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Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?

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  1. 1.

    Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?

      Ethical dilemmas in the workplace will come up from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you can handle these types of difficulties with professionalism and poise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have never been told to lie to a fellow employee or supervisor on the job. If I were to be asked to lie, I absolutely would not do that. I am not the type of personality to be pushed around on the job. I will always be myself and keep my integrity first."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Yes, I have been asked to lie on the job before. In a previous role, our inventory count was off. My co-worker wanted to go home, and he suggested that I lie about our count. I refused to lie, and we stayed late. I would always choose honesty over lying, any day."

  2. 2.

    Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?

      From your work history, picture a co-worker who didn't carry their weight or had a difficult personality. Maybe they were unmotivated or preoccupied with their personal life. Think about what bothered you about this person and how you were affected by their behavior.

      Most importantly, the interviewer wants to know how you let this person's behavior affect you and your work performance.

      Avoid taking this as an opportunity to complain about someone; instead, view it as an opportunity to showcase your ability to deal with difficult people while maintaining your productivity.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my previous position, I did have a coworker who didn't pull their weight which created more work for the rest of the team. Our team started to complete most of the tasks when it came to group projects. It didn't take much time before our manager noticed this particular individual was slacking. I feel like, in most instances, the underachievers will weed themselves out over time, and it's rarely worth making a fuss over."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my first position out of college, I worked with a person who enjoyed gossip in the workplace. I found that I could redirect her to work by giving a quick reply and then asking her a pointed work question, which would get her back on task. There were a few key takeaways from this experience. I learned how to concentrate through chatter or disruption better than before, and I perfected my skills at refocusing someone else to the task at hand."

  3. 3.

    Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have been meticulous when paving my career path. Things have gone very well for me so far, and I am thankful for that. This position with Nigerian Ports Authority will be a perfect compliment to both my short and long-term career plan."

  4. 4.

    At Nigerian Ports Authority we put a lot of emphasis on continued education. If you could take any course related to our business, what would you choose?

      Showing interest in gaining new skills through continued education will allow the interviewer to see you as an engaged and growth-minded candidate. Discuss any coursework that you would like to take and be sure to mention any continued education opportunities that you have recently taken if any.

      Close your answer by asking the interviewer if they would like to see you take a particular course. This approach will show the interviewer that you are open to coaching and willing to expand your knowledge to make yourself the perfect fit for Nigerian Ports Authority.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Continued education is vital to me because it allows me to remain current and competitive in this industry. Last year I was given the opportunity to take a course in A and another in B. At this moment, if I could choose any course to take, I would pick XYZ. Are there any courses you would recommend I take to round out my experience?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "That is a great question, and I appreciate that you consider continued education options for your employees. If I could take any related coursework, I would choose to learn more about transportation systems for public travel. Are there any particular courses you recommend that I take?"

  5. 5.

    Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?

      Are you the individual who prefers to know what the routine will be, or do you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment and tend to prefer that pace. It's fast and makes every day different. I certainly enjoy the challenge!"

  6. 6.

    How did you go about suggesting changes in your most recent company?

      The interviewer would like to see that you proactively go after what you want and that you will act as a positive change-agent when you see room for improvement in the workplace. The worst way to answer this question would be to say 'I didn't have the power to change anything in the organization, so I quit.'

      This question is not an opportunity to complain about your previous job or company! Think about personal changes you could make that would have made your job easier, improved your skills or furthered your education. You cannot change others, but there is always the option to upgrade yourself!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My previous company did not allow for a lot of employee feedback or input so I chose to focus on ways that I could better my performance instead. I took many weekend workshops on various topics such as Excel, Communication in the Workplace, The Art of Negotiations, and some human resource related courses as well. My boss did notice an improvement in my performance, so I formally suggested that the company pay for every employee to take one course per year. They agreed and implemented my suggestion. I believe it's easier to 'do' rather than 'tell.' My example of performance improvement was what they needed to make some changes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "That is a great question! I would have participated more in external company events. Life gets busy, but this is a great opportunity to network with your peers outside of the daily grind of business."

  7. 7.

    What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?

      Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of situations that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the kind of environment offered in this position before the interview.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I work best in an environment where a positive and healthy culture is encouraged. I am great with autonomy and working independently; however, I am also able to collaborate with my coworkers very well."

  8. 8.

    If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

      Often we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully move a job for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question clearly.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I try to leave the small, quick tasks for last. I do this to ensure that the more complicated parts of my projects are taken care of right away. This way, nothing comes back to bite me later on, as the deadline approaches."

  9. 9.

    Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?

      This question challenges you to think about how you act as a leader in your daily life. Even if you're not leading a team, you can still demonstrate the qualities of a leader!

      Give an example of how you coached a coworker who was having difficulty preparing for a big presentation. Maybe you gave them confidence in their strengths by encouraging them, or perhaps you offered some helpful hints. You can be a motivator and a positive communicator in any situation at work!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I naturally take on a leader and mentor-ship type of role with my co-workers. In one instance, I had a new coworker who was having some troubles fitting in. I took her out for lunch and talked to her a bit about the workplace culture and semantics surrounding the various departments. I wanted her to stay and enjoy her employment with us, so I took the responsibility of ensuring she was settling in well. I believe there are always opportunities for leadership - you have to keep your eyes open!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I demonstrate leadership ability on a daily basis by effectively managing my projects and clients independently. It shows that I can take the lead on a project without having my hand held."

  10. 10.

    What is your current salary?

      A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      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."

  11. 11.

    We have many competitors in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Nigerian Ports Authority?

      The interviewer wants to know that you have taken note of the workplace culture at Nigerian Ports Authority and how they stand out from their competitors. Check out the company website, and any online reviews, to find a common theme that makes Nigerian Ports Authority stand out from their competitors. Be prepared with specific examples from a recent news story or client reviews.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that you have a variety of competitors; however, I am most interested in working for Nigerian Ports Authority because of your strong interest in client service, and employee safety. You have won multiple industry awards which tells me that you are an innovative and growth-minded organization. Your company is forward-thinking and progressive. I would be delighted to work at Nigerian Ports Authority."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "While researching Nigerian Ports Authority 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 Nigerian Ports Authority puts an important focus on carbon footprint. All of this makes you stand out from your competitors."

  12. 12.

    Nigerian Ports Authority puts a large emphasis on workplace safety and the health of our employees. How important is workplace health and safety to you?

      The interviewer wants to know that, if hired by Nigerian Ports Authority, you would enthusiastically contribute to their safety-focused workplace environment. Discuss the importance of safety, and what it means to you. You should also mention any health and safety related training you have taken. Any current certificates and tickets are helpful to bring with you to the interview.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Workplace health and safety are critical topics to me. Without a healthy work environment, morale will be low which creates an environment that fosters accidents and low productivity. I have multiple safety-related tickets including X, Y, and Z. In my current position, I have had zero accidents in 3 years. If hired at Nigerian Ports Authority you can be assured that I would exceed your safety expectations."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Without safety in the workplace, there would be complete chaos. For that reason, I believe that it's the most important factor to consider when building a team, and creating workplace policy."

  13. 13.

    Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to this position with Nigerian Ports Authority.

      Talk about your education experience and be sure to highlight any areas of excellence. Perhaps you earned individual awards, accolades, or scholarships. If so - be sure to mention those achievements as well!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I completed my Engineering degree in 2011 from University of Florida. I am proud of my 3.90 GPA. I worked very hard! My biggest take away from my post-secondary experience is my knowledge of public infrastructure as well as the project management skills that I acquired. My high grades and great discipline will make me a strong fit for this role with Nigerian Ports Authority."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not have any post-secondary experience to talk about, then you can certainly discuss any on-the-job training you've completed including workshops, courses, and certifications.

      "The bulk of my industry related education has been on the job training. This training includes topics on transportation management, government policy and workplace safety."

  14. 14.

    Do you have more experience working within the public or private sector of transportation? Which do you prefer?

      Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for the interviewer. Once you have highlighted the bulk of your experience, you can discuss some of your favorite projects or areas of interest. Avoid talking yourself into a corner when it comes to your preference of public vs. private projects. Be as diplomatic as possible by highlighting the pros of each.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For the past four years I have been working with ABC, in the private sector. Some of my favorite recent projects have included X, Y, and Z. With that said, I also bring public sector experience from earlier in my career. That experience was also helpful because it taught me a lot about process and navigating the red tape associated with government projects. I have learned a great deal from both public and private work."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have a balance of experience between public and private transportation. I have three years' experience in public transport and four years' experience in private transportation. The two sectors bring their challenges, so it is difficult to choose a preference. If I had to commit to just one, I would say that private transport brings me fresh challenges daily, which is exciting to me."

  15. 15.

    We have many opportunities for career growth at Nigerian Ports Authority. Where do you see this position leading to in the next 5 years?

      Onboarding new employees is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any employer. Assure the interviewer that you see long-term career potential with Nigerian Ports Authority. Research the company online to discover any opportunities for future growth. Perhaps they have multiple departments or locations. Where do you see yourself growing within Nigerian Ports Authority? Be enthusiastic when you discuss your long-term career plans!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My interest is to have a long-term and successful career within transportation infrastructure. I feel that this role with Nigerian Ports Authority is a perfect next step in my career right now, but I also see room for future career growth here. You have a few leadership opportunities posted online. I read through the job description for those and am interested in working my way into a role like that with Nigerian Ports Authority one day."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am looking for a long-term career opportunity within the transportation industry. I feel that this role with Nigerian Ports Authority is a perfect step in my career now, and for the future. I see that you have operations management positions open. My dream would be to earn a leadership role with Nigerian Ports Authority down the road."

  16. 16.

    At Nigerian Ports Authority we work hard to foster a team- based environment. Do you get along with multiple personality types in a close-working environment?

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  17. 17.

    The transportation infrastructure industry is ever-changing. At Nigerian Ports Authority we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in what we do. How do you stay up to date on related current events?

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  18. 18.

    Because of the nature of our business at Nigerian Ports Authority we conduct background checks on all employees. Are you willing to comply?

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

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  20. 20.

    When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?

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  21. 21.

    Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

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  22. 22.

    What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

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  23. 23.

    How do you manage a large workload?

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  24. 24.

    When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?

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  25. 25.

    List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

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  26. 26.

    Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.

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  27. 27.

    How do you respond to feedback?

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  28. 28.

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

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  29. 29.

    Would you consider yourself a creative person?

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  30. 30.

    What questions do you have for me?

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  31. 31.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

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