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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Question 1 of 32
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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To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!
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1.
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Along with my 5 years working in this industry, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."
2.
As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
Have you had a strong mentor in your management career? Talk to the interviewer about what type of influences have shaped your management style.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest influence in my career has been one of my Professors from University. Mr. Smith was my professor in Business Ethics and I connected really well with his teaching style. Even after graduating University, we kept in touch and he has greatly influenced my coaching, teaching, and leadership style."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The first CEO I reported to has been a tremendous influence on my career. That person helped shape my work ethic and passion for business early on, which has helped me become a better business partner along the way in my career. I wish to be someone who is fair, demanding and supportive. Someone who cares about the customers and cares about our people."
3.
Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Honeywell. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
Workplace culture is incredibly important since we spend so much of our time at work! Talk to the interviewer about what your ideal workplace culture looks like. Share with the interviewer the factors that would make you want to stay with Honeywell long term.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am seeking a role with an organization like Honeywell where employees matter. This means fair wages, regular opportunities for continued education, and strong internal growth opportunities."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I work best in more casual workplaces where autonomy is given and everyone is encouraged to act like a leader."
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.
Honeywell 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 Honeywell in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that Honeywell supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at Honeywell.

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 Honeywell 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."
6.
Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
In addition to being able to handle change, can you also recognize when change is required and be confident enough to present that to your organization? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to make a suggestion for change in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last year when I was managing dispatch for my company I noticed a pretty solid opportunity for us to save on overtime hours. I created a presentation and gave it to my manager who took it to upper management. The changes were implemented and I was very proud of the suggestion that I made."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Our company did not have a strong policy when it came to workplace harassment and bullying. I was able to work with the leadership team to create a new program which has been readily welcomed by our staff."
7.
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."
8.
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?
Show your confidence to your interviewer by explaining your willingness to be part of the team and not being afraid to pick up the slack when needed, but make sure you don’t allow someone to take advantage of you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
9.
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."
10.
How do you balance life and work?
It is important to keep a healthy work/life balance in order to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you are able to maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that, when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The perfect balance of work and life is difficult to achieve 100% of the time; however, I feel that in order to achieve a satisfactory balance, one must have hobbies outside of the workplace that they find fulfilling. These don't have to take up a lot of time but they should help to energize you. For me, I like to go mountain biking on the weekends."
11.
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."
12.
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."
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 Honeywell?
Before your interview be sure to visit Honeywell 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 Honeywell 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 Honeywell 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 Honeywell."
14.
Tell me about your education.
The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job. A few highlights you can focus on are some of the relevant topics you learned about while attending your courses. How will they help you in this new role? What were some of the most interesting things you learned?

Some ideas for you:

- If you have experience working on group projects, share how you improved your listening and communication skills when working on a challenging project.

- If you learned a new type of software or how to work a type of equipment you will need to know in this new job, talk about what you know and how you will apply this new knowledge.

While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned in your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
- Self-Motivation
Rachelle's Answer
"I am a big believer in post-secondary education. It adds a lot of value to those newer to the workplace. My post-secondary education was in Communication and Journalism. The courses in this program helped me to develop stronger business relationships through professional correspondence. I also learned persuasive writing skills which have proven to be incredibly helpful when working on client proposals, and in negotiations."
15.
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."
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Interview Questions
  1. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  2. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
  3. Typical "corporate culture" is something that we work to avoid here at Honeywell. Tell me about your ideal workplace culture.
  4. At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
  5. Honeywell 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?
  6. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
  7. Have you ever been employed through a company merger or acquisition? If so, tell me about your experience.
  8. 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?
  9. What are your salary expectations?
  10. How do you balance life and work?
  11. How do you define success?
  12. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  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 Honeywell?
  14. Tell me about your education.
  15. 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?
  16. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
  17. At Honeywell 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. At Honeywell we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.
  19. Because Honeywell 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?
  20. We have a few strong competitors. In your opinion, what does Honeywell do to stand out from the rest?
  21. At Honeywell 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?
  22. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  23. Tell me about the last time you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  24. What are your strengths?
  25. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  26. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  27. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  28. When have you had to lead by example?
  29. What was the most challenging aspect of your previous job? How did you overcome it?
  30. What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?
  31. How do you feel about performance incentives?
  32. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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