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Honeywell Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Honeywell job interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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Honeywell is geographically widespread, accommodating a variety of time zones. Define your experience working with clients and co-workers across time zones.

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

Honeywell is an international company. There are cultural components to this question to take into consideration. Part of their mission statement is 'fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity.' This question touches on your open-mindedness, your communication skills, and customer service skills. Strong communication skills rely on seeking a deeper understanding and looking to clarify anything you don't understand. How you answer this question will give them insights into how well suited you are for the role for which you are applying.

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List of 40 Honeywell Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1.

    Honeywell is geographically widespread, accommodating a variety of time zones. Define your experience working with clients and co-workers across time zones.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Honeywell is an international company. There are cultural components to this question to take into consideration. Part of their mission statement is 'fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity.' This question touches on your open-mindedness, your communication skills, and customer service skills. Strong communication skills rely on seeking a deeper understanding and looking to clarify anything you don't understand. How you answer this question will give them insights into how well suited you are for the role for which you are applying.

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      How to Answer

      If you have experience with this, describe it in your answer. If you don't, explain your understanding of the importance of this question. If you're not sure how to navigate this question beyond the above advice, ask clarifying questions. This will show your eagerness to learn and pick things up fast.

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      What NOT to Say

      Don't use any euphemisms, stereotypes, or politically incorrect language when addressing this question. A great customer service experience is a positive human experience. Focus on the nuance of your customer service skills, and how universal your skillset is.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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 a quick reference to the information that I need."

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      If you do not have experience working with clients and co-workers in multiple time zones: Example

      "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."

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      Community Answer

      "in my current role, I only deal with employees and clients within the GCC. However, working with different time zones is a skill I can easily learn with the help of technology as well. There are multiple applications that assist in this matter."

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      Cindy Ramsey

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      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good. Relying on skills you can acquire in the absence of experience is a good approach.

  • Behavioral

    2.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you present yourself will offer the interviewer insights into the makeup of your personality. They're watching for if you're overconfident in your answer or modest. Take the time to consider the question before giving your answer.

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      How to Answer

      This is a tricky question, as nobody is 100% honest, even when they try. But this question isn't about subjectivity or the logistics of honesty. What this question is more geared towards answering are your intentions and your integrity. Speak to that.

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      Pro Tip

      This question is all about what the semantics of your answer reveal about you and your intentions. Choose your words carefully.

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      1st Answer Example

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

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      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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      Community Answer

      "I can say I am 9.25 honest. sometimes holding the information at a certain time is important. I avoid lying but might politically redirect the conversation. If a customer asked me directly if this is the best price I can give, I am not going to be level 10 honest and say "no I can go lower" I will simply highlight the many benefits he will get with our product and try to work on adding more benefits if the deal requires."

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      Cindy Ramsey

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      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Ok, this is a good, straightforward answer with good detail.

  • Behavioral

    3.

    How do you balance life and work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Any interview process is a costly affair for any employer. If they are short-staffed, other employees may pick up the slack and burn out faster. This affects morale and decreases productivity. There are also many payroll hours spent screening applicants, interviewing, onboarding, and training. So it is incumbent on those handling the rigorous selection process to do their due diligence in ensuring the person they choose can handle stress, and won't bring their personal issues into work. How you answer this question will offer the interviewer insights into how you cope with stress, either at work or at home. If you are stressed out at work, you'll burn out faster, and your performance will suffer. If an employee is stressed out in their personal life, it could not only hinder their performance but slow down the entire department, especially if they're drawing their coworkers into their personal drama.

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      How to Answer

      Exude confidence and emotional maturity. These qualities are integral to leadership. It's important to keep a healthy work/life balance in order to prevent burnout. Demonstrate that you've balanced both worlds through your approach to life. Offer an anecdote to drive it home.

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      Pro Tip

      It's okay if you occasionally take your work home with you, or if you need to take time off from work for personal matters. The interviewer wants to know how you achieve that balance, and aren't governed by chaos.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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 workweek begins."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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      Community Answer

      "Until last month, I was working full time while attending night classes for my master's degree. I learned to set a time schedule and divide my tasks effectively in order to finish everything on time. and I excelled in this. I graduated with A's and A+'s and had an excellent yearly review. I also find time to do my hobbies like painting, skating, and horseback riding. Time management is key."

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      Cindy Ramsey

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      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good. It sounds like you have good strategies for keeping a balance between work and life.

  • Behavioral

    4.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will help the interviewer determine how well they can place you on their team. Answer as honestly as you can.

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      How to Answer

      Exude your ability to be productive in any environment. Discuss your ideal environment with the interviewer while keeping your expectations grounded. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position before the interview. If you're productive in any environment, say so. If there are environments you find distracts you from your work, that's fine too. Either option is acceptable, as long as you frame your response in a positive light and yourself as flexible.

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      Pro Tip

      This behavioral question offers insights into the environments where your personality thrives. A more introverted individual recharges their battery in solitary environments, whereas an extroverted individual thrives in social settings. Most people fall somewhere in the middle. Focus your answer on what it takes for you to perform at your best without focusing on how difficult it may be to maintain your focus in other environments.

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    5.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will give the interviewer insight into what you perceive as a challenge. It will also show the interviewer how you overcome a challenge. Some things continue to challenge us, paving the road for self-growth.

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      How to Answer

      Sometimes the greatest workplace challenge is a laborious task that puts you outside of your comfort zone. It could be something that requires skills you haven't mastered yet. Explain to the interviewer why the situation was difficult, highlight the actions you took to overcome the challenge and explain how you continue to improve.

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      Pro Tip

      Again, don't offer examples that will paint you in a poor light. Avoid talking about things like your attendance, or challenges you overcame to meet the bare minimum. The last thing you want to do is outline ways in which you'd prove a liability should they hire you. Focus on challenges you've overcome in your pursuit to be an overachiever.

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    6.

    What are your strengths?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you perceive yourself may differ from how others perceive you, including the person interviewing you. Remain conscious of your body language throughout the interview process. Make sure your answers remain consistent with how you present yourself. This question tests your honesty in the interview process. It's a constant challenge for the interviewer to find out whether the person being interviewed is being forthright, or doing their best to tell them what they think they want to hear to land the job. If your interviewer also asks what your coworkers or old boss would say is your greatest weakness, keep your answers varied but consistent. Your consistency in how you present yourself will show the interviewer that you'll be consistent in your work performance should they choose to hire you.

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      How to Answer

      Provide the personal strengths you feel make you excellent at your job. Offer an example of a time your efforts were recognized by your team. Strengths can be skills or qualities that allow you to overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. In a work context, your strengths help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

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      Pro Tip

      Before the interview, amp yourself up physically, if you are of able body. Do some fast physical exercises. Go into a private space with a mirror, look yourself in the eye, and say some self-affirmations to yourself. Stretch your arms up high, stretch your back and try to make yourself as big as possible. Research the body language of someone who is confident and relaxed in a seated position. Practice those positions. Aligning the words you say with the body language you convey will go a long way towards delivering a successful interview.

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    If a co-worker called out, asking you to take over their project requiring overtime, would you? Where do you draw the line in being a team player?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      For anyone to be effective at their job, they mustn't bite off more than they can chew or put too much on their plate. The interviewer wants to know how you balance teamwork with establishing boundaries.

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      How to Answer

      Show your confidence to your interviewer by explaining your willingness to be part of the team and pick up the slack when needed. Maintain your focus on the greater good, and know that taking on another person's workload could be detrimental to your success.

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      Pro Tip

      There are situations in which others may try to take advantage of you. When answering, steer clear of examples that might come across as bad-mouthing your coworkers. Present all situations, focusing on the positives, while advertising your merits attesting to your strength of character.

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    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Sharing the accomplishments which you're proud of will clue them into your values, your personality, your motivators, and how to coach you in the future. Your answer will reveal why you're proud of the example you provided and how it fits into your career goals. It will clue them to the level of your work experience in the industry.

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      How to Answer

      It is okay to boast a little when answering this question. Be proud yet humble, and not arrogant. Describe how this achievement acts as a milestone towards your goals, and why you regard it as a success in your personal development.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus your answer on your own accomplishments as opposed to being part of a collaborative effort. If possible, try to present yourself as an innovator, with a unique lens towards outside-of-the-box thinking. The road to self-improvement is never-ending. Once you offer your example, share where you hope this achievement will lead you on your path.

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    What's your greatest weakness?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Be sure to keep your answers consistent. How you answer this question will give the interviewer insight into your self-awareness and how you identify your weaknesses and growth opportunities. There are many candidates who might divulge too much information about themselves when prompted by questions such as these. People are generally forthcoming about telling you who they are right off the bat. Sometimes lightly admitting that you have anger management issues, but framing this in a way that presents the person you're telling this to would be the exception to this rule, will only serve by offering them the exact red flag they're looking for.

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      How to Answer

      Frame your greatest weakness as an asset in its own right. Being a perfectionist can be a weakness. Similarly, this quality can be seen as a benefit to a company. Think about self-assessments you may have done prior to previous performance reviews and see if any of those growth opportunities can be applied.

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      What NOT to Say

      "My attendance. I am habitually late. I've tried everything, but even when I set five alarms and have coffee right next to my bed, I somehow miss the bus to get to work. It's not even my fault most of the time. Can't be helped!"

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    10.

    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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know your approach when coming into a new work environment and how you'll fit in with the team. There are many behavior types, and how you answer this behavioral question will show the interviewers how well you'll fit into the team and what you have to contribute.

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      How to Answer

      Familiarize yourself with the 30/60/90 rule: The first month of a new hire's 90 day probation period should focus on familiarizing themselves with the team, company, products/services, clients, etc. Month two should be spent studying current processes and procedures, identifying strengths and weaknesses. In the last month, that hire should be well-grounded in the role and capable of identifying growth opportunities. Past the 90 day mark is considered an acceptable time to implement innovation.

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      The Goal

      In order to build rapport and trust with a new team, a hire needs to learn the ins and outs, before suggesting it needs fixing. The best way to evaluate what you can contribute is by first working side by side with those who are more familiar with the environment. Learn from them, ask questions, and get a clear understanding of their systems before you offer suggestions for how to improve upon them.

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    11.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will offer the interviewer insights into your confidence and your self-perception. It also offers you an opportunity to circle back to previous questions you could have elaborated on more. Your answer will also demonstrate how effective your communication skills are.

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      How to Answer

      Be honest and confident in your answer. If you feel you're knocking it out of the park, say so by being as modest as possible. Consider what the interview has said so far and include this in your response if appropriate. This will demonstrate that you are an active listener and that you pay attention to details. If you feel you've left out any relevant information, be sure to mention it.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid asking them how they think you are doing so far. You'll come across as insecure. This defeats the purpose of the question. Answering a question with a question is not wise in an interview.

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    Why do you think we should hire you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will offer insights as to how grounded and well-rounded you are as a candidate. Coming across as overly confident could make you seem arrogant. Too humble can make you seem insecure or underqualified. This is your opportunity to align your values and motivators with the work culture of their brand. If you have an unparalleled skill set that proves you as an asset, don't leave that on the table.

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      How to Answer

      You do not know what qualifications the other candidates they're interviewing have, nor how they compare to you. You are not competing with them when you deliver your answer. The only thing you have to go on is your own merits. If your merits have helped your employers in the past, detail how. The more tangible qualities you can deliver that have quantified success in the past, the better.

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      What to Avoid

      Don't be vague. "I'm good enough. I'm smart enough, and dog-gone-it, people like me." Simplified answers won't sell them to you being the most viable candidate. If anything, they'll suggest you're not taking the question seriously.

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    13.

    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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Every interview process is exhaustive. Interviewers must evaluate how well the needs of their company balance with the needs of their employees. For many conglomerate corporations with global interests, international travel is a necessity. Answer this question honestly but with tact. If you're not willing to travel for work consistently, disclose it. Phrase your answer in a way that shows you're a team player.

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      How to Answer

      If you weren't aware travel was a prerequisite for the position, ask if it is. Tell them you're interested in the position and that you'd be open to discussing it further, but your understanding of constant business travel doesn't fit into your current lifestyle. Ask more questions about the position, if there is room for advancement from within, and if a willingness to travel is a prerequisite to grow from within. Maintain your interest. Keep discussions open and exude flexibility with a focus on a willingness to go to batt for the team.

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      What NOT to Say

      "I totally would, but I am on Interpol's most-wanted list, and the last thing any of us want is for me to be extradited. Just kidding. I can't imagine traveling like that. I enjoy sleeping in my own bed."

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    14.

    Tell us something about your last job that you didn't like.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      They are trying to determine if any negative preconceptions you had at your last job you'll end up bringing with you to your next job. Too often, an employee that has issues with authority, or brings their personal issues or negative perspectives with them, will project those issues into their environment, absolving themselves of any blame or responsibility. How you answer this question may or may not raise those red flags as they work on narrowing down the candidates for the position.

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      How to Answer

      Focus on the positives. Perhaps there wasn't as much of a growth opportunity as you'd like, or you're more of a social person who thrives in a team environment and the position you held was mostly a solitary work environment. Distill it down to a matter of personal preference or advancing your career and less so, pointing out what they were doing wrong.

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      What NOT to Say

      Everyone is different. The only reference point is how someone thinks is your own. People who expect others to think like them are more common than you'd think. So never think that the interviewer is the same as you, or will interpret your example in the same way you might. Therefore, it's crucial to remain objective. If you can, use situational examples that don't reflect negatively on the work environment. Avoid laying blame on former colleagues for what you liked least. Don't hold everyone you work with to unrealistic standards or expectations. Communicating such points will reflect more poorly on you than on them.

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    15.

    Why do you want to work for Honeywell?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will help them find out what drew you to apply for this position. Whether it is their pay potential, location, scalable to your current position, or better work culture, they want to distill the truth behind your pitch. Many candidates will tell a recruiter what they think they want to hear in order to get the job. Separating fact from fiction is a crucial part of the interviewing process.

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      How to Answer

      The answer to this question is why you want to work for Honeywell. What makes them so special, so unique, that you want to be a part of what they offer. Align your career goals with their mission statements and goals.

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      What NOT to Say

      "You guys are just a few blocks away from my house. Also, you pay the best."

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    16.

    What sources do you look to when solving complicated problems?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Some might rely on instinct. Others might explore all their resources before committing to a course of action. Maybe you're an outside-of-the-box thinker, ask for help, or make ill-informed decisions even further, complicating an already complicated situation. The interviewer wants to know if you're resourceful when facing complicated situations.

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      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable, equipped with sound judgment and analytical skills, and are up to any task. Offer varied examples to display your understanding of the nature of this question.

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      Stay Away From

      When struggling to formulate examples of your own, it is a common human response to draw comparisons between yourself and others. Resist this impulse, as it never reflects favorably in an interview process. It's one thing to advertise your merits to convey you're the best fit for a position. But saying you're better than someone else diminishes any truth behind the statement.

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    17.

    Why are you currently seeking employment?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      They are more so looking to determine the backstory of your situation. If you quit, they'll want to know why you did so before lining up another job. If you were let go, that is likewise pertinent information when considering a hire. If you are still working for your previous employer, if things are going well, they'd want to know why you are considering a different job. Any employer desires brand loyalty. If you prove ineffective at your job, or disloyal, there's nothing to show you'd be any different working for them.

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      How to Answer

      Focus on your career growth, development, and how you are seeking opportunities more aligned with your core values where there is room for advancement. By presenting what Honeywell is doing that no one else can as the reason for pursuing the position, reveals the possibility of a mutually beneficial opportunity.

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      What NOT to Say

      "My supervisor was totally out to get me and was making my life a living hell. They were writing me up for frivolous stuff, like being late to work a few times. But they weren't writing up their friends who were way worse and even bigger jerks than me. So I had enough and figured I'd go to work for someone who actually appreciates what I have to offer."

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    18.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will help them assess if you have goals and a plan for where you see yourself in five years, and where working for Honeywell fits into that picture. Ultimately, they want to discern if you'll be committed to the opportunity they have to offer, or if you'll take what you need and move on.

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      How to Answer

      Examine your career plan and goals, and where you are at in your trajectory toward reaching those goals. Outline where you plan to be in five and ten years, and how working with Honeywell can get you there. Consider the mutually beneficial opportunities working for them would offer you both. Once you have this mapped out, you can communicate your answer in a manner that should meet their expectations.

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      What NOT to Say

      "Hopefully plugging away at Honeywell, still working in the position you're gonna hire me for."

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    How do you define success?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      They want to know if you equate success to crossing daily items off your list, or if you have your eye on the big picture and scale your sense of accomplishment on the incremental successes toward the ultimate goal. How you answer will also give them insight into your motivators.

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      How to Answer

      Break down what success means to you across all fronts; short-term goals, long-term goals, the big picture, and how to get there while protecting the company's assets. Tell the interviewer how you view success through this lens and be sure to mention the success you plan to bring to this position should they should offer you the role. Consider your personality. There can be more than one answer to this question.

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      Pro Tip

      Speak from the heart. Telling them what you think they want to hear will come across as disingenuous, and more often than not, can be spotted from a mile away. Effectively communicating how you weigh success in your interview could lead to being placed in a position more suited to your personality and skills. Morale is a great determiner of productivity. Answer honestly and consider what motivates you to be successful in your desired work environment.

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    We are asking for eight years of industry experience and you only have five. What qualifies you for this position?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer is interested in hearing where you feel your experience has gotten you. If you see yourself as ahead of the pack, explain why. If you were promoted ahead of your peers, go into detail about this. What you put down on paper caught their attention. Now that you are face to face, it's time to drive that message home.

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      How to Answer

      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. 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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      Pro Tip

      Focus on what you perceive to be the advantage of eight years of experience in your field over five. Break that down, and compare and contrast yourself to that example. If you can demonstrate a deeper understanding of that, you may more efficiently demonstrate yourself as a desirable fit.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Mergers and acquisitions are not uncommon among large companies and/or conglomerates. Your interviewer wants to understand your attitude about changes in a corporate environment. When your work history includes employment with large companies and/or conglomerate corporations, there's a likelihood you've experienced a merger or acquisition of some sort. Talk to the interviewer about your experience.

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      How to Answer

      Exude objectivity. Omit emotional details. Describe the situation, what unfolded, and your understanding of why. If you haven't experienced this, offer your understanding of why they'd ask this question, your insights into what that may look like, and ask clarifying questions.

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      Pro Tip

      Maintain a positive attitude. Avoid speaking negatively about previous employers. Change is a part of life, and exhibiting a mature understanding of this goes a long way. Also, ask them if there are any mergers or acquisitions on the horizon that you should know about, and how they might affect the position you're applying for.

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  • Discovery

    22.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      An interviewer is always evaluating the consistency of your answers. From your resume, looking for inconsistencies in your formatting or typeset, to how consistent your body language is with the words you communicate. If you answered one question one way, and a similar question totally different, this will clue them in to a lack of attention to detail. Keep your answers consistent. How you answer this question will give the interviewer insight into your self-awareness and how you identify your self-assessment and growth opportunities.

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      How to Answer

      Support your claim with a real-life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job. If this is one of your strengths, offer examples of how your attention to detail benefitted the team. You have an opportunity to convince them you're the best candidate for this job. Seize it.

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      Pro Tip

      If you don't consider attention to detail to be one of your strengths, focus on others' perceptions of you. Describe your positive impact on the rest of the team, through their lens, and the efforts you got to, ensuring you get the job done.

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  • Discovery

    23.

    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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is assessing whether you've researched the position, and what it is about their company that drew you to apply. Finding out whether you specifically want to work for them will assist them in deciding if you're the best candidate for the position.

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      How to Answer

      It's important to research Honeywell, its core values, and the keywords used on the website and in the mission statement. Incorporate those components in your answer. Discuss your values and how they align with the values at Honeywell.

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      Pro Tip

      Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and research any local charity efforts that Honeywell supports. Discuss these points with enthusiasm. Demonstrate a desire to be a part of those efforts.

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  • Discovery

    24.

    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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer wants to know whether you're happy with the status quo and prefer to cruise along, day in and day out, or if you have ambitions and goals. If you have a career plan, they're curious how working at Honeywell fits into your plan.

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      How to Answer

      If you haven't already, create a rough draft of a five-year career plan. Break it into attainable goals to help you achieve your goals. Offer some details of this vision to the interviewer, revealing the detail of your ambitions, with an understanding that sometimes these goals get modified along the way. Inquire about 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.

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      Pro Tip

      If you are not sure what kind of growth opportunities are at Honeywell would be a good fit, then break down your goals, where you hope to be in five years, and that if you were hired at Honeywell, you'd want to stay with the company long term. Then ask them how likely they think Honeywell would be willing to collaborate in a mutually beneficial way for you to reach those goals.

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  • Discovery

    25.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Breaking away from the negative connotations of "corporate culture" to recruit the best and brightest innovators in the field is becoming more common across industries. How you answer will help them assess not only your expectations but how realistic your expectations are. The interviewer is asking this question with a "finish this sentence" framework.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Honeywell's statement is, "We believe changing the world begins with fostering a culture of inclusion, diversity, performance, and innovation. This is a place where you can grow." Talk to the interviewer about how your ideal workplace culture aligns with Honeywell's values. Don't just compliment them on how great they are, but dig into why you want to be a part of their culture.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      If you like the model of a tech company's culture where you can bring your dog or cat to work, have a massage, work out in their gym, then work remotely at your leisure, you might not want to use that as your example, without knowing if Honeywell offers the same (they don't). Bringing up such examples will advertise you have a disconnect with the job you're competing for. Talk to the interviewer about what your ideal workplace culture looks like in a way that aligns with the culture they've prided themselves on building. Share with the interviewer the factors that would make you want to stay with Honeywell long term.

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  • Discovery

    26.

    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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is allowing you to market yourself and explain the qualities you offer which sets you apart. Even if you don't have industry experience in their field, you obviously have transferrable skills they've expressed an interest in. If you weren't seen as a viable candidate, the company wouldn't be interviewing you. The interviewer is interested in how well you deliver your sales pitch and the confidence with which you deliver it.

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      How to Answer

      Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit this employer, despite the industry. Detail what makes you an exemplary employee. Go deeper than the work experience you've outlined on your resume and cover letter. Tell them things about yourself that they don't already know and the unique traits you bring to the table.

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      Pro Tip

      Take any hints you've already been given as to why they chose to interview you, and capitalize on those selling points. If you come across as confident in your abilities and you believe you're a good fit for the industry, then they'll believe that you believe it. Sometimes that's enough.

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  • Discovery

    27.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question evaluates the importance you place on communication. 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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      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your most recent position and how communication played a part. Acknowledge the importance of clear communication in the workplace. Describe what you contributed to enhancing clearer communication in the workplace. If the communication standards set into practice by your employer were not what you felt they should be, feel free to communicate this diplomatically. Communication is more than getting everyone on the same page. It's about how a message is conveyed. Take care with your choice of words and what they might communicate.

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      Stay Away From

      Before your interview, record your voice while you answer some of these questions. Don't write down your answers and read them, but answer them live. Then play it back and write down all of your speech crutches and how many times you used them. Words such as, "Like," "um," "you know," "so on and so forth," "and," "well," "but," "so," "ah," "er," "literally," "actually," and "basically." Once you've identified the speech-crutch words you use the most, practice answering without using those words. Whenever you find yourself struggling against them, just pause instead. This will present you as a clearer communicator and more of a professional.

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  • Discovery

    28.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will provide the interviewer with insights into how you perceive your work surroundings. Understanding why things are done the way they are is the most important step to trying to improve upon them. Otherwise, all you'll be presenting is an ill-informed presumption. It's a common occurrence for an employee to judge a company's systems or method, assuming they know better without digging deeper into the reasons behind its structure. What matters here is your approach. Unless you've been with an organization since the beginning, you were likely not privy to the reasons behind everything an organization does. Coming into an organization assuming you've thought of something no one yet has is shortsighted.

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      How to Answer

      Provide examples of when you researched why something wasn't working for the organization. It often takes a detective or an investigative reporter to get to the bottom of a problem and find a better way of doing things. If the example you provide offers layers of team collaboration led by you and ultimately solved by you, all the better. This additionally is an excellent opportunity to show off your analytical skills.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      How you'd suggest changes or ideas towards innovation is just as important as what you'd suggest. To say, "I thought of a great idea! Listen up!" Will often meet the reply of, "Good idea, but we tried that already" or "I like that you're trying, but that won't work. You didn't think about XYZ...". A better approach is, "When I was researching this, I discovered this, and I was wondering, have you ever thought about trying ABC instead of XYZ..." Consider this when coming up with your example and how you quantified the change you suggested.

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  • Discovery

    29.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This offers a glimpse into your career goals, as well as your perspective on the times when things didn't go according to plan. It could assist them in placing you within their organization. Last, it may reveal any red flags, especially if you have a track record of taking jobs that aren't a good fit, of which Honeywell could be another.

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      How to Answer

      If you have an example, break down the situation, and what decision-making influenced your detour. Be sure to end your answer on a positive note, discussing how you bounced back from the misstep, the skills you picked up along the way, and what you learned from the experience. If a company you worked for wasn't a great environment for you, and/or lacked in fostering innovation, that's fine as well. But do what you can to avoid defaming them or speaking negatively about that example. Highlight the positives and what you took from the experience that made you a stronger candidate.

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      Pro Tip

      Think outside of the box when you plan your answer. Attitude is everything. Maybe a company you worked for offered you a promotion into an alternate career path. Even if you rerouted and got back on course, discuss what you learned from the experience and how it helped your career path in ways you hadn't expected. If you don't have any examples, discuss times when an opportunity presented itself, and you didn't take it because it wasn't aligned with your goals. There is nothing wrong with having the where-with-all to stay the course.

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  • Education

    30.

    Tell me about your education.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job. They are also interested in whether you went to school intending to follow the career path you've chosen or if you went to school pursuing one career path and chose another. How you took the lessons learned from that experience and applied them to your career can also be informative.

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      How to Answer

      Focus on some of the relevant topics you learned while attending your courses. Go deeper than any subject you studied, but what you learned from your college experience that prepared you for your career. Explain how they helped you and talk about some of the 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 to use a new type of software or 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

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      Pro Tip

      Perspective and attitude are everything. Describe your college experience as the first stage of your journey on your career path. Detail how that facilitated your trajectory and the unexpected twists and turns it may not have fully prepared you for.

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  • General

    31.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer wants to know how familiar you are with their brand. Branding is the identity and personality of a company. It is also their culture, and they want to see how well you'll fit into their culture. The second component to this question is that of brand loyalty.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview, it is important that you not only research Honeywell but also its competitors. Describe how their brand sets itself apart from others. Capitalize on any positive association you, or their typical consumers, attach to their particular brand. Emphasize how you feel Honeywell inspires brand loyalty over that of their competition.

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      What NOT to Say

      "Siemens is the best. Honeywell could learn a thing or two from them. But, boy oh boy, do I have some big ideas for the company that I know will push them up to number one! Oh, and before I forget, can you validate my parking..."

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  • General

    32.

    What question should I have asked but haven't yet?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This serves as a great wrap-up question that grants you the opportunity to express anything you would like to share that you feel may increase your chances of landing the job. It serves as a way for both parties to avoid any missed opportunities.

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      How to Answer

      Spend time before the interview thinking of something about yourself that is a unique selling point that makes you the perfect fit for this job. Try to tailor your answer to this question in such a way that you will be able to reserve this information for the end of the interview, so you don't draw a blank should this question come up. This is your opportunity to try to close the deal. It's always a good idea to have a card up your sleeve that you can pull out at the end.

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      What NOT to Say

      Anything that's inconsistent with the rest of the interview will serve as a red flag. Put yourselves in the interviewer's shoes and ask a question they would've asked but didn't. Be appropriate and filtered.

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  • Leadership

    33.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. It will also offer insights into your leadership skills. Offering a detailed example will allow the interviewer to assess your concept of initiative and evaluate your strengths and what motivates you in your work.

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      How to Answer

      Offer the interviewer a detailed example. Include project timelines, who you led, and what you taught yourself to be successful. Complete your answer by telling the interview about the outcome.

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      Pro Tip

      The interviewer is asking about the last time, not any other time. Keep your example recent and relevant to where you're at in your career. If there have been many examples, allude to this, and discuss your skills with confidence.

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  • Leadership

    34.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will help the interviewer assess your management style. Performance incentives can be very motivating, but if abused, they can affect a department's budget. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings about performance incentives.

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      How to Answer

      Describe how you influence innovation, whether by individual recognition and mentorship or by inciting a friendly workplace competition through workplace incentives. Describe your approach and your perspective on the different methods one might use to motivate their team.

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      Pro Tip

      Success is measured in a variety of ways. Give the interviewer insight into your leadership style while communicating that you have your eye on the big picture. Sometimes performance incentives can be motivating, but through proper leadership, they can also be unnecessary.

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  • Leadership

    35.

    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your answer to this question will offer the interviewer a glimpse into your leadership style. They want to know how your interpersonal skills will complement their team.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Think about your leadership style - whether you inspire innovation in others by assigning tasks equitably, based on skill, preference, or randomly, determine your approach and speak to its merits. Describe the methods you used to incentivize: praise and recognition, competitions, or rewards/bonuses.

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      Pro Tip

      The ability to promote a team member's strengths and avert exploiting weaknesses is integral to effective leadership. An employee that has a general sense of accomplishment will be more effective at their job. Avoid examples of bribery (such as bringing in donuts) or micromanaging. Inspiring innovation is key.

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    36.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Whatever example you offer will provide insight into the values and principles that make up the build of your character and offer a glimpse into your approach to your leadership style. The information your interviewers glean from your answer will help them determine how well you'll fit into their team and the culture of their brand.

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      How to Answer

      Provide relatable examples of leaders who influenced your character. Whether you had a strong mentor in your management career or a professor in college who inspired you, describe the qualities you admired and embrace within yourself. Your life's inspiration can come from a character in a book, a mentor, a family member, or a celebrity. It likewise doesn't need to comprise of only one person. Explain why these individuals impacted the shaping of your character, and how they shaped your management style.

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      Pro Tip

      The interviewer wants to get to know you, and how well your personality will complement their culture. The more friendly and forthright you are, and the more you open up and let them know you, the more successful you'll be in your answer.

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    37.

    When have you had to lead by example?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question assesses your leadership style and whether you delegate, or if you work side by side with your team when you can afford to. As a leader, your actions, decisions, and demeanor are always under some form of scrutiny. Those who lead by 'Do as I say, not as I do' can contribute to a toxic work environment. This can lead to extra work for human resources and decreased productivity. It's one thing if you can talk the talk. But the interviewer wants to know if you walk the walk.

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      How to Answer

      If you hold a supervisory role, it's important to acknowledge the greater needs of situational management. If you are not in a supervisory role, mention an example of a time you took on a leadership role.

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      Pro Tip

      The most stressful workplace situations often surround a lack of effective leadership, causing any team to easily tilt towards negativity. This can cause a lack of motivation, or incite dread or fear when facing difficult challenges in the workplace. Highlight that you have genuine enthusiasm surrounding your work, with overcoming challenges, and how this rubs off on the rest of your team.

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  • Operational

    38.

    At Honeywell we value clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is trying to assess your communication skills. Communication is an integral part of any business. Enhanced communication is a necessity to ensure all the company's systems run smoothly. When communication breaks down, that leads to rework, which leads to a loss in productivity, which can cost a company money and affect their overall budget. Top performers are great communicators.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Start by mirroring the key points of their question. Mirroring is the perfect way to show you're capable of great communication. From there emphasize the value of effective communication, and elaborate on your personal approach.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      The message sent is not always the message received. A communication breakdown can happen anywhere in the chain. One supervisor might tell you one thing, and a different supervisor might tell you another. An employee might confirm they understand the task they're to complete but fail to communicate they've completed the task. Consistency and follow-through are integral to functional communication operations. Offer an example of a time you identified a communication breakdown and describe what you did to correct it without assigning direct blame or casting anyone in a negative light.

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  • Salary

    39.

    What are your salary expectations?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is a test to see how realistic your expectations are. Your expectations may be unrealistic, or perhaps they sell you short. Either can be revealing with your career trajectory. A person who is familiar with the industry will be able to guestimate a realistic metric. Such a metric should be based on the duration and/or level of experience a candidate has contrasted with the industry-standard pay rate such a position offers. An employer's market versus a job seeker's market can likewise influence your number. Your current earnings and where you feel you are on your career path compared to where your ultimate career goals are heading should give you a reasonable expectation of what you should ask for.

      How well you've performed in the interview so far, and your self-awareness in this regard, are likewise components to consider. How you quantify your answer will likewise justify your perceived self-worth. This is where you'll show your hand and how you not only value yourself but how realistic your expectations are.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      How to Answer

      This question can come up anywhere in the interview, but it more commonly comes towards the end. It's never a good idea for the person being interviewed to bring up pay too early on. But once the interviewer addresses it, it's fair game. A good question to ask, when quantifying your number, is how frequently pay increases occur, and how their pay structure works. Whether it is salary or hourly, likewise hold weight. You can also ask, to ensure you are coming up with a fair number, what other benefits are offered with the position. Health benefits cost an employer money and should be considered when coming up with your number, as well as any incentives, bonuses, or other perks.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Be open, realistic, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary-based questions arise. If you want the job, don't be too eager to accept a low offer. Likewise, don't throw out an unrealistic number. Doing so could be viewed as disrespectful of the time and energy they've spent interviewing you.

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  • Situational

    40.

    How do you manage conflict with your co-workers?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This one question can potentially answer several questions. It can inform them on the level of your interpersonal communication skills. It will offer insights into whether or not you incite conflict, promote harmony, or lean towards defensive posturing. I can also help them assess how you resolve conflict (on your own or requesting help) or if you avoid such situations altogether.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Objectify and present your example situationally rather than singling any one person out. Remain positive, with the ultimate focus being on conflict resolution and fostering a unified vision for the team.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 19th, 2022

      Stay Away From

      Stay away from casting any person as the sole culprit with oversimplified explanations for their behavior. "So and so was always pulling this stuff. Such a jerk. I kept telling management to fire them. I don't know what they saw in them." This narrative will only communicate to the interviewer that this is how you talk about people when they're not around.

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