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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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How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.
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1.
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the company, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful employees are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I encourage others by praising their great ideas and helping them to continue being their best self. Noticing the small things is important. People want to feel like their contribution is important to the overall workplace success."
2.
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."
3.
Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the 'nice to have' or even the 'must have' skills listed in the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I realize that I may not check off all of the boxes for this position; however, I can assure you that I am a rapid learner. The main experience I am missing is in generating proposals for airframe development, but I am very well versed in another aviation functions. I think that I can pick up the required knowledge quickly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would be happy to clarify my experience in any skills. Could you tell me which skills you feel I am missing for this position?" (Once the interviewer responds, you can overcome that objection by better highlighting that specific experience, or discussing a related skill that you DO have.)"
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.
Who would you say inspires you?
Show you preparedness for the interview by having an immediate answer. The only wrong answer here is, 'I don't know.' In most discussions, you will get one or two personal questions to see how you present yourself. You want to be able to articulate yourself well, responding politely and even passionately when appropriate. An excellent way to respond to this question is by sharing a story about a person who has been a positive influence on you and your career. If your dad motivated you to push through to finish your education, talk about how that impacted you. Who showed you that it was possible to overcome even the most significant obstacles? Who taught you the skills that brought you where you are today?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My previous manager was a huge inspiration to me. Her passion for the aerospace industry was motivating and put the fire in me to climb the ladder in my career."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have always been inspired by my grandfather. He is the person who gave me an initial interest in the aerospace field. He is the hardest working person I know, and he taught me how important it is to read and continually grow. Because of him, I always seek to learn."
6.
Because of the nature of business at Raytheon we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
Most companies in the defense industry need to be very cautious about who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if put into the wrong hands. Because Raytheon is one of the most major US defense contractors, this will be especially true. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My record is clean, and I have a strong credit history. I do not participate in drug use, either. You can be assured that if you hire me for this role with Raytheon, I will maintain a clean record."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Yes, I am willing to comply with any background checks that you require. I understand the importance of background checks."
7.
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. Some options can be through bonus' or financial perks, public recognition, kind words, or promotion opportunities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is through words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work makes a difference."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel that most achievements are due to the great work of a team. If I gain recognition for my accomplishments, I always prefer that my team be a part of that recognition as well. Words of encouragement are always motivating."
8.
At Raytheon we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
It is essential to research Raytheon before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors and why you feel Raytheon stands out from the crowd. Visit the 'News' and 'Who We Are' section on the company website to find out if they have received any recent awards or accolades.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have seen that you have a few competitors in your industry including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, BAE Systems and General Dynamics; however, after reviewing your website, online reviews, and seeing your multitude of recent awards I feel that working for Raytheon would be a real honor and great step in my career. You stand out from the crowd for refusing to bend from your company values and the fact that you won the System Engineering Excellence Award for the Air and Missile Defense Radar project."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your organization stands out in many ways. What impressed me the most was your safety record, employee tenure, and growth opportunity. When it comes to your competitors, would you agree that these are stand-out areas for you? I would love to hear more about your company's competition plan."
9.
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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10.
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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11.
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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12.
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."
13.
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."
14.
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."
15.
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."
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Interview Questions
  1. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  2. Your workload will be large at Raytheon. How do you balance life and work?
  3. Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
  4. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
  5. Who would you say inspires you?
  6. Because of the nature of business at Raytheon we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
  7. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  8. At Raytheon we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  9. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  10. How do you manage your time?
  11. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
  12. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
  13. What is your current salary?
  14. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
  15. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
  16. How do you define success?
  17. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  18. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  19. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
  20. At Raytheon we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  21. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  22. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
  23. Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?
  24. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Raytheon. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  25. We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with Raytheon.
  26. Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Raytheon, what do you think we could improve on?
  27. There are numerous career avenues you can take with Raytheon. Which career path interests you the most?
  28. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the defense industry in the past decade?
  29. The defense industry is ever-changing. At Raytheon, we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on defense-related current events?
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