Updated on August 20th, 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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How do you handle stressful situations?
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As a millwright, you will often come across stressful situations and hard deadlines. Assure the hiring manager that you are able to work well under this type of pressure.
"One of the best things about me is my ability to work very well under extreme stress and pressure. My current manager has commented quite often on the fact that I am able to handle the pressure that comes with my position very well. I will take a deep breath, observe the situation and then react. It works well for me and helps me to avoid any overreacting."
What types of personal protective equipment are you accustomed to wearing on the job?
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Tell the hiring manager the types of PPE that you are accustomed to wearing. You can also express the importance of safety on the job.
"In my current position, I wear steel toed work boots, fire resistant coveralls and safety goggles nearly 100% of the time. One great thing about the company I currently work for is that they put a large focus on safety. I really appreciate that."
Tell me about your apprenticeship and how it prepared you as a millwright.
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Talk to the hiring manager about your overall apprenticeship experience. Discuss what you feel you took from the experience and how it helped you to launch a successful career as a millwright.
"I completed my apprenticeship with Company XYZ and worked under the senior millwright in that role. I was lucky to learn so much in that apprenticeship and it really helped me to launch into who I am today."
If awarded this role, are you confident that you would be successful? Talk to the hiring manager about your qualifications and why you think you will be the best choice for this position.
"I do think I am highly qualified for this role because I meet all of the criteria you are looking for in a millwright. In addition to my strong millwright experience, I graduated top of my class during my post-secondary training and come with excellent references."
6. Why should we hire you? Tell the hiring manager why you think you are the perfect fit for them. Keep the answer light and draw on your greatest strengths. Here is an answer example: "You should hire me because I am a strong match for you culturally as well as the fact that I meet all of the criteria you are seeking in a millwright. I stand above most candidates in my ability to understand the full scope of what your company is aiming to achieve."7. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it? When you provide your greatest weakness, it is important to not use an example of something that would create a major red flag for the employer. Keep your answer to a non-essential skill. End your answer on a positive note by talking about your plan of action to improvement. Here is an answer example: "One of the areas that I would like to improve on would be my technical knowledge when it comes to portable gas heating equipment. I have found a member of my current team who is an expert in the topic and he has agreed to give me additional training on the job."8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Tenure and loyalty are important factors to all hiring managers. Talk to the interviewer about your short term and long term career goals. How does this position fit into those goals you have set for yourself? Here is an answer example: "My primary goal over the next 5 years is to earn my way into a supervisory type of role. When I applied to your job posting, it was because I saw a long term fit with the growth opportunities that your company was offering. In 5 years I would like to still be a part of your growing organization."9. Are you comfortable with overnight travel? If you are comfortable with overnight travel: "I am most definitely comfortable with overnight travel. How much travel do you require for this position?"
If you are not very comfortable with overnight travel: "I could accommodate some overnight travel, however; that is not my preference. How much travel do you require for this position?" Here is an answer example: "I am most definitely comfortable with overnight travel. How much travel do you require for this position?"10. How strong are your communication skills when dealing with multiple levels of seniority? It can be tough to juggle communication with a variety of seniority levels. Talk to the hiring manager about how you are able to successfully do so. Here is an answer example: "I am very good with managing multiple levels of seniority. My communication style is very clear and I am a good listener. These skills help me to successfully communicate, no matter who I'm speaking with."11. I'd like to know if you are eager to learn new skills. What do you do, in your spare time, to build your knowledge as a millwright? Having a genuine interest in your line of work is a big draw to hiring managers. Talk about how you continue to build your knowledge and skills as a millwright. Here is an answer example: "I am always eager to learn new things and am very interested in expanding my knowledge as a millwright. In my spare time I will read magazines related to machining. I am also looking into taking some online courses to expand my leadership skills."12. What are your career goals as a Millwright? When you answer this question, be sure to keep focused on what the company can offer you in the long term. This is not the time to discuss your desires to become a personal trainer and travel the world. Keep your answer related to being a millwright. Here is an answer example: "My long term career goals as a Millwright would include becoming a supervisor or manager of my own team one day. I would also like to become a mentor or trainer to millwright apprentices."13. Are you able to self-teach? Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to teach yourself new skills. Here is an answer example: "I am able to self-teach and am very eager to learn new things. In my spare time, I do a lot of reading to keep my knowledge base strong."14. Are you used to traveling to various job sites? Going from job site to job site can be a positive draw for some people, and a nuisance to others. If you are used to travelling to various job sites: "I travel from site to site on a daily basis in my current role. I am very used to it and quite enjoy that part of my current position."
If you are not accustomed to traveling to various job sites: "Currently in my role I am quite static and do not travel much. I certainly have a strong attraction to the idea and would like to learn more about your travel requirements for this position." Here is an answer example: "I travel from site to site on a daily basis in my current role. I am very used to it and quite enjoy that part of my current position."15. Do you have welding experience? If you do have experience in welding: "I have approximately 3 years of welding experience on a variety of projects. Can you tell me more about the welding requirements for this position?"
If you do not have experience in welding: "I do not have experience welding but I would be happy to learn. Is welding experience a requirement for this role?" Here is an answer example: "I have approximately 3 years of welding experience on a variety of projects. Can you tell me more about the welding requirements for this position?"16. Do you ever feel pressured when constructing machinery? What makes you nervous? Tell the hiring manager about any types of work that makes you nervous. Under which situations do you feel pressure? Here is an answer example: "There are very few types of tasks that make me nervous. However, I have felt added pressure when working on more highly technical precision instruments."17. Do you have training in reading blueprints? Tell me about it. Assure the hiring manager that you are skilled in blueprint reading. Talk about any training you took specifically related to blueprint reading. Here is an answer example: "I did take a course in blueprint reading in college and did very well in that course. More importantly, I have hands on experience in reading blueprints. For the past 4 years as as Millwright, I have been expected to read and interpret blueprints of all kinds, on a daily basis."18. What experience do you have using hoists and cranes? If you do have experience with hoists and cranes: "I have approximately 3 years total experience with hoists and cranes. How much experience are you looking for?
If you do not have experience in hoists and cranes: "I do not have much experience working on hoists and cranes but I would be happy to learn. Is that type of experience a requirement for this role?" Here is an answer example: "I have approximately 3 years total experience with hoists and cranes. How much experience are you looking for?
If you do not have experience in hoists and cranes: "19. What type of setting or working conditions are you most comfortable in? Tell the hiring manager what conditions you are most at ease in. Here is an answer example: "I am most comfortable in a teamwork type of setting where roles can mix and everyone works well collaboratively. I am also able to work independently but I do prefer a team focused role."20. Tell me about your on-the-job training. How will it help you here? Discuss with the hiring manager which aspects of your workplace training were the most helpful and how you plan to incorporate that training should you be the successful candidate. Here is an answer example: "I believe that my on-the-job training would greatly help me here but I also understand that I will require additional training to learn the ins and outs of your business. The best component of my training would be the additional work I have had in schematic and blueprint reading. This is a very strong skill of mine that I look forward to bringing your way."21. Tell me about your attention to detail and why you think it's an important skill as a millwright. Tell the hiring manager why you value a skill such as paying close attention to the details. Here is an answer example: "By paying close attention to the details I am always assured that the job will be completed correctly the first time. This is a very important skill as it saves a great amount of time and energy. You can never go wrong by paying close attention on the job."22. Tell me about your ideal company culture. Talk to the hiring manager about what you are looking for in a workplace culture. Here is an answer example: "My ideal company culture is collaborative, encourages growth and investment in their employees. From what I understand through my research, your company embraces all of those things."23. How do you approach a problem when you do not know the answer or have an immediate solution? If you do not have the answer or a solution immediately, what do you do? Talk to the hiring manager about your process for independent problem solving. Here is an answer example: "If I do not have an immediate solution or answer, I will take a step back and try to recall a time when I had a similar problem come up. If that doesn't work, I will ask the advice of a co-worker that I trust, or my supervisor. I will never take an action step without first feeling confident that I have the right answer or solution."24. What schematic diagrams are you familiar with? Tell the interviewer about your level of familiarity with schematic diagrams. Be sure to talk about the particular types of equipment you are accustomed to interpreting schematic drawings for. Here is an answer example: "I am very familiar with schematic drawings of all kind. The most common schematic diagrams that come up for me in the workplace are A, B, and C."25. Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful? Talk to the hiring manager about a time that you have set a goal for yourself and successfully achieved what you set out to do. Here is an answer example: "At the beginning of this year I set a goal for myself to continue my team's safety record. By setting extra attention towards safety efforts we have had zero accidents this year."26. What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue? We all have something to learn. Talk to the hiring manager about how you handle situations that are very difficult and outside of your wheelhouse. Here is an answer example: "In the beginning of my career I often came across tasks that were outside of my range of knowledge. I have the type of personality where I am not afraid to ask for help. I love to learn new skills and will not hesitate to admit when a task is outside of my knowledge base. I spent a lot of time asking questions and researching answers."27. Do you manage your time well? Express to the hiring manager that you are able to keep a handle on your time while at work. Tell them how you go about ensuring that you make the most of every moment at work. Here is an answer example: "I manage my time very well. I do so by ensuring that at the start of every shift I have a full understanding of what my primary tasks are for the day. I keep organized this way and my supervisors have stated their appreciation for that quite often."28. Tell me about your education/training. Take some time to walk the hiring manager through your post-secondary experience. Include any awards/recognition/scholarships you may have received. Here is an answer example: "I attended my post-secondary education at XYZ vocational college. During that time, I receive 2 different scholarships as an award for my positive grades. My best grades were in the courses related to hydraulics and mill maintenance."29. What machines do you have the most experience with? Give the hiring manager a list of familiar equipment or machines but keep your answer brief. Here is an answer example: "I am accustomed to working on a wide range of machinery. If I had to narrow it down, I would say that I am most experienced in X, Y, and Z. What types of equipment would I be working on most often here?"30. How do you handle difficult co-workers? Tell the hiring manager how you professionally handle co-workers that may be difficult to work to work with. Here is an answer example: "Difficult co-workers will be present nearly anywhere. I choose to focus on my job at hand and, so long as safety or human relations are not being affected, I go along with my day."31. How do you manage your time during the days that you have multiple deadlines? As a millwright you are likely very used to having your time in high demand. Tell the hiring manager how you ensure that multiple deadlines are met on those extra busy days. Here is an answer example: "On days where my skills are in high demand, and I have multiple deadlines, I become very good at delegating the smaller tasks to junior apprentices'. I have ditched the mentality that I need to do everything myself and it sure helps with time management and efficiency."32. Tell me about a recent roadblock you encountered on the job. How did you overcome it? Give an example of a time when you met a roadblock and were able to come out on top despite the concerns. Here is an answer example: "One roadblock I recently encountered was when I was tasked to replace defective parts on one of the lathes only to find out that the particular part was on backorder with our supplier. I was able to track one down online and had our supplier purchase it on our behalf and then ship it. It was a longer work-around than I would have liked but it got the job done."33. Tell about a time that you had to adapt to a difficult situation. Difficult situations will always come up at work so what is most important is how you handle them. Keep your answer brief and remember to remain positive. Here is an answer example: "This last month we had some very big changes to the internal structure of our organization. Many people we laid off and others were replaced due to a merger. Despite all of the changes in our leadership and teams, I have remained in a positive mindset with hopes that the changes will be worked out soon."34. Why do you want to work for our company? It is very important to have done research on the company and its leaders before you go for your interview. Talk to the hiring manager about what makes them a stand-out company in your mind and why you would be proud to 'hang your hat' there. Here is an answer example: "I want to work for your company because you have a strong reputation for valuing your employees. Your company is well known for being a leader in your industry and your level of employee retention is very impressive."35. What was the biggest mistake you made as a millwright? How did you correct the problem? Everyone makes mistakes. It's how you handle it that will set you apart from the rest. Talk about a specific incident where you made a mistake and how you overcame that situation. Here is an answer example: "In the beginning of my career with ABC Company, I actually ended up dismantling the incorrect piece of equipment. This caused a major delay in shipping the correct piece of equipment. I was very embarrassed that I had made this error and apologized profusely. I ended up working 6 hours of overtime in order to make sure the deadline was met."36. What skills are essential for this position? In your opinion, what skills are most important in order to be a successful millwright? Do you possess these skills? Talk to the hiring manager about how you feel your skills align with the company's needs. Here is an answer example: "I feel that the most important skills to be a successful millwright are a practical mindset, the ability to retain information, and a pulse on safety. Over the years as a millwright I have been able to take these skills and really strengthen them. It's been a big benefit to me in my career so far."37. What is your greatest career achievement to date? It is okay to get a little bit personal when answering this question. Talk to the hiring manager about the one career-related accomplishment that you are most proud of. Here is an answer example: "My greatest career achievement to date has been how quickly I was promoted to a team lead position in my most recent role. I was given the promotion after just 3 months and was told it was because of my strong leadership skills and level of reliability. That was really special."38. Do you work well under pressure? As a millwright, you will be under stress and pressure on the job from time to time. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to remain focused under pressure. Here is an answer example: "I am quite proud of my strong abilities to work well under pressure. High pressure situations force me to try harder, be more critical of my work, and assess my priorities more stringently."39. What is your greatest strength? Make sure that your answer is related to the work that you will be doing in this particular role. You want to avoid saying that your biggest strength is in social media marketing when, in fact, you are applying to be a millwright. Here is an answer example: "My greatest strength is in my ability to use the tools of my trade. I am a mechanically inclined individual and it comes very naturally to me."40. What do you know about our company? Talk to the hiring manager about what you have learned about their organization during your research. What stands out most to you? Here is an answer example: "I have researched your company quite extensively since being invited to interview. I know that you have a strong reputation in your industry. Your employees speak highly of the company and I know that you encourage local volunteering and community involvement which is really great. From what I have seen so far, I feel your company is a very strong fit for what I am looking for."41. How flexible is your schedule? Are you able to work on a rotating shift? Rotating shifts are quite common as a millwright. Discuss your availability with the hiring manager.
If your schedule is flexible: "I have flexibility in my schedule, yes. I understand that rotating shifts are generally a requirement as a millwright and I am happy to accommodate any needs."
If your schedule is not very flexible: "I am able to work as a team player, however; night shifts are not ideal for me. Could you please tell me more about the rotating shifts?" Here is an answer example: "I have flexibility in my schedule, yes. I understand that rotating shifts are generally a requirement as a millwright and I am happy to accommodate any needs."42. Do you have any safety training? If you have additional training: "Yes, I have taken additional safety training on the job. My most recent safety training includes WHMIS, H2S Alive and Fall Protection. Are there any additional safety related courses you would like for me to take?"
If you have not taken safety training: "I have not taken any safety training recently but am happy to enrol in any safety related courses that you see fit." Here is an answer example: "Yes, I have taken additional safety training on the job. My most recent safety training includes WHMIS, H2S Alive and Fall Protection. Are there any additional safety related courses you would like for me to take?"43. How important is workplace safety to you? Assure the hiring manager that you understand the importance of safety in the workplace. If you can, give an example of a time when you were recognized for safe practices on the job. Here is an answer example: "Safety is the most important factor in the workplace. Our current crew has a 500 day accident-free record so far. We are all very conscious of safety on the job."44. If a co-worker was behaving in an unsafe manner what would you do? Tell the hiring manager how you would react if you were to witness a co-worker displaying unsafe behaviour on the job. Here is an answer example: "If I were to see a co-worker behaving in an unsafe manner, I would talk to them about it immediately. To avoid embarrassing them I would make it a private conversation. It the feedback was not taken into consideration, I would then report the incident."
Author of Millwright Answers and Questions
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace.
Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career.
Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise.
Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 09/20/2010 Last modified on: 08/20/2018
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