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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Do you have experience training others?
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Because Red Bull is growing at such a rapid pace, as they hire new staff, your manager may ask you to train new employees. If you have experience, talk about how you used your strengths and skills to teach others. If you don't have experience with training, you can share how you will demonstrate, listen and observe others throughout the training process.
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1.
Do you have experience training others?
Because Red Bull is growing at such a rapid pace, as they hire new staff, your manager may ask you to train new employees. If you have experience, talk about how you used your strengths and skills to teach others. If you don't have experience with training, you can share how you will demonstrate, listen and observe others throughout the training process.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Yes, I trained two individuals on XYZ skill in my previous job. First I had them shadow me so that they could see what I was doing. I made myself very approachable by making sure they felt comfortable asking questions, speaking slowly and demonstrating. I asked them if they wanted to try while I shadowed them. This was a very effective way to train, and I enjoyed it very much!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have not been in a role senior enough to train others in the past, but I believe that I will be a strong trainer and mentor in the future. I care about the progress of my colleagues and am a patient teacher."
2.
At Red Bull we value individuals who take initiative. Can you give me an example of a time you did something without being asked?
Taking the initiative demonstrates leadership ability. Even if you are working as a delivery driver, there is always an opportunity to be proactive in the way you approach your work. Red Bull wants to hire individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, because they invest in their employees and often promote from within. Impress the interviewer by showing how you manage your workload and take action before anyone has the chance to ask you first.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I noticed the numbers were off on a shipment I was delivering to a customer. They had ordered 30 cases, and we were only delivering 25. When I made the delivery, I let the customer know we would deliver the additional cases the next day and I called my manager to find out what went wrong. My manager and the client appreciated my sense of urgency and my ability to take action after making that observation."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I often find myself taking the initiative without being asked. This will include situations like training staff members on a new procedure, calling customers to follow up on their orders, or taking random inventory counts."
3.
There may be times when you are asked to stay late, work weekends or overtime, due to fluctuations in the schedule and shift changes at Red Bull. What is your availability?
The hours you would be expected to work at Red Bull largely depends on which department you will be working in. If you're working in production or delivery, you will most likely be required to do shift work, possibly working on weekends. If you work in the corporate office, you may be salary, which often means working long hours. If you're not sure what to expect from the schedule, now is the time to ask!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am excited about the opportunity to work for Red Bull and I am available to work whatever hours are required to get the job done. Can you tell me more about what I can expect from the schedule? I am flexible, and I am comfortable with working long hours."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The only restriction that I currently have on my schedule is Thursday evenings as I take my son to tutoring those evenings. Other than this, I am flexible with my availability. Having a family, I do ask for reasonable notice to schedule changes."
Anonymous Answer
"I have no problem with flexibility. I think it comes with the nature of the job; often, there are times when I will have to work extra hours, and I wouldn't feel bothered by the prospect of fluctuations in the schedule."
Rachelle's Answer
Perfect! You sound willing and ready to take on this challenge.
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4.
At Red Bull we understand that conflict can arise when you're working closely with others on a team. Give me an example of a time when you had to deal with an issue while working with others.
Responding to a conflict can be tough, especially in a team environment where you want to be sensitive not to step on any toes. Share an example of a conflict that occurred within your department or between you and a co-worker that you effectively resolved. Explain the situation and how your actions resulted in a resolution or a compromise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My coworker was a great salesman but horrible at the administrative side. He made so many mistakes and didn't seem to care. It bothered me because I take such pride in the quality of my work. I decided to talk with him and found out that he wasn't very clear on expectations or how to do some of the basic aspects of the paperwork for each sale. He ended up getting some additional training to get on the same page as the rest of the team."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current position there has been a concern with workplace bullying, and there are a particular group of individuals who 'lead the pack,' so to speak. The situation became out of control a few months ago, and I had to involve human resources as well as conduct a few exit interviews. It is never easy having to terminate employees; however, if they are causing conflict, it is always the best choice in the end."
5.
What is your greatest weakness?
Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our own weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Sometimes I have difficulty asking for help from co-workers. I like having control over my daily tasks and taking on new projects, but I'm not always willing to admit when I have taken on too much. When I made a mistake because I was juggling too many projects, I learned that it's okay to ask for help. I'm learning how to organize myself better and communicate what I need from my team. This skill has helped me be more effective at my job, and it's helped my team work together even better than before!"
6.
What challenges do you anticipate in this new role with Red Bull?
Interviewers at Red Bull want to hear that you understand the job description and are capable of navigating challenges at work. To build their confidence in your ability, talk about the challenges you expect based on your knowledge of the position and your experience. Then offer up an example of how you have dealt with problems in the past.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am looking forward to using my experience as a sales associate to help increase product visibility and exceed sales quotas at Red Bull. I am motivated by the challenge of meeting strict deadlines for client demands. When I was working for my previous company, I prioritized listening to customer needs and making sure I was clear on client expectations. I was so meticulous about details, checking my numbers at the end of every week and ensuring my clients were fully stocked with all of the products they needed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because this is a new industry for me, I am expecting that the biggest challenge will be in learning the industry lingo, behaviors, and complex needs. I am excited to learn and have already started studying up on industry-related topics."
Anonymous Answer
"- larger organization - bigger projects - more global market (so language requirements) - more health and safety issues (so much extreme action/adventure)"
Rachelle's Answer
These sound like challenges, for sure! In your interview, be sure to address how you will meet and overcome these challenges.
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7.
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
This question can trip some people up because it is open-ended. Open-ended questions like this give you the chance to tell a story. When you talk about yourself, you want to share information that the interviewer at Red Bull will find exciting and relevant to the position. Engage the interviewer by telling your story with enthusiasm! Consider sharing a skill you developed that will be useful for this position.

Rachelle's Answer #1
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Rachelle's Answer #2
"I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communications and Marketing from UBC in 2009. Since then, I have been actively making my way to a leadership role in social media marketing within the hotel and hospitality industry. I am an energetic and positive person, ready to make a difference in a growing organization."
8.
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
The food and beverage industry requires people and processes to operate promptly. Remember, you are a part of a much larger operation. If you are running behind, you could slow down production. Give an example that will show Red Bull that you plan and take a proactive approach to these types of situations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I always arrive to work at least 15 minutes before I am expected to be there, to give me extra time in case something happens. I also make sure I have the numbers of my co-workers and boss so that I can call to let them know if I'm stuck or might be running late."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I was raised to be early, at all times. I am well-scheduled and understand the negative impact that my tardiness can cause. If I am to be late, I am sure to call my manager, or whoever will be affected by the situation. I will also put in extra hours when necessary."
9.
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 in which you are best 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 being noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am motivated by knowing something about the end customer and being able to relate to them as a person. A personal touch is always helpful for me."
Anonymous Answer
"Keep me challenged Offer a supportive environment Give me extra responsibility Praise is always welcome, but just recognition and appreciation makes a big difference. I like to be in a competitive environment, not in a stifling way, but a healthy competitive sense. I think its always good to allow a certain amount of independence on the job, giving people space to do their job and trust in their ability. Micromanaging can be quite counterproductive"
Rachelle's Answer
It's great how you gave a distinction between good competition and not so good competition. This answer will give the company a very clear idea of how to keep you engaged in your work.
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10.
We strive to help our employees create a healthy work/life balance at Red Bull. How do you balance life and work?
Red Bull cares about their employees working hard to build connections with their customers and create a sense of community within the workplace. Even in healthy work culture, it can be challenging to balance your work with the rest of your life. Explain how you balance your life in your current or past roles.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am methodical about my work and my schedule. I set reminders on my calendar to stay organized and on-time, relying on my google calendar and my to-do list. I make sure I can make it to soccer practice each week so that I can play in the games on the weekends."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. When I enjoy what I do, the work 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."
Anonymous Answer
"Exercise and time outdoors are really important to me. I feel like I can recharge my batteries after going for a bike ride or a hike. I also really love any work- social events, sports events; for example, in my old job we had a basketball team where all of us played together once a week, and it was a great way to brush off the cobwebs, exercise, and bond with colleagues at the same time."
Rachelle's Answer
You sound very active, involved, and healthy, which aligns very well with the Red Bull brand and mission. Good answer!
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11.
How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?
Being adaptable to the food and beverage industry is essential. Red Bull strives to keep up with their customers by improving their products, making changes in policies or procedures inevitable. This means policies can change quickly and you will be expected to adapt. The interviewer wants to hear how you will respond when you disagree with the way something is handled or executed.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would first talk with my manager to make sure I understood the expectation correctly. It could be that I was interpreting it wrong or that there was some miscommunication. If I still had an issue, I would take some time to think about how I can deal with it. I've learned to pick my battles and to be adaptable as much as I can."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I know well enough at this point in my career that policies and procedures are in place for a reason. If I truly don't understand the reasoning behind the policy, I will ask for further clarification in a respectful and open-minded way."
12.
It's important for shift changes to go smoothly at Red Bull to maintain productivity. How do you make sure transitions are seamless?
Shift work can be tricky in the food and beverage industry. If someone leaves a mess or if they leave their work half finished and you don't know where to begin, you can waste valuable time scrambling to pick up the pieces. Red Bull doesn't want to waste any time during shift changes, because time is money. Give an example that demonstrates that you are mindful of the transitions.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I worked as a merchandiser, I was part-time and shared the responsibilities with a team of four people. I took time to explain what I was working on to my co-workers whenever I had to end my shift in the middle of a project. I also left notes that were easy to understand and kept my workspace tidy."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Strong scheduling is the most important factor in ensuring transitions are seamless. In addition to solid scheduling, is everyone's willingness to jump in and help when volumes are higher than average or when staff is shorter than expected."
Anonymous Answer
"Communication is key. I think keeping an organized and tidy work environment, as well as clear notes, is important. I find that StudioBinder has made a big difference in terms of keeping consistency and fluidity between different members of staff in my current job. So hopefully, at Red Bull, a similar application is utilized to maximize and maintain productivity."
Rachelle's Answer
These are all very important factors in productivity. Great specifics re: the software used.
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13.
Tell me about an idea you implemented in the past that made an impact.
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 Red Bull. 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
"Since customers are so much more concerned about their long-term health, I helped my current company come up with a marketing campaign for ABC product to appeal to the health concerns of the public. I conducted market research, using surveys to identify the specific health concerns of individuals who buy our products. By promoting our new health-conscious recipe, we were able to increase sales by 15% that year!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my previous role I was fortunate enough to introduce my company to the idea of a gold level service where, in addition to our general customer service, we added additional options. Our customer base responded very positively, and we kept the program running for a few years."
14.
What do you think you will enjoy most about working in the food and beverage industry?
In our consumer culture, the food and beverage industry continues to thrive on a national and a global level. There are endless opportunities for growth at Red Bull because business is thriving and the demand for their products is on the rise. Do your research on the company to find out how they compare to their competition. If you are new to the industry, you may want to take some time to learn more about how your position will relate to the bigger picture of manufacturing, sales or marketing of the products.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am excited to work in the food and beverage industry because there is an opportunity for growth. When I worked at a food processing company, I started out working in the warehouse and was promoted within six months to a delivery driver. When I found out about the delivery supervisor position with Red Bull I was immediately interested. It is so motivating to work within an industry that recognizes my potential and my abilities, giving me ample opportunity to grow my career."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When it comes to the food and beverage industry I love that it is so innovative and ever-changing! There are always new products being introduced which keep things interesting. I enjoy learning, so this is certainly the industry for me to be in."
15.
What is your greatest professional achievement so far?
Red Bull is looking for individuals who are motivated. Whether your accomplishment is related to school, work or volunteer experience, you can give an example that demonstrates your determination and ability to overcome obstacles. Often an achievement is honored through receiving high praise from a manager or an award. Numbers speak volumes! Whenever you are able, tangibly explain the results, offering up a concrete example of what your achievement looked like to help the interviewer at Red Bull get a much clearer picture of your success.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was the top sales leader when at my most recent company. I think the reason I did so well was my consistency in following up with customers. I checked in with them daily, also checking to make sure I was meeting my own personal sales goals on a weekly basis. My contribution helped them increase sales that year by 25%!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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 achievement 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."
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  1. Do you have experience training others?
  2. At Red Bull we value individuals who take initiative. Can you give me an example of a time you did something without being asked?
  3. There may be times when you are asked to stay late, work weekends or overtime, due to fluctuations in the schedule and shift changes at Red Bull. What is your availability?
  4. At Red Bull we understand that conflict can arise when you're working closely with others on a team. Give me an example of a time when you had to deal with an issue while working with others.
  5. What is your greatest weakness?
  6. What challenges do you anticipate in this new role with Red Bull?
  7. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
  8. How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
  9. How can we motivate you on the job?
  10. We strive to help our employees create a healthy work/life balance at Red Bull. How do you balance life and work?
  11. How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?
  12. It's important for shift changes to go smoothly at Red Bull to maintain productivity. How do you make sure transitions are seamless?
  13. Tell me about an idea you implemented in the past that made an impact.
  14. What do you think you will enjoy most about working in the food and beverage industry?
  15. What is your greatest professional achievement so far?
  16. What is your greatest strength? How will it help you make a difference at Red Bull?
  17. What interests you about Red Bull?
  18. Describe your typical work week.
  19. What goals would you like to accomplish while working for Red Bull?
  20. The work environment at Red Bull can be fast-paced at times. How do you handle stress?
  21. Tell me about a time when your actions resulted in greater efficiencies of your team.
  22. Why are you leaving your current job?
  23. How would your co-workers describe you?
  24. What are some of the challenges that the food and beverage industry face today?
  25. How do you handle customer complaints?
  26. How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
  27. When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
  28. Red Bull is asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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