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What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

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    1.

  1. What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
    • If you are in a management type of role, you will often be asked to keep your eyes open for cost-saving opportunities. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of understanding the importance of this practice and give a strong example of a time when you have done so.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have been able to present cost-cutting suggestions many times to my previous employer. The one that I feel had the biggest impact was when I suggested additional warehouse staff. We had three various shifts and still an average of 100 hours of overtime per week. I presented to my employer that we hire one more warehouse employee for each shift, keeping the hours to just 120 regular vs. 100 hours of overtime pay (@1.5x) This recommendation saved the company $31,000 per year. They implemented this change across 15 warehouses the following year, amounting to nearly half a million dollars in savings per year."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The greatest cost-cutting measurement that I accomplished at work was through new suggestions for theft prevention. Since we implemented some of my suggestions our loss, due to theft, has decreased 12%."

    2.

  1. At Juniper Networks we manufacture thousands of SKU's. How do you plan to learn about our product range?
    • The interviewer wants to know that you have a plan in place to succeed in this position with Juniper Networks. Discuss with the interviewer how you plan to learn their vast product range. Highlight your ability to study, memorize, and retain information. Display to the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in what Juniper Networks manufactures.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have already taken a keen interest in your products and am confident in my ability to learn the range of SKU's very quickly. I noticed that you have an online catalog, so I already started learning a lot about your product. Are there any other learning resources that you would recommend? I am a quick learner and great at retaining information. If you hire me, you will not be disappointed in my strong product knowledge abilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Your product range is impressive, and I understand that it is going to take some time for me to become familiar with the large range of offerings you have here. I have a strong ability to memorize facts, and so I plan to create flashcards and cheat sheets for myself to help with my initial training."

    3.

  1. Why are you the best candidate for us?
    • Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given individual accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am the best candidate for you because I have a consistent history of exceeding my targets and goals for the past three years. I have been promoted two times in the last year which is nearly unheard of in my current company. In addition to these successes, I have excellent cold calling skills which I will put to work immediately after being hired by your company."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I'm qualified and passionate about your cause. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization and will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond for your organization."

    4.

  1. At Juniper Networks we put great pride into the quality of our products. In your opinion, what do we do best?
    • When a company takes great pride in the quality of the products they manufacture, they want to know that the individuals they hire are passionate about quality as well. Show the interviewer that you have invested some time in getting to know the products at Juniper Networks.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can certainly see the pride that this company puts into the products you manufacture. After researching your range of products, I believe that you have the biggest market strength because you keep so much of your work local."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "From my experience, so far, I feel that Juniper Networks is fantastic when it comes to how you treat your employees. Happy employees will put out great products. A healthy workplace culture is a great way to stand out!"

    5.

  1. How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?
    • Do you value your client and customer relationships? How do you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back? Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for solid customer and client relationships.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My customer and client relationships are best described as open and honest. I believe that the more upfront and transparent you are with your clients, the more likely they are to return. I most definitely value my clients and am sure to nurture those relationships as much as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I build and keep excellent relationships with my clients! These relationships are key to the success of my employer which means that I need always to be putting my best foot forward. I am honest with my customers, helpful, and always try to deliver earlier than they anticipate."

    6.

  1. How competitive are you?
    • Being a competitive person is an excellent thing if you are appropriately competitive in the workplace. Assure the interviewer that you have a tremendous competitive edge when necessary but are still able to balance that competition healthily.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I think that on a scale of 1-10, I would rate myself as a 7 when it comes to being competitive. I love a great competition in the workplace when it comes to sales goals and breaking through last years' numbers. I am not competitive to the point that it would hurt my team or colleagues."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am not overly competitive when it comes to my ego. My competitive nature kicks in when I have a deadline to meet or a client who wants to be impressed by my level of work and service."

    7.

  1. What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision without all the relevant information?
    • Sometimes we have to make decisions without all of the pertinent information at our fingertips. The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of taking educated guesses and that you are confident enough in your abilities that you can make a good decision without all pieces of the problem being present.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I need to decide without all of the information present, I weigh the pros and cons and come up with a solution that makes the most sense. Common sense can take you a long way! Next, I may ask the opinion of someone I trust to see what they think. Even though I trust my decision-making ability, I still think it's important to get a second opinion when it comes to situations involving money or decisions that make a significant impact on others."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a strong believer in following my gut, and for the most part, it has not steered me wrong. I try to gather as much information as possible, but when all of the pieces are not accessible, I assess the situation using my prior knowledge of similar situations, and I follow my intuition. If I'm not certain or feel conflicted, I don't hesitate to bring in another person or persons to help me come to the best, most effective decision."

    8.

  1. What do your team members think of you as the team leader?
    • It is essential to be aware, and honest, about your strong points and shortcomings when it comes to your leadership skills. Talk to the interviewer about what you honestly feel your team would say about your leadership skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I often ask my team members for feedback on my leadership skills. The points that consistently come up are that I am a clear communicator and that I am approachable. One thing that I could work on would be my ability to be more concise in my direction, but I have been working on that and feel that I have improved significantly. "

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I hope that my team sees me as a positive example, whether I am in a leadership role or not. I enjoy teaching and guiding others so I believe they would say that I am a collaborative leader who values mentorship."

    9.

  1. At Juniper Networks we have employees from all branches of manufacturing including food, chemicals, textiles, machines, and equipment. What type of experience best defines your background or specialty?
    • This question is designed for the interviewer to draw out any transferable skills you may have. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your background. Be sure to highlight any experience in manufacturing, whether or not the industry is a direct fit with what Juniper Networks does.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My previous employers have focused on food manufacturing; however, I am very familiar with many of the processes that transfer to the chemicals manufacturing industry. My safety training, as well as my machinery experience, will be a major asset to your company, should you choose to hire me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am newer to the manufacturing industry so feel that I could quite easily land on my feet in a multitude of focus'. If I could choose one particular area that I was most passionate about, I would prefer to work on the machining side."

    10.

  1. We want you to find a fulfilling career with Juniper Networks. Where could you see yourself 5 years from now?
    • Before your interview, be sure to visit Juniper Networks career opportunities online. Take note of the range of job possibilities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations? What kind of growth is available in the particular department with which you are interviewing? Assure the interviewer that you desire a long-term opportunity with Juniper Networks by discussing the career path you would like.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

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

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

    11.

  1. At Juniper Networks we prefer to hire individuals who are invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have attended.
    • The interviewer would like to know if you have taken any formal education and training related to their industry. Your reply will help the interviewer to assess your commitment to Juniper Networks and their industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have taken a variety of coursework related to the manufacturing and engineering industry. In addition to my Bachelor's degree in Engineering, I also have a Project Management certificate. I am fully dedicated to forging a strong career in this field and look forward to bringing my knowledge to work for Juniper Networks"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The majority of my training is in leadership and human resources within a manufacturing environment. I appreciate that Juniper Networks takes an interest in professional development because that aligns nicely with my plan to further my knowledge in safety and training for factory environments."

    12.

  1. Juniper Networks works with some very well-known and respected brands. How will you do your part to contribute to our strong reputation?
    • This question is designed for the interviewer to find out if you have researched Juniper Networks before your interview and also to see if your customer service philosophy matches their company values.

      Be sure to research the brands that Juniper Networks works with, or represents. Of those brands, discuss with the interviewer the ones with which you are most familiar. If something about them stood out to you during your research, be sure to mention this.

      Next, assure the interviewer that you are capable of upholding their strong reputation through your morale and customer service expertise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Part of the reason why I applied to work here is that of your impeccable industry reputation. The biggest brands that you work with are some of the brands that I currently work with already so if you hired me; you would be hiring someone with an applicable background. I would uphold your strong reputation by continuing to bring dedication and deep product knowledge to the job."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I plan to do my part in upholding your reputation by bringing my absolute best to work every single day. I will treat your customers, vendors, and suppliers with utmost professionalism and respect."

    13.

  1. List for me the machinery that you are most accustomed to operating.
    • The interviewer would like assurance that you can handle the type of machinery that they operate at Juniper Networks. Talk to the interviewer about your exposure to machinery and any manufacturing specific experience that you may have. Be sure to ask the interviewer if they are looking for a particular type of machinery. This question will allow you to overcome any potential objections later. If specific machinery experience is requested in the job description, be sure to address that as well.

      If you have the right experience: "I see from your job description that you are looking for experience in machines X, Y, and Z. I have run these specific pieces of equipment for the past 12 years and consider myself an expert with them. Are there any other machine operating skills that you desire?"

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I see from your job description that you are looking for experience in machines X, Y, and Z. I have run these specific pieces of equipment for the past 12 years and consider myself an expert with them. Are there any other machine operating skills that you desire?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not have the exact experience, they are seeking: "I am most experienced in X which is very similar to Y, which I believe you frequently operate here. I am also an expert operator in A, B, and C machinery types. Are there any other skills that you desire?"

    14.

  1. Workplace safety is incredibly important to us at Juniper Networks. What kind of safety training do you have?
    • Chances are, your safety training is listed on your resume. The interviewer is looking for a brief overview of your safety training. Take a few minutes to walk them through your experience. Also, if you have any statistics to share on your safety record, this is a great time to discuss those successes.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Just this year I renewed my safety training in X, Y, and Z. My current company was rigorous on safety, so I come from a strong environment where safety always comes first. I was the first production supervisor to have an accident free year which is something that I am proud of."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am new to my career, so I have not completed many noteworthy safety courses yet. I am CPR, and First Aid Certified and have taken Fall Arrest training. Could you share with me the courses that you feel I need so that I can gain a head start in the on-boarding process?"

    15.

  1. Juniper Networks manufactures a multitude of products. Which to you think is our best seller?
    • The interviewer is testing your depth of knowledge on Juniper Networks and their products. How you answer this question will quickly reveal to the interview how much, or how little, research you have done before the meeting.

      Start by researching the company website and look for any special mentions. Generally, a company will highlight their best seller or most popular product. Next, Google search the company name and see if any particular product comes up in your search. Lastly, check customer or client reviews to see if there is a consistent theme.

      Give your answer by demonstrating your research, and logically backing your answer. You should ask the interviewer what their best selling product is, as well. This question could open up a great conversation between yourself and the interviewer while providing you with additional information that will be helpful for any upcoming interviews with Juniper Networks.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I noticed, when researching this organization, that product X stood out above the others. Your company website has a page dedicated to it, and there are many customer mentions of this product online. I believe this must be your best seller. Is this correct? I would love to learn more about your products and which ones are the most popular."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Because you have so many great products, it is hard for me to guesstimate which of your products is a best seller. Personally, product A stands out the most to me because it is unique and multi-functional. Could you share with me what your best selling products are?"

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