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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated June 15th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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We all like recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want credit for your hard work. Some options can be through bonus' or financial perks, public recognition, kind words, or promotion opportunities.
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1.
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
We all like recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want credit for your hard work. Some options can be through bonus' or financial perks, public recognition, kind words, or promotion opportunities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is through words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work makes a difference."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel that most achievements are due to the great work of a team. If I gain recognition for my accomplishments, I always prefer that my team be a part of that recognition as well. Words of encouragement are always motivating."
Anonymous Answer
"Success of the many programs is sufficient, but financial incentives and recognition by peers always are appreciated!"
Rachelle's Answer
You offer up a variety of recognition methods, which should give the interviewer a good start when it comes to an understanding of how to keep you motivated on the job. Good!
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2.
We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with Northrop Grumman.
It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by Northrop Grumman to ensure that you have the proper educational requirements. If you do not bring the desired degree or certification, be prepared to defend your education and remind them why you are still the best candidate for the job!

If you have the desired education: "I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have the desired education: "I have a Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although my degree does not boast a primary focus on Aerospace, I do have significant industry training outlined on my resume."
3.
Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Northrop Grumman, what do you think we could improve on?
If Northrop Grumman asks for your feedback on what they could improve on it is best to keep your answer positive and light. Be sure to start, and finish, your suggestion with a compliment on what they are doing right.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have conducted a great deal of research on Northrop Grumman before meeting you today. I like your branding, and your online presence is strong. If I could make a suggestion, it would be to have a confirmation email sent to all online job applicants. I found the site a bit difficult to navigate and was not sure that my initial application went through successfully. Luckily, your HR department was amazing, and they called me just a few days later for a pre-screen interview."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you could improve on anything, I would recommend updating the website a bit more frequently and adding a blog for aerospace enthusiasts. Aerospace and defense is a popular topic for research, and you could gain many website visitors by putting a greater emphasis on your online content."
4.
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 responsibility 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.

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 with my customers so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my client-facing tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would leave my email to last! I find that once I am in my email, it's a never-ending whirlwind of small replies and to-dos. For this reason, and to remain focused and productive, I will schedule my email time periodically throughout the day."
5.
How do you manage your time?
What tools do you use to stay on task and meet deadlines? How do you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once? Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar? Do you set reminders? Sometimes a to-do list is helpful when organizing your time because it can help you prioritize what needs to happen next. Paying attention to which tasks require the most time and which ones bring the most value are ways you can pick and choose what needs to happen in your schedule. What are some ways you have found work best for you to manage your time at work?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Time management has been something that I have worked on improving since my time in University. I set goals for myself and attached a time deadline for those goals. Also, I am diligent with the use of my calendar and have a great scheduling app on my phone that I refer to as well."
6.
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.

If you are currently employed: "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 #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
"If you are currently unemployed: "My most recent position paid me a base salary of $45,000 plus overtime and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
7.
Who would you say inspires you?
Show you preparedness for the interview by having an immediate answer. The only wrong answer here is, 'I don't know.' In most discussions, you will get one or two personal questions to see how you present yourself. You want to be able to articulate yourself well, responding politely and even passionately when appropriate. An excellent way to respond to this question is by sharing a story about a person who has been a positive influence on you and your career. If your dad motivated you to push through to finish your education, talk about how that impacted you. Who showed you that it was possible to overcome even the most significant obstacles? Who taught you the skills that brought you where you are today?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My previous manager was a huge inspiration to me. Her passion for the aerospace industry was motivating and put the fire in me to climb the ladder in my career."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have always been inspired by my grandfather. He is the person who gave me an initial interest in the aerospace field. He is the hardest working person I know, and he taught me how important it is to read and continually grow. Because of him, I always seek to learn."
8.
Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?
The interviewer would like to avoid any hurdles during the offer and negotiations stage that would prevent you from being successfully on-boarded. If Northrop Grumman is a direct competitor to your current or most recent employer, then you should carefully review your employment contract to ensure nothing is hindering you. Be prepared to present the agreement in your late stage interview.

If you are under a non-compete contract: "I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining Northrop Grumman."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining Northrop Grumman."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are not under a non-compete contract: "I am free to sign any offer letter that comes my way as there is no such contract with my current employer."
Anonymous Answer
"No non-compete contracts, so nothing preventing me from joining Northrop Grumman."
Rachelle's Answer
Your answer is nice and clear. Well done.
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9.
The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Northrop Grumman we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
Northrop Grumman is made up of three business sectors: Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems, and Technology Services. The Aerospace Systems division produces aircraft, spacecraft, laser systems, and microelectronics. The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in the aerospace and defense industry. Perhaps you read aerospace-related books, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to a blog related to this industry. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to Northrop Grumman.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. It's truly fascinating. Most frequently, I read the International Journal of Aerospace Engineering. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including www.aviationweek.com. One of my favorites to follow is the Northrop Grumman Instagram and Twitter accounts. Your updates are so educational and interesting."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Staying up to date on aerospace-related events is quite easy with a couple of phone applications I have downloaded, and a few blogs to which I subscribe. I would love some new suggestions as well! Do you have any strong recommendations?"
Anonymous Answer
"Because of the work I've always done, I subscribe to and eagerly read Aerospace, Maritime, and Military-oriented technology and communications sources, such as Aerospace Daily, FierceWireless, and Military Communications. I always am eager to learn about cutting-edge developments in the Aerospace, Technology, and Defense communities."
Rachelle's Answer
Awesome answer! You are highly specific, and your enthusiasm for learning shines through.
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10.
There are numerous career avenues you can take with Northrop Grumman. Which career path interests you the most?
Northrop Gruman employs over 70,000 people in a vast range of functions. You could work in Engineering, Cyber, Project Management, or even Business and Operations. It is essential that you thoroughly research Northrop Grumman before your interview. Be sure to examine their careers section, any additional locations, and the variety of departments or business units they may have. You can then accurately assess the potential growth opportunities with Northrop Grumman. Discuss your career growth and desires with the interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I saw on your website that you are looking for a Cyber Operations Center Manager. I am not yet qualified for that level of a leadership role; however, it interests me. I would love to be considered for a role like that with Northrop Grumman in the future."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My primary goal is to become a Cyber Intelligence Analyst within the next five years. I am taking additional coursework in C#, C++, Java, and PERL to gain the required skills. Do you feel this is an achievable goal with your company?"
11.
At Northrop Grumman we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
Competitors of Northop Grumann will be General Dynamics, Boeing, or Lockheed Martin. It is essential to research Northrop Grumman before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors, and why you feel Northrop Grumman stands out from the crowd. Visit the 'Media Resources' and 'About Us' section on the company website to find out if they have received any recent awards or accolades.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have seen that you have a few competitors in your industry; however, after reviewing your website, online reviews, and seeing your multitude of recent awards I feel that working for Northrop Grumman would be a real honor and great step in my career. You stand out from the crowd for refusing to bend from your company values."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your organization stands out in many ways. What impressed me the most was your safety record, employee tenure, and growth opportunity. When it comes to your competitors, would you agree that these are stand-out areas for you? I would love to hear more about your company's competition plan."
Anonymous Answer
"Northrop Grumman has the strongest portfolio of projects, and what makes Northrop Grumman stand out is that you do the most impactful work. I would like to be able to contribute to maintaining and even improving this reputation."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a great start! Try adding in specifics on which projects and contributions stand out the most to you, as a candidate, and why.
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12.
Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Northrop Grumman. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
Many companies involved in Aerospace and Defense have sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy individual who can handle being under a confidentiality agreement with Northrop Grumman if hired.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am a highly trustworthy person. My background includes many years of experience working on sensitive projects. I fully understand the desire that Northrop Grumman has to protect their data and am more than willing to sign a confidentiality agreement."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Yes, I am willing to sign a confidentiality agreement with Northrop Grumman, anytime in this process."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes, without hesitation."
Rachelle's Answer
Well said. Short and sweet.
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13.
Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change? Talk to the interviewer about how you adapt to change.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When a change occurs I initially try to balance the pros and the cons before reacting. Overall I would say that I prefer to focus on why the changes will work. I am a positive person by nature."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some changes can be tougher to accept immediately than others. Once I understand the motivation or the goal behind the change, I can easily adapt."
Anonymous Answer
"Adapting to change and figuring out how to to make things work is my focus. Numerous cultural examples, especially having previously worked for German companies, make clear that adapting to change and figuring out how to make changes work is the best way."
Rachelle's Answer
Very nicely said! You sound ready to adapt and offer new ideas, as well.
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14.
At Northrop Grumman we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global aerospace and defense technology company and the fifth-largest defense contractor in the world in 2015. The interviewer would like to see that you have experience in the industry; whether your aerospace experience comes from private or public entities. If the job description or job posting from Northrop Grumman points out a preference of one over the other, it is wise to focus your answer on that particular experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I noticed in your job posting that you prefer to see experience in the public aerospace sector. I do have experience in both public and private; however, the most recent three years of my work experience is in the public sector."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I can say that I have equal experience in both public and private aerospace matters. Is there a specific sector where you would prefer to see stronger experience? I would be happy to highlight that experience for you, further."
15.
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
Sometimes a great achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way.

When faced with an impossible deadline and regular interruptions that cause you to have to switch gears every thirty minutes, completing a simple project can seem like climbing a mountain!

You have a couple of options for how to approach this: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share a significant accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it.

Either way, you are showing your determination and focus on reaching your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job for which you are interviewing. Try to keep it as career relevant as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My greatest career accomplishment is the fact that, in my current company, I gained a promotion faster than anyone in the organization's entire history. I received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was an extraordinary moment. Exceed expectations, being promoted, and then financially ahead of where I initially expected, was exhilarating."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"One achievement that I am proud of is graduating University as an honors student while still working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and earn recognition for my dedication."
Anonymous Answer
"An achievement, of which I am proud of is the 2nd version of the software of which I have been the architect. There was a strong emphasis on features rather than architectural refactoring. But certain features were difficult to implement correctly without some foundational changes. It was difficult to focus on more extended periods. I had to convince other team members of the value of doing this. But my perseverance ultimately won. The result is the core of the new software platform."
Kristine's Answer
Good answer! You do a good job of explaining your achievement and what was challenging about it. I reworded parts of your response to assist with clarity, but I recommend you reword the final sentence to make it more clear what the outcome of the project was. The interviewer would also appreciate hearing a few details about the software.
"An achievement I am proud of is the 2nd version of the software where I was the architect. I placed a strong emphasis on altering features rather than architectural refactoring. But certain features were difficult to implement correctly without making some foundational changes. As this turned out to be a long and demanding project, it was challenging to maintain the enthusiasm of my team members over time. I had to convince them of the value of doing the work. But my perseverance ultimately paid off. The result is the core of the new software platform."
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  1. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  2. We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with Northrop Grumman.
  3. Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Northrop Grumman, what do you think we could improve on?
  4. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  5. How do you manage your time?
  6. What is your current salary?
  7. Who would you say inspires you?
  8. Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?
  9. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Northrop Grumman we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
  10. There are numerous career avenues you can take with Northrop Grumman. Which career path interests you the most?
  11. At Northrop Grumman we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  12. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Northrop Grumman. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  13. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
  14. At Northrop Grumman we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  15. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
  16. How do you define success?
  17. Your workload will be large at Northrop Grumman. How do you balance life and work?
  18. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
  19. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  20. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
  21. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
  22. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
  23. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
  24. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  25. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  26. Looking at your resume, it seems there are particular skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
  27. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  28. Because of the nature of business at Northrop Grumman we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
  29. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
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