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Machinist

36 Interview Questions & Answers

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Walk me through the steps you take to diagnose a machine malfunction.
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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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As a Machinist, are Health and Safety regulations important to you? What type of Safety training have you taken?
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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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Working as a Machinist will present some challenging situations. How do you handle stress in the workplace?
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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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Tell me about your experience in this field.
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Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
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How does this position fit into your career goals?
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What is your current salary?
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Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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How do you handle stress on the job?
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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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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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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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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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When you have a situation that could cause you to be unexpectedly absent from work, how do you handle it?
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How would you fill your time, if faced with downtime during your working day?
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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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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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Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
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Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
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What are your salary expectations?
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Tell me about your Machinist related education.
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Being a machinist can be stressful. How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?
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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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List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
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How do you stay up-to-date on new technologies and trends in machining?
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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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As a Machinist, you are required to read blueprints and parts drawings. Tell me about your previous experience with this.
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What are vernier calipers, and why are they important in machining?
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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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As a machinist, you need to calculate dimensions and perform other math related tasks. Tell me about your mathematical skills.
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