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Painter Interview

25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 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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Do you prefer edging with tape, or without?
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Some painters prefer to edge with tape while others will paint freehand. Talk about your preference and back your logic.
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Do you prefer edging with tape, or without?
Some painters prefer to edge with tape while others will paint freehand. Talk about your preference and back your logic.

Rachelle's Answer
"When I first began painting, I much preferred to edge with tape. Now that I have more years' experience I do prefer to go freehand. I am very skilled which is why I can do it that way. It saves time and I'm still very accurate."
As a painter, do you have any experience being your own boss? Handling customers and employees?
Being a boss or handling a team of painters could be a natural progression in your career. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability and interest in doing so.

Rachelle's Answer
"In my previous role, I led a team of 3 painters. I am comfortable managing a project, and others. Being in a customer facing role is no problem at all for me. I am very experienced and comfortable taking on a role like that."
Typically how many coats of paint do you prefer applying to any job for perfection?
Give an example of the average amount of coats that you typically apply and explain your answer.

Rachelle's Answer
"Typically, I apply 2 coats before I feel the job has been completed to perfection. Certain colors or brands will require 3 coats but I am very careful to do each coat perfectly so that additional coverage is not required."
For an airless paint sprayer, what size tip do you typically use to spray a closet?
Show the hiring manager that you are familiar with airless paint sprayers by offering some of your expertise.

Rachelle's Answer
"When spraying a closet, I will typically use a 513 or 515. It's important to choose the right size for such a small and closed in space."
What would you do if you could not be a painter?
Aside from being a painter, have you had any other career goals or dreams? Talk to the hiring manager a little bit about what other career or life goals you may have.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I was not a painter, I would probably look into a career within culinary. Being a chef is also a very creative job that uses skill, concentration and is still physical in nature. I spend my spare time learning new skills in the kitchen. It's fun for me."
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