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We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

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  1. 1.

    We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

      To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This question is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I have five years' experience vs. eight years' experience I can do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Along with my five years working in this industry, I have worked near it my entire career, and I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

  2. 2.

    What do you know about the workplace culture here at Nova Chemicals (Canada)?

      It is critical that you spend time researching Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. and it's workplace culture before your interview. What did you find impressive about their culture? How do you see yourself fitting in?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am impressed with the culture at Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd.. There are many great reviews online, and I have spoken with one of your current employees whom I know. I like that you have strong performance incentives in place for your employees and offer a safe and comfortable workplace for all. Your zero tolerance employee discrimination program is inspiring as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have conducted a great deal of research on Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. and the workplace culture that you discuss on your website. From my understanding, you boast a workplace culture of tolerance, diversity, and transparency."

  3. 3.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator, so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."

  4. 4.

    At Nova Chemicals (Canada) we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?

      Assure the interviewer that you are as concerned about safety as they are. In which ways do you put safety first? Talk about the importance of safety in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "One of the reasons why Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. stands out to me as a potential employer, is your dedication to workplace safety. I feel that safety should be the number one consideration in this industry. It determines employee engagement, company profitability, and ensures a strong industry reputation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Safety is the most important factor in the workplace, in my opinion. When working with chemicals, especially! I have attended a variety of safety training including Decontamination, Responding to Chemical Emergencies, and CPR / First Aid."

  5. 5.

    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

      "In my current position, I have to respond to sudden change on a regular basis. This situation always occurs when my clients need changes to their projects, and it often happens right before the deadline. I am accustomed to situations like this and welcome the challenge!"

  6. 6.

    When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?

      How you face unexpected difficulty can say a lot about your character. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have encountered an unexpected challenge. How did you handle the situation?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The biggest unexpected difficulty that I have faced was my unexpected lay off during the last recession. I had to adapt to a new economy and search deeply for other skills and opportunities. I was able to earn enough to avoid financial strain and am quite proud of my ability to be versatile when required."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I faced unexpected difficulty last year when Company X swiftly acquired our company. With nobody aware of the change, it was emotional chaos in our offices for some time. I chose to remain calm, avoid jumping to assumptions and continued doing my job as usual. This approach helped me to get through the situation."

  7. 7.

    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 Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd..

      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

      "Some skills that you could mention are:

      - Written Communication
      - Verbal Communication
      - A particular software program
      - Collaboration
      - Initiative
      - Ability to work autonomously"

  8. 8.

    At Nova Chemicals (Canada) we ask for active contribution from our employees. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

      It is essential to show the interviewer that you are a team player. Talk about a time that you were recently expected to achieve a goal in a team setting. How did you go above and beyond to ensure that your contribution was felt?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last month our company asked upper management to complete a full inventory audit. There were 4 of us in total and so we broke the audit requirements into shifts. These shifts had to take place when the warehouse closed. In the end, there was one additional shift that nobody wanted to take. I volunteered myself to do that shift to show my dedication to my job and my co-workers. The gesture was appreciated, and the audit completed on time."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My most notable contribution was my ability to analyze and predict market trends, and then create a successful marketing strategy. Before me, there was no one with a true marketing background on the team."

  9. 9.

    Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

      Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was able to present and implement one specific change in the office this past year. It was a recycling program that I felt was very important, even for our smaller office. We had significantly less waste after my initiative was implemented and I enjoyed seeing others take pride in helping our environment."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I always have my eye out for opportunities to improve procedures. I have taken courses in organizational behavior and effective management, so I often have ideas, big and small. Recently, I helped to implement a new customer management software. This implementation has greatly improved the time frame between customer touch points."

  10. 10.

    In your opinion, what do you think has been the biggest change in the chemicals industry in the past 10 years?

      Talk to the interviewer about the most significant changes you have seen in the chemicals industry. Keep your answer positive by focusing on the changes that have been good for the industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that the biggest change in the chemicals industry has been the amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These amendments have greatly assisted with the consistency of communication and expectations in the chemicals industry."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The chemicals industry is always faced with new challenges as policy changes come all the time. The biggest challenge that stands out to me is increasing capital costs that cause knee-jerk reactions such as cost-cutting measurements that end up being poor decisions further down the road."

  11. 11.

    What work situations excite and motivate you?

      It is crucial, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive at Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd..

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am most motivated, on the job, when tasks are organized, and the vibe is positive. I value strong teamwork and good leadership."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Work situations that excite and motivate me to include fun internal contests, camaraderie among the staff, and the ability to participate as a creative thinker."

  12. 12.

    At Nova Chemicals (Canada) we take every step possible to be a leader in our industry. In your opinion, who are our competitors and what sets us apart from them?

      It is vital to research the company before your interview. You should learn who the company's competitors are. Discuss your findings with the interviewer and be sure to speak highly of Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. while answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. and see that you truly are an industry leader in the chemicals arena. From my research, I believe what sets you apart is your incredible customer service and dedication to safety. Also, it appears that your employee benefits package is one of the best in the industry."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "From my research, I understand that your biggest competitors are companies X, Y, and Z. Your branding is what sets Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd. apart from its competitors. A good brand equals trust and with your strong branding comes a great deal of public trust in your product."

  13. 13.

    Budget is important for Nova Chemicals (Canada). What was the greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

      If you are in a management type of role, you will often be asked to keep your eyes open for cost-saving opportunities. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of understanding the importance of this practice and give a strong example of a time when you have done so.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have been able to present cost-cutting suggestions many times to my previous employer. The one that I feel had the biggest impact was when I suggested additional warehouse staff. We had three various shifts and still an average of 100 hours of overtime per week. I presented to my employer that we hire one more warehouse employee for each shift, keeping the hours to just 120 regular vs. 100 hours of overtime pay (@1.5x) This recommendation saved the company $31,000 per year. They implemented this change across 15 warehouses the following year, amounting to nearly half a million dollars in savings per year."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My biggest cost saving measure comes regarding productivity on my team. I was able to craft email copy that I saved as a template and could send out a dozen emails at a time, all personalized, to targeted audiences to set appointments. I was able to do this multiple times per day, while also making calls, and doubled my productivity. I shared this tactic with the team and saw it implemented across the board. While I was not in a managerial role, I was able to roughly double productivity, thereby preventing the need for new hires and surpassing our financial targets for KPIs and financial metrics."

  14. 14.

    Tell me about any safety related training you have received when it comes to the handling of chemicals and other toxic substances.

      Give the interviewer a concise overview of your formal and on the job training related to chemical safety and proper handling. You can be brief when answering this question but be sure to give the interviewer confidence in your abilities.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am certified in chemical safety and currently hold a valid WHMIS certificate as well as a valid OSHA certificate. I am confident in the training I have received and understand the importance of caution and safety while working around chemicals and potentially toxic substances."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am new to this industry, I have not taken any safety-related training related to chemicals. If you could suggest some specific training, I would be happy to get a head start while you make your hiring decision."

  15. 15.

    In your chemicals career have you ever experienced a chemical related emergency such as a spill or injured co-worker due to exposure?

      Assure the interviewer that you are well equipped when it comes to handling an emergency situation in the workplace. Do you have any training when it comes to chemical safety, chemical spills, etc.?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a spotless safety record in my work history, so I have not experienced a chemical related emergency at this point in my career. I have great amounts of training in emergency situations, as well as WHMIS and OSHA certified."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I experienced a chemical spill in one of our warehouse facilities last year. A forklift operator accidentally pierced a container. In my current position, we have rigorous spill protocols. We followed those protocols and were able to avoid any injury and toxic exposure."

  16. 16.

    In the chemical industry there is always potential for dangerous spills and exposure to toxic chemicals. Are you willing to work in an industry that poses this type of risk?

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  17. 17.

    Do you have experience when it comes to appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals and other potentially toxic products?

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  18. 18.

    At Nova Chemicals (Canada) we try to hire individuals dedicated to their own professional development. If you could take any related coursework, what would you choose?

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  19. 19.

    At Nova Chemicals (Canada) we try to hire people who want to stay with us long term. What are your long term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?

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  20. 20.

    If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?

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  21. 21.

    What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?

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  22. 22.

    Why is this job with Nova Chemicals (Canada) right for you at this time in your career?

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  23. 23.

    We value a harmonious culture within Nova Chemicals (Canada). How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

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  24. 24.

    How do you define success?

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  25. 25.

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

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  26. 26.

    How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

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  27. 27.

    What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

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  28. 28.

    Nova Chemicals (Canada) has seasons of peak times where the workload is high. How do you handle a larger than average workload?

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  29. 29.

    What is your current salary?

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  30. 30.

    Tell me a little bit about yourself.

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