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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
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The interviewer would like to know more about the types of decisions you are accustomed to making in the workplace. The way you answer this questions will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision-making requirements in this possible position.

If the job you are interviewing for requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet, you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. If you worked in tech support, you faced problems that you needed to find solutions for on a regular basis. If you worked as a sales rep, you might have required to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

You may have faced decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these types of decisions and be sure to highlight how these types of decisions have prepared you for a role like this one.
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1.
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
The interviewer would like to know more about the types of decisions you are accustomed to making in the workplace. The way you answer this questions will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision-making requirements in this possible position.

If the job you are interviewing for requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet, you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. If you worked in tech support, you faced problems that you needed to find solutions for on a regular basis. If you worked as a sales rep, you might have required to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

You may have faced decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these types of decisions and be sure to highlight how these types of decisions have prepared you for a role like this one.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous position I was quite often required to make decisions on staff scheduling as well as hiring and terminating. I feel that role prepared me quite well for a position like this one. I have well-honed decision-making skills and my intuition, when it comes to hiring, has been elevated."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I regularly made decisions regarding pricing and discounts for customers. I had a standard set of criteria that I created, and I tried to let that guide me for consistency."
2.
We want you to find a fulfilling career with Lincoln Electric. Where could you see yourself 5 years from now?
Before your interview, be sure to visit Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric 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."
3.
Lincoln Electric manufactures a multitude of products. Which to you think is our best seller?
The interviewer is testing your depth of knowledge on Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric.

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?"
4.
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."
5.
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include capabilities that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In the past few years I was able to upgrade my education while still working full time. The biggest skill that I gained was my ability to multi-task as I worked the dual role of employee and student. I also have strong skills in a variety of Microsoft programs such as PowerPoint and Excel."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some additional transferable skills you may have acquired in your last position:

- Leadership experience
- Delegating tasks to other employees
- Researching
- Analyzing data
- Written and verbal communications
- Terminations and onboarding"
6.
What are your salary expectations?
The best way to discuss your salary expectations is 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 an opportunity for growth."
7.
At Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric.

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 Lincoln Electric 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!"
8.
Workplace safety is incredibly important to us at Lincoln Electric. 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?"
9.
Tell me about the inventory software you have worked with. Are you familiar with the programs we use at Lincoln Electric?
Direct experience with the exact software or programs used at Lincoln Electric may not be a "must-have," but do take some time to find out which programs they use, and discover how your technical skills may be a match.

If specific technical skills are essential for the success of this role, the desired skills will be listed in the job description. Be sure to ask the interviewer if they want to see any specific technical skills. This question will allow you to overcome any objections the interviewer may have later regarding your exposure to their particular programs.

If you have the right experience: "I see from your job description that you are looking for experience in program X, Y, and Z. I have used all three of these programs for the past five years and would rate myself as an intermediate level user. Are there any other technical skills that you desire?"
Rachelle's Answer #1
"must-have,"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have the exact technical experience, they are seeking: "I am a fluent user in program X which is very similar to program Y. I am also an expert user of Excel and most other Microsoft programs. Are there any other technical skills that you desire?"
10.
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you have experience using and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications. I am best versed in Brosix, AOL Instant Messenger, and Freedcamp. No matter which system you use I am sure that I can pick it up very quickly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have not used team-based messaging applications in my past positions; however, I am very technically savvy and experienced with multiple programs such as A, B, and C. I look forward to learning your systems as well!"
11.
How did you bring value to your last position?
This question is similar to 'Why are you the best candidate?' Think about the strengths and skills that made you an asset in your last position. Maybe you influenced changes that saved the company money. Perhaps you were the top grossing sales person on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support for coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There were several ways I was able to bring value to my company. First, I successfully passed each sales goal in my department. Second, I was able to motivate other members of my team and share my sales techniques with them. Third, I introduced two new procedures to the sales manager that helped us eliminate employee idleness between sales calls."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I bring value to my current position by being a knowledgeable and reliable employee. I bring a great attitude to work every day and am always open to teaching new employees as well."
12.
At Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric 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."
13.
At Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The majority of my training is in leadership and human resources within a manufacturing environment. I appreciate that Lincoln Electric takes an interest in professional development because that aligns nicely with my plan to further my knowledge in safety and training for factory environments."
14.
Lincoln Electric 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 Lincoln Electric before your interview and also to see if your customer service philosophy matches their company values.

Be sure to research the brands that Lincoln Electric 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."
15.
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 Lincoln Electric. 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?"
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30 Lincoln Electric Interview Questions
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Interview Questions
  1. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
  2. We want you to find a fulfilling career with Lincoln Electric. Where could you see yourself 5 years from now?
  3. Lincoln Electric manufactures a multitude of products. Which to you think is our best seller?
  4. How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?
  5. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
  6. What are your salary expectations?
  7. At Lincoln Electric we put great pride into the quality of our products. In your opinion, what do we do best?
  8. Workplace safety is incredibly important to us at Lincoln Electric. What kind of safety training do you have?
  9. Tell me about the inventory software you have worked with. Are you familiar with the programs we use at Lincoln Electric?
  10. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  11. How did you bring value to your last position?
  12. At Lincoln Electric 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?
  13. At Lincoln Electric we prefer to hire individuals who are invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have attended.
  14. Lincoln Electric works with some very well-known and respected brands. How will you do your part to contribute to our strong reputation?
  15. List for me the machinery that you are most accustomed to operating.
  16. At Lincoln Electric we manufacture thousands of SKU's. How do you plan to learn about our product range?
  17. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
  18. What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
  19. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  20. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  21. Do you ever used your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
  22. What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision without all the relevant information?
  23. What challenges are you looking for in this position with Lincoln Electric?
  24. We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a coworker stealing? co-worker stealing?
  25. How can we motivate you on the job?
  26. What do your team members think of you as the team leader?
  27. How competitive are you?
  28. How do you deal with a coworker when they stand in the way of your progress at work?
  29. 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?
  30. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
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