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33 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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This position may require you to lift up to 50 pounds, bend, and stand throughout the day. Are you able to meet the physical requirements for this role at Pacific Southwest Container?
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The interviewer wants to know that you can safely handle the physical requirements of the job. The best way to answer this is to talk about the physical demands of your current / most recent position. Alternately, you can discuss the ways you ensure you're in peak physical condition.
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Top 30 Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. Interview Questions with Full Content
1.
This position may require you to lift up to 50 pounds, bend, and stand throughout the day. Are you able to meet the physical requirements for this role at Pacific Southwest Container?
The interviewer wants to know that you can safely handle the physical requirements of the job. The best way to answer this is to talk about the physical demands of your current / most recent position. Alternately, you can discuss the ways you ensure you're in peak physical condition.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Yes, I can meet these physical requirements. In my current position, I lift up to 65 pounds throughout the day. I have never had a physical injury in the workplace."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I can stand for long periods of time, and lift up to 50 pounds. I do have a previous knee injury, so I wear a brace to help me remain injury free."
2.
We have a few local competitors. Why do you think that Pacific Southwest Container has the best product?
Show the interviewer that you have researched Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. and it's products before your interview. Your knowledge of their product will show that you are engaged in this process and excited about the opportunity. This question should not be taken as an opportunity to speak poorly of the competition; instead, focus on the ways that Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. stands out from the crowd.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have seen your product first hand and recognized that it is higher quality than most. Because your company started as a small family-owned business, I believe your focus on quality is superior to many of your competitors."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe that you have the best product of your competitors because your quality assurance standards are the highest in the industry."
3.
At Pacific Southwest Container we have a variety of packaging equipment, forklifts, and other machinery on site. What equipment are you most accustomed to operating?
Your equipment experience is likely listed on your resume. The interviewer would like further details on your range of experience and how you would rate yourself on each piece of equipment.

If you are unclear, it is okay to ask the interviewer what type of equipment they run at Pacific Southwest Container, Inc.. Asking that question is a great conversation starter and will allow you to highlight your experience on the equipment they currently run.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am most experienced in equipment A, B, and C and would rate my level of expertise as a 9 out of 10. I am certified in a variety of equipment operation including X, Y, and Z. I have brought my tickets and certifications if you would like to take a copy of them for my file. What would you say is the most frequently used equipment in your facility?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have a plethora of experience operating heavy equipment. I am most versed in Raymond reach, stand up, and also have experience with a zoom boom."
4.
At Pacific Southwest Container our facility runs 24/7. What is your availability? Do you have a preferred shift?
If Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. runs a morning, afternoon, and evening shift then you should go into the interview being very clear on your preference and availability.

The last thing you would want to do is be offered a role that isn't a fit for your lifestyle. Keep your answer to the point. There is no need to over-explain your scheduling needs.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My wife and I like to arrange our work schedules around our children's needs. For that reason, I am seeking an afternoon shift. This way I can continue to drive them to school in the morning."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am open when it comes to my availability and so appreciate as many overtime hours as possible. Which shifts do you have available at this time?"
5.
At Pacific Southwest Container we load up to 1100 packages per hour. What volume of work are you accustomed to?
This question is an excellent opportunity to talk about the KPI's and other productivity expectations in your current, or most recent, position. Talk to the interviewer about your workload and what you believe you can handle successfully in a day.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"1100 packages per hour is around the same as my current company. In my current role, we have measured on our hourly packaging rate as well as units packed per day. I am confident that I could handle the workload expectation here at Pacific Southwest Container, Inc.."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am accustomed to working in a high volume role, so 1100 packages per hour will be no problem for me. I do prefer a fast-paced work environment because it keeps the days exciting, and moving along quickly."
6.
At Pacific Southwest Container we put safety first in all situations. What would you do if you saw a co-worker performing unsafe work?
The interviewer is wondering how you would react in a potentially unsafe work situation. If Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. is putting a lot of effort and resources into employee safety, they need assurance that you will appreciate those efforts and help to uphold their high safety standards. Answer this hypothetical question by using a real-life example, if possible. Otherwise, give a theoretical answer. Be sure to compliment them on their safety efforts.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I saw a co-worker performing hazardous work I would act according to Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. policy. If the individual reported to me, I would kindly ask them to stop what they were doing and would re-train them on the correct behavior. I would be sure to document the situation as well. In my opinion, there is no room for safety shortcuts in the workplace, and I appreciate that Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. puts so much effort into safety efforts."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe that safety is the most important factor to a successful workplace. For that reason, if I saw a co-worker performing hazardous work, I would ask them to stop immediately. I would then report the situation. Unsafe behavior affects us all."
7.
At Pacific Southwest Container we work hard to create a unified work environment. Describe your personality to me and why you think you will be a fit here.
The interviewer would like to know how you honestly see yourself when it comes to your workplace personality. Before your interview, do some research on the leadership team, the company values, and any mission statement they may have. Through your research, you should get a great idea of the qualities that Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. values. Try to tie those values into your answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe myself as an approachable, knowledgeable, and team-driven person. After researching Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. I believe that this is a great fit because of the open energy and strong emphasis on teamwork that you have created within your organization."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some words you could use to describe your personality:

- Adaptable
- Balanced
- Charismatic
- Decisive
- Efficient
- Focused
- Good-natured
- Honest
- Innovative
- Kind
- Loyal
- Meticulous
- Non-authoritarian
- Organized
- Patient
- Reliable
- Self-sufficient
- Thorough
- Upbeat
- Well-rounded"
8.
At Pacific Southwest Container we seek to advance our hardest working employees. What growth opportunities would you like to see with us?
The interviewer would love to have a specific answer when it comes to the career growth that you would like to see within their organization. This insight will show that you are engaged in the process and excited about what the future holds with Pacific Southwest Container, Inc..

Before your interview, conduct some research on the range of career opportunities that are available at Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. and see if any of this stand out in your mind. You can quickly do this by combing through the company website, company LinkedIn page, and any other online job boards.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I see that Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. has had a couple of great management opportunities open. I would be very interested in discussing with you how I can eventually work my way into a leadership role here. I see a long-term fit with Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. and want to prove my abilities to you right from the start."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would like to learn how to operate a wider variety of machinery and equipment. From my understanding, your organization can help me become third-party certified in the operation of a range of equipment."
9.
Have you ever worked in a unionized environment? How do you feel about unions?
You may love unions, or you may have adversity towards them. The best thing to do when you are asked a question like this is to give an answer that is positive, either way. Like there are always two sides to a story - there is still a positive to find from either side. Talk about your experience in a union environment; however, if it was not a positive one, it's highly recommended that you avoid complaining. Pick a positive note and focus on that.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that unions have their place in many situations. I worked in a unionized environment for three years with Company ABC, and the union created a smoother and more organized environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I have never worked in a unionized environment, I do understand why unions are required in some facilities. They create order, process, and help to uphold expectations."
10.
At Pacific Southwest Container we respect a healthy work/life balance. How would you react if you were asked to work overtime every now and then?
The interviewer would like to gauge your willingness to go over and above the call of duty, from time to time. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential but will you be a team player when necessary? If you can, give an example of a time when you went out of your way to help your employer by working overtime.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am happy to be a team player and work overtime when it's for the good of the company. In my current position, I will work an overtime shift at least once per week when volumes are high. I have no problem helping out when needed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would appreciate as many overtime hours as possible, to be honest. I am saving to return to night school and will take any hours you can offer me."
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