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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
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Do you think you are qualified for this job?

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1.

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."

2.

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."

3.

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"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."

4.

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."

5.

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."

6.

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."

7.

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"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."

8.

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"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."

9.

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"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?"

10.

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"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."

11.

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."

12.

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"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."

13.

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.

Rachelle's Answer

"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."

14.

What type of setting or working conditions are you most comfortable in?

Tell the hiring manager what conditions you are most at ease in.

Rachelle's Answer

"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."

15.

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."

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Interview Questions

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