Continuous Improvement Engineer Mock Interview

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What does kaizen mean to you?

"To me, kaizen is not just implementing changes here and there or conducting structured events every so often. Kaizen is a way of thinking where one is always questioning how things are done and looking for opportunities to make things better. I live and breathe kaizen at work and home. I am always looking for ways in which I can streamline and improve my day-to-day activities. I am constantly looking for small improvements in the workplace that will make work easier and more efficient for myself others."

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30 Continuous Improvement Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. What does kaizen mean to you?

  • 2. What is the difference in a lean activity and cost reduction activity?

  • 3. What is your biggest weakness? or, What do you think your biggest hurdle would be regarding this position?

  • 4. Why did you decide to pursue a career in engineering? More specifically, what made you interested to study Continuous Improvement?

  • 5. Why are you interested in this industry?

  • 6. Making changes is a core part of a CI engineer's job function. How do you make sure that the changes you implement don't cause adverse effects on quality or other KPIs?

  • 7. Please give an example of a large project which you have sucessfully managed.

  • 8. What are your technical abilities outside of CI (CAD, PLCs, Maintenance, etc.)?

  • 9. What is your level of understanding of financial statments as they apply to operations?

  • 10. After you have implemented a change to a job, you have a particular team-member who refuses to adhere to the change. How do you handle this?

  • 11. How do you go about building rapport with a team that you will be working with?

  • 12. How do you go about completing a time study on a process you are unfamilair with?

  • 13. How do you use Value Stream Mapping to drive improvement?

  • 14. Are you familiar with the 8 wastes? How do you go about reducing waste in the workplace?

  • 15. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

  • 16. Why are you interested in the role of Continuous Improvement Engineer?

  • 17. Why is standardized work important?

  • 18. Please explain the importance of a pull-system and how you may go about implementing a pull-system in a new work place.

  • 19. How do you handle feedback?

  • 20. Once you identify a potential project, how do you evaluate if it is a worthwhile use of resources?

  • 21. Why is 5S important in the workplace?

  • 22. If you identify an opportunity to reduce a position (or positions), how do you go about explaining this to the workforce?

  • 23. What is Takt Time is, and how it should be utilized to manage a process?

  • 24. What is your experience leading kaizen events?

  • 25. How does the concept of Heijunka apply to day to day operations in a manufacturing setting?

  • 26. What is your ideal career path, how does this position fit into your long-term career aspirations?

  • 27. Please explain your understanding of cause and countermeasure.

  • 28. When going to a new area, you will be faced with many problems of different types and scopes. How would you decide what to work on first?

  • 29. How do you use structured problem solving to make improvements?

  • 30. Tell me about a time when you engaged other team-members and utilized their feedback to make an improvement.