Interviews Questions by Career
Interviews Questions by Company
Interviews Questions by Topic
Get Started
Interview Coach 1:1
Gain the confidence you need by asking our professionals any interview scenario, question, or answer you are unsure about.
Let Us Review Your Answers
Our interviewing professionals will gladly review and revise any answer you send us. Allowing you to craft perfect responses for your next job interview.
Interview Questions by Topic
Interview Questions by Career
Interview Questions by Company

Machinist Interview
Questions

36 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated October 2nd, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Job Interviews     Careers     Manufacturing    

Question 1 of 36

In your opinion, what skills and behaviors are most important, in order to be a successful Machinist?

How to Answer
Example Answer
1000s of Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Suggested
Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
Suggested Career
Interview Q&As
Continue practicing by visiting these similar question sets
CNC Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Machine Operator
Metal Fabricator
Welder and Cutter
Related Company
Interview Q&As
People who visit Machinist, also visit the following
Boeing Co.
Google
Raytheon

Interview Questions

1.

In your opinion, what skills and behaviors are most important, in order to be a successful Machinist?

The interviewer knows that you will likely list skills and behaviors that you personally possess. Assure the interviewer that you understand what it takes to be successful as a Machinist. You want your answer to be unique. This will help you to stand out from the other potential candidates. For instance, saying that you think a Machinist should be safe, and detail driven, may be a mundane answer that anyone would give. Dig deeper!

Here are some ideas:

- Reliable
- Independent
- Aware
- Capable of stress-management
- Patient
- Honest
- Alert
- Open to feedback
- Dedicated

Rachelle's Answer

"I believe the most important skills as a Machinist would be to have technical and mechanical abilities, quick-decision making skills, and be capable of exercising patience."

2.

We are asking for 8 years of machining experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

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 is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer

"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

3.

What is your current salary?

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

4.

Working as a Machinist will present some challenging situations. How do you handle stress in the workplace?

Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer

"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

5.

How does this position fit into your career goals?

Is this particular position a good fit? Is it a step up in your career or - a stagnant move that you are just complacent with taking until something better comes along? Assure the interviewer that this position will be challenging for you, is a step up in responsibilities, and that it fits with your overall career goals.

Rachelle's Answer

"My primary goal in my career as an HR professional is to eventually work my way from an Administrator level to HR Partner. I feel that what your organization offers is a strong path towards those goals and I am excited about what this position has to offer."

6.

How do you handle stress on the job?

Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer

"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

7.

We measure productivity in a variety of ways. In your opinion, what are the most important performance metrics for this position?

The interviewer would like to know that you can identify the most important parts of this role and understand how those relate to the overall success of the company. Reading through their job description, you should be able to pull out the key responsibilities in this role. These key responsibilities are directly connected to the success of the organization. Discuss what you think the key performance metrics are and how you plan to meet them.

Rachelle's Answer

"From reading the job description and overall responsibilities of the role, I believe that the most important metrics to measure in this role are A, B, and C. In my current position I am measured by these exact metrics. I am a consistent performer in my current role and plan to bring the same enthusiasm to this position."

8.

When you have a situation that could cause you to be unexpectedly absent from work, how do you handle it?

The interviewer wants to be assured that you are a reliable person, and that you are capable of handling unforeseen circumstances in a professional manner. If you are unexpectedly taken from your work duties you should always communicate your needs promptly to your manager. Have you shift covered, if possible, or offer to make the time up at a later date. Being honest and transparent in these situations is always the best choice.

Rachelle's Answer

"If I were to have a situation where I needed to be late, or absent, I would call my manager immediately and explain the situation. I, of course, would be incredibly remorseful as I really do not like to miss work. I do take pride in my high level of reliability."

9.

Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.

Every place of employment will have it's challenges. Talk to the interviewer about a specific issue that you were able to overcome in your previous role. Be sure to remain positive. Avoid complaining or saying negative things about your previous employer or co-workers.

Rachelle's Answer

"In my most recent position we had an ongoing concern with regular maintenance schedules not being adhered to. Equipment failures were too frequent and it was a problem for expenses and productivity. I decided to digitize the maintenance schedule and the checklist had to be confirmed as complete before anyone could clock out for the day. In the end, this solved the majority of maintenance issues and kept most employees more honest regarding their completed tasks."

10.

Tell me about your Machinist related education.

The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job a a machinist. A few highlights you can focus on are some of the relevant topics you learned about while attending any formal courses or on-the-job training. How will that education help you in this new role? What were some of the most interesting things you learned?

Some ideas for you:

- If you have experience working on group projects, share how you improved your listening and communication skills when working on a challenging project.

- If you learned a new type of software or how to work a type of equipment you will need to know in this new job, talk about what you know and how you will apply this new knowledge.

While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned in your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
- Self-Motivation

Rachelle's Answer

"I am a big believer in post-secondary education. It adds a lot of value to those newer to the workplace. My post-secondary education was in Machining. The courses in this program helped me to develop stronger abilities when it comes to blueprint reading and working on CNC machines. I also learned a lot of calculus and algebra which has proven to be incredibly helpful in my current role."

11.

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

You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will benefit this potential new employer.

Rachelle's Answer

"In the past few years I was able to upgrade my education while still working full time. The biggest skill that I gained was my ability to multi-task as I worked the dual role of employee and student. I also have strong CNC experience and bring skills in blueprint reading."

12.

We value continued learning and development. If you could take additional machining related training, what would you choose?

The interviewer would like to know where you would improve your skills, if given the opportunity. As a machinist, it's a great idea to gain skills in specific machinery or even electronic blueprint reading. Talk about your biggest areas of interest and where you would like to continue to learn.

Rachelle's Answer

"Career development is really important to me since I want to continually improve and grow my machining skills. If I could choose any area for improvement, I would choose additional skills in CNC."

13.

As a Machinist, are Health and Safety regulations important to you? What type of Safety training have you taken?

The interviewer would like to be assured that you take Health and Safety seriously. Discuss any safety related training you have taken on the job, and any formal certifications you may possess.

Rachelle's Answer

"Health and safety is incredibly important to me as a machinist. I've seen people become unnecessarily hurt in the workplace and it can be easily prevented. I have had a lot of great on the job training when it comes to safety and also have safety related certificates including Machine Shop Safety Training, Occupational Health and Safety Training, and First Aid / CPR."

14.

Walk me through the steps you take to diagnose a machine malfunction.

The interviewer would like some insight into how you think and troubleshoot when it comes to machine malfunctions. Take the interviewer through the steps you take when faced with malfunction.

Rachelle's Answer

"Personally, I like to use a 5 step troubleshooting method. I was taught this way of troubleshooting while attending my Machinist Technician courses in trades school. The first step is Observation. Step 2 is to Define the Problem. Third, I take the time to Identify the Potential Causes. The fourth step is to Determine Cause and then the final and fifth step is to Repair and Test."

15.

Tell me the types of machines you have experience in running. Where did you gain this experience?

The interviewer would like a clear break down on the machines you are most skilled with. Before the interview, it is important that you become familiar with their job description so that you understand the types of machinery you will be expected to work on. If you have experience in these types of machines, you should mention these first. If you do not have experience in the machines that are used there, you can talk about any machines that may be close in nature.

Rachelle's Answer

"I see that you primarily use CNC machines, lathes, and milling machines. I have a lot of experience with CNC and a smaller amount with lathes and milling machines. I have gained this experience from working as a machinist with Company XYZ for the last 5 years."

More Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
Suggested Career
Interview Q&As
Continue practicing by visiting these similar question sets
CNC Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Machine Operator
Metal Fabricator
Welder and Cutter
Disclaimer
Our interview questions and answers are created by experienced recruiters and interviewers. These questions and answers do not represent any organization, school, or company on our site. Interview questions and answer examples and any other content may be used else where on the site. We do not claim our questions will be asked in any interview you may have. Our goal is to create interview questions and answers that will best prepare you for your interview, and that means we do not want you to memorize our answers. You must create your own answers, and be prepared for any interview question in any interview.
Learn more about what we believe >
Read our Terms of Use for more information >