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At Company ABC we have employees from all branches of manufacturing including food, chemicals, textiles, machines, and equipment. What type of experience best defines your background or specialty?

How to Answer

This question is designed for the interviewer to draw out any transferable skills you may have. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your background. Be sure to highlight any experience in manufacturing, whether or not the industry is a direct fit with what Company ABC does.

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30 Manufacturing Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. At Company ABC we have employees from all branches of manufacturing including food, chemicals, textiles, machines, and equipment. What type of experience best defines your background or specialty?

      How to Answer

      This question is designed for the interviewer to draw out any transferable skills you may have. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your background. Be sure to highlight any experience in manufacturing, whether or not the industry is a direct fit with what Company ABC does.

      1st Answer Example

      "My previous employers have focused on food manufacturing; however, I am very familiar with many of the processes that transfer to the chemicals manufacturing industry. My safety training, as well as my machinery experience, will be a major asset to your company, should you choose to hire me."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am newer to the manufacturing industry so feel that I could quite easily land on my feet in a multitude of focus'. If I could choose one particular area that I was most passionate about, I would prefer to work on the machining side."

  • 2. We want you to find a fulfilling career with Company ABC. Where could you see yourself 5 years from now?

      How to Answer

      Before your interview, be sure to visit Company ABC career opportunities online. Take note of the range of job possibilities. Perhaps there are opportunities in other locations? What kind of growth is available in the particular department with which you are interviewing? Assure the interviewer that you desire a long-term opportunity with Company ABC by discussing the career path you would like.

      1st Answer Example

      "I saw a few leadership opportunities posted on your company website that seemed very interesting. Ultimately, I would like to work my way into a management role that offered leadership opportunities. I am very interested in working for Company ABC because of the multiple growth opportunities present here, and I look forward to proving my capabilities to you."

      2nd Answer Example

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."

  • 3. At Company ABC we prefer to hire individuals who are invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have attended.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you have taken any formal education and training related to their industry. Your reply will help the interviewer to assess your commitment to Company ABC and their industry.

      1st Answer Example

      "I have taken a variety of coursework related to the manufacturing and engineering industry. In addition to my Bachelor's degree in Engineering, I also have a Project Management certificate. I am fully dedicated to forging a strong career in this field and look forward to bringing my knowledge to work for Company ABC"

      2nd Answer Example

      "The majority of my training is in leadership and human resources within a manufacturing environment. I appreciate that Company ABC takes an interest in professional development because that aligns nicely with my plan to further my knowledge in safety and training for factory environments."

  • 4. At Company ABC we put great pride into the quality of our products. In your opinion, what do we do best?

      How to Answer

      When a company takes great pride in the quality of the products they manufacture, they want to know that the individuals they hire are passionate about quality as well. Show the interviewer that you have invested some time in getting to know the products at Company ABC.

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  • 5. Company ABC works with some very well-known and respected brands. How will you do your part to contribute to our strong reputation?

      How to Answer

      This question is designed for the interviewer to find out if you have researched Company ABC before your interview and also to see if your customer service philosophy matches their company values.

      Be sure to research the brands that Company ABC works with, or represents. Of those brands, discuss with the interviewer the ones with which you are most familiar. If something about them stood out to you during your research, be sure to mention this.

      Next, assure the interviewer that you are capable of upholding their strong reputation through your morale and customer service expertise.

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  • 6. List for me the machinery that you are most accustomed to operating.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like assurance that you can handle the type of machinery that they operate at Company ABC. Talk to the interviewer about your exposure to machinery and any manufacturing specific experience that you may have. Be sure to ask the interviewer if they are looking for a particular type of machinery. This question will allow you to overcome any potential objections later. If specific machinery experience is requested in the job description, be sure to address that as well.

      If you have the right experience: "I see from your job description that you are looking for experience in machines X, Y, and Z. I have run these specific pieces of equipment for the past 12 years and consider myself an expert with them. Are there any other machine operating skills that you desire?"

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  • 7. Workplace safety is incredibly important to us at Company ABC. What kind of safety training do you have?

      How to Answer

      Chances are, your safety training is listed on your resume. The interviewer is looking for a brief overview of your safety training. Take a few minutes to walk them through your experience. Also, if you have any statistics to share on your safety record, this is a great time to discuss those successes.

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  • 8. At Company ABC we manufacture thousands of SKU's. How do you plan to learn about our product range?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you have a plan in place to succeed in this position with Company ABC. Discuss with the interviewer how you plan to learn their vast product range. Highlight your ability to study, memorize, and retain information. Display to the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in what Company ABC manufactures.

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  • 9. Company ABC manufactures a multitude of products. Which to you think is our best seller?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is testing your depth of knowledge on Company ABC and their products. How you answer this question will quickly reveal to the interview how much, or how little, research you have done before the meeting.

      Start by researching the company website and look for any special mentions. Generally, a company will highlight their best seller or most popular product. Next, Google search the company name and see if any particular product comes up in your search. Lastly, check customer or client reviews to see if there is a consistent theme.

      Give your answer by demonstrating your research, and logically backing your answer. You should ask the interviewer what their best selling product is, as well. This question could open up a great conversation between yourself and the interviewer while providing you with additional information that will be helpful for any upcoming interviews with Company ABC.

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  • 10. Tell me about the inventory software you have worked with. Are you familiar with the programs we use at Company ABC?

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      Direct experience with the exact software or programs used at Company ABC may not be a "must-have," but do take some time to find out which programs they use, and discover how your technical skills may be a match.

      If specific technical skills are essential for the success of this role, the desired skills will be listed in the job description. Be sure to ask the interviewer if they want to see any specific technical skills. This question will allow you to overcome any objections the interviewer may have later regarding your exposure to their particular programs.

      If you have the right experience: "I see from your job description that you are looking for experience in program X, Y, and Z. I have used all three of these programs for the past five years and would rate myself as an intermediate level user. Are there any other technical skills that you desire?"

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  • 11. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?

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      The interviewer wants to know that you are confident about your leadership abilities and that you understand when your leadership abilities have been most useful.

      Perhaps you best demonstrate yourself as a leader when your manager is away. Maybe you often jump into a leadership mindset when a co-worker is struggling. Think about a recent time when an employee on your team was successful at something because of your leadership skills. Discuss the scenario and how your leadership skills made the difference.

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  • 12. 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 required 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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  • 13. What was your 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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  • 14. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

      How to Answer

      A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

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  • 15. Why are you the best candidate for us?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 16. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

      How to Answer

      There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you have experience using and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

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  • 17. How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?

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      Do you value your client and customer relationships? How do you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back? Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for solid customer and client relationships.

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  • 18. Do you ever used your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can diffuse a tense situation if needed. They also want to see a bit more of your personality! Stress and fast-paced work environments can cause people to feel overwhelmed and sometimes even angry or upset. Think of a time when you took a much more lighthearted approach to diffuse a tense situation.

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  • 19. How did you bring value to your last position?

      How to Answer

      This question is similar to 'Why are you the best candidate?' Think about the strengths and skills that made you an asset in your last position. Maybe you influenced changes that saved the company money. Perhaps you were the top grossing sales person on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support for coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

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  • 20. What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision without all the relevant information?

      How to Answer

      Sometimes we have to make decisions without all of the pertinent information at our fingertips. The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of taking educated guesses and that you are confident enough in your abilities that you can make a good decision without all pieces of the problem being present.

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  • 21. What challenges are you looking for in this position with Company ABC?

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      The interviewer wants to know that this role will be challenging enough for you to stay with Company ABC long term.

      Be sure that you understand the job description. Take a close look at the duties and responsibilities that could pose a more significant challenge for you. Sometimes the hardest part is balancing all of the tasks you're expected to manage.

      Explain to the interviewer that you are prepared and looking forward to learning from difficulties as they arise. Be specific to show your understanding of the expectations of the role.

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  • 22. 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 this potential new employer.

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  • 23. We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a coworker stealing? co-worker stealing?

      How to Answer

      Some businesses have trouble with employee theft, and they need to make sure that they are hiring someone who is honest and trustworthy. Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you caught a co-worker stealing.

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  • 24. How can we motivate you on the job?

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      Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

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  • 25. What do your team members think of you as the team leader?

      How to Answer

      It is essential to be aware, and honest, about your strong points and shortcomings when it comes to your leadership skills. Talk to the interviewer about what you honestly feel your team would say about your leadership skills.

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  • 26. How competitive are you?

      How to Answer

      Being a competitive person is an excellent thing if you are appropriately competitive in the workplace. Assure the interviewer that you have a tremendous competitive edge when necessary but are still able to balance that competition healthily.

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  • 27. How do you deal with a coworker when they stand in the way of your progress at work?

      How to Answer

      Even some of the best coworkers who are hard-working and entertaining can distract you from getting things done at work. The funny and entertaining coworkers who like to chat online and send you YouTube videos over email are often the ones who can get in the way of your productivity. How do you respond?

      This question gives you a chance to talk about how you set healthy boundaries at work. It can be a difficult task, but you can handle it! Show off your ability to listen and communicate what you need from your coworkers, especially when you need space!

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  • 28. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 29. If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?

      How to Answer

      Show your confidence to your interviewer by explaining your willingness to be part of the team and not being afraid to pick up the slack when needed, but make sure you don't allow someone to take advantage of you.

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  • 30. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?

      How to Answer

      Being terminated does not have to be an embarrassing or shameful thing. Be open and honest with the interviewer regarding your dismissal. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you can provide positive references despite a previous termination.

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