Machinist Interview Questions

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    Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?

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    Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?

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    How do you stay up-to-date on new technologies and trends in machining?

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

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    What is a micrometer screw gauge, and how would you use it within the role of Machinist?

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    Describe the types of routine maintenance you’ve performed on CNC machines. Why is routine maintenance important?

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    Being a machinist can be stressful. How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?

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    Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?

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    How would you fill your time, if faced with downtime during your working day?

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    As a Machinist, you may be asked to work a variety of shifts. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?

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

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

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

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

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

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    What influenced your decision to work as a Machinist?

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    Do you have your own tools that you can bring to the job?

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    What are your career goals within machining, and how will this position fit with those goals?

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    As a machinist, you need to calculate dimensions and perform other math related tasks. Tell me about your mathematical skills.

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    What are vernier calipers, and why are they important in machining?

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    As a Machinist, you are required to read blueprints and parts drawings. Tell me about your previous experience with this.

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

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    Tell me about your Machinist related education.

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    What are your salary expectations?

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

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    Attention to detail is very important in this role. How do you ensure you remain focused and accurate at all times?

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

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

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    The role of a Machinist requires high amounts of physical activity. What experience have you had within a physically demanding role?

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

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    How do you handle stress on the job?

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    Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

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    How does this position fit into your career goals?

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    Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.

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    Tell me about your experience in this field.

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    What is your current salary?