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44 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated 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.
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  1. How do you handle stressful situations?
  2. What types of personal protective equipment are you accustomed to wearing on the job?
  3. Tell me about your apprenticeship and how it prepared you as a millwright.
  4. Do you think you are qualified for this job?
  5. Do you have your own tools?
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  9. Are you comfortable with overnight travel?
  10. How strong are your communication skills when dealing with multiple levels of seniority?
  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?
  12. What are your career goals as a Millwright?
  13. Are you able to self-teach?
  14. Are you used to traveling to various job sites?
  15. Do you have welding experience?
  16. Do you ever feel pressured when constructing machinery? What makes you nervous?
  17. Do you have training in reading blueprints? Tell me about it.
  18. What experience do you have using hoists and cranes?
  19. What type of setting or working conditions are you most comfortable in?
  20. Tell me about your on-the-job training. How will it help you here?
  21. Tell me about your attention to detail and why you think it's an important skill as a millwright.
  22. Tell me about your ideal company culture.
  23. How do you approach a problem when you do not know the answer or have an immediate solution?
  24. What schematic diagrams are you familiar with?
  25. Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful?
  26. What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
  27. Do you manage your time well?
  28. Tell me about your education/training.
  29. What machines do you have the most experience with?
  30. How do you handle difficult co-workers?
  31. How do you manage your time during the days that you have multiple deadlines?
  32. Tell me about a recent roadblock you encountered on the job. How did you overcome it?
  33. Tell about a time that you had to adapt to a difficult situation.
  34. Why do you want to work for our company?
  35. What was the biggest mistake you made as a millwright? How did you correct the problem?
  36. What skills are essential for this position?
  37. What is your greatest career achievement to date?
  38. Do you work well under pressure?
  39. What is your greatest strength?
  40. What do you know about our company?
  41. How flexible is your schedule? Are you able to work on a rotating shift?
  42. Do you have any safety training?
  43. How important is workplace safety to you?
  44. If a co-worker was behaving in an unsafe manner what would you do?
Answer Examples
1.
How do you handle stressful situations?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
2.
What types of personal protective equipment are you accustomed to wearing on the job?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
3.
Tell me about your apprenticeship and how it prepared you as a millwright.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
4.
Do you think you are qualified for this job?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
5.
Do you have your own tools?
If you do not have your own tools: "I do not have a large collection of personal tools but I am happy to get my own tools should you require it."

If you do have your own tools: "Yes, I can certainly come with my own tools. Are there certain tools that you are looking for me to provide?"
Rachelle's Answer
"I do not have a large collection of personal tools but I am happy to get my own tools should you require it."
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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?

Rachelle's Answer
"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?"
Rachelle's Answer
"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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
Rachelle's Answer
"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?"
Rachelle's Answer
"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?"
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