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36 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Walk me through the steps you take to diagnose a machine malfunction.
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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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Top 35 Machinist Interview Questions with Full Content
1.
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."
2.
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."
3.
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."
4.
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."
5.
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."
6.
What influenced your decision to work as a Machinist?
The interviewer wants to see that you have a lot of passion for what you do, and interest in what this career path has to offer. Staff turnover can be expensive so assure the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in this career path, and plan to stay long term. Be sure to touch on what first influenced you into this career path.

Rachelle's Answer
"My interest in machining started as a teen when I took shop classes in high school. I was fascinated with the different ways I needed to apply mathematical skills and critical thinking. I've always been a hands-on type of person so pursuing a career as a machinist made sense for me. This particular position interests me because you have machinery that I have never worked with before. I believe your company will offer me many opportunities for career development."
7.
Do you have your own tools that you can bring to the job?
There are two simple ways to answer this question! Yes, or no. There really is no wrong answer, as most employers should be equipped with the tools that you need, should you not have your own.

If you do have your own tools: "Yes, I do have my own tools. I can certainly bring them with me to the job if you prefer that I provide my own tools."

If you do not have your own tools: "I have always worked with employers who have provided tools for me so I am not fully equipped on my own. I can certainly purchase more tools of my own if that is preferred."
Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I do have my own tools. I can certainly bring them with me to the job if you prefer that I provide my own tools."
8.
What are your career goals within machining, and how will this position fit with those 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 upward, and that it fits with your overall career goals.

Rachelle's Answer
"My primary goal in my career as a machinist is to gain further certifications, and stronger leadership experience so that I can eventually run my own team and shift. I feel that what your organization offers is a strong path towards those goals and I am excited for what this position has to offer."
9.
Tell me about your experience in this field.
It is very important to become acquainted with the job description prior to your interview. When the interviewer asks this question be sure to highlight the related experience that you bring.

Rachelle's Answer
"I bring all of the experience that you are looking for in filling this position. In addition to being an expert user in SAP, I also bring 5 years' experience in B2B sales."
10.
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
Were you asked to take on a particular task, project, or responsibility that gave you a strong sense of enjoyment? Talk to the interviewer about this particular task and what it meant to you.

Rachelle's Answer
"In additional to my regular responsibilities, my previous employer also asked me to be the head of our social committee. This was very exciting for me because I love to have a workplace where people know each other, are comfortable having a meaningful conversation, and where everyone can let loose now and then. I planned 4 social events per year and the turnout was always wonderful. Employee engagement went up and some very strong connections were made."
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