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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Thales Australia Limited 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 Thales Australia Limited 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 Thales Australia Limited.

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.

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."

3.

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."

4.

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.)"

5.

Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?

Sometimes a great achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way.

When faced with an impossible deadline and regular interruptions that cause you to have to switch gears every thirty minutes, completing a simple project can seem like climbing a mountain!

You have a couple of options for how to approach this: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share a significant accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it.

Either way, you are showing your determination and focus on reaching your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job for which you are interviewing. Try to keep it as career relevant as possible.

Rachelle's Answer

"One achievement that I am proud of is graduating University as an honors student while still working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and earn recognition for my dedication."

6.

Your workload will be large at Thales Australia Limited. 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."

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 Thales Australia Limited.

It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by Thales Australia Limited 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.

Because of the nature of business at Thales Australia Limited 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 Thales Australia Limited, 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."

10.

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."

11.

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?"

12.

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."

13.

Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?

When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change? Talk to the interviewer about how you adapt to change.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When a change occurs I initially try to balance the pros and the cons before reacting. Overall I would say that I prefer to focus on why the changes will work. I am a positive person by nature."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Some changes can be tougher to accept immediately than others. Once I understand the motivation or the goal behind the change, I can easily adapt."

14.

At Thales Australia Limited 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 Thales Australia Limited 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."

15.

There are numerous career avenues you can take with Thales Australia Limited. Which career path interests you the most?

It is essential that you thoroughly research Thales Australia Limited 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 Thales Australia Limited. 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 Thales Australia Limited 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 Thales Australia Limited 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. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  3. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
  4. 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?
  5. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
  6. Your workload will be large at Thales Australia Limited. How do you balance life and work?
  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 Thales Australia Limited.
  9. Because of the nature of business at Thales Australia Limited we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
  10. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  11. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
  12. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
  13. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
  14. At Thales Australia Limited we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
  15. There are numerous career avenues you can take with Thales Australia Limited. Which career path interests you the most?
  16. At Thales Australia Limited we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
  17. Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Thales Australia Limited, what do you think we could improve on?
  18. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Thales Australia Limited. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
  19. 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?
  20. Who would you say inspires you?
  21. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  22. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  23. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
  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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