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If someone asked you the top 3 benefits of sea based transportation and logistics, what would you tell them?

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  1. 1.

    If someone asked you the top 3 benefits of sea based transportation and logistics, what would you tell them?

      The interviewer would like to see that you have a genuine interest in the business they conduct at Marine Atlantic Inc.. Briefly discuss with the interviewer what you feel the benefits of sea transportation are.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "There are some great benefits to sea transportation, but I believe the biggest three benefits of working with an organization like Marine Atlantic Inc. are that it's a great solution for transporting heavy and bulky goods. Also, sea transportation offers much more flexibility when it comes to the materials allowed to be transported. Thirdly, sea transport allows the greatest quantity of materials in a load, because of their large storage capacity."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "That's a great question! If I had to choose the top benefits of sea transportation, I would say that it's more economical for large shipments, it allows for a wider range of materials to be transported, and it offers fewer restrictions on the type of materials shipped."

  2. 2.

    At Marine Atlantic we like to hire those who can think on their feet. When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?

      Being able to make quick decisions and think fast on your feet sets top-notch professionals out from the crowd. We all make a lot of choices every day, so start off by telling the interviewer that you currently make a lot of quick decisions each day. Next, be prepared with a more significant example that will be sure to impress.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My current position requires me to make tough decisions on a regular basis. I work well under pressure like that. With split-second decisions, I will always go with my initial instinct. Last week, I had to make an important transport decision based on unexpected weather. It worked out well because I am no stranger to multi-tasking and I have great support staff who are well trained and fast acting."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current fast-paced role, this happens often! We handle a lot of customer situations and put them first and foremost. Often, we have guidelines we follow, and there are also times when situations call for creative solutions to meet customer needs. I make split-second decisions when resolving these matters in the best interest of the customer and the company."

  3. 3.

    At Marine Atlantic we believe in motivating our employees. How can we motivate you on the job?

      Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some ways that an employer may try to motivate you. Which ones resonate most with you?

      - Incentive programs where points are earned
      - Showing complete trust in your work and performance
      - Setting smaller, more achievable goals
      - Helping you to find your greater career purpose
      - Being a positive example to you
      - Maintaining an open and transparent workplace
      - Personalized incentives vs. Team driven incentives
      - Getting to know you on a personal level
      - Positive feedback based rewards system
      - Offering a healthy work/life balance by encouraging time off
      - Letting you know your voice matters
      - Allowing you to take the lead on projects that excite you
      - Handing out big-picture projects, so you feel that you are contributing to the company's future
      - Public recognition"

  4. 4.

    What are your weaknesses?

      This question is a pervasive one, but it continues to throw people off. This is not the best time to talk about your communication challenges with your partner or how you need to work on your golf game. Instead, focus on your professional life.

      What is a quality that you are proactively working to improve? Whatever example you give, be sure that it is not a critical skill that will raise red flags to the employer. It's best to focus on a non-core skill when discussing your weaknesses.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I am an Intermediate level user in Excel, I found that I was not up to date on some of the great functions offered by the program. I decided to enroll myself in an advanced Excel course. That course starts next week! I look forward to being an expert user soon."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in a project, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also definitely inhibit the outcome of the project and my growth as a team player and individual.
      I am currently working on this, as I know it is a deficit."

  5. 5.

    When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential problems faster."

  6. 6.

    How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?

      Workplace relationships are essential to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that the best way to earn the trust of my co-workers is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here are some ways that you can build trust with your coworkers:

      - Show common courtesy. Say hello, hold the elevator door, bring coffees now and then
      - Be respectful in your communication, avoid over cc'ing unnecessarily in emails
      - Avoid being a distraction, and respect the use of their time
      - Respect their personal space and the line between work life and personal life
      - Always ask if they have time before diving into a conversation
      - Try to find the answer to your questions before running to ask a manager or co-worker
      - Connect with them on LinkedIn but avoid more person social media platforms
      - Treat everyone the same, regardless of their job title
      - Do not complain about your job to your coworkers
      - Reach out to new employees and make them feel comfortable
      - Own up to your mistakes and fix them
      - Be timely with your followups and meet your deadlines"

  7. 7.

    Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?

      You can say that you will go the extra mile, but it's best to give a real-life example to the interviewer about a time when you did just that. Offer up your references as well and discuss with the interviewer what you feel your most recent employer would say about you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My former boss would describe me as an employee who goes the extra mile. In my most recent position, I was always available by email, and many of my service clients had my cell phone number just in case of an after-hours emergency. When you call my reference he will be happy to expand on that for you, I am sure."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Give examples of how you go the extra mile in the workplace. Here are some ways that employees will go the extra mile:

      - Starting on an upcoming project ahead of time, without being asked.
      - Taking action on any feedback, they receive from their manager. This action means taking a class to improve on a required skill or reaching a self-development book to help with communication skills at work.
      - Coming to meetings ready to brainstorm or, better yet, with ideas already jotted down
      - Creating new ways for themselves or their team to maximize efficiency
      - Going out of their way to make their customers happy"

  8. 8.

    Have you ever worked in a unionized environment? How do you feel about unions?

      You may love unions, or you may have adversity towards them. The best thing to do when you are asked a question like this is to give an answer that is positive, either way.

      Like there is always two sides to a story - there is still a positive to find from either side. Talk about your experience in a union environment; however, if it was not a positive one, it's highly recommended that you avoid complaining. Pick a positive note and focus on that.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that unions have their place in many situations. I worked in a unionized environment for three years with Company ABC, and the union created a smoother and more organized environment."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I have not worked in a unionized environment in the past, I do see why a union environment would be helpful to many industries and workplaces. They create strong policy, standards, and expectations that protect all parties. Are you a unionized environment here at Marine Atlantic Inc.?"

  9. 9.

    Why do you see Marine Atlantic as a long term career fit? How does sea transportation fit into your long term career goals?

      Talk to the interviewer about the type of career growth that you would like to see with Marine Atlantic Inc.. Why do you want a career in the sea transport industry, and how do you think this position will satisfy that desire?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I love the logistics and critical thinking required of me in the sea transport industry. It is continually challenging. What excites me most about this opportunity is that there is room for advancement in a leadership role. I would like to work my way to a significant leadership position with Marine Atlantic Inc. over the coming years."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "This position aligns nicely with my career goal of continued growth. The role is in my comfort zone, but a new enough approach that will intrigue me, and the company size is adequate to support growth."

  10. 10.

    I see that you have recently worked for one of our direct competitors. Do you have a non-compete agreement in place?

      In competitive markets such as the transport industry, you may sometimes be asked to sign a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement. Be honest and open with the interviewer about any existing restrictions you may have when it comes to working for a competing organization.

      If you have a non-compete agreement: "I did sign a non-compete with my current company; however, it just asks that I do not purposefully poach any of my clients from the past three years. I am not restricted when it comes to accepting offers of employment from competing transport companies."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I did sign a non-compete with my current company; however, it just asks that I do not purposefully poach any of my clients from the past three years. I am not restricted when it comes to accepting offers of employment from competing transport companies."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not have a non-compete agreement: "I am happy to say that I do not have any restrictions to my employment."

  11. 11.

    At Marine Atlantic we connect businesses who need to ship their goods with businesses who require those goods. This means that relationships are everything to us. What is your customer service philosophy?

      Because Marine Atlantic Inc. puts so much effort into their reputation, the interviewer needs to be confident that your philosophy on customer service aligns well with theirs. Be sure to research the Marine Atlantic Inc. website and take note of any keywords they use when it comes to their clients and services. Match your language with theirs.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I noticed on your website that you value your clients by actively listening to their needs. You also survey them regularly while staying on top of industry trends so that you can provide them with innovative new services. To me, customer service goes beyond friendliness and efficiency. You need to understand your customer's business needs and have the ability to analyze their future needs so that you can respond appropriately to their business landscape changes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I realize that "The customer is always right" must be a popular answer; however, I feel that first and foremost, the customer needs to trust your product and services. So, for that reason, I would say that my customer service philosophy is all about building trust and transparency."

  12. 12.

    Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?

      The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of setting goals and reaching them. The person who aims to achieve more and more every day is the exact person that every manager wants to hire!

      Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to reach a career related goal that seemed impossible. Or, share a time when you received an award, and talk about the most challenging parts of achieving that award. Highlight your determination and focus.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My company has a President's Club for all top sales reps. When you reach PC level, you earn a trip to Mexico! Last year I told myself that I was going to reach the President's Club level, no matter what it took. I worked an average of 50 hours per week, I doubled my cold calling numbers, and utilized areas of our Sales Force program that most people in our company don't even know about. Mixing my strong determination with sound technical skills, and willingness to push through, I made it! I was proud of this achievement."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "After recently hiring an entirely new team of people to roll out a critical project, I realized they needed to learn to work together. I created a leadership training program and cross-functional work group sessions to bring this team closer at an accelerated pace. It was a challenge to schedule and break the ice early, but we did it well."

  13. 13.

    Every day is different when you work at Marine Atlantic. When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?

      Have you been asked to change your priorities on a dime? How do you react to this kind of shift in priorities? Assure the interviewer that you can respond professionally when it comes to sudden changes.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current role, our schedule is changed on a regular basis and always at short notice. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I had to shift my focus when I learned that we were acquiring a smaller competitor. I had to change my plans to incorporate a new team, with new ideas, process, and procedures. Instead of working solely toward increased productivity, I had to back up work toward bringing our new team up to speed and integrate them into our processes."

  14. 14.

    We like to hire well-rounded candidates at Marine Atlantic. Walk me through your freight management experience.

      The interviewer is interested in knowing more about your range of experience in freight management. Try to focus the bulk of your answer on the primary focus of business at Marine Atlantic Inc.. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your resume and highlight any individual industry related training you may be received.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My overall experience includes both domestic and international freight, with a special focus on sea transportation. The last four years of my employment has focused primarily on international freight. I am well versed in Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and have a full understanding of International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) compliance and national transportation regulations."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am new to the sea transportation industry; however, I have been studying SOLAS and IMDG in my spare time. I am ready to immerse myself in learning more about this industry."

  15. 15.

    We have many strong competitors at Marine Atlantic. In your opinion, what sets us apart?

      Before your interview with Marine Atlantic Inc. it's a great idea to get to know who their competitors are, and what makes Marine Atlantic Inc. stand out from the rest.

      Research online through a Google news search, or on the company website. If Marine Atlantic Inc. has a 'News' or 'About Us' section on their website you will likely find some information on recent awards, industry accolades, etc.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "While researching Marine Atlantic Inc. and the local market I did see that there are a few competitors in our area. What stood out to me was the enthusiasm of your team when I first applied here, and also the fact that you recently won the coveted Transportation Leadership Award. In addition to all of this, I see that Marine Atlantic Inc. puts an important focus on carbon footprint. All of this makes you stand out from your competitors."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "You value your people and have an awesome culture centered around achievement, growth, and accountability, and you are disrupting an industry that needs some shaking up and you have science that is allowing that disruption. Honestly, the energy in here is contagious, which only make me more excited about the opportunity."

  16. 16.

    At Marine Atlantic our facility runs 24/7. What is your availability? Do you have a preferred shift?

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  17. 17.

    Marine Atlantic puts safety first in all situations. What would you do if you saw a co-worker performing unsafe work?

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  18. 18.

    This position may require you to lift up to 50 pounds, bend, and stand throughout the day. Are you able to meet the physical requirements for this role at Marine Atlantic?

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  19. 19.

    Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.

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  20. 20.

    If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

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  21. 21.

    What are your strengths?

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  22. 22.

    What makes you the best candidate for this position?

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  23. 23.

    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

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  24. 24.

    Judging by your resume, you appear to be overqualified for this position. What would keep you here, if you were offered the position?

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  25. 25.

    Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change, in one of your past roles?

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  26. 26.

    What do you think might be the greatest challenges faced in this job? How will you overcome these challenges?

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  27. 27.

    Would you rather be considered a personable leader or a dynamic leader?

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  28. 28.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  29. 29.

    What would you do if you were made aware of a co-worker being dishonest or stealing from the company?

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  30. 30.

    What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?

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