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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?
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In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job.
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1.
Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?
In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, work-life balance, perks, and company culture."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component of that along with company mission, culture, benefits, and location."
2.
What makes you a great problem solver?
Employers want to know that you have a methodical approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am a great problem solver because I do not allow stress to cloud my judgment and mute my creativity. I am a keen observer with a great memory which allows me to recall unique solutions or ideas."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe I am a great problem solver because I am sure to gather as many facts as possible, I look at the problem and its potential solutions from multiple angles, and I am not afraid to make a creative decision, that might seem off the beaten path."
3.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
Do you feel that you are a sincere person or do you have room for growth? This question could be tricky as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself an nine because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I put a heavy focus on honesty and trustworthiness in the workplace, as well as in my personal life. Because I strive for complete honesty, I will rate myself as a 10/10. My values are solid."
4.
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given individual accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am the best candidate for you because I have a consistent history of exceeding my targets and goals for the past three years. I have been promoted two times in the last year which is nearly unheard of in my current company. In addition to these successes, I have excellent cold calling skills which I will put to work immediately after being hired by your company."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe I'm the best candidate for P&L Specialties because of my decade of experience at your competitor. I have experience in the specific department in question, as a team leader, and I look forward to building on those leadership skills with your organization. I know I can make an immediate, and long-term, impact."
5.
Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?
While P&L Specialties may have some or all, unionized employees, it's best to answer this question as diplomatic as possible. Avoid complaining and try to focus on the perks that might come from working in a unionized environment.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Personally, I have not worked in a unionized environment; however, I have heard that unions are a great way to ensure continuity in the workplace. From what I understand, they offer security to employees which is always a bonus."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I currently work in a unionized environment. There are some kinks to be worked out, but overall, I am certainly open to working in another unionized environment. If executed properly, unions can be great!"
6.
The health and safety of our employees is top priority at P&L Specialties. How would you react if your supervisor asked you to perform a task that you were not comfortable with?
This situational question will give the interviewer a firm idea of the morale you bring to the workplace. Safety is so important to P&L Specialties, so be sure to acknowledge that you understand the importance of workplace safety. Discuss how you would handle being asked to do something that makes you uncomfortable.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I were asked to perform a task that I was not comfortable with, I would have a sincere discussion with my supervisor about why I was not comfortable. I believe that open communication is a key part of safety. Under no circumstance would I perform a task I did not feel comfortable doing."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do not waiver when it comes to safety in the workplace. If I were asked to perform a task that I was not comfortable with, I would discuss it immediately with the person who initiated the request. If things needed to be escalated to upper management, I would not hesitate to do so. Processes and policy are there for a reason, and there are no excuses for cutting corners in the workplace."
7.
What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
You will likely face change in your career from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you can adapt to substantial changes in a professional manner.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The biggest change that I have faced in my career so far would be when my previous company went through a major merger. We had to adapt to new processes and management which was quite challenging. In the end, it worked out well for the company, in a financial perspective, so the changes were well worth the challenges we faced initially."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The biggest change I have dealt with in my career is when my company closed their PA location, and I was asked to relocation to VA. It was a risk on my part, but I chose to follow the company to their new location. It paid off as I continued another five years of success there."
8.
We put a lot of effort into ensuring P&L Specialties uses only the best parts and materials available. What do you know about our cutting edge machinery?
The interviewer wants assurance that you have conducted substantial research on P&L Specialties before attending the interview. The more you know, the more it shows that you are excited about the position and engaged in this process. You should be able to find everything that you need from the company website. Feel free to ask the interviewer if there is anything they would like to add. The more information they can divulge to you, the better armed you are for the next interview!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched P&L Specialties and your machinery a great deal. I like that your best machinery is manufactured in the USA. This fact means high quality and more local employment opportunities. I also learned A, B, and C (use specific examples). Is there anything else you would like to share with me about your machinery?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your cutting edge machinery is absolutely world class, and it offers you the ability to deliver much faster to your clients. I look forward to learning more about your machinery and processes, as well."
9.
We have a variety of shifts at P&L Specialties. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?
The interviewer wants to know what kind of flexibility you can offer P&L Specialties when it comes to your work schedule. If you have any restrictions on your calendar, this is an excellent time to address them. If there is a specific shift that you are looking for, be upfront about your preference.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am more than willing to be a flexible employee for P&L Specialties. Currently, I do not have many restrictions on my availability except for Tuesday evenings."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"For my family and personal life, I do prefer to work the afternoon shift. This allows me to get my kids to school and then my husband picks them up after school. We try to stagger our hours to accommodate our children's needs."
10.
How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?
Do you value your client and customer relationships? How do you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back? Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for steady customer and client relationships.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My customer and client relationships are open and honest. I believe that the more upfront and transparent you are with your clients, the more likely they are to return. I most definitely value my clients and am sure to nurture those relationships as much as possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have strong relationships with my clients and customers. I treat them with respect and am sure to utilize their feedback in ways that make myself, and the organization, better."
11.
With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?
Do you plan to make an immediate impact on the organization if you are hired? Talk to the interviewer about the contribution that you are going to make should you be the successful candidate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"After meeting with you, and getting to know your organization on a deeper level, I am confident that I will make a strong contribution to this years' sales goals. I understand that you have set ambitious goals for the company and I can get you there through my existing network and a strong portfolio."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPI's after 120 days. My contributing goal would be to exceed my KPI's after the first 90 days. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly if hired."
12.
What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
Having hobbies and interests outside of work is a vital part of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Talk to the interviewer about the activities that interest you outside of the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a variety of hobbies that keep me busy outside of work hours. First, I have two children who are involved in basketball and gymnastics. I also play in a baseball beer league, I volunteer at our community church and like to read."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a very physically active person, with a passion for outdoor sports. I love to ski, snowboard, and skate. I play in an adult hockey beer league, as well."
13.
Some of our competitors use social media to promote their brand. How do you feel about the social media presence at P&L Specialties? Do you feel this type of marketing is relevant to our industry?
The interviewer is wondering how deep you have researched P&L Specialties before your interview. Your answer will also reveal how tech savvy you are. Be sure to check out popular social media platforms and take note of the company's online presence. If you have a suggestion for the company, be sure to keep it lighthearted and complete your comment with a compliment on their current efforts. Share your thoughts on the use of social media in this industry and how you think it could help boost industry exposure.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think that the use of social media in this industry is unconventional, but a great idea. It's just one way to stand out from your competitors. I like that you have a few YouTube videos showing some of the P&L Specialties equipment in action. I think this idea could be expanded to Instagram and even Snapchat by showing the general public some unique features of the equipment at P&L Specialties. Social media can be a great teaching tool!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe that social media marketing is relevant to any industry, at this time. Social proof is an important factor in consumer decision making, even in the heavy machinery industry."
14.
How would you describe your written communication skills?
Being a clear communicator, in written form, is a vital skill to master. Have you taken any courses in communication and writing? Are you confident in your written communication skills? Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a brief example or story.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe my written communication skills as very strong and would rate myself as a 9/10. I have always had a penchant for writing and have taken university courses related to communication, writing, and journalism."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My written communication skills are powerful. I often utilize written communications as a follow up to verbal communications. They provide a great resource for associates to go back to, and reference, plus they might answer any questions that come up along the way."
15.
When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
When it comes to complex problem solving, the decisions do not always come easily. It takes practice, experience, and confidence to learn what sorts of decisions yield the best results.

Problems that require you to act quickly can be emergency situations such as knowing where the fire extinguisher is and grabbing it fast enough to put out a small grease fire in the company kitchen. Other quick decisions could be if you are asked to take on a new responsibility and only given five minutes to decide if it's something you are prepared to take on.

Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make these types of decisions. Demonstrate that you are confident and able to react swiftly when the need arises.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When an urgent problem arises at work, I always try to respond in a calm and assuring manner. I am a natural leader which means that my team often looks to me for answers. One instance of my fast-thinking was just last week when we had an administrative employee no-show on a critical and busy day for us. I called a temp agency, and they had the position filled in just one hour."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I react swiftly in emergency situations. Perhaps my skills come from my years as a parent, having to think fast and put out fires! If a quick solution is required, I will do a fast overview of the facts and make a decision based on risk factors."
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Interview Questions
  1. Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?
  2. What makes you a great problem solver?
  3. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  4. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  5. Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?
  6. The health and safety of our employees is top priority at P&L Specialties. How would you react if your supervisor asked you to perform a task that you were not comfortable with?
  7. What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
  8. We put a lot of effort into ensuring P&L Specialties uses only the best parts and materials available. What do you know about our cutting edge machinery?
  9. We have a variety of shifts at P&L Specialties. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?
  10. How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?
  11. With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?
  12. What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
  13. Some of our competitors use social media to promote their brand. How do you feel about the social media presence at P&L Specialties? Do you feel this type of marketing is relevant to our industry?
  14. How would you describe your written communication skills?
  15. When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
  16. At P&L Specialties we work with some of the largest scale machinery in our industry. Tell me about the types of machinery you are most experienced with.
  17. How will the knowledge gained from your most recent position help you succeed in this role with P&L Specialties?
  18. At P&L Specialties we measure productivity in a variety of ways. In your opinion, what are the most important performance metrics for this position?
  19. Our reputation is very important to us. In which ways do you feel P&L Specialties stands out from the crowd?
  20. Our motto at P&L Specialties is to work smarter, not harder. If you had a workplace motto, what would it be?
  21. Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.
  22. How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?
  23. What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
  24. Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes. What would make me think that you will stay with our company?
  25. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  26. Tell me about yourself.
  27. How can we motivate you on the job?
  28. Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
  29. When have you effectively delegated tasks to your employees?
  30. How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
  31. What part of this career brings you the most stress?
  32. How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?
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