one that is often unnecessary.

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

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      This question assesses if you have leadership tendencies and are a self-starter. It also serves to provide insights into your work style and your approach.

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  • Onboarding

    31. At Hitachi 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?

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      It is important to earn the trust of your new teams when onboarding in a new position. Your interview and management have gotten to know you through interviewing you, and now is the time for you to familiarize yourself with your new teams. This is why it is important to follow the 30/60/90 rule. In the first month of your 90 day probation period, familiarize yourself with your team, company, their products and services, clients, etc. In the second month, study their current processes and procedures, and identify their strengths and weaknesses. In the last month, try to improve your performance indicators and identify your growth opportunities. Beyond the 90 day mark is considered an acceptable time to implement innovation.

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  • Teamwork

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

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      Are you 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, and how you've gone about enhancing your communication skills

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