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When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?

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  1. 1.

    When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?

      Being able to delegate to your team correctly is a critical part of successful management. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have appointed in error. Be sure to discuss how you repaired the mistake.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Earlier in my career I would delegate tasks at random, thinking that everyone had the skills to complete any company-related task. I found that these employees would procrastinate on these tasks if they seemed overwhelming or if they did not understand them. After a bit of time, and some learning, I began to delegate based on personality type and skill-set. This method proved to be much more effective, and I follow this delegation style to this day."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am usually cautious when delegating tasks because putting the wrong person in the wrong function can be a dangerous, and expensive, mistake. A few years ago I put an employee on the incorrect piece of machinery, thinking that he was certified in operating that bit of equipment. I am now sure to double check credentials before delegating."

  2. 2.

    Every step counts for a successful project so at ThyssenKrupp we prefer to hire those who come highly trained. Do you have any post-secondary education related to project management or environmental affairs?

      Assure the interviewer that you come equipped with the knowledge level appropriate for this position. If you do not have a post-secondary education, then be sure to make a statement regarding your ability to perform the tasks required of you for this role with ThyssenKrupp AG.

      If you have project management or environmental related post-secondary education: "I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you do not have project management or environmental related post-secondary education: "My formal education related to environmental affairs is limited; however, I bring 15 solid years' experience in the industry. My knowledge level is healthy, and I am confident in my ability to surpass your expectations."

  3. 3.

    How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?

      Do you use your creative mind with your colleagues to discuss ideas and systems in the workplace? Talk to the interviewer about how you have used creative thinking in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a policy with my team that if they have an innovative and helpful idea they can bring it to me at any time. If my team members' idea or system is something that I think could work, we then create a plan together to present it to our head office. This policy has generated some compelling ideas in our office over the past three years including a work-share program and some health and safety initiatives."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I think it is important to discuss work with colleagues in a collaborative nature to encourage all types of ideas to come forth. Often, when people put their heads together, they will create something better than something one individual could have done alone."

  4. 4.

    ThyssenKrupp seeks to hire those who are up to date on the industry. Our industry is a competitive one with policy changing frequently. How do you keep up with industry trends and policy changes?

      The interviewer is seeking for proof that you have a genuine interest in their particular industry. When you have a real interest in a topic, you will spend time dedicating yourself to grow your knowledge base.

      Discuss with the interviewer a couple of ways that you keep yourself updated on industry trends and policy changes. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewer about the ways they keep prefer to stay on top of industry topics. You never know what other resources are out there and you may learn something new!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are many great resources dedicated to the metals and mining industry. At the moment, my favorite resource is miningmagazine.com. I visit their website frequently and also subscribe to their blog. What is your favorite resource for industry related news?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I subscribe to a variety of print, and online, publications such as Mines to Markets, Mining Global and Cobalt News. Could you share with me some of your favorite resources? I always like to learn about new industry resources."

  5. 5.

    We are looking for a long term fit at ThyssenKrupp. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

      It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but does assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for their position.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In 5 years I would like to be seen as an authority in our industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."

  6. 6.

    Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?

      The interviewer would like to know if you consider yourself a patient individual. Impatience can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in coworkers, so it is imperative that you can showcase your ability to remain patient and professional in workplace situations.

      Patience is indeed a virtue but can be challenging to maintain when it seems that situations continue to push your buttons. Show the interviewer that you possess the ability to keep your cool in challenging conditions.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do consider myself a patient person. I would rate myself an eight /10 for patience because I certainly have room to grow, but I do have a very long fuse. If I need a boost of patience in a challenging situation, I will take a step away, count to 10 and then return to the situation. I recently read a book, 'The Power of Patience' by M.J. Ryan which also gave me some excellent new methods for coping with stress."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was once working with a group that could not quite get along, and it tested my patience a bit because it prevented us from staying on track and focusing on the goals. I went above and beyond in helping the group get along by scheduling lunches as a team and helping to mediate situations that needed it."

  7. 7.

    What is your personal mission statement?

      Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly important to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes credit for good work."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am not sure that I have a personal mission statement; however, my mission is to always treat people with respect and kindness. Kindness will always win, and people appreciate the gesture."

  8. 8.

    ThyssenKrupp likes to bring out the best in our employees. What type of manager brings out the best in you?

      The interviewer wants to see that you are self-aware and understand the type of manager or employer that brings out the best in you. Some individuals prefer a close working relationship with a lot of accountability while others prefer space and autonomy. If you are unsure of the management style at ThyssenKrupp AG, try to leave your answer as open as possible. You can certainly ask the interviewer to describe their management style.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have worked with a wide range of personalities and management styles with great success. If I could express a preference, I feel that I perform best in an independent and autonomous environment. Can you describe the management style here?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I work best with managers who are patient, like to teach and are clear communicators. Because I am newer to my career, I do hope to work for a manager who can mentor me."

  9. 9.

    How do you define success?

      What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success 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 with ThyssenKrupp AG.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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

      "I define success by what we achieve as a team. The project, as a whole, needs to deliver on expectations before I consider the job a success."

  10. 10.

    What do you know about corporate governance practices in the metals and mining industry?

      The interviewer wants to understand the depth of your experience and knowledge when it comes to rules of engagement in the metals and mining industry. Show the interviewer that you have exposure to corporate governance but avoid giving a long-winded answer. Briefly state the level of exposure you have had with each industry related company on your resume.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Corporate rules and practices were governed heavily in my last three positions. In all three positions, our Board of Directors created Corporate Governance guidelines that strongly supported the integrity of our operations. I believe Corporate Governance practices always need to be in line with the stockholders' best interests. Corporate Governance should also provide oversight of the company's accounting and financial reporting processes."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As I am new to this industry, I do not have a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to corporate governance. With that said, I have started to study these, using government websites as a resource. If you have any suggestion for me on what to study, I am very open to suggestions."

  11. 11.

    Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.

      Everyone has had their share of challenges in their career. The interviewer knows that you are not perfect; however, they need to know that you can professionally overcome work-related roadblocks.

      Maybe you had a significant project that almost went sideways. Perhaps you had a conflict in the workplace that you could have handled more professionally. Explain your approach to resolving the issue and be sure to highlight the steps you took to reach that resolution.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The most challenging problem I have encountered in my professional career was with my most recent employer. I had an incredibly important project that made up the majority of my annual budget. The client was challenging to work with as he was rarely available for comment, due to extensive international travel. I needed this deal to work out so, for the 6-month span of the project, I made my work hours reflect his time zone. This allowed us to communicate via Skype on a daily basis. This meant a fair share of late night and early morning calls for me! It was a sacrifice; however, I would do it again. I understand that sacrifices need to be made for successful outcomes to happen."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The most challenging problem that I encountered in my career was when my former company experienced a major merger. It was a lot to adjust to but, after some time, I was able to get a good pace again."

  12. 12.

    At ThyssenKrupp we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?

      Assure the interviewer that you are as concerned about safety as they are. In which ways do you put safety first? Talk about the importance of security in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One of the reasons why ThyssenKrupp AG stands out to me as a potential employer, is your dedication to workplace safety. I feel that safety should be the number one consideration in this industry. It determines employee engagement, company profitability, and ensures a strong industry reputation."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Safety is of utmost importance to me! I take regular precautions in the workplace, and I continue to attend safety training while keeping my tickets and certifications valid."

  13. 13.

    Strong communication skills are important for any role with ThyssenKrupp. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Discuss with the interviewer why you chose that particular rating for yourself. Be sure to highlight that your exceptional communication skills will make you a success in this role with ThyssenKrupp AG!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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 current 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. I look forward to bringing my strong communication skills to ThyssenKrupp AG."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will rate myself an eight because I value communication but, just like most people, I have things to learn. Some ways that I ensure clear communication are by utilizing multiple methods of delivering messages, and I give ample time for questions before implementing changes."

  14. 14.

    At ThyssenKrupp we take every step possible to be a leader in our industry. In your opinion, who are our competitors and what sets us apart from them?

      It is incredibly important to research the company before your interview. You should learn who the company's competitors are. Discuss your findings with the interviewer and be sure to speak highly of ThyssenKrupp AG while answering this question.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have researched ThyssenKrupp AG and see that you truly are an industry leader in the metals and mining arena. From my research, I believe what sets you apart is your incredible dedication to safety, and to the environment."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "From my understanding, your biggest competitors are companies A, B, and C. I believe that ThyssenKrupp AG is different because you put safety above all else. Your public safety records are impressive, and I am excited at the possibility to join such a responsible company."

  15. 15.

    At ThyssenKrupp we understand that our industry can be a volatile one. In your opinion, what is the outlook for the metals and mining industry in the next year?

      The interviewer wants to see that you have a keen interest in the industry and that you are up to date on some of the challenges and wins that ThyssenKrupp AG may be facing. You do not need to give an incredibly long and drawn out answer but be sure to highlight a couple of interesting points.

      Wrap up your response by asking the interviewer their personal opinion on the outlook for the industry. This question from you could start an insightful and helpful conversation

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I read in an article a short time ago that mining was one of 2016's best performing sectors despite a slow start to the year. Citi analysts are predicting another solid year. How do you feel the outlook will be for this industry in the years to come?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although the prices for many commodities have declined over the years, I feel that we will be bouncing back again very soon. According to the Financial Post, 2018 is going to be a solid year for the metals and mining industry."

  16. 16.

    In your opinion, why is our industry a fundamental one?

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  17. 17.

    What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?

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  18. 18.

    ThyssenKrupp is committed to transparency, whether that means full disclosure to our board, the government, or audit committee. Do you consider yourself a transparent and honest individual?

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  19. 19.

    Social responsibility is important to us. In your opinion, what is the best environmental effort ThyssenKrupp has launched in the past 3 years?

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  20. 20.

    How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

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  21. 21.

    How has your current job changed over the years?

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  22. 22.

    Considering your background is in an industry different from ThyssenKrupp, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this industry?

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  23. 23.

    We believe in giving ThyssenKrupp employees honest, open, and regular feedback. What feedback did you receive at your last job?

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  24. 24.

    What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

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  25. 25.

    Integrity is a key value at ThyssenKrupp. When have you shown great integrity at work?

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  26. 26.

    Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.

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  27. 27.

    What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision and you do not feel you have all the relevant or necessary information?

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  28. 28.

    What is your current salary?

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  29. 29.

    If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?

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  30. 30.

    Are you applying for any other jobs?

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