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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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1.

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."

2.

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

If Virgin Galactic 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 Virgin Galactic 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."

3.

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?"

4.

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."

5.

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."

6.

Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Virgin Galactic. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?

Many companies involved in Aerospace and Defense have sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy individual who can handle being under a confidentiality agreement with Virgin Galactic, if hired.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am a highly trustworthy person. My background includes many years of experience working on sensitive projects. I fully understand the desire that Virgin Galactic has to protect their data and am more than willing to sign a confidentiality agreement."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Yes, I am willing to sign a confidentiality agreement with Virgin Galactic, anytime in this process."

7.

How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the company, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful employees are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I encourage others by praising their great ideas and helping them to continue being their best self. Noticing the small things is important. People want to feel like their contribution is important to the overall workplace 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 Virgin Galactic.

It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by Virgin Galactic 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.

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."

10.

At Virgin Galactic 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 Virgin Galactic 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."

11.

The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Virgin Galactic 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 Virgin Galactic.

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?"

12.

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

It is essential that you thoroughly research Virgin Galactic 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 Virgin Galactic. 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 Virgin Galactic 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?"

13.

Because of the nature of business at Virgin Galactic 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 Virgin Galactic, 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.

At Virgin Galactic we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?

It is essential to research Virgin Galactic before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors and why you feel Virgin Galactic stands out from the crowd. Visit the 'News' and 'About Us' section on the company website to find out if they have received any recent awards or accolades.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have seen that you have a few competitors in your industry; however, after reviewing your website, online reviews, and seeing your multitude of recent awards I feel that working for Virgin Galactic would be a real honor and great step in my career. You stand out from the crowd for refusing to bend from your company values."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Your organization stands out in many ways. What impressed me the most was your safety record, employee tenure, and growth opportunity. When it comes to your competitors, would you agree that these are stand-out areas for you? I would love to hear more about your company's competition plan."

15.

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 Virgin Galactic 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 Virgin Galactic."

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 Virgin Galactic."

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."

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Interview Questions

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