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Top 35 Machinist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 36
We value continued learning and development. If you could take additional machining related training, what would you choose?
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Question 2 of 36
Walk me through the steps you take to diagnose a machine malfunction.
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"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."
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.
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Question 3 of 36
As a Machinist, are Health and Safety regulations important to you? What type of Safety training have you taken?
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"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."
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.
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Question 4 of 36
Tell me the types of machines you have experience in running. Where did you gain this experience?
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"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."
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.
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Question 5 of 36
Working as a Machinist will present some challenging situations. How do you handle stress in the workplace?
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"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."
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.
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Question 6 of 36
What influenced your decision to work as a Machinist?
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Question 7 of 36
Do you have your own tools that you can bring to the job?
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Question 8 of 36
What are your career goals within machining, and how will this position fit with those goals?
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Question 9 of 36
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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Question 10 of 36
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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Question 11 of 36
When you have a situation that could cause you to be unexpectedly absent from work, how do you handle it?
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Question 12 of 36
How would you fill your time, if faced with downtime during your working day?
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Question 13 of 36
In your opinion, what skills and behaviors are most important, in order to be a successful Machinist?
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Question 14 of 36
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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Question 15 of 36
Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?
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Question 16 of 36
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 17 of 36
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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Question 18 of 36
How does this position fit into your career goals?
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Question 19 of 36
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
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Question 20 of 36
Tell me about your experience in this field.
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Question 21 of 36
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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Question 22 of 36
Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
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Question 23 of 36
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Question 24 of 36
As a machinist, you need to calculate dimensions and perform other math related tasks. Tell me about your mathematical skills.
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Question 25 of 36
What is a micrometer screw gauge, and how would you use it within the role of Machinist?
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Question 26 of 36
What are vernier calipers, and why are they important in machining?
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Question 27 of 36
As a Machinist, you are required to read blueprints and parts drawings. Tell me about your previous experience with this.
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Question 28 of 36
Describe the types of routine maintenance you’ve performed on CNC machines. Why is routine maintenance important?
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Question 29 of 36
How do you stay up-to-date on new technologies and trends in machining?
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Question 30 of 36
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
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Question 31 of 36
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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Question 32 of 36
Being a machinist can be stressful. How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?
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Question 33 of 36
Tell me about your Machinist related education.
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Question 34 of 36
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 35 of 36
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
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Question 36 of 36
What is your current salary?
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User-Submitted Interview Answers

Question 1 of 36
We value continued learning and development. If you could take additional machining related training, what would you choose?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Yes I do wish to pursue CNC training, I am always willing to learn new tasks and learning new things, I also like the fast paced environment.
2.
Yes, I have knowledge and experience working with CNC machines before. Since there many variations of CNC models and types, I want to have a greater understanding understanding the CNC machines.
3.
Absolutely. I enjoy taking in whatever new information I can and applying it going forward.
4.
Follow safety rule of company.. And know first aid.
5.
Yes any type of training to further myself in the field will always be welcom.
6.
Yes I want to pursue any training that can he me become a better machinist.
7.
Yes because I want to learn more and to improve my skills..
8.
Yes I would like to pursue CNC training to carry out further projects into the next stages.
9.
At all times I will be able to train on new programs and Technics that become available in the machining field.
10.
I already have cnc training.
11.
I wants to cnc training I operated cnc.
12.
Yes I would like to take a training course to become certified in this field.
13.
Yes. I would like to be the best in my field and to do so I know I have alot still to learn. You learn something new every day in this field.
14.
Yes, I also learned g and m code from school.
15.
No, i'm already have literacy CNC skill in my campus.
Question 2 of 36
Walk me through the steps you take to diagnose a machine malfunction.
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1.
Learn more about the work and the machine.
Question 3 of 36
As a Machinist, are Health and Safety regulations important to you? What type of Safety training have you taken?
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1.
Always wear safety glasses. Always pay attention to my surroundings.
2.
Always adhere and follow the safety rules and regulation of the company by wearing the PPE safety uniform.
3.
Reading instructions reading, and looking for all the safety equipment needed for the job. Asking myself, what are the dangers of my job tasks?
4.
Safety is a must. Its important to leave the way we come to work and this involves everyone doing their part to look out for unsafe activities, procedures and areas of opportunity to ensure the well being of all. Upkeep of equipment is important to make sure any previous precautions that have been set in place can be observe to best of everyones ability.
5.
I use all the safety equipment while performing a job.
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Always wear safety glasses, watch your surrounding.
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By keeping work area neat, organized, and clean.
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Wearing safety equipment.
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Leaving doors shut during cnc machining process, no loose fitting clothing, maintaining a clean work area, knowing where all exits are, placing a rag over cutting tools before removing from machine,
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Adehering safety rules set up by company.
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I follow all safety guidelines when working by adhering to the safety policy and wearing all required personal protective equipment need to perform the job.
12.
I am aure to wear all protective gear that is necessary and always be aware of my ligaments and surroundings.
13.
Yes I do enjoy because I like working with my hands.
14.
Check the machine before turn on it, safety glasses is always wore.
15.
Day by day experience and training period, I has gather the tips and technical ideas for safety even though I have gained the knowledge about safety and maintenance skill in total quality management syllabus in under my university studies.
Question 4 of 36
Tell me the types of machines you have experience in running. Where did you gain this experience?
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Yes I do have experienece working with machines in a shop, I have worked on manual milling, lathes, drill presses, surface grinders as well as CNC machines.
2.
As of this point, I have not, since it was not in my qualification before to do so. But I look forward to the opportunity to do so and work along with the team to produce whatever is necessary to complete our objective.
3.
I have experience with horizontal lathes, milling machines, and band saws.
4.
Unfortunately no I have worked mostly with manual machines.
5.
Yes I do, I've been using manual lathe and mills and cnc machines for the last 2 years.
6.
I am a machinist by trade bringing you a total of 7 years on various machines.
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Not at yours, but I do at my current job site.
8.
I have knowledge of lethe milling shaper drill grinder cnc.
9.
Does it have a powerbutton.
10.
I have experience running a variety of CNC machines.
11.
I do not have experience eunning hass machines byt I am willing and eager to learn.
12.
I will bring manual experience with dedication and positive attitude.
13.
No, I'm basically fresher..... Just the present year am passed out with 77%CG PA but I gain the technical skills and handling instruction in short period of training.
14.
I have experience running most shop equipment. I have safely run manual mills and lathes, CNC mills and lathes, surface grinders, band saws and hand tools for production purposes.
15.
I have experince with the manuel machines, and some with the cnc machines. I do have a lot of exprience with power tools and other equiptment aswell.
Question 5 of 36
Working as a Machinist will present some challenging situations. How do you handle stress in the workplace?
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1.
I'll be patient and fine thinking all these will pass in a little while.
2.
I am relaxing my self first.
3.
Keep myself calm and proceed at a comfortable, yet time efficient pace.
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To be more relaxing and be calm to face the situation.
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Take a deep breath and get the situation under control.
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I remain calm and see what is the best approach to the situation.
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Remain calm and figure out the best approach to handle the situation.
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Remain calm and break the problem in to smaller segments.
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I just take a deep breath and re-assess the situations at hand. Perhaps approaching them with different methods that are less stressful or perhaps asking for assistance.
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By making sure that I communicate with my superior about the job at hand planning and the approach, having info about the job will calm my nerves.
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Stay calm, assess the issue at hand, know the end result, complete the task in the best way possible.
12.
I tend to calm down and take a break, think about the situation and how it is affecting me and remind myself of worse situations that could happen.
13.
I tend to work more slowly and diligently so to avoid making mistakes.
14.
I try to get my team understand about the work and the success.
15.
Return to the origin why I am a professional machinist.
Question 6 of 36
What influenced your decision to work as a Machinist?
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Because I love to design and build things as well as the challenges that come with the job.
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I enjoy making something that is useful out of block of metal.
3.
I am professional machinist. And Many of my ancestors was machinist.
4.
.. I love workin with my hands.
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I enjoy working with my hands and seeing things made.
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Because I like to work with machines and willing to repair the any machine spares.
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Love to work on things and learn new things.
8.
I would like to become a machinist for universal aerospace to earn money.
9.
Started as a clearner and work may way up got an apprentice and got my Qualifications.
Question 7 of 36
Do you have your own tools that you can bring to the job?
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Yes, my own tools in my literacy level on engineering and mathematics analytical level.
2.
I have some tools yes, I would need to buy some nice precision to use here like a caliper. I will have to see what I need to bring.
Question 8 of 36
What are your career goals within machining, and how will this position fit with those goals?
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1.
Being honest to my work and not to create any errors as much as possible.
2.
Solving big issues, making repair all around always inspecting around the factories to search for any loose parts to avoid future broken down machine.
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Its is my career and this is my job.
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Make the work easier by making some clamping devices or something else.
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I like to repair the machine spare and assembling and designing.
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To be creative having new challenge in every job.
Question 9 of 36
As a Machinist, you may be asked to work a variety of shifts. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?
Question 10 of 36
The role of a Machinist requires high amounts of physical activity. What experience have you had within a physically demanding role?
Question 11 of 36
When you have a situation that could cause you to be unexpectedly absent from work, how do you handle it?
Question 12 of 36
How would you fill your time, if faced with downtime during your working day?
Question 13 of 36
In your opinion, what skills and behaviors are most important, in order to be a successful Machinist?
Question 14 of 36
We measure productivity in a variety of ways. In your opinion, what are the most important performance metrics for this position?
Question 15 of 36
Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?
Question 16 of 36
How do you handle stress on the job?
Question 17 of 36
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
Question 18 of 36
How does this position fit into your career goals?
Question 19 of 36
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
Question 20 of 36
Tell me about your experience in this field.
Question 21 of 36
Attention to detail is very important in this role. How do you ensure you remain focused and accurate at all times?
Question 22 of 36
Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
Question 23 of 36
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
Question 24 of 36
As a machinist, you need to calculate dimensions and perform other math related tasks. Tell me about your mathematical skills.
Question 25 of 36
What is a micrometer screw gauge, and how would you use it within the role of Machinist?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Using to measure fine diameter on a component like depth, outside and inside diameater.
Question 26 of 36
What are vernier calipers, and why are they important in machining?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Using to measure the size like outside, inside, depth in very easily and it's give a accurate measurement almost .001mm.
Question 27 of 36
As a Machinist, you are required to read blueprints and parts drawings. Tell me about your previous experience with this.
Question 28 of 36
Describe the types of routine maintenance you’ve performed on CNC machines. Why is routine maintenance important?
Question 29 of 36
How do you stay up-to-date on new technologies and trends in machining?
Question 30 of 36
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
Question 31 of 36
We are asking for 8 years of machining experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
Question 32 of 36
Being a machinist can be stressful. How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?
Question 33 of 36
Tell me about your Machinist related education.
Question 34 of 36
What are your salary expectations?
Question 35 of 36
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
Question 36 of 36
What is your current salary?

About Machinist

August 18th, 2017

A Machinist is a person who operates machinery, like CNC machines, and creates mainly metal parts. Machinists should have a strong background in math and enjoy solving math problems. They may need to learn to operate several different types of machines throughout their career. Also, following safety protocols and procedures are critical for a machinist.

Employers looking to hire Machinist will search for candidates with a strong mechanical work experience. If a candidate has educational experience running CNC machines, that will be a huge benefit to the candidate. Employers will want reliable workers and may even call references to discover their work reputation. Your ability to get along with others is also crucial. Often, machinist works swing shifts and hand over the keys to the next worker on duty. Being able to get along with fellow employees is important in a machine shop. The interviewer will question how you have handled past co-worker disputes.

Succeeding at a machinist interview will require you to know the machines in need of operators. Do not overreach your abilities or the interviewer will see through it. List your skills and experiences running the machines enumerated in the job description. Explain to the interviewer how you handle co-worker disputes, how you are a reliable worker, your strong work ethic, and your desire to get the job done.

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