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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 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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"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."
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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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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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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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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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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