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Top 25 Auto Mechanic Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What are your strengths as a mechanic?
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Question 2 of 25
Why do you want to work for our garage?
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The interviewer wants to know that you're not just interested in any place that will hire you. They want to know that you want to work for them, specifically. Before the interview, learn as much as you can about their garage. You can search customer reviews to learn about their reputation. An auto repair shop with good reviews reflects their values as well. Think about the places you have worked. What did you like most about them? If you can't find much online or through asking around beforehand, try to list at least three things you have read that you like about their garage. Prepare questions for any remaining areas that are unclear, but focus on values and qualities, such as work environment, employee training, and customer care.
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"I want to work for your garage because, being a new auto mechanic, I need a place where I can successfully grow while being mentored by knowledgeable professionals. I know that your garage has a reputation for thorough training."
Experienced Example
"I follow your shop on Facebook, and it looks like you have a very loyal clientele base. It's important to me that I join a reputable shop where I can bring my valued clients over. I have a positive reputation in the industry, and it's important to me to keep it intact."
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Question 3 of 25
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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"My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out discrepancies on a report and will notice the small things like an engine sounding slightly off. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."
Mechanics need to have a keen eye and the precision of a surgeon. It's true! Having a steady hand and being about to work quickly, paying close attention to details along the way, are valuable skills. You need to be able to notice patterns, hear sounds and notice problems before they become a more significant issue. Seeing cracks in an engine belt is one example of how your job isn't just about noticing the details, it knows what to look for. 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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"My attention to detail is a point that I have been working on a lot this past year. I am meticulous but, in the past, have pushed my documentation back a little bit. It's something I am conscious of and continually working on."
Experienced Example
"Because I know cars so well, I am good at noticing when something is off. I always tell customers when I notice brake pads wearing down and let them know they when they will need to replace them. I have a sharp eye, and I'm extremely thorough."
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Question 4 of 25
How much experience do you have working with automobiles?
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"I have about 8 years of experience,"
If you haven't worked on automobiles in a professional setting, don't sweat it! You can include your experience working on your own cars or others. When you respond to this question, you want to go in depth about the type of work you have done, sharing your knowledge and areas of expertise. Rather than saying, "I have about 8 years of experience,"
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"I recently completed my Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Mechanics. This undergraduate degree has given me experience with engines, brakes, and electrical systems. I do look forward to working here and furthering these skills on the job."
Experienced Example
"I have worked on automobiles since I was a kid. My father was a mechanic, which spurred my interest at a young age. For the past ten years, I have held a formal role as shift lead at the same auto body shop, working primarily on domestic cars, trucks, and SUV's."
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Question 5 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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Even though most auto repair shops are open 8-5, there will be days you need to arrive much earlier or stay later. Being a team player means sharing the responsibilities and tasks, helping out your co-workers when the shop is busy, or they need assistance on a repair job. A good attitude goes a long way. Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask! Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations. If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you. Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week.
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"I am available for full-time work which is preferably 8-5 Monday to Friday. I am happy to be a team player and work some overtime, as required. Will these hours meet your expectations?"
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"I am looking to retain my current schedule as much as possible, which is currently Monday through Friday from 8:00 - 5:00. I understand with an auto shop that there will occasionally be times when we need to put in more hours to finish up a project."
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Question 6 of 25
If your supervisor asked you to do something in a way you were not used to, how would you react?
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Question 7 of 25
What was the toughest situation you've had fixing a car?
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Question 8 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 9 of 25
What is your favorite car?
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Question 10 of 25
Do you have any experience refurbishing old cars?
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Question 11 of 25
As an auto mechanic, what would you say is your expertise?
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Question 12 of 25
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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Question 13 of 25
Do you have experience changing transmissions?
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Question 14 of 25
You have a few gaps in your resume. Can you explain these?
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Question 15 of 25
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
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Question 16 of 25
Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?
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Question 17 of 25
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
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Question 18 of 25
How would you describe your written communication skills?
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Question 19 of 25
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
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Question 20 of 25
Why are you looking for a new job?
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Question 21 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 22 of 25
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
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Question 23 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 24 of 25
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 25 of 25
Where did you find our job posting?
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Question 1 of 25
What are your strengths as a mechanic?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am very dedicated to my work and loyal to my company.
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I am willing to learn more and I do the job to the best of my ability.
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I like to learn new things all the time.
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I have customer service skills as well as a vast amount of patience. Computer skills are always a plus and being bi-lingual is a bonus.
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Good diagnostics electrical suspension.
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My strong points in mechanics is working well as a team and communicating and doing the job as best as I can.
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I can perform oil changes, tire rotations and I can fix breaks.
8.
I specialize in Ford Diesel engine repair, gasoline engine repair, steering and suspension, brakes, and drive train to include transmissions and differentials.
9.
I follow and use strategies to solve the problem.
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Experience to work in different mechanic departments like agricultural, construction, workshop, or dairy.
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I have previous work with helicopters and cars and I also did a years course in mechanical engineering.
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Technical and engineering.
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Attention to detail, and quality of work.
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I know the basic points and am always willing to learn more.
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I love working with the electronical aspect of automobiles. Diagnosis is something I find very pleasing to do.
Question 2 of 25
Why do you want to work for our garage?
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I like to be the best mechanic.
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Would like to work as part of a team.
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To learn more in this enviroment.
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Yes I do. It will be my pleasure to work for your garage.
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I am looking for a new opportunity and would like to further my knowledge.
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To continue my experience and education, as well as help your shop continue in its excelence.
7.
I want to obtain valuable work experience in the automotive industry and I feel like your garage is a large stepping stone towards it.
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I have known several people that works in your garage and they all have said good things.
9.
It is close to home and stays busy.
10.
I thing it is a great opportunity for me to become a certified mechanic.
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Your location happens to be near my home and I like your policy here, and I think we can get along very well.
12.
I am hands on who likes to be kept busy and works hard.
13.
I got to learn every thing here.
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I feel I could make a great asset to your company with my skill set.
15.
The shop has always been appealing to you, its clean and modern, I can myself working a career here.
Question 3 of 25
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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I pay attention to details very well.
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I pay attention to details very well.
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I like to take notes so I wont forget.
4.
You have blinked 72 times since the start of this interview.
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Very closely. A single loose bolt can risk damaging the rest of the car, thus losing another customer.
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Details are everything. I pride myself in my work.
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I pay full attention to detail to get the best result.
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I very respectful and pay key attention.
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Always pay attention what am doing.
10.
Since I have such high expectations for my work and the results I would say I pay very good attention to detail.
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I think I pay good attention to details because it interests me to learn more about that part or object.
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By concentration at work.
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Very very very very very very very very very very very very very alright.
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Depends on if your boring me or not. If I'm bored I will drift off, if not I'm alright.
15.
It depends what details they are, if they are needed yes but I might need reminding.
Question 4 of 25
How much experience do you have working with automobiles?
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I recently just graduated out of a auto mechanic school.
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I grew up around then and it has been a hobby of mine ever since.
3.
I was born holding a shop manual and a wrench. I have roughly 5 years of shop experience without counting schooling.
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Seven years ago when I purchased my first car.
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13 months in school, most of my childhood right next to my dad working on cars.
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Surprisingly, I am only a first year mechanic. I'm new, but I have a strong interest in cars and all things mechanical.
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I have been learning in schools and college for many years. I was in year 9 (13 years old) when I first got into cars and onto the coarse. I stuck with the coarse and have currently been on it for 6-7 years. I worked in a garage but I have only done work experience and not much of it.
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Three years of experience.
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0 at the moment because I am currently studyimg car mechanics.
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5 Years (self teaching, lacking in the professional sense)
11.
About a year but I am hoping on expanding that with this company.
12.
I have 10 years experience.
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I have 10 years experience.
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I have a bout 4 years of experience.
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About a year working on mine, family and friends cars and im currntly in automotive school.
Question 5 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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I will accept that this is my respnsebillity to get the job done.
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Few days a week and when ever I am not exhausted.
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Any time I am asked to do.
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I am willing and ready to be prepared should this occasion happens.
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Any day that I am requested to do so!
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I will be perfectly fine with that!
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I am free to stay. I am hungry and motivated to work for my family.
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Most days I can stay as late as I need. If I have plans that night you might have to take it up with my wife.
9.
I would be more than willing to stay. I enjoy and like a challenge.
10.
I am more than happy to stay.
11.
Quite often if it requires getting the job done.
12.
I want to be truthful, I know I work in a customer driven industry, but I will say I have to be open to stay as needed.
13.
All the time unless I had some form of family emergency.
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I think I would be fine staying more hours and stay late.
15.
As long as job is not yet finished.
Question 6 of 25
If your supervisor asked you to do something in a way you were not used to, how would you react?
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If I felt safe with it i'd give it a go.
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I will do as I have been told but would ask fore an explanation.
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Do it and also explain what other way I can have it done to achieve the sme goals.
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I would go out my way to learn step by step how to complete in a different way by myself with my own skills and techniques.
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Aske how you would handle it.
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I would learn and go about doing the task.
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I would do it, I like a good challenge every now and then.
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First I would get all the information needed to complete the job successfully, then ask for some guidance.
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I will tell you that it is not safe, and ask you to help me do it in a safe manner.
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I would carefully do it and I would also ask my coworker and learn from them if that happened.
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I would try your way, you are the boss. If my way is more efficient I will discuss it with you for next time.
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I would do it without hersitation.
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I would ask for an explanation and if necessary a demonstration.
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I would do my best to adapt to it because there are many unpredictable variables in auto repair that I must be ready for.
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I appreciate input from my peers, and would have no problem adapting.
Question 7 of 25
What was the toughest situation you've had fixing a car?
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Changing a gearbox on my own.
2.
I was replacing the engine in 1986 corvette which was a cut and dry situation so I thought, after removing the original engine I found that a lot of the bolts were not correct and this made the job difficult due to the fact that each one had to be measured and sized for correct fit this job took up a whole week to finish..
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Car parts did not fit.
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Car parts did not fit.
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Removing and refitting the gears in a gearbox.
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Try to change out a front wheel drive axle.
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Changing the transmission, clutch, pressure plate, and flywheel on an e36 m3 BMW. The transmission housing has inverted torx bolts that are in a very difficult location. Meanhwile the pressure plate and flywheel were warped onto the engine and it just wouldnt come off. Then the new presure plate and flywheel was very difficult to be installed. But I got the job done and it was done perfectly.
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Replacing breaks, when the nut ceased, it was very hard to get it out.
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My toughest was on the electrical part. That was my toughest and I like challanges so I pursue and studied more about it. Now I am getting more familiar about electrical.
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I was asked by a service manager to put an unsafe used tire on a vehicle. I told him I could not install an unsafe tire, and asked him to work something else out or have another tech do it.
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Diagnosing a belt vibration that it turned out to be a bent crankshaft.
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Cars in general are difficult to fix because no two vehicles are the same. Most of the time they can be fixed with swear words.
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Rebuilding my first manual transmission with very little proper tools.
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Fitting the gears on a manual transaxle.
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Changing the rear suspension on a car.
Question 8 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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When I was a mechanic in the refinery plant I repared the piston pums there. The toughest job was removing piston and piston rod from the liner.
2.
Replaced a transmission.
3.
Working under ground.
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Server Assistant and Cashier.
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Working for Wendy's Restaraunt because it wasn't a friendly work environment.
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Converting a 99 Honda Civic from automatic transmission to manual transmission. Gearbox and engine wiring loom had to be changed, also hole in floor had to be modified to accept manual gear lever and surround changed to suit.
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Restoring a 1989 GMC surburban. Nothing was right with the electrical. And we had to make it carberated instead of fuel injected.
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It is a Ford Expidition... It not starting.. So fual pump not working.. So very hard to find that wiring..
9.
When I was watching the mechanic change a transmission, it looked like a really tough job.
10.
To be honest nothing, really. Because I put my 100% in my job and sometimes enjoy what I love to do which is being a mechanic.
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What comes to mind first is a 2015 escape with a harsh engagement transmission Issue. It was the first one we had worked on in the entire shop. The workshop manual had not been revised well and there was not very much room to get the transmission out. A coolant line was damaged while removing the transmission, and after tearing down the tranny to order parts we discovered most of the parts were on back order. With it being a warranty job we had to wait for Ford parts before I could rebuild it.
12.
Having to take the lead of a team without me having any experience.
13.
The toughest job for me was replacing gas valves inside a helicopter whilst on work experience as the aircraft was so compact and hard to move around.
14.
Fixing the hydraulic system on a 1965 Mercedes 600 Grosser.
15.
Dealing with my first warranties as a manager.
Question 9 of 25
What is your favorite car?
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I drive a Honda RSX Type S and I worked on other cars already, but as a mechanic I do not have a favorite but know what I am doing makes my world easier.
2.
El camino or Impala.
3.
Any car that is good on fuel consumption and reliable.
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Any car that good on fuel consumptions.
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Nissan GT-R 2012 pure Edition, it's the definition for perfect in sync working of both mechanical and electrical components.
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91 Toyota Supra Turbocharged RHD Conversion.
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Toyota land crusier.
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1969 chevy chevelle.
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My favourite car would be anything relatively fast that is reliable and has good fuel economy.
10.
That would be a tie between a 1960 Iincoln Continental and a Deusenburg model J.
11.
This is a very tough question. I have a soft spot for rotary engines though.
12.
Danny moore electric scooter.
13.
Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4, send it to Germany to a company called Rouse and get them to do there business on it and then its super fast.
14.
I've always been a fan of subarus for a lot of reasons. One of which is their rock solid engines, which I understand is in the Scion FR-S
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I have several favorites, but mostly anything old that I can fix up.
Question 10 of 25
Do you have any experience refurbishing old cars?
User-Submitted Answers
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No,I have never worked such types of cars.
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Yes I do me and my dad partially restored a 1940's willys station wagon.
3.
No but I would like to.
4.
Yes I helped an ex-girlfriend refurbish a 67 mustang a while back.
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Yes, I have helped restore a 3 series land rover 2.25 diesel. Although I have had more trouble rectifying the rust on my current car.
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No, but I would like to gain some experience.
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Back in the day, I love fixing my car, adding horse power in to it, putting body kits.
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I have never fully restored a vehicle, but I have made cars safe to drive after setting and not running for years.
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Yes, a four cylinder head engine I overhaul.
10.
I have experience of refurbishing bikes like yamaha and maintaing cars and a ducati bike.
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Yes. I have a 1912 Ford Model T I built from scratch.
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Yes. I have a Japanese classic car as a weekend project.
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Not at present, but would like the opportunity too.
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Only a head gasket on a 88 supra.
15.
Sadly, I haven't had the privilege. But if the opportunity arises, I would joyfully accept the offer.
Question 11 of 25
As an auto mechanic, what would you say is your expertise?
User-Submitted Answers
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Training and Supervising.
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My Specialty is dealing with people, solving problems, and multi-tasking.
3.
In service and Maintence.
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Vw/ audi and interior/ audio work.
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Interior trim work/ vw and audi.
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I am well rounded in the automotive industry and love all aspects of being an automotive tech.
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My specialty is is getting the job done to my best abillity and working well with others and communicating.
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I like to work hard and get everything right.
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Diesel engines and alignments.
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Rotary engines, tuning, and turbo systems.
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I am hardworking, trustworthy, and have the can do attitude.
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I enjoy all aspects of this trade.
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Being able to listen and pay attention to close detail and working hard.
14.
Front end and brakes driveablity issues.
15.
Can pretty much do it all.
Question 12 of 25
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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I dapt verry well with another team.
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I am very adaptable but at the same time need to make sure I get my piont across.
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I am quite easy to work with, and be around for extended periods of time.
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Yes. I am approchable and friendly and work well in a tem.
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Yes I do, the team is the company, we all benefit if we work well together.
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Since I was at the cadets for many years I got a lot of cadets joining and leaving so ive had to learn to adapt well.
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For the most part yes, I enjoy working as part of a team, even when we are working on individual jobs.
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Yes I do, I am very social.
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Yes I always put in an effort to make sure I contribute to a harmonious work place.
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Yes I fit in well with coworkers.
Question 13 of 25
Do you have experience changing transmissions?
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I change two a month.
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Have changed lot transmissions.
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I know how to replace old transmissions.
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I have change a transmission three to four times in the past.
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I have changed a transmission out a couple of different times and I have rebuilt one in a 1971 pick up truck and in a 2001 chevy tahoe.
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I have strip transmission in my class before. And I think transmission is the most complicated part of my study.
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I go to my friend for that kind of stuff.
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My experience is very short.
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I can do a clutch and I am able to R&R automatic transmissions.
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Experience with manual transmission.
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I've only ever changed on transmission, it was interesting to say the lest, but we finished it successfully.
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None (any jobs I've performed were on a needed basis, I've never required changing a transmission). The most I've needed to do to a transmission is change fluid in a manual shift truck I had (was low on transmission fluid, with metal shavings - did this to fix for smoother shifting 1st to 2nd, etc)
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I had two Transmission classes in school.
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I have took one out in college before.
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I have assisted my father in changing a dodge transmission.
Question 14 of 25
You have a few gaps in your resume. Can you explain these?
Question 15 of 25
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
Question 16 of 25
Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?
Question 17 of 25
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
Question 18 of 25
How would you describe your written communication skills?
Question 19 of 25
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
Question 20 of 25
Why are you looking for a new job?
Question 21 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
Question 22 of 25
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
Question 23 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
Question 24 of 25
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Question 25 of 25
Where did you find our job posting?

About Auto Mechanic

August 17th, 2017

An auto mechanic (or car mechanic in British English and motor mechanic in Australian English) is a mechanic who specializes in automobile maintenance, repair, and sometimes modification. An auto mechanic may be knowledgeable in working on all parts of a variety of car makes or may specialize either in a specific area or in a specific make of car. In repairing cars, their main role is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. They often have to quote prices for their customers before commencing work or after partial disassembly for inspection. The mechanic uses both electronic means of gathering data as well as their senses. Their job may involve the repair of a specific part or the replacement of one or more parts as assemblies.

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