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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated June 15th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Raytheon hires those who are crystal clear communicators. On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?
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1.
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Raytheon hires those who are crystal clear communicators. 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 believe there is always room to improve communication skills so for that reason I will rate myself as an 8/10. I have not received any complaints related to my communication abilities and am quite proud of my oral and written communication skills."
Anonymous Answer
"From 1 to 10, I am 6."
Lauren's Answer
Good start. I would take this as an opportunity to sell yourself and answer the question completely. The interviewer wants to make sure you are paying attention to their directives. See my suggestion below. I would revise my response with a specific instance that could be related to the position you are applying for.
"I rate my communication a 6 out of 10. I can work with many personality types and have good verbal and written communication skills. I rated myself a 6 because I still have room to grow and expand my skill set in this area. I want to broaden my exposure to different communication styles so that I may be more effective."
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2.
How do you manage your time?
What tools do you use to stay on task and meet deadlines? How do you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once? Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar? Do you set reminders? Sometimes a to-do list is helpful when organizing your time because it can help you prioritize what needs to happen next. Paying attention to which tasks require the most time and which ones bring the most value are ways you can pick and choose what needs to happen in your schedule. What are some ways you have found work best for you to manage your time at work?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Time management has been something that I have worked on improving since my time in University. I set goals for myself and attached a time deadline for those goals. Also, I am diligent with the use of my calendar and have a great scheduling app on my phone that I refer to as well."
Anonymous Answer
"Time is very important by making a good schedule and project size or work amount."
Lauren's Answer
You are on the right track. I assisted with expanding your response, so the interviewer can get a better sense of your work style.
"I manage my time by keeping myself organized and punctual. I utilize lists and calendars so that I remain on-schedule for project deadlines."
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3.
Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
The interviewer is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.

1. The company wants to know what kind of timeline is present before you are scooped up by another organization.
2. They want to know how discerning you are with your job applications.
3. They want to know the types of roles that interest you.
4. They want to hear that they are your top choice.

You can certainly discuss your search but avoid giving too many details. Give the interviewer enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I recently started my search and had found some interesting job postings related to my degree; however, your role is the position I am most enthusiastic about."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are not interviewing: "I just started my search, so I am not in final interviews with any other company. I am aggressively seeking; however."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes, I am since I am just applying for a job. I got a few interviews still waiting for their offer."
Lauren's Answer
Good. I altered the language slightly. You want the interviewer to know you are open for their opportunity.
"I am currently applying to several positions, and I am still in the preliminary stages of the interview process. I am not presently awaiting a final interview or job offer."
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4.
Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.

Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.

Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Yes, I think it is possible! What makes a great team member is not that they agree with everything but the level of respect and positive thought that goes into the person's communication style. It's okay to disagree; however, you have to communicate your thoughts professionally."
5.
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
There are many reasons for having a gap in your resume, and it's best, to be honest about the intentions.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had a gap from 2009-2010 while I was on maternity leave and then another for six months in 2015 while I cared for an ailing parent. During that time I was vigilant in keeping up to date on the market so that my knowledge did not become redundant."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If your employment gap is due to illness: "I took a medical hiatus between 2008 and 2008 under doctor's orders. I am fully recovered and have had zero health concerns since."
6.
What is your current salary?
A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

If you are currently employed: "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000, plus a car allowance of $900/month, and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000, plus a car allowance of $900/month, and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are currently unemployed: "My most recent position paid me a base salary of $45,000 plus overtime and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
7.
How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
Coming up with ideas to increase productivity, efficiency and save time and energy is a great way to make an impact on your coworkers and the company.

Having the ability to see problems as opportunities is a skill that can make you an essential asset to a company. Think of a time you had a chance to make a difference by making a change in a process or procedure.

Rachelle's Answer #1
" I would say that at least once a month I have an idea, big or small, that I present to my manager. My most recent innovation was (give a detailed example)."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am always thinking of new ways to increase productivity and improve the methods I use to complete my work."
8.
Your workload will be large at Raytheon. How do you balance life and work?
Your workload will be significant at Raytheon, and the expectations will be high. It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, it doesn't feel like a chore. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Not every day will be balanced, and I understand that. I find that I can achieve a great work/life balance most days when I take some time to do something for myself. Whether that be a quick workout, or cooking a delicious meal when I get home."
9.
How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
This question challenges you to think about how you act as a leader in your daily life. Even if you're not leading a team, you can still demonstrate the qualities of a leader! You can give an example of how you coached a coworker who was having difficulty preparing for a big presentation. Maybe you gave them confidence in their strengths by encouraging them, or perhaps you offered some helpful hints. You can be a motivator and a confident communicator in any situation at work! Share how you have positively influenced others through actions you've taken to support and motivate others at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I demonstrate leadership qualities every chance that I get! I believe that everyone can be a great leader if given the right environment and opportunity."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I naturally take on a leader and mentor-ship type of role with my co-workers. In one instance, I had a new coworker who was having some troubles fitting in. I took her out for lunch and talked to her a bit about the workplace culture and semantics surrounding the various departments. I wanted her to stay and enjoy her employment with us, so I took the responsibility of ensuring she was settling in well. I believe there are always opportunities for leadership - you have to keep your eyes open."
10.
How do you define success?
Raytheon is an incredibly successful company, and they want to hire people who will help them to gain further momentum. What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see progress 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 #2
"Success is the completion of any task you set out to do or any goal that you set for yourself. Success receives interpretation in many different ways but I know I have been successful when I feel that relief and contentment only accomplishment can bring."
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