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At Wilbur-Ellis we have restrictions surrounding the export of particular products. On a scale of 1-10 how familiar are you with agriculture export regulations?
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1.
At Wilbur-Ellis we have restrictions surrounding the export of particular products. On a scale of 1-10 how familiar are you with agriculture export regulations?
The interviewer would like to know the extent of your knowledge within exporting. No matter which position you are interviewing for with Wilbur-Ellis you should always be able to display a genuine and natural interest in the company's operations. Briefly discuss your experience with agriculture export regulations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous position with Nicaragua Banana Corporation, everyone was expected to understand the rules surrounding banana export. I would rate my knowledge of agriculture export regulations as a 7 out of 10 because there is always more to know and some regulations change with time. I am happy to study these further, should I be the successful candidate for Wilbur-Ellis."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am newer to my career, I would rate my current knowledge around a 5/10. With that said, I am eager to learn and can grasp new concepts easily while maintaining a strong retention record."
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In your own words, explain to me the 'Agreement on Agriculture' (AoA).
The interviewer would like to know the extent of your knowledge within the agriculture industry. No matter which position you are interviewing for with Wilbur-Ellis you should always be able to display a real and natural interest in the company's operations. Briefly explain your understanding of the AoA.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From my understanding, The Agreement on Agriculture is an international treaty created in the mid-1990's. It was considered an answer to improving the economic conditions for farmers at the time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"To my knowledge, the AoA (Agreement on Agriculture) is an international treaty set forth by the WTO (World Trade Organization)."
3.
At Wilbur-Ellis we communicate often with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Do you have experience working with this level of Government?
Assure the interviewer that you have strength in communication when it comes to the Government and other essential business bodies. Give an example of a time when you have communicated directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you have not been responsible for a task like this, then you can discuss your communication style and strengths.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The majority of questions that I have had in regards to the USDA are answered through their website FAQ section. I have been required to call the USDA hotline on occasion though. My communication skills are professional, so I do not foresee any difficulty related to this level of contact."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have extensive experience communicating directly with the USDA, over the span of 17 years. I am very comfortable with this job requirement."
4.
At Wilbur-Ellis we seek to hire individuals with a true passion for the agriculture industry. Where do you see this position taking your career in the next few years?
Onboarding new employees is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any employer. Assure the interviewer that you see long-term career potential with Wilbur-Ellis. Research the company online to discover any opportunities for future growth. Do they have multiple locations? Is there a variety of departments? Where do you see yourself growing within Wilbur-Ellis? Be enthusiastic when you discuss your long-term career plans!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am looking for a long-term career opportunity within the agriculture industry. I feel that this role with Wilbur-Ellis is a perfect step in my career now, and for the future. I see that you have operations in Canada and Mexico. My dream would be to relocate to Mexico and be a production manager with Wilbur-Ellis there."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current position, I have had my sights set on the senior leadership position in my department. If I were to join Wilbur-Ellis, my goal would be the same. I plan to take a few leadership workshops in the coming months to help get me there."
5.
At Wilbur-Ellis we have many competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out in this competitive space?
It is essential that you research Wilbur-Ellis before your interview and also that you include research on their competitors. In your opinion, where does Wilbur-Ellis stand out from the rest? Be sure to check out their website and look for any recent press releases, product launches, or industry related accolades. These are all great points to discuss when asked a question such as this.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"This industry is competitive; however, I feel that Wilbur-Ellis does an excellent job with standing out from the crowd. I see that you are the recipient of a Top 100 Employers award and that last year you were recognized for having the second most sustainable product in your industry. Congratulations on those big successes!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"After researching Wilbur-Ellis I think that the verbiage you use on your website and your social media content has the most positive and client-centered message. That was a real stand out to me."
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