Machinist Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Machinist interview, here are 36 interview questions and answer examples.

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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?

The interviewer wants to know what kind of flexibility you can offer them when it comes to your work schedule. If you have any restrictions in your schedule, this is a good time to address them. If there is a specific shift that you are looking for, be upfront about your preference.

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36 Machinist Interview Questions & Answers

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

  • 2. Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10. What are your salary expectations?

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

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

  • 13. How do you handle stress on the job?

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

  • 15. How does this position fit into your career goals?

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

  • 17. Tell me about your experience in this field.

  • 18. What is your current salary?

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

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

  • 21. What influenced your decision to work as a Machinist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 36. Tell me about your Machinist related education.