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In your opinion, why is our industry a fundamental one?

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  1. 1.

    In your opinion, why is our industry a fundamental one?

      Employees who see value in their company, and industry, are going to be happier and stay longer. The interviewer is looking for your opinion on why the metals and mining industry is an important one. Show the interviewer that, if hired by Nucor Corporation, you would have a sense of pride in what they do.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I strongly believe that the metals and mining industry provides an excellent boost in the economy; especially in those regions and states where mining activity is concentrated. Minerals and metals are what make nearly everything we have so without this type of mining, many of the products we know and love would not exist."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe the biggest reason why mining is necessary is that minerals and metals can rarely be substituted for anything. They are vital to our everyday lives. If mining stopped, we would not have other resources for some of the most important things we use every day."

  2. 2.

    What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?

      The interviewer wants to know that you can think outside the box, or even ask for help when you are stuck on a complicated problem.

      Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues or even patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need to find the best way to solve the problem.

      Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When faced with a complicated problem, I will look to the resources that my current company has provided me. The answer is almost always in there. If it's more of a moral dilemma vs. a knowledge-based dilemma, I will ask my supervisor for his thoughts and opinion since I value him as a mentor and expert in our industry."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If there's a complicated problem, I'll write out what I think the possible solutions would be, and make a note of what my gut tells me to do. Then, I will weigh those potential solutions against one another and list the complications that may arise as a result of each choice. Also, I am always open to input or suggestions from those with more experience than I and look to my mentors, their experience, and the training resources, as well as potentially talk the problem out with coworkers or my boss."

  3. 3.

    How do you define success?

      What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role with Nucor Corporation.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I define success by what we achieve as a team. The project, as a whole, needs to deliver on expectations before I consider the job a success."

  4. 4.

    Every step counts for a successful project so at Nucor Corporation we prefer to hire those who come highly trained. Do you have any post-secondary education related to project management or environmental affairs?

      Assure the interviewer that you come equipped with the knowledge level appropriate for this position. If you do not have a post-secondary education, then be sure to make a statement regarding your ability to perform the tasks required of you for this role with Nucor Corporation.

      If you have project management or environmental related post-secondary education: "I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you do not have project management or environmental related post-secondary education: "My formal education related to environmental affairs is limited; however, I bring 15 solid years' experience in the industry. My knowledge level is healthy, and I am confident in my ability to surpass your expectations."

  5. 5.

    What do you know about corporate governance practices in the metals and mining industry?

      The interviewer wants to understand the depth of your experience and knowledge when it comes to rules of engagement in the metals and mining industry. Show the interviewer that you have exposure to corporate governance but avoid giving a long-winded answer. Briefly state the level of exposure you have had with each industry related company on your resume.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Corporate rules and practices were governed heavily in my last three positions. In all three positions, our Board of Directors created Corporate Governance guidelines that strongly supported the integrity of our operations. I believe Corporate Governance practices always need to be in line with the stockholders' best interests. Corporate Governance should also provide oversight of the company's accounting and financial reporting processes."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As I am new to this industry, I do not have a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to corporate governance. With that said, I have started to study these, using government websites as a resource. If you have any suggestion for me on what to study, I am very open to suggestions."

  6. 6.

    Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.

      Everyone has their style of communication. Whatever your style, show the interviewer that it is useful. Your response should demonstrate your ability to articulate constructive criticism, encourage your team, or relay policy changes in a way that makes them exciting!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I gave my employee some negative feedback because he appeared to be slacking off on the job. Rather than telling him, I thought he was lazy; I said, 'I've noticed that it's been taking longer for you to turn in those reports. What's going on? Is there anything I can do?' I always start by asking questions instead of making accusations. He was very appreciative and told me how he was struggling with motivation. I asked him what would motivate him and we were able to find a solution that worked for both of us."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I love to play to other's strengths. Everyone communicates differently, so I am sure always to send written as well as give verbal communication. Usually, that looks like a small, informal huddle outlining our topic or concern and I follow that up with a quick email detailing the discussion. This way the team hears and reads all expectations. Also, it allows for those who are vocal to share in a group setting as well as allows for the quieter few to ask their questions in the privacy of an email."

  7. 7.

    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 been required to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

      You may have faced with 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

      "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

      "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."

  8. 8.

    Nucor Corporation is committed to transparency, whether that means full disclosure to our board, the government, or audit committee. Do you consider yourself a transparent and honest individual?

      Assure the interviewer that you are an honest individual who will respect the values and environment created at Nucor Corporation. When a question like this is asked of you, it's a great idea to offer up your references as well.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I consider myself honest, and quite a transparent individual. I believe it is always best to have your intentions and desires known. In turn, I appreciate my employer being honest with me. I have prepared some references for you, and I'm confident they will speak to my honest character as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual, and you will be able to hear that directly from my supervisor when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as fundamental virtues."

  9. 9.

    Strong communication skills are important for any role with Nucor Corporation. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Discuss with the interviewer why you chose that particular rating for yourself. Be sure to highlight that your exceptional communication skills will make you a success in this role with Nucor Corporation!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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 current 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. I look forward to bringing my strong communication skills to Nucor Corporation."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will rate myself an eight because I value communication but, just like most people, I have things to learn. Some ways that I ensure clear communication are by utilizing multiple methods of delivering messages, and I give ample time for questions before implementing changes."

  10. 10.

    Nucor Corporation seeks to hire those who are up to date on the industry. Our industry is a competitive one with policy changing frequently. How do you keep up with industry trends and policy changes?

      The interviewer is seeking for proof that you have a genuine interest in their particular industry. When you have a real interest in a topic, you will spend time dedicating yourself to grow your knowledge base.

      Discuss with the interviewer a couple of ways that you keep yourself updated on industry trends and policy changes. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewer about the ways they keep prefer to stay on top of industry topics. You never know what other resources are out there and you may learn something new!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are many great resources dedicated to the metals and mining industry. At the moment, my favorite resource is miningmagazine.com. I visit their website frequently and also subscribe to their blog. What is your favorite resource for industry related news?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I subscribe to a variety of print, and online, publications such as Mines to Markets, Mining Global and Cobalt News. Could you share with me some of your favorite resources? I always like to learn about new industry resources."

  11. 11.

    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. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is being noticed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do not like public recognition all that much as I prefer to do my job well, regardless of being recognized. When I have a major achievement, I would prefer a phone call from my supervisor saying a good job. Also, I like to be awarded additional responsibilities."

  12. 12.

    At Nucor Corporation we understand that our industry can be a volatile one. In your opinion, what is the outlook for the metals and mining industry in the next year?

      The interviewer wants to see that you have a keen interest in the industry and that you are up to date on some of the challenges and wins that Nucor Corporation may be facing. You do not need to give an incredibly long and drawn out answer but be sure to highlight a couple of interesting points.

      Wrap up your response by asking the interviewer their personal opinion on the outlook for the industry. This question from you could start an insightful and helpful conversation

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I read in an article a short time ago that mining was one of 2016's best performing sectors despite a slow start to the year. Citi analysts are predicting another solid year. How do you feel the outlook will be for this industry in the years to come?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although the prices for many commodities have declined over the years, I feel that we will be bouncing back again very soon. According to the Financial Post, 2018 is going to be a solid year for the metals and mining industry."

  13. 13.

    We are looking for a long term fit at Nucor Corporation. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

      It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but does assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for their position.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In 5 years I would like to be seen as an authority in our industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."

  14. 14.

    Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.

      Everyone has had their share of challenges in their career. The interviewer knows that you are not perfect; however, they need to know that you can professionally overcome work-related roadblocks.

      Maybe you had a significant project that almost went sideways. Perhaps you had a conflict in the workplace that you could have handled more professionally. Explain your approach to resolving the issue and be sure to highlight the steps you took to reach that resolution.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The most challenging problem I have encountered in my professional career was with my most recent employer. I had an incredibly important project that made up the majority of my annual budget. The client was challenging to work with as he was rarely available for comment, due to extensive international travel. I needed this deal to work out so, for the 6-month span of the project, I made my work hours reflect his time zone. This allowed us to communicate via Skype on a daily basis. This meant a fair share of late night and early morning calls for me! It was a sacrifice; however, I would do it again. I understand that sacrifices need to be made for successful outcomes to happen."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The most challenging problem that I encountered in my career was when my former company experienced a major merger. It was a lot to adjust to but, after some time, I was able to get a good pace again."

  15. 15.

    At Nucor Corporation 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 security in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One of the reasons why Nucor Corporation 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

      "Safety is of utmost importance to me! I take regular precautions in the workplace, and I continue to attend safety training while keeping my tickets and certifications valid."

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    At Nucor Corporation 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?

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  17. 17.

    Social responsibility is important to us. In your opinion, what is the best environmental effort Nucor Corporation has launched in the past 3 years?

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  18. 18.

    How has your current job changed over the years?

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  19. 19.

    Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?

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  20. 20.

    Nucor Corporation likes to bring out the best in our employees. What type of manager brings out the best in you?

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  21. 21.

    Considering your background is in an industry different from Nucor Corporation, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this industry?

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  22. 22.

    We believe in giving Nucor Corporation employees honest, open, and regular feedback. What feedback did you receive at your last job?

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  23. 23.

    How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?

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  24. 24.

    Integrity is a key value at Nucor Corporation. When have you shown great integrity at work?

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  25. 25.

    When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?

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  26. 26.

    What is your personal mission statement?

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  27. 27.

    What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision and you do not feel you have all the relevant or necessary information?

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  28. 28.

    What is your current salary?

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  29. 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?

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  30. 30.

    Are you applying for any other jobs?

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