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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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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?

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1.

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 Spirit AeroSystems 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 Spirit AeroSystems."

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 Spirit AeroSystems."

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."

2.

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 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 #1

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

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I would leave my email to last! I find that once I am in my email, it's a never-ending whirlwind of small replies and to-dos. For this reason, and to remain focused and productive, I will schedule my email time periodically throughout the day."

3.

At Spirit AeroSystems 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 Spirit AeroSystems 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."

4.

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."

5.

Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Yes, I am happy with my career progression. I have always been the type to set out a detailed plan for myself and take the required action steps to get there. This position is most definitely in line with my expected career progression."

6.

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."

7.

Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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."

8.

Your workload will be large at Spirit AeroSystems. 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."

9.

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

If Spirit AeroSystems 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 Spirit AeroSystems 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."

10.

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."

11.

There are numerous career avenues you can take with Spirit AeroSystems. Which career path interests you the most?

It is essential that you thoroughly research Spirit AeroSystems 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 Spirit AeroSystems. 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 Spirit AeroSystems 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?"

12.

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.)"

13.

Because of the nature of business at Spirit AeroSystems we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?

Most companies in the aerospace and 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. 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 Spirit AeroSystems, 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."

14.

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?"

15.

The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Spirit AeroSystems 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 Spirit AeroSystems.

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?"

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Interview Questions

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