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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve, in your most recent position?
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Being able to face a challenging or stressful situation, and still gain some accomplishment, in the end, is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle.
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1.
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve, in your most recent position?
Being able to face a challenging or stressful situation, and still gain some accomplishment, in the end, is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my career, so far, I feel that the most difficult accomplishment for me to achieve were the three back-to-back promotions in my current company. Because promotions are granted based on results, I had to put in a lot of overtime hours, and hustle, to get there."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My most challenging accomplishment was to boost employee morale, lower turnover and increase productivity. After the year they had, it was not easy to take over, gain their trust, and put a smile back on their faces."
2.
Do you have any experience in SAP?
Many energy companies will use robust software, including SAP. Because there are endless choices in SAP based programs, you will likely not have the exact experience in the SAP module that Suncor is looking for. Do not fret! All you need to do is display to the interviewer that you have a general understanding of how their technology works. Display that you are tech savvy and a fast learner. If Suncor has their software programs listed in the job posting, be sure to research those programs a bit before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have approximately two years' experience in Fieldglass which is an internal SAP used at Company ABC. From your job posting, I see that you use X, Y, and Z at Suncor Energy. I am familiar with how these programs work. Technology is very interesting to me and I am a quick study."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have not been lucky enough to have exposure to SAP as of yet; however, I have watched a few tutorials on the program and am confident in my ability to pick it up very quickly."
3.
The energy sector has many competitors. Why do you want to work for Suncor Energy?
Discuss with the interviewer the ways that Suncor stands out from their competitors. What caught your eye when applying here? Perhaps it was the information you came across on their website. Maybe you liked how their job posting was worded. Or - maybe you have a strong referral from a friend or acquaintance. With enthusiasm, discuss why you want to work for Suncor Energy.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand there are many options when seeking a career in the energy industry; however, I am most interested in working for Suncor Energy because you value continued education and put a strong emphasis on being environmentally responsible. You are an industry leader and on your website, state that you encourage ongoing training and leadership development opportunities. I also see that you have the 'Our Educational Assistance Plan' which helps pay for the cost of tuition, up to $4500 per year. That is incredible!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have been passively seeking a new position for quite some time and haven't jumped on anything yet because I want to make sure it's the right fit. I feel that this job is right for me, at this point in my career, because it offers an opportunity for me to utilize my recent education in GIS while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills."
4.
Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
It is easy to say that you are trustworthy and honest, but it's best if you can back it up with a review or words from a previous supervisor.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual and you will be able to hear that directly from my supervisor when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as fundamental virtues."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My friends and family rely on me heavily because I am trustworthy and honest. They can count on me to be straightforward with them and depend on me to be there when it matters least or most."
5.
Why should we hire you to work at Suncor Energy?
If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This answer could include any industry accolades, extraordinary achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"You should hire me because I am unlike anyone else you have interviewed before. When I started with my current company, I was the youngest salesperson they had ever hired. That didn't stop me from becoming the #1 sales person in the company within six months. I am dedicated to my craft and engaged in the energy industry to the point where I commit myself to taking at least one business development or leadership related workshop every business quarter. I am a competitive achiever who will show full appreciation for your professional development opportunities. You won't be disappointed when you hire me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When I read the job description, I smiled because it was truly as though you had written it with me in mind. I know that I am the best candidate for this role because I consistently exceed goals and I know the energy industry. Also, I was the fastest promoted in my previous position and have led the rollout of new markets in my current position, making me ideally positioned for helping you continue to build your sales organization, markets, and exceed financial metrics. Not to mention, I am looking for a company that I can stay with for the long haul, something that you mentioned you value."
6.
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on their performance. A new employee would be greatly motivated through being rewarded for performance, and it encourages a healthy competition with tenured employees."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel both performance and experience should be equally rewarded and weighted."
7.
Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
Public speaking can be intimidating so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my past two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of over 200. I have taken a couple of Toastmasters sessions which helped a great deal. I am a confident public speaker."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Presenting to large groups is a big part of successfully rolling out great communications to teams organization-wide. I have experience preparing the deck to be presented to ensure it is simple and thorough. I utilize different communication techniques to make a presentation fun, interesting, and engaging."
8.
Tell me about yourself.
When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community. One thing that jumps out at me with Suncor is that you have The SunCares program which encourages employees to contribute to causes in their community. I love that you help your employees to give their time to causes close to their hearts."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a passionate, excited team player who loves to learn on the fly, take the lead when possible, and I have a proven track record of success. I'm loyal and have shown that through my decade-long career at one employer. I have risen through their ranks, and am ready to take on the next challenge. Outside of work, I love to travel and do DIY projects in my home."
9.
At Suncor Energy we seek to hire individuals with related post-secondary education. Walk me through your formal education.
Your post-secondary details will likely be on your resume; however, the interviewer would like for you to go into further detail. Discuss your degree, the areas where you excelled, and any awards or recognition you received.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a Master's degree in Energy Systems Management from the University of San Francisco. I graduated with honors which is something that I am proud of."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My Bachelor's degree is in Business Administration which is not directly related to what you do at Suncor Energy. With that said, I did learn a lot about organizational development, behavior, and project management. These skills will certainly help me in this role."
10.
In which ways do you feel that Suncor Energy stands out from industry competitors?
It is essential that you research Suncor, and the competitive space, before your interview. Discuss with the interviewer how you feel that they stand out from other energy-focused organizations. Keep your answer positive and to the point.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched Suncor Energy as well as Company ABC and XYZ as I believe those to be the strongest competitors in this industry. One thing that stands out to me is that Suncor seems to put a stronger and more positive emphasis on environmental concerns. Your involvement with community concerns and innovative technology is also inspiring. I am primarily talking about Suncor being a co-founder of Evok Innovations. This initiative with yourself and the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance is quite remarkable."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Suncor Energy Inc. has been around a lot longer than many competitors, and your name is often mentioned in the news as well as other industry leading publications. I feel this sets you apart in your industry and sets you up as an industry expert and influencer."
11.
At Suncor Energy we put a strong focus on health and safety. What is your experience with health and safety in the energy industry?
Health and safety efforts are incredibly important when it comes to any industry. Show the interviewer that you also emphasize workplace safety. If you have any related training, this is a great time to discuss.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last year I attended a health and safety course directed at upstream oil and gas. It was an eye-opening experience, and I understand even more so, how important workplace safety is. I appreciate hearing that Suncor Energy puts such a strong emphasis here. I was reading up on your 'Journey to Zero' program and would like to compliment Suncor on your commitment to the fact that all incidents can be prevented. You only hire those who are committed to working safely and you hold your leaders accountable for performance related to health, safety, and the environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am new to the industry, I have not taken many energy industry related health and safety courses. I do have CPR and First Aid training. If you could tell me the type of training that you are looking for in your next hire, I would be happy to get a head start on those courses."
12.
At Suncor Energy we use a variety of robust internal software programs. Do you consider yourself tech savvy and a fast learner?
Many energy companies will use robust software programs that you may not have even heard of. Because of this, you may not have the exact experience that Suncor Energy is looking for. Do not fret! All you need to do is display to the interviewer that you have a general understanding of how their technology works. Display that you are tech savvy and a fast learner. If Suncor has their programs listed in the job posting, be sure to research those programs a bit before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am an advanced level user in all of the programs used in my current company. From your job posting, I see that you use X, Y, and Z at Suncor Energy. I am familiar with how these programs work. I pick up on new technology quickly, and I am willing to get a head start through some helpful online tutorials so that I am a touch more up to speed on my first day with Suncor."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I had taken some courses in computer programming and also worked part-time evenings as an IT support person when I was attending University. I consider myself to be technically inclined. Could you share with me the primary programs you use at Suncor Energy Inc.?"
13.
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When my manager went on unexpected medical leave for three months last year I was asked to step into her position in the interim. I knew the basics but was certainly not trained on the specifics of the role. I was able to take it on successfully by leaning on my team, reading a lot of company manuals, and asking many questions. Once my manager returned she was very pleased with the progress that I made, and I was awarded a promotion."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am often asked to perform tasks outside of my wheelhouse. This includes customer dispute resolution and interviewing potential new employees. I am a diverse employee and am happy to take on additional functions."
14.
There are a lot of red tape and regulations in energy related projects. Are you accustomed to waiting on logistics and policy during your projects?
Assure the interviewer that you have the fortitude to outlast any policy restrictions that may hold your projects back. Discuss the ways that you are accustomed to changes in regulations and policy mid-project.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that the energy industry is privy to many policy changes and I am accustomed to setbacks coming my way. I have also experienced setbacks from early-stage funding falling through. Over the years I have gained a lot of patience when it comes to the advancements of my projects and can step away from a project that may be falling behind, look at the situation critically, and reassess my approach when needed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am no stranger to policy changes. I am well aware that setbacks happen during projects, regardless of the industry. Changes and setbacks can be disheartening at times but it all balances out when I can enjoy the success of a well-done project."
15.
How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?
Often, our work environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be challenging to know how to respond when you have a coworker who is moody, or when your coworker lacks social skills and continually asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have had my share of awkward situations and having raised two kids, I am no stranger to them! In the workplace, if an uncomfortable situation arises I tend to face the issue head-on, but tactfully. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my team or colleagues if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have learned over the years that if something makes me uncomfortable, I better dive right in. Change and growth happen outside of your comfort zone. I embrace this!"
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Interview Questions
  1. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve, in your most recent position?
  2. Do you have any experience in SAP?
  3. The energy sector has many competitors. Why do you want to work for Suncor Energy?
  4. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
  5. Why should we hire you to work at Suncor Energy?
  6. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  7. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  8. Tell me about yourself.
  9. At Suncor Energy we seek to hire individuals with related post-secondary education. Walk me through your formal education.
  10. In which ways do you feel that Suncor Energy stands out from industry competitors?
  11. At Suncor Energy we put a strong focus on health and safety. What is your experience with health and safety in the energy industry?
  12. At Suncor Energy we use a variety of robust internal software programs. Do you consider yourself tech savvy and a fast learner?
  13. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
  14. There are a lot of red tape and regulations in energy related projects. Are you accustomed to waiting on logistics and policy during your projects?
  15. How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?
  16. Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
  17. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
  18. What questions do you have for me?
  19. Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.
  20. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
  21. When faced with a problem, are you more likely to jump into solving it, or are you the type to carefully assess the issue first?
  22. What are your salary expectations?
  23. Tell me when you have delegated tasks effectively.
  24. How can we motivate you on the job?
  25. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  26. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  27. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
  28. What are your thoughts on the stance environmentalists take against some of our practices in the energy industry?
  29. At Suncor Energy we put a lot of emphasis on attention to detail which some people mistake for micromanagement. How do you feel about this?
  30. The energy sector often sees changes in regulation and policy. How do you keep up to date on changes in our industry?
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