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Tenneco Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Tenneco job interview, here are 28 interview questions and answer examples.

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List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your career.

How to Answer

The interviewer is giving you an easy question to offer you an opportunity to brag about yourself. You have likely gained many great skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will potentially benefit Tenneco, if you are hired.

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28 Tenneco Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your career.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is giving you an easy question to offer you an opportunity to brag about yourself. You have likely gained many great skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will potentially benefit Tenneco, if you are hired.

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      1st Answer Example

      "In the past few years I was able to upgrade my education and learn a lot more about the ways companies operate. The most critical skill I gained is my ability to multi-task. I am a strong leader too. I believe that working on my MBA has given me those skills, and has improved my ability to have a motivating impact on my coworkers."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "In my most recent position, the skills that I am most proud of acquiring would include my well-honed leadership skills, my scheduling abilities, and my ability to stay focused on the task in front of me."

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  • Adaptability

    2. We are moving quickly into second interviews. What is your availability like over the next few days?

      How to Answer

      Good news! If they are asking for your availability in the next few days, you likely made it to the next round. Try to be as flexible as possible with your availability.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I can make myself available at any time, with some notice. The most ideal times for me to interview are between 8-10 AM and 2-5 PM Monday through Friday."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am happy to make myself available at your earliest convenience. I am interested in this role and will be flexible when it comes to interview times."

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  • Career Goals

    3. At Tenneco we seek to hire individuals who have a keen interest in the automobile industry. What interests you most about what we do?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is seeking to determine what may have attracted you to apply for a position at Tenneco. Having a genuine interest in the automobile industry can be an indication that you intend to make this position a career and not just a temporary stop-gap until something better comes along. Think about the attributes of Tenneco that appealed to you as you researched the company. Be positive and enthusiastic about sharing your desire to be employed by Tenneco.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I was impressed to learn that Tenneco is one of the leading manufacturers of auto parts and clean air solutions in the world. Not to mention that one of your divisions is the exclusive shock provider for Nascar, which is a sport I love. I am very excited to have an opportunity to work for Tenneco and I intend to be with them for a long time."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "The automobile industry is always changing, and what interests me most about this industry is that your company is a leader in providing auto parts to many manufacturers in the world. I love the fact that you supply Toyota and Audi and VW, as well as most retail parts stores in the US. I cannot wait to get started with Tenneco and would be proud to represent them."

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  • Career Goals

    4. Tenneco is always looking to promote from within the company. Share with me why you might be a good candidate for advancement.

      How to Answer

      Every company wants to hire workers who see a future with their organization. List some of the qualities that you have that might make promotion possible. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself, and be enthusiastic about the abilities you possess.

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  • Communication

    5. What experience do you have using team-based messaging?

      How to Answer

      There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the applications you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

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  • Compatibility

    6. The position that you have applied for requires a lot of repetitive motion and standing on your feet for long periods of time. Is there any issue that might prevent you from doing these activities?

      How to Answer

      Tenneco makes parts for lots of different components used by automobile manufacturers. As in any kind of line work, there is a chance that you may be asked to do strenuous activity. The interviewer must ensure that you are physically able to perform the work. Be thoughtful as you answer this question and forthcoming in sharing any limitations you might have.
      Be enthusiastic about your ability to stand and lift the requirements the company may set for you.

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  • Compatibility

    7. Why do you believe you will have success at this position with Tenneco?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer needs to know that you are motivated to do your best. An employee with a can-do attitude has confidence in their abilities. This is a good time to highlight the skills you possess and show the interviewer that you are the best choice for the position At Tenneco.

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  • Compatibility

    8. In this position at Tenneco, you will be required to wear a new uniform each day. Tell me about the appearance standards your previous position might have had.

      How to Answer

      Most manufacturing companies will have strict personal appearance standards by which employees must abide. They may prohibit excessive jewelry or require that hair be worn in a cap, or even that steel-toed shoes be worn. The interviewer needs to know that you will be willing to wear or purchase items that might be required. Reassure the hiring manager that wearing a uniform is not an issue.

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  • Creative Thinking

    9. While working this position, it will be necessary for you to be organized so that you can be as efficient as possible. What are some ways you bring organization to your work environment?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer needs to know that you have the organizational capacity to do keep focused on your work. Think about things that you have done to stay on task, and make your present position, free from clutter or distractions. Assure the interviewer that you understand the importance of working in a safe, but efficient manner.

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  • Customer Service

    10. At Tenneco we put a lot of pride in our customer service. How do you go above and beyond for your clientele?

      How to Answer

      The work at Tenneco requires certain standards as you perform your task. The interviewer needs to know that you will always be focused on producing the best work for the customer that is possible. Think about some examples of how you sought to meet or exceed your customer's expectations. the interviewer wants to see that you take customer service seriously. Use an example of a time when you have gone over and above the general expectations to make a customer happy. Be sure to acknowledge the customer service efforts that Tenneco puts forward.

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  • Discovery

    11. At Tenneco we encourage our employees to find ways to be socially responsible. What social causes are you currently involved in and why are they important to you?

      How to Answer

      Tenneco believes in corporate responsibility and encourages its employees to make tomorrow better (one of their core values). The interviewer would like to know if you share this philosophy. Think about social causes that are important to you, and be enthusiastic when mentioning them. Be sure to highlight any events or things that you have noticed Tenneco doing.

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  • Discovery

    12. Tenneco believes in motivating our team members. What motivates you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer needs to know how to get the best out of you and knows that different individuals are motivated in different ways. Think about the kinds of motivation that you have encountered in previous positions, and how they worked to spur you toward excellence.

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  • Discovery

    13. At Tenneco, you will be required to submit to a background check. Are there any issues that might turn up and hinder your possibility of employment?

      How to Answer

      Every company has an insurance carrier that requires careful screening of future employees. It is always best, to be honest, and forthcoming should there be anything on your record. Be helpful to the hiring manager by discussing any limitations that might create an issue. This candor will prevent any future embarrassment between you and the company.

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  • Discovery

    14. At Tenneco, we believe in a healthy work/life balance. Tell me some things that you like to do in your off time to help you divert from the stress of work.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is seeking to get to know you as a person. Employees who work all the time, or constantly obsess about work can burn out or become resentful and unproductive. Think about things that you like to do when you are not working. Be enthusiastic when sharing them. This is a time to relax in front of the interviewer so that they can see you as a complete individual.

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  • Education

    15. Tenneco is one of the largest auto parts suppliers in the world. How familiar are you with what we do?

      How to Answer

      This question helps the interviewer know if you have researched the company. It indicates the seriousness you place on a possible position with Tenneco. Talk to the interviewer about your knowledge of Tenneco and how this ignited you to pursue a career with them.

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  • Experience

    16. Walk me through your manufacturing experience.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will likely already have your resume in front of them which means they are not looking for a dull play-by-play on your work history. They are asking you to bring your resume to life for them. This means talking about your key successes. Take a few minutes to highlight each position briefly. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a little bit.

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  • Experience

    17. The position at Tenneco will require an understanding of inventory controls. Tell me about any training you might have received in this area.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of handling any mathematics and inventory control measures that the position may require. Reassure the hiring manager that you can learn the systems involved, and share some of the skills you have acquired in your previous position.

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  • Experience

    18. At Tenneco we like to provide additional training to our employees in order to allow them to get exposure to other areas. Tell me about the training you have received at your previous position.

      How to Answer

      Many companies will offer training to their top-performing employees. This allows the company the ability to plug a current employee into a critical area if needed. The interviewer needs to know your willingness to learn beyond your position. Assure the hiring manager that you are very interested in cross-training so that you can be of more value to the company when the time comes.

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  • Leadership

    19. In this position, you will be responsible for the work of several employees. Tell me about how you might motivate others on your team.

      How to Answer

      At Tenneco, leaders must figure out how to effectively motivate their employees to do their very best. The manager needs to assess your ability to encourage your team members. If you have worked in a leadership role, think of ways you set clear goals or helped individuals cultivate a new skill. Reflect on your experience and share some ways that you help others to keep up the good work!

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  • Leadership

    20. At Tenneco, we encourage our employees to find ways to be more efficient, or improve the processes we have. Tell me about a time when you helped make a change in your company for the better.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to assess your engagement level. Employees who are actively involved and looking for ways to improve processes are generally top performers. Think about a time when you made a suggestion and it was adopted by your company. Assure the hiring manager that you will bring the same energy and attention to detail to your job at Tenneco.

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  • Performance Based

    21. Tenneco prides itself in providing a safe environment for our employees to work in. Tell me about safety procedures that you may have been exposed to in your previous position.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is trying to get a read on how important safety is to you. If you are an employee who takes shortcuts and puts yourself and others at risk. Think about what is involved with safety and the attention to detail that it requires. Be positive about your willingness to ensure you are following all OSHA standards and company policies to the letter.
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  • Performance Based

    22. At Tenneco, you will be required to produce a certain amount of units on a daily , monthly and yearly basis. Tell me about how you met your goals at your previous position.

      How to Answer

      Like any other production facility, Tenneco will require you to meet a quota and will gauge your performance accordingly. The interviewer needs to know that you can work under pressure to meet objectives. Think about a time when you had to meet a goal, and how you stayed focused on your task to do so. Be positive about your ability to work in this kind of environment.

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  • Problem Solving

    23. Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or supervisor? Tell me how you resolved the matter and used it to better your work environment?

      How to Answer

      Manufacturing work will require communication with employees and managers of other departments. The interviewer wants to know that you are respectful of your leaders, and while you do not always have to agree with your leader, that you communicate respectfully. Think about a time when you might have received constructive feedback that made your work better or easier. Reassure the hiring manager that you are open to instructions when they are communicated to you.

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  • Problem Solving

    24. Tenneco wants to provide the safest environment it can. Tell me what you might do if you saw a co-worker taking shortcuts, or working in an unsafe manner.

      How to Answer

      Tenneco has to ensure that all employees abide by their safety protocols, and expect employees to hold each other accountable. This is an opportunity for you to assure the hiring manager that you believe in the greater good. Be positive about your willingness to help your team members be protected and follow company guidelines.

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  • Problem Solving

    25. At times, the machines on the line have to be shut down for repairs or maintenance. Tell me about some things you might do during down times.

      How to Answer

      Every manufacturing plant has contingencies for downtime, as machines are being maintained. The interviewer is wanting to know that you will look for ways to occupy the time rather than just stand around soaking up the clock. Reassure the hiring manager, that you will spend the downtime being a productive member of the team.

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  • Trust

    26. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employment. What were you doing during those gaps?

      How to Answer

      There are many reasons for having a gap in your resume and it's best, to be honest, and upfront, about the reasons. Gaps are okay to have so long as there is a legitimate reason behind them. Also, show the interviewer that you did not remain dormant during that time. Talk about any courses you took or volunteer work you did.

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  • Trust

    27. At Tenneco, we offer our employees benefits, like medical, dental and even a 401 k - tell me about the types of benefits you receive in your present position.

      How to Answer

      Benefits are an important part of the companies compensation plan. The interviewer needs to know that you will be happy with the kinds of benefits that Tenneco offers. While having this conversation may be uncomfortable, it is a necessary step toward mutual understanding and will provide you as the applicant with more detailed information before accepting any offer of employment.

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  • Trust

    28. This position requires a lot of strenuous activity, like lifting and working in the heat. Are there any medical issues that we should know about, which might hinder you from performing your duties.

      How to Answer

      The manufacturing industry requires that employees be able to meet certain load limits for lifting or have the stamina to work in sometimes difficult environments. Be honest about any limitations or medical conditions that might be triggered by strenuous activity.

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