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Who are Land O Lakes largest competitors? Have you applied to any of these companies?
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1.
Who are Land O Lakes largest competitors? Have you applied to any of these companies?
You must understand the landscape of the dairy industry and the competitors of Land O Lakes before going into your interview. The more research you perform, the better you show the hiring authority that you are engaged in the interview process and keen on their specific industry.

Mention two to three of their largest competitors, and if you have taken an interest in applying for any open positions. This question is an excellent opportunity for you to solidify precisely why you are choosing to apply for a job with Land O Lakes.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From the research I have done, I believe that the biggest competitors of Land O Lakes are (A), (B), and (C). Company A, in particular, has many similar products; however, they have fewer plants across the country. In this marketplace, Land O Lakes stood out the strongest because of your high employee satisfaction scores and your commitment to the health of your customers."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As an animal lover and health enthusiast, it is crucial to me that I join a company whose core values align with mine. Your organization has a strong history of due diligence, respect for animals, and putting out products with only the finest ingredients. Your biggest competitors, Company A, and Company B are also esteemed organizations; however, I am much more impressed with the corporate commitments made by Land O Lakes."
2.
What sets Land O Lakes apart from other dairy product producers, marketers, and distributors?
This question is similar to, 'Why do you want to work for us?' The hiring authority wants to hear a unique answer that is well thought out. Typical responses such as 'I like your workplace culture' will not do here! Show that you have done specific research on what it means to work for Land O Lakes. You can refer to their company core values and mission statement or some employee reviews that you have read online.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched Land O Lakes and your competitors extensively. I understand that you have a further reach into health-based products. I appreciate that a lot of your research goes into topics such as diary and pediatrics, gut health, and the benefits of milk enzymes on cognitive function. I want to join a company that is more than just a producer, but also a thought leader in the dairy industry."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I researched Land O Lakes and your top four global competitors before making my application. The employee reviews for your organization are second to none. You have the highest employee satisfaction rates on Glassdoor. In addition to this, you also have the widest product range and happiest customers. I would be very proud to say that I work for Land O Lakes."
3.
How would you leverage your skills to improve operations at Land O Lakes?
Of course, Land O Lakes is already a well-oiled machine when it comes to their everyday operations. This question is another form of asking what your most significant strength is, and how it would benefit Land O Lakes should they hire you. Take the time to comb through the job posting or job description. Which skills do you possess that are a strong match to the needs of their organization?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that your biggest goal for this position is to maintain the quality standards that your customers have come to expect from Land O Lakes products. I am a highly detailed individual with formal education in product quality analysis and compliance. I am also skilled in quality control technologies, ensuring that I can quickly repair quality issues and also see potential issues before they occur."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a fast learner who can take the training information given to me and apply it effectively. I will leverage this skill to learn my job faster than expected, ensuring that I am a productive member of the Land O Lakes team very quickly."
4.
What will Land O Lakes be able to offer you that your current organization cannot?
If you are currently employed, your reason for leaving will be valuable information for the interviewer to uncover. A careful hiring authority will be sure that they can fulfill your career needs before extending a job offer. The most common reasons for someone to quit their job include feeling a lack of autonomy, lack of recognition, little respect, few opportunities for growth, and being underpaid.

When explaining your reasons for moving on, you mustn't bash your employer or speak poorly of your coworkers. Be less emotional and more factual, keeping your answer to the point. Explain, in a positive tone, what you hope to gain in your next position.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My current employer is a small family-owned business, and I have come as far as I can without buying into the company. I am ready to work for a larger organization such as Land O Lakes where there are opportunities in a variety of departments in multiple locations. I feel that I could truly tap into my potential at Land O Lakes and that excites me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My current position has been great for me; however, they are not able to offer me more than part-time hours for the time being. I started as an intern and am very thankful for the opportunity they awarded me right out of university. With that said, I am ready for a full-time opportunity where I can be paid fairly and have the opportunity for growth."
5.
List for me a few of the products made available by Land O Lakes.
This question is pretty straightforward as the interviewer is asking for you to list a few of the products they offer. You can perform this basic research by reviewing the Land O Lakes website, or doing a quick online search. If you have used any of the products that you mention, be sure to share which ones are your favorite!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My favorite food is cheese, cheese, and more cheese! I know that Land O Lakes has a multitude of dairy products including your broad line of mozzarella. I have tried many of your specialty cheeses, such as ricotta, provolone, blue, parmesan, goat cheese, and romano."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"From my research, it seems that your top-ranking products include your line of American-style cheeses, organic butter, and your broad range of cows milk. I purchase your organic, lactose-free milk on a regular basis. It is my absolutely favorite."
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