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With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?

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  1. 1.

    With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?

      Do you plan to make an immediate impact on the organization if you are hired? Talk to the interviewer about the contribution that you are going to make should you be the successful candidate.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "After meeting with you, and getting to know your organization on a deeper level, I am confident that I will make a strong contribution to this years' sales goals. I understand that you have set ambitious goals for the company and I can get you there through my existing network and a strong portfolio."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPI's after 120 days. My contributing goal would be to exceed my KPI's after the first 90 days. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly if hired."

  2. 2.

    Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.

      Possessing the skills to improve communication in the workplace is a precious asset. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to enhance communication in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current position I have one particular client who was an exceptionally brief communicator. If I asked two questions, he would answer just one. I learned that he would not acknowledge anything for which he did not have a direct answer. I began to ask him questions in a different way. For example, I would say 'Do you have an answer for me on question X?' and he would say yes or no. We would then go from there. This solution was an effective method of communication for that particular client."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Recently, we were working with a client who continued to change the direction of our work. Our team was heading down one path and before we knew it, the client expected us to go another direction. We resolved to hold a weekly status touch base call to ensure two-way communication with our team and the client. When work was not done, we could explain why and if the client wanted changes made, we could catch them before wasting time and resources."

  3. 3.

    How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?

      Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens, and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your ability to arrive on time for work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I stay calm and composed when issues arise. Just last week, I was in a car accident while commuting to work. I called my boss immediately to let her know that I was going to be late. This call gave her time to move my work volume to other employees so that our clients were not left hanging for call-backs and quotes."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I hope never to be late! When I started working at a restaurant at sixteen years old, we were taught the adage of "if you're on time, you're late," so I've worked to implement that into my life. I always try to arrive 15 minutes early, but there are unforeseen circumstances that can arise. I handle surprises using common sense and keeping courtesy to others top of mind."

  4. 4.

    How would you describe your written communication skills?

      Being a clear communicator, in written form, is a vital skill to master. Have you taken any courses in communication and writing? Are you confident in your written communication skills? Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a brief example or story.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would describe my written communication skills as very strong and would rate myself as a 9/10. I have always had a penchant for writing and have taken university courses related to communication, writing, and journalism."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My written communication skills are powerful. I often utilize written communications as a follow up to verbal communications. They provide a great resource for associates to go back to, and reference, plus they might answer any questions that come up along the way."

  5. 5.

    How will the knowledge gained from your most recent position help you succeed in this role with Scania CV AB?

      The interviewer would like to know more about the skills and knowledge you have gained in your current role and how those skills will help you to succeed in this position with Scania CV AB. It's a great idea to start with the core skills mentioned in the Scania CV AB job description and talk about how you currently exercise those skills.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I see that you are looking for a candidate with strong leadership skills. Currently, I lead a team of 15 technicians with great results. Since taking a leadership role with my current company, our productivity has increased by 23%, and our employee turnover has decreased by 46%. I am excited to apply my leadership successes to this role with Scania CV AB"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current position, I am exposed to a lot of decision making when it comes to internal process. I believe that this has greatly increased my ability to make sound decisions based on profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee retention. I look forward to lending this knowledge to my role with Scania CV AB."

  6. 6.

    Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?

      While Scania CV AB may have some or all, unionized employees, it's best to answer this question as diplomatic as possible. Avoid complaining and try to focus on the perks that might come from working in a unionized environment.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Personally, I have not worked in a unionized environment; however, I have heard that unions are a great way to ensure continuity in the workplace. From what I understand, they offer security to employees which is always a bonus."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I currently work in a unionized environment. There are some kinks to be worked out, but overall, I am certainly open to working in another unionized environment. If executed properly, unions can be great!"

  7. 7.

    If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

      Often we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully move a particular responsibility for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I tend to leave the hardest assignments for last. It is not because I dread them, but because I can make a lot more people happy by completing their small requests first and getting them back to work."

  8. 8.

    On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

      Do you feel that you are a sincere person or do you have room for growth? This question could be tricky as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself an nine because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I put a heavy focus on honesty and trustworthiness in the workplace, as well as in my personal life. Because I strive for complete honesty, I will rate myself as a 10/10. My values are solid."

  9. 9.

    What part of this career brings you the most stress?

      Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. (IE: a bus driver should not find driving to be the most stressful part of the job).

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The part of my career that brings me the most stress is when the schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part. I like to be on time with my schedule to ensure that my clients are assisted properly."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I probably bring myself the most stress because of my drive and desire for perfection in the workplace. I manage this by focusing my energy on productive activities that are good for my career, and the business."

  10. 10.

    Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

      In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, work-life balance, perks, and company culture."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component of that along with company mission, culture, benefits, and location."

  11. 11.

    What makes you a great problem solver?

      Employers want to know that you have a methodical approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a great problem solver because I do not allow stress to cloud my judgment and mute my creativity. I am a keen observer with a great memory which allows me to recall unique solutions or ideas."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe I am a great problem solver because I am sure to gather as many facts as possible, I look at the problem and its potential solutions from multiple angles, and I am not afraid to make a creative decision, that might seem off the beaten path."

  12. 12.

    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

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are 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

      "It does not take a lot to keep me motivated. If I work in a positive environment with a forward-thinking team, I am a very happy employee. If you see me going above and beyond, a quick thanks or small recognition of my hard work is good enough for me."

  13. 13.

    Tell me about yourself.

      Take a few minutes to tell the interviewer a few things about yourself. You can begin with your recent education, family life, volunteer work, or talk about your travels. Bring up anything that is interesting and highlights your ability to be a responsible, reliable, and bright individual.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A bit about me - I love to travel, read, and conduct research. I am a recent grad from Columbia University and have spent the past 12 months traveling the world. It was the best experience that I could have given myself as I was able to learn so much from seeing how the rest of the world lives. I returned to the US just last month and have been actively looking for work the past couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting into the routine of a career again."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last eight years to compete in a variety of races. I am a competitive individual and enjoy keeping fit. On the professional side, I recently graduated with my heavy machinery operators' license and am a journeyman mechanic."

  14. 14.

    When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?

      When it comes to complex problem solving, the decisions do not always come easily. It takes practice, experience, and confidence to learn what sorts of decisions yield the best results.

      Problems that require you to act quickly can be emergency situations such as knowing where the fire extinguisher is and grabbing it fast enough to put out a small grease fire in the company kitchen. Other quick decisions could be if you are asked to take on a new responsibility and only given five minutes to decide if it's something you are prepared to take on.

      Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make these types of decisions. Demonstrate that you are confident and able to react swiftly when the need arises.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When an urgent problem arises at work, I always try to respond in a calm and assuring manner. I am a natural leader which means that my team often looks to me for answers. One instance of my fast-thinking was just last week when we had an administrative employee no-show on a critical and busy day for us. I called a temp agency, and they had the position filled in just one hour."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I react swiftly in emergency situations. Perhaps my skills come from my years as a parent, having to think fast and put out fires! If a quick solution is required, I will do a fast overview of the facts and make a decision based on risk factors."

  15. 15.

    How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?

      Do you value your client and customer relationships? How do you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back? Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for steady customer and client relationships.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My customer and client relationships are open and honest. I believe that the more upfront and transparent you are with your clients, the more likely they are to return. I most definitely value my clients and am sure to nurture those relationships as much as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have strong relationships with my clients and customers. I treat them with respect and am sure to utilize their feedback in ways that make myself, and the organization, better."

  16. 16.

    What are your career aspirations beyond this job?

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  17. 17.

    What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?

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  18. 18.

    Our motto at Scania CV AB is to work smarter, not harder. If you had a workplace motto, what would it be?

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  19. 19.

    Our reputation is very important to us. In which ways do you feel Scania CV AB stands out from the crowd?

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  20. 20.

    At Scania CV AB we work with some of the largest scale machinery in our industry. Tell me about the types of machinery you are most experienced with.

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  21. 21.

    We put a lot of effort into ensuring Scania CV AB uses only the best parts and materials available. What do you know about our cutting edge machinery?

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  22. 22.

    The health and safety of our employees is top priority at Scania CV AB. How would you react if your supervisor asked you to perform a task that you were not comfortable with?

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  23. 23.

    At Scania CV AB we measure productivity in a variety of ways. In your opinion, what are the most important performance metrics for this position?

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  24. 24.

    Some of our competitors use social media to promote their brand. How do you feel about the social media presence at Scania CV AB? Do you feel this type of marketing is relevant to our industry?

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  25. 25.

    We have a variety of shifts at Scania CV AB. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?

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  26. 26.

    Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.

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  27. 27.

    How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?

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  28. 28.

    Why are you the best candidate for us?

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  29. 29.

    Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes. What would make me think that you will stay with our company?

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  30. 30.

    When have you effectively delegated tasks to your employees?

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  31. 31.

    What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?

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  32. 32.

    How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?

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