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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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At Zeus we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?
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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 safety in the workplace.
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  1. At Zeus we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?
  2. In the chemical industry there is always potential for dangerous spills and exposure to toxic chemicals. Are you willing to work in an industry that poses this type of risk?
  3. In your chemicals career have you ever experienced a chemical related emergency such as a spill or injured co-worker due to exposure?
  4. At Zeus 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?
  5. Tell me about any safety related training you have received when it comes to the handling of chemicals and other toxic substances.
  6. Do you have experience when it comes to appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals and other potentially toxic products?
  7. In your opinion, what do you think has been the biggest change in the chemicals industry in the past 10 years?
  8. At Zeus we try to hire individuals dedicated to their own professional development. If you could take any related coursework, what would you choose?
  9. At Zeus we try to hire people who want to stay with us long term. What are your long term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?
  10. What do you know about the workplace culture here at Zeus?
  11. If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
  12. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
  13. When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?
  14. When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
  15. At Zeus we ask for active contribution from our employees. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
  16. Budget is important for Zeus. What was the greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
  17. Why is this job with Zeus right for you at this time in your career?
  18. We value a harmonious culture within Zeus. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
  19. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  20. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  21. How do you define success?
  22. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
  23. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  24. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  25. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  26. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
  27. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
  28. Zeus has seasons of peak times where the workload is high. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  29. What is your current salary?
  30. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
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15 Zeus, Inc. Answer Examples
1.
At Zeus 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 safety in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"One of the reasons why Zeus, Inc. 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 #2
"Safety is the most important factor in the workplace, in my opinion. When working with chemicals, especially! I have attended a variety of safety training including Decontamination, Responding to Chemical Emergencies, and CPR / First Aid."
2.
In the chemical industry there is always potential for dangerous spills and exposure to toxic chemicals. Are you willing to work in an industry that poses this type of risk?
The interviewer would like to know that you can professionally handle an emergency situation. Have you ever encountered a chemical spill or other emergency situation in the workplace? Talk to the interviewer about how you reacted. If you have not experienced this, discuss how you feel you would respond in this type of situation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have experienced a couple of different scenarios surrounding chemical spills. When situations like this occur, I am sure to rely on my training when it comes to chemical related emergencies. I feel well equipped to handle a situation like this in a professional manner."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am well trained for these scenarios and fully understand the risks that come with working for Zeus, Inc., and the chemicals industry in general."
3.
In your chemicals career have you ever experienced a chemical related emergency such as a spill or injured co-worker due to exposure?
Assure the interviewer that you are well equipped when it comes to handling an emergency situation in the workplace. Do you have any training when it comes to chemical safety, chemical spills, etc.?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a spotless safety record in my work history, so I have not experienced a chemical related emergency at this point in my career. I have great amounts of training in emergency situations, as well as WHMIS and OSHA certified."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I experienced a chemical spill in one of our warehouse facilities last year. A forklift operator accidentally pierced a container. In my current position, we have rigorous spill protocols. We followed those protocols and were able to avoid any injury and toxic exposure."
4.
At Zeus 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 vital 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 Zeus, Inc. while answering this question.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched Zeus, Inc. and see that you truly are an industry leader in the chemicals arena. From my research, I believe what sets you apart is your incredible customer service and dedication to safety. Also, it appears that your employee benefits package is one of the best in the industry."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"From my research, I understand that your biggest competitors are companies X, Y, and Z. Your branding is what sets Zeus, Inc. apart from its competitors. A good brand equals trust and with your strong branding comes a great deal of public trust in your product."
5.
Tell me about any safety related training you have received when it comes to the handling of chemicals and other toxic substances.
Give the interviewer a concise overview of your formal and on the job training related to chemical safety and proper handling. You can be brief when answering this question but be sure to give the interviewer confidence in your abilities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am certified in chemical safety and currently hold a valid WHMIS certificate as well as a valid OSHA certificate. I am confident in the training I have received and understand the importance of caution and safety while working around chemicals and potentially toxic substances."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am new to this industry, I have not taken any safety-related training related to chemicals. If you could suggest some specific training, I would be happy to get a head start while you make your hiring decision."
6.
Do you have experience when it comes to appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals and other potentially toxic products?
Proper shipping and handling of chemicals are of utmost importance to the success of most chemical companies. Talk to the interviewer about your experience in transportation of chemicals.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have experience in shipping and handling of chemicals by road transportation and air. I have been formally trained in Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA) and have a spotless record when it comes to transportation safety."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because I am new to the chemicals industry, I do not have specific experience when it comes to the appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals. I am here to learn, and will do so, enthusiastically."
7.
In your opinion, what do you think has been the biggest change in the chemicals industry in the past 10 years?
Talk to the interviewer about the most significant changes you have seen in the chemicals industry. Keep your answer positive by focusing on the changes that have been good for the industry.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that the biggest change in the chemicals industry has been the amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These amendments have greatly assisted with the consistency of communication and expectations in the chemicals industry."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The chemicals industry is always faced with new challenges as policy changes come all the time. The biggest challenge that stands out to me is increasing capital costs that cause knee-jerk reactions such as cost-cutting measurements that end up being poor decisions further down the road."
8.
At Zeus we try to hire individuals dedicated to their own professional development. If you could take any related coursework, what would you choose?
The interviewer would like to know if you are willing to expand your industry knowledge through further professional development and coursework. Talk to the interviewer about any additional education you may have been considering and assure them you are interested in the professional development options they may be offering.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am very dedicated to my professional development and am happy to attend any coursework that you may recommend. If I could choose any related coursework, I would choose further education on leadership and team engagement."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"GLP and Quality Assurance are topics of interest to me. I appreciate that Zeus, Inc. emphasizes the professional development of their employees."
9.
At Zeus we try to hire people who want to stay with us long term. What are your long term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?
Discuss with the interviewer your longer-term career plans and how they fit into the career path being offered by Zeus, Inc.. Assure the interviewer that you are looking for a longer term fit.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am looking for a long-term career path which is one of the reasons I applied to work with Zeus, Inc.. I like that you have opportunities for advancement within your team and that you offer professional development coursework. If hired, I would seek to work my way into a leadership role with Zeus, Inc.."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I plan to have a long-term career in the chemicals industry. My education is geared to this as I recently graduated from Chemical Engineering. I would be happy to enjoy a long-term career with Zeus, Inc.."
10.
What do you know about the workplace culture here at Zeus?
It is critical that you spend time researching Zeus, Inc. and it's workplace culture before your interview. What did you find impressive about their culture? How do you see yourself fitting in?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am impressed with the culture at Zeus, Inc.. There are many great reviews online, and I have spoken with one of your current employees whom I know. I like that you have strong performance incentives in place for your employees and offer a safe and comfortable workplace for all. Your zero tolerance employee discrimination program is inspiring as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have conducted a great deal of research on Zeus, Inc. and the workplace culture that you discuss on your website. From my understanding, you boast a workplace culture of tolerance, diversity, and transparency."
11.
If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPI's after 120 days. If hired today, my goal would be to exceed my KPI's after the first 90 days. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If hired today, I would first work on obtaining all of the industry certifications and training that Zeus, Inc. needs me to complete. This will enable me to work independently, and gain traction in my new role."
12.
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
Being able to face a challenge or stressful situation, and still gain some accomplishment, in the end, is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my career, so far, I feel that the most difficult accomplishment for me to achieve were the three back-to-back promotions in my current company. Because promotions are granted based on results, I had to put in a lot of overtime hours, and hustle, to get there."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My proudest accomplishment to date was completing my Degree in Chemical Engineering while also being a single parent to two young boys. The level of dedication that I had to give to both my family and my education was very tough. I couldn't be prouder of myself for never giving up."
13.
When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?
How you face unexpected difficulty can say a lot about your character. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have encountered an unexpected challenge. How did you handle the situation?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The biggest unexpected difficulty that I have faced was my unexpected lay off during the last recession. I had to adapt to a new economy and search deeply for other skills and opportunities. I was able to earn enough to avoid financial strain and am quite proud of my ability to be versatile when required."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I faced unexpected difficulty last year when Company X swiftly acquired our company. With nobody aware of the change, it was emotional chaos in our offices for some time. I chose to remain calm, avoid jumping to assumptions and continued doing my job as usual. This approach helped me to get through the situation."
14.
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
Have you been asked to change your priorities on a dime? How do you react to this kind of shift in priorities? Assure the interviewer that you can respond professionally when it comes to sudden changes.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current role, our schedule is changed on a regular basis and always at short notice. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current position, I have to respond to sudden change on a regular basis. This situation always occurs when my clients need changes to their projects, and it often happens right before the deadline. I am accustomed to situations like this and welcome the challenge!"
15.
At Zeus we ask for active contribution from our employees. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
It is essential to show the interviewer that you are a team player. Talk about a time that you were recently expected to achieve a goal in a team setting. How did you go above and beyond to ensure that your contribution was felt?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last month our company asked upper management to complete a full inventory audit. There were 4 of us in total and so we broke the audit requirements into shifts. These shifts had to take place when the warehouse closed. In the end, there was one additional shift that nobody wanted to take. I volunteered myself to do that shift to show my dedication to my job and my co-workers. The gesture was appreciated, and the audit completed on time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My most notable contribution was my ability to analyze and predict market trends, and then create a successful marketing strategy. Before me, there was no one with a true marketing background on the team."
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