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In your own words, explain to me the 'Agreement on Agriculture' (AoA).

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  1. 1.

    In your own words, explain to me the 'Agreement on Agriculture' (AoA).

      The interviewer would like to know the extent of your knowledge within the agriculture industry. No matter which position you are interviewing for with Nutrien you should always be able to display a real and natural interest in the company's operations. Briefly explain your understanding of the AoA.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From my understanding, The Agreement on Agriculture is an international treaty created in the mid-1990's. It was considered an answer to improving the economic conditions for farmers at the time."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "To my knowledge, the AoA (Agreement on Agriculture) is an international treaty set forth by the WTO (World Trade Organization)."

  2. 2.

    Do you have any agriculture related post-secondary education? How do you feel your education will help you in this position with Nutrien?

      Walk the interviewer through your post-secondary education. Be sure to highlight any related coursework that you feel will help you be successful in this role with Nutrien. You can take keywords from the company job description or job posting.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I graduated in 2009 with my Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc Agriculture) from UC Davis. My primary focus was on environmental science and biology. This degree will help me immensely in my future career with Nutrien because my studies were highly interdisciplinary. I could be a valuable employee in a range of roles and departments."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My education has been primarily on-the-job training and additional coursework on the science behind agriculture. You will see a full list of my certificates on my resume. In addition to these credentials, I have enrolled in a chemistry workshop this fall."

  3. 3.

    How many people did you supervise at your last position?

      Discuss with the interviewer your level of responsibility in your current position. If you have managed larger teams than you currently are, you can also discuss that particular role from your work history.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Currently, I am supervising 12 employees with an overall portfolio responsibility of $24MM. In my role, before this one, I managed 23 employees but with a smaller portfolio of $6MM. I can handle a large range of employees."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I did not directly supervise anyone in my last position, I did end up being the 'go-to' person for many of the more junior employees. My natural leadership skills shine through in most situations."

  4. 4.

    What is the Doha Development Round?

      The interviewer would like to know the extent of your knowledge within the agriculture and trade industry. No matter which position you are interviewing for with Nutrien you should always be able to display a genuine and natural interest in the company's operations. Briefly explain your understanding of the Doha Development Round.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From my understanding, the Doha Development Round is primarily in place to increase global trade by lowering trade barriers. This Agenda has been in place since 2001."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am not completely familiar with the Doha Development Round; however, I do believe that it is a trade negotiation meant to encourage the increase of global trade."

  5. 5.

    We are always working hard to be innovative. What is your favorite product or service offered at Nutrien, and why?

      The interviewer is looking for assurance that you are invested in the interview process. Show that you have researched Nutrien by offering your thoughts on some of the products/services you find to be unique or innovative. Be sure to show your enthusiasm!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was impressed when reading up on how you partner with farmers to understand their assets and teach them how to protect those important assets. It seems like you care deeply about all of your business partners and their needs."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Your company offers a lot of great products, but I believe that the best thing you offer your customers at Nutrien sits in your values. Your organization has a very positive reputation for going over and above what is required, to satisfy your customers."

  6. 6.

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

      This question can be a tough one because everyone wants to be liked and considered personable. However, being a dynamic leader can make you a proponent for change in the organization. A hiring manager is going to want to know that they are hiring a change agent for their organization vs. a friend for their employees.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I do feel that I am a personable individual, but I won't always be everyone's cup of tea. I would much rather be a dynamic leader. As a dynamic leader I can ensure that the organization is benefiting from my presence and, at the same time, I can lead my team by example."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I feel that being a personable leader is very important because when your staff feels like you are on their side, performance and morale goes up."

  7. 7.

    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 you remain 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 competition in me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "New responsibilities and fresh challenges are a couple of things that motivate me."

  8. 8.

    At Nutrien we place great pride in our health and safety standards. Walk me through your health and safety related education or training.

      When working in the agriculture industry, you will need to learn how to safely work around products such as grains, meats, chemicals, produce, and more. Briefly walk the interviewer through your related health and safety training. If you do not have any appropriate training, it is best that you ask the interviewer for a recommendation on where you can go to become qualified.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I primarily have on-the-job training from my last two places of employment. I do not have any specific certifications or licenses. Is there a particular course you would like me to take before starting with Nutrien? I would like to note that I have a perfect safety record from all of the positions listed on my resume."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am certified in A, B, and C. Also, I recently completed a course on X. I do have extensive safety training, and a full list of my coursework and certifications is listed on my resume."

  9. 9.

    What work situations excite and motivate you?

      It is essential, 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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am most motivated, on the job, when there is a solid level of organization, and the vibe is positive. I value strong teamwork and good leadership."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am most motivated on the job when I feel like an active contributor and an important member of the team. When I feel listened too and valued, I am excited to do my best work."

  10. 10.

    At Nutrien we have restrictions surrounding the export of particular products. On a scale of 1-10 how familiar are you with agriculture export regulations?

      The interviewer would like to know the extent of your knowledge within exporting. No matter which position you are interviewing for with Nutrien you should always be able to display a genuine and natural interest in the company's operations. Briefly discuss your experience with agriculture export regulations.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my previous position with Nicaragua Banana Corporation, everyone was expected to understand the rules surrounding banana export. I would rate my knowledge of agriculture export regulations as a 7 out of 10 because there is always more to know and some regulations change with time. I am happy to study these further, should I be the successful candidate for Nutrien."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am newer to my career, I would rate my current knowledge around a 5/10. With that said, I am eager to learn and can grasp new concepts easily while maintaining a strong retention record."

  11. 11.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and 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 be recognized for my dedication."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My greatest work-related accomplishment is the fact that I have received three promotions, with my current company, in only 16 months. I have worked hard to build my career and look forward to continuing the progression, with Nutrien."

  12. 12.

    At Nutrien we communicate often with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Do you have experience working with this level of Government?

      Assure the interviewer that you have strength in communication when it comes to the Government and other essential business bodies. Give an example of a time when you have communicated directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you have not been responsible for a task like this, then you can discuss your communication style and strengths.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The majority of questions that I have had in regards to the USDA are answered through their website FAQ section. I have been required to call the USDA hotline on occasion though. My communication skills are professional, so I do not foresee any difficulty related to this level of contact."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have extensive experience communicating directly with the USDA, over the span of 17 years. I am very comfortable with this job requirement."

  13. 13.

    How would you describe your work ethic?

      When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific examples or keywords to which they can relate. When you read the company job, posting or job description do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your work values.

      Some characteristics you may want to use are:

      - Determined/Driven
      - Accountable
      - Humble
      - Respectful
      - Dependable

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My work ethic can be described as reliable, honest, and consistent. You are welcome to speak to my references in regards to my work ethic. I am very proud of my reputation as a reliable executive assistant."

  14. 14.

    When have you spoken up for cause, knowing that it would directly look unfavorable on you, because it was the right thing to do?

      Every manager wants a team player who will not resist company policy or argue about every detail of the workload. However; a time may come when you need to speak up about something, and it may not look the best on you. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this may have happened to you on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For the most part, my company abides by all labor regulations. In the case of overtime, they did not abide by the regulations, and I had to speak up for my team. The company was not happy about it because it cost them a lot of money but, in the end, they realized that they were in error."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have had to stand up to workplace bullying a couple of times in my career. It's never fun to rock the boat; however, respect in the workplace is fundamental to me."

  15. 15.

    At Nutrien we seek to hire individuals with a true passion for the agriculture industry. Where do you see this position taking your career in the next few 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 Nutrien. Research the company online to discover any opportunities for future growth. Do they have multiple locations? Is there a variety of departments? Where do you see yourself growing within Nutrien? Be enthusiastic when you discuss your long-term career plans!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am looking for a long-term career opportunity within the agriculture industry. I feel that this role with Nutrien is a perfect step in my career now, and for the future. I see that you have operations in Canada and Mexico. My dream would be to relocate to Mexico and be a production manager with Nutrien there."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, I have had my sights set on the senior leadership position in my department. If I were to join Nutrien, my goal would be the same. I plan to take a few leadership workshops in the coming months to help get me there."

  16. 16.

    At Nutrien we have many competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out in this competitive space?

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  17. 17.

    In your own words, describe the part that the World Trade Organization (WTO) plays in the agriculture industry.

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  18. 18.

    Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.

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  19. 19.

    By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?

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  20. 20.

    How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?

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  21. 21.

    Name a few things you were asked to do in your last position that you weren't trained for.

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  22. 22.

    Do you always double check or proofread your work?

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  23. 23.

    Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?

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  24. 24.

    When it comes to problem solving, are you a strong collaborator?

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  25. 25.

    What is your current salary?

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  26. 26.

    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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  27. 27.

    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

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  28. 28.

    Do you have any questions for me?

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