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

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1.

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."

2.

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."

3.

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?"

4.

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

Before your interview it is important that you not only research Ingersoll-Rand, but also their competitors. What do you think that Ingersoll-Rand is doing better than any of their competitors? Be positive, compliment Ingersoll-Rand on their efforts, and ensure that you do not bash the competitors at the same time.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have researched Ingersoll-Rand online and found a common theme when it came to reviews, comments, and news articles. That common theme is surrounding the fairness that you offer your employees. You have strong benefits programs and offer multiple growth opportunities in all departments. This seems like a really positive place to work. I simply didn't see your competitors standing out in that area."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe that Ingersoll-Rand stands out from the rest through clear branding and marketing strategies that your target market can relate to. I look forward to joining an organization with such great focus."

5.

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."

6.

What are your strengths?

Which personal strengths make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to 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.

Some great strengths to mention are:

- Communicative
- Loyal
- Collaborative
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I think my strengths are in my perceptiveness and ability to be observant of the needs of others. These strengths are part of what makes me an excellent performer in a client facing role."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe my greatest strengths are in my communication skills- both written and oral. I use these daily in email pitching, phone call pitches or customer follow-ups, and then in person site visits."

7.

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."

8.

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."

9.

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."

10.

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."

11.

At Ingersoll-Rand we put a lot of emphasis on clear communication between all parties, departments, and sectors of our business. Tell me about your communication style.

The interviewer would like to be assured that your communication style is a close match to the communication preferences of Ingersoll-Rand. When working for a conglomerate vs. a smaller, privately owned business your communication style automatically becomes more 'corporate' in nature. Briefly describe your communication style to the interviewer and be sure to include the ways in which you feel your communications styles align.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My communication style leans more to the formal side. I like to be concise and keep expectations simple to understand. If I had to sum up my communication style in a few words I would say it is concise, clean, and friendly. From the communication exchanges I have had with Ingersoll-Rand so far, I believe our communication styles are a great fit."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some other words to describe your communication style:

- Articulate
- Conversational
- Eloquent
- Formal
- Informal
- Succinct"

12.

Because Ingersoll-Rand 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."

13.

At Ingersoll-Rand we have business partners and interests all over the world. Are you open to international travel? Is there anything that would restrict you from traveling for work?

For many conglomerate corporations who have interests across the globe, international travel is a very important part of what they do. You must disclose to the interviewer if you are unable to travel internationally.

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

If you are unable to travel internationally: "I do have restrictions on international travel which I can fully disclose to you if I am still eligible for this role. I expect to have this restriction cleared in the near future."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"There are no restrictions on my travel. I have a current passport as well as a valid NEXUS pass."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am open to some international travel; however, for the sake of my family, I do not wish to travel more than 30% of the time. What percentage of travel is expected in this role?"

14.

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."

15.

Ingersoll-Rand 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 Ingersoll-Rand in great detail before your interview. Be prepared to discuss the global efforts currently underway and also research any local charity efforts that Ingersoll-Rand supports. Discuss your own personal values and how they align with the values at Ingersoll-Rand.

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 Ingersoll-Rand 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."

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