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At Company ABC 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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30 Chemicals Interview Questions & Answers

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

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "One of the reasons why Company ABC 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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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?

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am well trained for these scenarios and fully understand the risks that come with working for Company ABC, 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?

      How to Answer

      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.?

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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 Company ABC 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?

      How to Answer

      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 Company ABC while answering this question.

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  • 5. Tell me about any safety related training you have received when it comes to the handling of chemicals and other toxic substances.

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 6. Do you have experience when it comes to appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals and other potentially toxic products?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 7. In your opinion, what do you think has been the biggest change in the chemicals industry in the past 10 years?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 8. At Company ABC we try to hire individuals dedicated to their own professional development. If you could take any related coursework, what would you choose?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 9. At Company ABC 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?

      How to Answer

      Discuss with the interviewer your longer-term career plans and how they fit into the career path being offered by Company ABC. Assure the interviewer that you are looking for a longer term fit.

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  • 10. What do you know about the workplace culture here at Company ABC?

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      It is critical that you spend time researching Company ABC and it's workplace culture before your interview. What did you find impressive about their culture? How do you see yourself fitting in?

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  • 11. If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 12. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 13. When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?

      How to Answer

      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?

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  • 14. When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?

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      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.

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  • 15. At Company ABC we ask for active contribution from our employees. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

      How to Answer

      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?

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  • 16. Budget is important for Company ABC. What was the greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

      How to Answer

      If you are in a management type of role, you will often be asked to keep your eyes open for cost-saving opportunities. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of understanding the importance of this practice and give a strong example of a time when you have done so.

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  • 17. Why is this job with Company ABC right for you at this time in your career?

      How to Answer

      Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change, and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you are seeking. Be sure to give a more in-depth answer than the typical "I am looking for growth" answer that so many interviewers hear. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on the company.

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  • 18. We value a harmonious culture within Company ABC. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

      How to Answer

      The tension between coworkers can be draining, mainly if you work in a high-stress work environment. When asked a question about dealing with conflict or overcoming a challenge, think of an example first. Having a concrete situation to draw from will help you to think through the steps you take to deal with conflict.

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  • 19. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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  • 20. What work situations excite and motivate you?

      How to Answer

      It is crucial, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive at Company ABC.

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  • 21. How do you define success?

      How to Answer

      What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see progress and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to Company ABC, should you be offered the role.

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  • 22. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?

      How to Answer

      Every company likes to hire those who are respectful of company resources and finances. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

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  • 23. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

      How to Answer

      Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

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  • 24. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

      How to Answer

      It is always best to support your reply with a real-life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

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  • 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?

      How to Answer

      To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This question is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

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  • 26. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

      How to Answer

      You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include capabilities that will potentially benefit Company ABC.

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  • 27. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of decisions you are accustomed to making in the workplace. The way you answer this questions will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision-making requirements in this possible position.

      If the job you are interviewing for requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet, you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. If you worked in tech support, you faced problems that you needed to find solutions for on a regular basis. If you worked as a sales rep, you might have to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

      You may have faced decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these types of decisions and be sure to highlight how these types of decisions have prepared you for a role like this one.

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  • 28. Company ABC has seasons of peak times where the workload is high. How do you handle a larger than average workload?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

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  • 29. What is your current salary?

      How to Answer

      A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.



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  • 30. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

      How to Answer

      Many interviewers will start off with this question, which could throw you off a bit. You've done all of this research on the company but have you prepared to talk about yourself?

      The interviewer is looking for relevant information to the position for which you applied. Respond by mentioning your education, how many years of experience you have in your field, and be sure give some details about your most current position. Conclude your response with a statement about what you are looking for in a job at this time.

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