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1. What are your strengths as a mechanic?
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Auto Mechanic
March 27th, 2014

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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Auto Mechanic Interview Questions
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Why do you want to work for our garage?
 
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I remember when one of the Vacc's recruitment staff visited our school, he said when he was a mechanic he loved being around people who have the same passion for cars as he did, and I would also like to be around people like that and being able to talk about cars which I love doing.
 
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Toyota has a very solid reputation for reliability and excellent workmanship. Toyota would be a brand that I would strongly consider when buying a new vehicle.
 
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3 of 25
Which metal is used for crankshaft main bearing journal?
 
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I honestly don't know own and domt want to guess wrong.
 
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Cast iron or an aluminum alloy.
 
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How many times have you torn apart an engine to fix it or just to see the parts inside?
 
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More then ten times.
 
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So many times I wouldnt know but there have been lots.
 
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How much experience do you have working with cars?
 
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I grew up around then and it has been a hobby of mine ever since.
 
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I have 10 years experience.
 
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6 of 25
How well do you pay attention to details?
 
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A lot but I do forget things.
 
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Very well, I pay attention and know the questions.
 
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7 of 25
Sometimes we will be backed up and need someone to stay later, how often do you believe you would be okay staying past 5?
 
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As long as It mess with my drinking.
 
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When I don't have anything planned.
 
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8 of 25
Lets say you put a muffler on wrong, you could let it go but you know in a day, or a week, it will start making loud noises, what do you do?
 
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First I wouldn't but if I did I would correct it ASAP
 
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Get Jim, because Jim'll fix it.
 
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9 of 25
What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job? Give an example of how you handled them.
 
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Managing my workers, fired them.
 
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Creating a new skill to tackle a task which has no prior solution.
 
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10 of 25
If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
 
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With help of work instructions sheet or guide book.
 
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Do it the way I was told if need be ask for help.
 
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11 of 25
Have you ever worked with little or no supervision?
 
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I would prefer to work as a team.
 
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Yes I can work with little supervision,
 
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12 of 25
What was the toughest situation you've had fixing a car?
 
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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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Changing a muffler bearing.
 
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13 of 25
What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
 
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I do not have the toughest job .
 
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Working under ground.
 
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14 of 25
How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
 
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No.
 
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Yes I have but not often and will will give notice if im gonna be late.
 
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What is your favorite car?
 
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Second generation ford thunderbird.
 
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This is a very tough question. I have a soft spot for rotary engines though.
 
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16 of 25
When you make a mistake, how do you go about fixing it?
 
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With help of manual book.
 
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I will access the problem at hand and try my best to fix it. if it is beyond my skill level i will go to a master technician to ask him on his opinion on how i should fix it.
 
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17 of 25
Do you have any experience refurbishing old cars?
 
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Only a head gasket on a 88 supra.
 
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I have experience of refurbishing bikes like yamaha and maintaing cars and a ducati bike.
 
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Have you ever changed a tie rod?
 
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Do you mean tie rod? if so then yes. but if you mean tire rod, i pretty sure that is not a part.
 
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Whats a tire rod? lol No such animal.
 
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If you were interviewing for this position, what would you be looking for in the applicants?
 
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Skills and positive attitude.
 
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Well rounded skill sets and experience.
 
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What is your specialty?
 
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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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Diagnost drivability problems.
 
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21 of 25
Tell me about your work experience.
 
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Brakes, Engine/Timing, Ignition, Fuel related, electrical, drivetrain (mostly RWD applications) (little in suspension, transmission, and body repair related, however these 3 would probably be my lower end of experience)
 
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I have some school experience where i already learned what i already knew from my prior experience of having my own garage and doing countless repairs there. i have also had 3 cars before i have even had my drivers license that i completely dissasembled and parted out the car.
 
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22 of 25
How would your previous employer describe your past work?
 
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Yes I can think of any issues they would of had with me as far as I'm aware they were extremely pleased with my work and my personality.
 
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I would definately hope so.
 
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What do you know about computer systems in cars?
 
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This is called engine management system . To control emissions.
 
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OBD based systems that can alert the mechanic about an issue in a vehicle using an alert system (little check engine light) with a resulting code and description when attached to a computer. However, codes and diagnosis are not to be blindly followed as codes can also be tripped from anything as easy as a bad ground, or a bad sensor (alerting the car there are other issues)
 
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Do you adapt well to your 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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Yes I always put in an effort to make sure I contribute to a harmonious work place.
 
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What experiences do you have in changing a transmission?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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Been there done that alone on the ground.
 
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