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  1. 1.

    What was your least favorite job? Why?

      Most people have had a job that they don't particularly love. Think about your least favorite situation and break down for the interviewer what made it so tiresome.

      Perhaps the responsibilities were mundane, or the co-workers were unfriendly. Discuss with the interviewer what made the job so complicated, and what you did to make it better for yourself. The interviewer wants to see that you are proactive in situations like this rather than just giving up and quitting.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Many years ago, I worked as a waitress at a local sports bar. I liked the job because of the customers, but I didn't feel appreciated by my boss. It was discouraging because he was so negative rather than offering encouragement- even during the busiest and most challenging shifts. I did my best and worked hard, but moved on when I had the opportunity. I learned that having a boss who is encouraging and motivating can make such a world of difference!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I like to think that every job I have held has offered me something positive. My least favorite job came with a challenging schedule and a boss with very little leadership training. I learned how I wanted to show up in the business world and what did and did not work for me."

  2. 2.

    In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities every engineering/construction professional should possess?

      When you list the top 3 qualities that every engineering/construction professional should possess you most certainly want to have personal examples. How do you display those specific qualities? This question is your time to assure the interviewer that you have what it takes to be a leader in the engineering/construction profession.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I believe that every engineering/construction professional should have strong attention to detail, be a bit of a perfectionist, and be able to multitask. These are all areas of strength for me, and I look forward to bringing these talents to work for JFE Engineering Corporation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some qualities an engineering / construction professional should have:

      - Solid negotiation skills
      - Resourcefulness
      - Confidence in matters of project management
      - Patience
      - Ability to work well in a diverse environment
      - Strong mathematical knowledge
      - Solid ethics
      - Ability to be diplomatic"

  3. 3.

    What questions do you have for me about JFE Engineering Corporation, and this role?

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the items you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!

      Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"

  4. 4.

    Do you have experience in determining labor requirements on large-scale construction projects?

      Have you ever had a hand in hiring teams of employees for large-scale engineering and construction projects? Talk to the interviewer about any related experience and what it has taught you when it comes to smart hiring.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my most recent position I was responsible for hiring construction crews up to 25 people at a time. I understand the importance of hiring well-qualified individuals who have a reliable track record. Last year our retention rate increased by 24% once I began leading our hiring initiatives."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not had direct experience in determining labor requirements; however, I do bring experience with interviewing, onboarding, and training. I have a strong record when it comes to employee retention."

  5. 5.

    Have you ever had to terminate an employee?

      Employee termination can be an awkward and uncomfortable task. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of being the pragmatic leader that they need.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I do have experience with employee termination. Although this is a task that no leader loves to do, I am confident in my ability to communicate with underperforming team members. I do not shy away from uncomfortable tasks such as employee terminations and exit interviews."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not been responsible for terminating an employee in the past; however, I do know that this is a task I would be capable of doing. I can give constructive feedback. My knack for giving direction, but also being a dedicated mentor, would make me a person of positive influence when it comes to employee relationships."

  6. 6.

    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 is a point that I have been working on a lot this past year. I am meticulous but, in the past, have pushed my documentation back a little bit. It's something I am conscious of and continually working on."

  7. 7.

    What makes you a great problem solver?

      Employers want to know that you have a methodical approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a great problem solver because I do not allow stress to cloud my judgment and mute my creativity. I am a keen observer with a great memory which allows me to recall unique solutions or ideas."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a great problem solver because I draw from the experience of others, whether solicited advice or through my prior observations and then I improve upon that, where possible. My memory and years in the industry have exposed me to many types of situations and problems, so I feel I have a vast amount of experience to draw from, allowing me to be creative and effective in the way I approach any challenge."

  8. 8.

    Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?

      Many employees will look for new work if they feel that they are underpaid and underappreciated. Talk to the interviewer about your current compensation and whether or not you think it is fair.

      If you feel you are currently paid what you are worth: "I feel that my current employer pays me fairly; however, I would like to see an increase in pay with an increase in responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that my current employer pays me fairly; however, I would like to see an increase in pay with an increase in responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not feel you are currently paid what you are worth: "I know that I am underpaid compared to my industry colleagues. My company is small, and they do what they can, but this is part of why I am seeking a new position."

  9. 9.

    Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?

      Have you ever faced a time, in the workplace, where you were put to the test when it came to your integrity? Perhaps a co-worker has asked you to lie, or you were tempted to be dishonest on your time sheet when the boss was away. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you overcame the temptation to be dishonest.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year our manager went away on vacation for three weeks. Some of my co-workers wanted to falsify our time sheets to reflect overtime hours that we did not work. I disagreed and was able to convince them that it was a bad idea and certainly not worth being fired over."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I once had a subordinate that would perform work after clocking out. There was a rumor later that I forced my team to work off the clock to save the company money. I did not know it was happening, and I certainly did not ask anyone to work outside of their scheduled shift. The situation was cleared up later."

  10. 10.

    At JFE Engineering Corporation we put the safety of our employees first. How familiar are you when it comes to construction safety standards?

      Assure the interviewer that you understand safety construction standards and regulation. You also want to display to the interviewer that you put safety first.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I admire the fact that JFE Engineering Corporation puts the safety of their employees first. I am very immersed in the current safety standards for the engineering and construction industry. I do have a recent certification in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and am committed to applying that knowledge to a position with JFE Engineering Corporation. If there are additional pieces of training and certifications that you would like to see, I am happy to comply."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe that safety on site is incredibly important and, for that reason, I am eager to take any safety courses that you recommend. At this point, I have taken coursework in fatigue management, reporting, safe lifting, alcohol and drug awareness, and PPE guidelines."

  11. 11.

    How do you successfully motivate your team?

      Motivated employees are productive employees. Talk to the interviewer about how you ensure that your team is feeling motivated and being as productive as possible.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My formula for a motivated team is to get to know them, uncover what they are passionate about, and find out how they like to be recognized. If I can provide them with proper recognition, tasks that they enjoy and feel they are good at - then they will perform as motivated employees."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Every one of my new hires does a DISC assessment. This assessment shows where they fall in regards to four traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, compliance. The results help me understand them better and how to tap into their peak performance."

  12. 12.

    In your opinion, who are the strongest competitors for JFE Engineering Corporation?

      It is essential to research JFE Engineering Corporation before your interview, along with any significant competitors. Be sure to keep your answer positive and discuss with the interviewer the many ways in which JFE Engineering Corporation stands out from their competitors.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that the engineering and construction industry is highly competitive. After researching the focus of JFE Engineering Corporation, I believe that the strongest competitors are ABC and XYZ. Despite these competitors being strong, I still believe that JFE Engineering Corporation stands out in the landscape through the integrity displayed in each project. You stand out through your strong industry reputation and honest approach."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I am not 100% sure who you compete with on a day to day basis, I feel that Company A would be the closest to a competitor. With that said, JFE Engineering Corporation still does the most thorough job standing out in the market through your great branding and social media marketing."

  13. 13.

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

      The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

      If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."

  14. 14.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role with JFE Engineering Corporation?

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Success comes from dedication and hard work. I am purposeful in my work which makes me confident in the fact that I will be a success here at JFE Engineering Corporation."

  15. 15.

    At JFE Engineering Corporation we prefer to hire individuals invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have completed.

      The interviewer would like to know if you have taken any formal education and training related to the engineering/construction industry. This question will help the interviewer to assess your commitment to the company and industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have taken a variety of coursework related to the construction and engineering industry. In addition to my Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, I also have a Project Management certificate. I bring full dedication to forging a strong career in this field and look forward to bringing my knowledge to work for JFE Engineering Corporation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am new to the industry I have not had the opportunity to attend many industry related courses or workshops. With that said, I do have a certificate in construction safety and am CPR, and First Aid certified. Are there any particular courses you are looking for in your next hire? I would be happy to get a head start on anything required for me to be successful in this position."

  16. 16.

    At JFE Engineering Corporation we put a lot of pride into the organization of our projects. Do you consider yourself to be highly organized?

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  17. 17.

    Tell me about any experience you may have in overseeing the performance of other contractors.

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  18. 18.

    Tell me about your experience with ordering and overseeing the delivery of engineering/construction related materials and equipment.

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  19. 19.

    At JFE Engineering Corporation we know that efficiency is directly related to profitability. How do you accurately assess the progress of each project you manage?

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  20. 20.

    Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

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  21. 21.

    How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?

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  22. 22.

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

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  23. 23.

    Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.

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  24. 24.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

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  25. 25.

    Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?

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  26. 26.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  27. 27.

    What is your definition of hard work?

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  28. 28.

    We are looking for strong team players to join JFE Engineering Corporation. What role do you usually take in team projects?

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  29. 29.

    Describe to me your ideal employer.

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  30. 30.

    Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

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  31. 31.

    What is your long-range career objective with JFE Engineering Corporation?

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