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Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

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1.

Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, work-life balance, perks, and company culture."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component of that along with company mission, culture, benefits, and location."

2.

Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.

Possessing the skills to improve communication in the workplace is a precious asset. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to enhance communication in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"In my current position I have one particular client who was an exceptionally brief communicator. If I asked two questions, he would answer just one. I learned that he would not acknowledge anything for which he did not have a direct answer. I began to ask him questions in a different way. For example, I would say 'Do you have an answer for me on question X?' and he would say yes or no. We would then go from there. This solution was an effective method of communication for that particular client."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Recently, we were working with a client who continued to change the direction of our work. Our team was heading down one path and before we knew it, the client expected us to go another direction. We resolved to hold a weekly status touch base call to ensure two-way communication with our team and the client. When work was not done, we could explain why and if the client wanted changes made, we could catch them before wasting time and resources."

3.

On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

Do you feel that you are a sincere person or do you have room for growth? This question could be tricky as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your ethics.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself an nine because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I put a heavy focus on honesty and trustworthiness in the workplace, as well as in my personal life. Because I strive for complete honesty, I will rate myself as a 10/10. My values are solid."

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 a particular 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 selling and hitting targets so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my business development tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I tend to leave the hardest assignments for last. It is not because I dread them, but because I can make a lot more people happy by completing their small requests first and getting them back to work."

5.

At Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs we work with some of the largest scale machinery in our industry. Tell me about the types of machinery you are most experienced with.

The types of machinery that you are experienced with may be listed on your resume. Either way, the interviewer would like to see you be more specific about your exposure to certain types of machinery. Make sure that you understand which types of machinery Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH works with. If you are not clear on that answer, it is okay to ask the interviewer for further details.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The machinery I am most experienced with would be A, B, and C. I am an expert in these types of machinery which I understand you work with at Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH. Are there any other types of machinery you are looking for experience in?"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have experience in a variety of machinery, and from my research, I understand that your company primarily uses machinery A, B, and C. Is this correct? I do bring about five years' experience in each."

6.

Why are you the best candidate for us?

Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given individual accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am the best candidate for you because I have a consistent history of exceeding my targets and goals for the past three years. I have been promoted two times in the last year which is nearly unheard of in my current company. In addition to these successes, I have excellent cold calling skills which I will put to work immediately after being hired by your company."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe I'm the best candidate for Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH because of my decade of experience at your competitor. I have experience in the specific department in question, as a team leader, and I look forward to building on those leadership skills with your organization. I know I can make an immediate, and long-term, impact."

7.

How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?

In answering this question, show the interviewer that you have a system in place that helps you to think through what needs to happen, and when. The better you can prioritize, the more productive you will be, making you an asset to Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I love to keep running lists of everything that I need to do, big or small. Mostly because I love crossing things off of the to-do list, but also because it helps me keep track of everything. Lately, I've started utilizing a free project management software that I use to make those lists, categorize the tasks, and mark them as a priority."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Prioritizing is a skill that requires practice. There are many approaches you can take. Here are some suggestions:

1) Make a list. By thinking through and writing down each item that needs to be completed, you can see it on paper.
2) Mark what is urgent or important. Take into account deadlines and meetings.
3) Order each task based on effort and estimated value. Considering due dates and how long it will take to do each item (also considering how much time you have)."

8.

We have a variety of shifts at Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?

The interviewer wants to know what kind of flexibility you can offer Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH when it comes to your work schedule. If you have any restrictions on your calendar, this is an excellent time to address them. If there is a specific shift that you are looking for, be upfront about your preference.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am more than willing to be a flexible employee for Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH. Currently, I do not have many restrictions on my availability except for Tuesday evenings."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"For my family and personal life, I do prefer to work the afternoon shift. This allows me to get my kids to school and then my husband picks them up after school. We try to stagger our hours to accommodate our children's needs."

9.

Our reputation is very important to us. In which ways do you feel Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs stands out from the crowd?

It is imperative that you research Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH and their business landscape before your interview. Take a good look at their competitors and make a note of any awards or recognition that Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH may have received. Be sure to compliment them on what they are doing right!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Through some online research I see that your reviews are much stronger than those of your competitors. Your equipment is superior, and your reputation for prompt client service is unmatched. I am very excited to work for a company with such a great industry reputation."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"When I think of the industry leader, I think of Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH. I believe that this is due to your strong reputation for honesty in the industry but also the fact that your branding is consistent. This company has created an honest dialogue with its customers, and they have come to trust your expertise."

10.

The health and safety of our employees is top priority at Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs. How would you react if your supervisor asked you to perform a task that you were not comfortable with?

This situational question will give the interviewer a firm idea of the morale you bring to the workplace. Safety is so important to Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH, so be sure to acknowledge that you understand the importance of workplace safety. Discuss how you would handle being asked to do something that makes you uncomfortable.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"If I were asked to perform a task that I was not comfortable with, I would have a sincere discussion with my supervisor about why I was not comfortable. I believe that open communication is a key part of safety. Under no circumstance would I perform a task I did not feel comfortable doing."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I do not waiver when it comes to safety in the workplace. If I were asked to perform a task that I was not comfortable with, I would discuss it immediately with the person who initiated the request. If things needed to be escalated to upper management, I would not hesitate to do so. Processes and policy are there for a reason, and there are no excuses for cutting corners in the workplace."

11.

We put a lot of effort into ensuring Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs uses only the best parts and materials available. What do you know about our cutting edge machinery?

The interviewer wants assurance that you have conducted substantial research on Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH before attending the interview. The more you know, the more it shows that you are excited about the position and engaged in this process. You should be able to find everything that you need from the company website. Feel free to ask the interviewer if there is anything they would like to add. The more information they can divulge to you, the better armed you are for the next interview!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have researched Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH and your machinery a great deal. I like that your best machinery is manufactured in the USA. This fact means high quality and more local employment opportunities. I also learned A, B, and C (use specific examples). Is there anything else you would like to share with me about your machinery?"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Your cutting edge machinery is absolutely world class, and it offers you the ability to deliver much faster to your clients. I look forward to learning more about your machinery and processes, as well."

12.

How will the knowledge gained from your most recent position help you succeed in this role with Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs?

The interviewer would like to know more about the skills and knowledge you have gained in your current role and how those skills will help you to succeed in this position with Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH. It's a great idea to start with the core skills mentioned in the Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH job description and talk about how you currently exercise those skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I see that you are looking for a candidate with strong leadership skills. Currently, I lead a team of 15 technicians with great results. Since taking a leadership role with my current company, our productivity has increased by 23%, and our employee turnover has decreased by 46%. I am excited to apply my leadership successes to this role with Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"In my current position, I am exposed to a lot of decision making when it comes to internal process. I believe that this has greatly increased my ability to make sound decisions based on profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee retention. I look forward to lending this knowledge to my role with Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH."

13.

At Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs we measure productivity in a variety of ways. In your opinion, what are the most important performance metrics for this position?

The interviewer would like to know that you can identify the most critical parts of this role and understand how those relate to the overall success of Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH. Reading through their job description, you should be able to pull out the key responsibilities in this role. These key responsibilities are connected directly to the success of the organization. Discuss what you think the key performance metrics are and how you plan to meet them.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"From reading the job description and overall responsibilities of the role, I believe that the most important metrics to measure in this role are A, B, and C. In my current position I am measured by these specific metrics. I am a consistent performer in my current role and plan to bring the same enthusiasm to this position."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe the key metrics for this position are inventory turnover, receiving efficiency, and cost of carrying inventory. Is this correct? I have ten years' experience managing these exact metrics and am confident in my ability to improve these KPI's in the first 30 days after starting with Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH."

14.

Some of our competitors use social media to promote their brand. How do you feel about the social media presence at Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs? Do you feel this type of marketing is relevant to our industry?

The interviewer is wondering how deep you have researched Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH before your interview. Your answer will also reveal how tech savvy you are. Be sure to check out popular social media platforms and take note of the company's online presence. If you have a suggestion for the company, be sure to keep it lighthearted and complete your comment with a compliment on their current efforts. Share your thoughts on the use of social media in this industry and how you think it could help boost industry exposure.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I think that the use of social media in this industry is unconventional, but a great idea. It's just one way to stand out from your competitors. I like that you have a few YouTube videos showing some of the Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH equipment in action. I think this idea could be expanded to Instagram and even Snapchat by showing the general public some unique features of the equipment at Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH. Social media can be a great teaching tool!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe that social media marketing is relevant to any industry, at this time. Social proof is an important factor in consumer decision making, even in the heavy machinery industry."

15.

Our motto at Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs is to work smarter, not harder. If you had a workplace motto, what would it be?

The interviewer would like to have some insight into your workplace values and personal morale. Before your interview, conduct some research on Windmoller & Holscher Ausbildungs GmbH via their website, job postings, and online reviews. Take note of any common keywords they use when describing their workplace culture and company goals. Try to incorporate those keywords when you answer this question. This strategy will help the interviewer to see that you are an excellent fit for the position!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I fully agree with your company motto. Efficiency and productivity go hand in hand. If I had a workplace motto, it would be a quote by Jim Rohn: 'Don't wish it were easier. Wish you were better.' I am a big advocate for continued education and constant achievement."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My workplace and personal motto are one in the same; 'Happiness is an attitude.' I believe that we choose how we feel in a day, for the most part. Thus, I choose to be happy, confident, and enthusiastic."

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