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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?

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1.

The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?

The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in the aerospace and defense industry. Perhaps you read aerospace-related books, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to a blog related to this industry. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. It's truly fascinating. Most frequently, I read the International Journal of Aerospace Engineering. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including www.aviationweek.com."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Staying up to date on aerospace-related events is quite easy with a couple of phone applications I have downloaded, and a few blogs to which I subscribe. I would love some new suggestions as well! Do you have any strong recommendations?"

2.

At Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?

It is essential to research Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors and why you feel Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC stands out from the crowd. Visit the 'News' and 'About Us' 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; however, after reviewing your website, online reviews, and seeing your multitude of recent awards I feel that working for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC 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."

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."

3.

Your workload will be large at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. How do you balance life and work?

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."

4.

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?

The interviewer would like to avoid any hurdles during the offer and negotiations stage that would prevent you from being successfully on-boarded. If Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC is a direct competitor to your current or most recent employer then you should carefully review your employment contract to ensure nothing is hindering you. Be prepared to present the agreement in your late stage interview.

If you are under a non-compete contract: "I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you are not under a non-compete contract: "I am free to sign any offer letter that comes my way as there is no such contract with my current employer."

5.

Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, what do you think we could improve on?

If Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC asks for your feedback on what they could improve on it is best to keep your answer positive and light. Be sure to start, and finish, your suggestion with a compliment on what they are doing right.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have conducted a great deal of research on Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC before meeting you today. I like your branding, and your online presence is strong. If I could make a suggestion, it would be to have a confirmation email sent to all online job applicants. I found the site a bit difficult to navigate and was not sure that my initial application went through successfully. Luckily, your HR department was amazing, and they called me just a few days later for a pre-screen interview."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you could improve on anything, I would recommend updating the website a bit more frequently and adding a blog for aerospace enthusiasts. Aerospace and defense is a popular topic for research, and you could gain many website visitors by putting a greater emphasis on your online content."

6.

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."

7.

How do you define success?

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."

8.

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 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC to ensure that you have the proper educational requirements. If you do not bring the desired degree or certification, be prepared to defend your education and remind them why you are still the best candidate for the job!

If you have the desired education: "I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If you do not have the desired education: "I have a Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Although my degree does not boast a primary focus on Aerospace, I do have significant industry training outlined on my resume."

9.

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

"nice to have"

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.)"

10.

At Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?

The interviewer would like to see that you have experience in the industry; whether your aerospace experience comes from private or public entities. If the job description or job posting from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC points out a preference of one over the other, it is wise to focus your answer on that particular experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I noticed in your job posting that you prefer to see experience in the public aerospace sector. I do have experience in both public and private; however, the most recent three years of my work experience is in the public sector."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I can say that I have equal experience in both public and private aerospace matters. Is there a specific sector where you would prefer to see stronger experience? I would be happy to highlight that experience for you, further."

11.

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."

12.

In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?

The interviewer wants to ensure that you hold strong knowledge, and genuine interest, in the aerospace and defense industry. If you are familiar with the industry, you will know about some of the latest industry breakthroughs. Briefly discuss which one has caught your interest the most.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"There have been endless breakthroughs in our industry; however, I would say the one that excited me the most was the Falcon 9 Full Thrust. It's amazing to me that a partially-reusable launch system is in existence."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"The biggest recent breakthrough in our industry, in my opinion, was the Falcon 9 Full Thrust; however, there are so many from which to choose! May I ask which was your favorite breakthrough as of late?"

13.

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

"I don't know."

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."

14.

How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?

Did you start working at a young age? Perhaps you have held some tough jobs earlier in your career? Many hiring managers agree that the best employees are ones with 'grit' and who have held a 'dirty job' or two in their lives. Talk to the interviewer about your early work experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have been working since I was just 14 years old. My first job was as a shop hand for my father who was a mechanic. I had to sweep, clean, greet customers and order parts. It was a great way for me to get my hands dirty and I was taught excellent customer service skills from an early age. Everything that I learned during that time has helped me to stay grounded and humble in my career."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I started my career working in an office, so I was able to quickly understand how important it is to stay organized and maintain clear communication with everyone on the team. I believe my early experience will help me succeed in this position because it caused me to form good habits from the beginning."

15.

There are numerous career avenues you can take with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. Which career path interests you the most?

It is essential that you thoroughly research Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC before your interview. Be sure to examine their careers section, any additional locations, and the variety of departments or business units they may have. You can then accurately assess the potential growth opportunities with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC. Discuss your career growth and desires with the interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I saw on your website that you are looking for an Engineering lead. I am not yet qualified for that level of a leadership role; however, it interests me. I would love to be considered for a role like that with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC in the future."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My primary goal is to become a (insert position title/goal) within the next five years. I am taking additional coursework to gain the required skills. Do you feel this is an achievable goal with your company?"

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Interview Questions

  1. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
  2. At Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  3. Your workload will be large at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. How do you balance life and work?
  4. 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?
  5. Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, what do you think we could improve on?
  6. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
  7. How do you define success?
  8. 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 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.
  9. 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?
  10. At Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  11. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  12. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
  13. Who would you say inspires you?
  14. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  15. There are numerous career avenues you can take with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. Which career path interests you the most?
  16. Because of the nature of business at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
  17. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  18. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
  19. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  20. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  21. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
  22. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  23. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  24. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
  25. What is your current salary?
  26. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
  27. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
  28. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
  29. How do you manage your time?
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