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What are your salary expectations?

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1.

What are your salary expectations?

The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."

2.

How do you feel about performance incentives?

Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings re: performance incentives.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I feel that performance incentives are a great idea. They keep an employee motivated to do a great job and ensure that they are on top of their KPI's. The majority of people are very enthused about being rewarded for their successes."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I think performance incentives are important for driving people to get results. For me, personally, they give me some skin in the game and get my team engaged in making an impact towards the results."

3.

How do you define success?

What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I define success by what we achieve as a team. The project, as a whole, needs to deliver on expectations before I consider the job a success."

4.

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

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.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my previous role, healthy communication was required in order to protect the safety of our employees. We transported dangerous goods and it was required by our management that we all take specific workshops on communication and documentation. Because of this, my communication skills are exceptionally strong."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"There is not a strong level of communication in my current workplace. This is part of the reason why I am seeking new employment. I highly value clear communication. Do you encourage strong communication between employees here?"

5.

Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I would have to say my greatest accomplishment was reducing departmental costs by 25% by thoroughly reviewing packing slips and comparing them to invoices and contract terms for accuracy."

6.

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."

7.

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

This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. Show the interviewer that you are a motivated individual by telling the interviewer about a specific time that you took the lead. Include details of your project timeline, who you led, or what you had to teach yourself in order for the project to be successful. Be sure to complete your answer by telling the interview what the outcome was.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"We recently had a major inventory count requested of us by the corporate head office. At the time, our manager was away on holidays. No one quite knew where to start or who should take the lead. I took the initiative to lead my co-workers through the inventory project. I taught myself the tracking software in a short amount of time and created a schedule for the inventory counts so everyone knew what was expected of them. We completed the project three days ahead of schedule! It was a great success."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I was tasked with changing our health benefits provider. Completing this project successfully was crucial to our employees and our bottom line. I made a lot of calls and RFQs, and spent a lot of time hearing proposals to make the best choice before enrollment time."

8.

Because Hitachi 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."

9.

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?

It is a great idea to map out a proactive progress plan before your interview so that you are prepared to discuss the ways in which you plan to make an impact on Hitachi, if hired. Be sure to display confidence in your abilities but avoid trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the impact you wish to make. A great place to start would be to see if there appears to be a common need mentioned in the Hitachi job description/job posting.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I noticed in your job description that you mention a sales hunter mentality as being a must. My 90 day impact plan would be to aggressively tackle the cold call list that you mentioned has been neglected recently. These cold calls will result in an increase in sales appointments as my closing percentage is very strong."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If hired, I plan to make an impact on your business quickly. I will do this by fully absorbing my training, taking any additional coursework if required, and building healthy co-worker relationships right out of the gates."

10.

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

Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of environments that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position prior to the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"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 "

Rachelle's Answer #2

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

11.

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

Do you feel that you are a very honest person or do you have room for growth? This could be a tricky question as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your personal ethics.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself an 9 because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Nobody is perfect but I would like to say that I am a 10/10 when it comes to honesty and how much I value that attribute in myself, and others."

12.

What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?

The interviewer wants to know that you are able to think outside the box, or even ask for help, when you are stuck on a complicated problem. Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I am faced with a complicated problem, I will look to the resources that my current company has provided me. The answer is almost always in there. If it's more of a moral dilemma vs. a knowledge based dilemma, I will ask my supervisor for his thoughts and opinion since I value him as a mentor and expert in our industry."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry.

If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues or even patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need in order to find the best way to solve the problem."

13.

Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Hitachi?

Before your interview be sure to visit Hitachi career opportunities online. Take note of the range in opportunities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations? What kind of growth is available in the particular department you are interviewing with? Assure the interviewer that you desire a long term opportunity with Hitachi by discussing the career path you would like.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I saw a few leadership opportunities posted on your company website that seemed very interesting. Ultimately, I would like to work my way into a management role that offered travel opportunities. I am very interested in working for Hitachi because of the multiple growth opportunities present here and I look forward to proving my capabilities to you."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"First, I would like to make a memorable impact in the initial role I would be hired to do. Once I feel that I've done that, I would be interested in working my way into a position within marketing and business branding with Hitachi."

14.

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?

There are many ways that you can be a fit for a position, even though you do not come with direct industry experience. Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit another employer, despite the industry. These are your transferable skills and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Although my background is not in your precise industry, I have worked with many clients who have been in your industry. I bring excellent transferable skills that qualify me for this position. These skills include my advanced abilities in Excel, my outstanding cold-calling abilities as well as my proven background in team leadership."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I bring a lot of transferable skills to this position and industry. At the end of the day, my talents and skills revolve around helping people and making companies profitable."

15.

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

It is always best to support your reply with a real life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out spelling discrepancies in communication and will notice the small things. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My attention to detail was actually a point of conversation in my last performance review. My manager was very pleased with the level of detail that I put into a large project recently. I put a lot of pride into my work and it shows in everything that I do."

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Interview Questions

  1. What are your salary expectations?
  2. How do you feel about performance incentives?
  3. How do you define success?
  4. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
  5. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  6. Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.
  7. Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  8. Because Hitachi 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?
  9. 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?
  10. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  11. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  12. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  13. Being a multi-national organization, there are many opportunities for career growth here. If hired, where would you like to take your career with Hitachi?
  14. 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?
  15. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  16. At Hitachi we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
  17. At Hitachi 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?
  18. 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?
  19. We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Hitachi do to stand out from the rest?
  20. Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Hitachi. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
  21. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
  22. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
  23. What are your strengths?
  24. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  25. Tell me about your education.
  26. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  27. When have you had to lead by example?
  28. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
  29. How do you balance life and work?
  30. What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?
  31. 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?
  32. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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