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Machinist Interview Questions

36 Machinist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 36
Walk me through the steps you take to diagnose a machine malfunction.
How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"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."
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Question 2 of 36
We value continued learning and development. If you could take additional machining related training, what would you choose?
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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.

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"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."
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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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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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"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."
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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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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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"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."
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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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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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"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."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 09/20/2010
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Machinist

November 20th, 2018

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.