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Quality Control Inspector Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Quality Control Inspector interview, here are 24 interview questions and answer examples.

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Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

How to Answer

Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

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24 Quality Control Inspector Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

      How to Answer

      Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

      Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I do see myself as a leader. I currently oversee the 2nd shift production line. I monitor host team meetings, disseminate information, monitor performance, approve scheduling and time sheets, etc."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."

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      Experienced

      "I see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a team in two prior roles, but also I believe that leadership does not always equate to management. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model of enthusiasm and work ethic. I am open to new ideas and love to tackle a new project which, to me, embodies leadership. "

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  • 2. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

      How to Answer

      Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask!

      Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations.

      If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you. Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week.

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      Entry Level

      "If overtime is required in this role, I am happy to accommodate whenever I can. My only restriction is that I cannot work Wednesday nights as I have an evening course those days."

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am available for full-time work which is preferably 8-5 Monday to Friday. I am happy to be a team player and work some overtime, as required. Will these hours meet your expectations?"

      Written by Rachelle Enns on January 6th, 2019

      Experienced

      "I am willing to work overtime, but how much and how often are the first questions that come to mind. I firmly believe that downtime, or personal time, is essential to recharging your batteries and staying focused. I am happy to be a team player and take on a variety of schedules."

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  • 3. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best thing that you can do when asked about your salary expectations is to be open and honest about what you are currently earning, and where you want to be in the future.

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      Entry Level

      "As I am new to my career and this industry, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on your typical salary for this role."

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      1st Answer Example

      "I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $38K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $41K, and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

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      Experienced

      "I am negotiable with my salary expectations. However, I am not inclined to lose compensation. Compensation to me, though, is not just net pay. I take into account work hours, drive time, benefits, etc. I currently earn a base pay of $58K."

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  • 4. List the Quality Control software and programs you are well versed in. What is your level of expertise in each?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your technical skills and level of proficiency in every applicable program you have used. Be sure to include internal and external programs that you know and understand. You can also talk about any programs/software that you would like to gain additional knowledge in. To make your skill level more apparent, you can rate yourself from 1-10 or use terms like beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert.

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      Entry Level

      "During my time in University, we were trained on Qualio, MasterControl, and the entire Microsoft Office suite. I would say that I'm between beginner and intermediate level in these programs. Which software/programs do you use here?"

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  • 5. Tell me about a time when you have had to make a big decision, such as shutting down a production line. How did you come to the conclusion and how did you proceed?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how you process big decisions. Making big decisions is a large part of being a QC Inspector. Tell the hiring manager about a time when you had to do just that. What did you consider before implementing your decision?

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      Entry Level

      "I have not been responsible for any large decisions like this, as I recently started my career in Quality Control. With that said, I would follow the company's protocols when it came to product standards. If those standards were not being me, I would follow the process of shutting down the production line."

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  • 6. Why are you the best candidate for the job?

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      The interviewer would like to know why you think you are the strongest candidate for the role. This is a great time to match the qualities that you have with the qualities they have requested in their job posting or internal job description.

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      Entry Level

      "My new education and interest in your product make me an excellent match for this position. I am good at what I do, motivated, and I an excellent team player. This is an exciting opportunity for me to hit the ground running. Happy employees are more productive and trust me; I would be thrilled to work here."

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  • 7. As a Quality Control Inspector, what keeps you motivated to always give your best work?

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      The interviewer would like to know how you keep yourself motivated to perform well, at all times. What keeps you excited about your job? What drives you to be your best? Talk about your positive triggers and let the hiring manager know how they can best work with you, should you be the successful candidate.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I am excited to get a start on my career as a QC Inspector, now that I have completed my post-secondary training. I will keep motivated by continually focusing on my goal of growing in my career, and learning new techniques every day."

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  • 8. How would your previous manager describe you?

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      The interviewer would like to know what your previous supervisor would say about you. When you answer this question, you can draw from any feedback from previous performance reviews that you think would be helpful and appropriate. Keep your answer brief and positive.

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      Entry Level

      "My previous boss and I had a great working relationship. We were in sync when it came to accomplishing things we needed to do in our department. We scheduled weekly touch base meetings to stay current on our progress and address any issues that came up along the way. I learned a lot from them on leadership while adding great value to the team."

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  • 9. What do you feel is the most important part of your job as a Quality Control Inspector?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you take your role seriously and feel that you are an essential part of what makes their business successful. The answer that you give the hiring manager will also highlight to them what you think is critical within Quality Control. Talk about what the most passionate part of QC is for you.

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      Entry Level

      "In my opinion, the most important part of being a QC member is maintaining safe and healthy work environments. By following standards and procedures, and complying with legal regulations, I will deliver a high level of standard to your organization every day. "

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  • 10. List 3 key duties in your current role as a Quality Control Inspector.

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      The interviewer would like to understand the fundamental responsibilities in your current role better. Describe briefly the three things that are most important in your current position. Be sure to tie them in with the duties listed in this particular job description.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on January 6th, 2019

      Entry Level

      "During my practicum, the three areas of focus were on approving incoming materials by confirming specifications, conducting visual and measurement tests, and rejecting unacceptable materials.I understand these to be the key responsibilities in this role as well. Is this correct?"

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  • 11. Give me an example of a time when you performed well in a high pressure situation.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about your ability to work well under stress and pressure. Stress can affect anyone, and high-pressure situations are not uncommon as a QC Inspector. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to successfully perform under high-pressure conditions while still maintaining a positive attitude.

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      Entry Level

      "My entire time in University was a pressure cooker! I worked a part-time job while completing my studies, which added to the pressure. I am well-accustomed to stress and resilient to it."

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  • 12. As a Quality Control Inspector, how do you ensure that your time is managed well each day?

      How to Answer

      Staying on target with your goals and deadlines is incredibly important as a QC Inspector. Tell the hiring manager how you stay focused in a role where multitasking is required.



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      Entry Level

      "I will ensure that my time is managed well by having a full understanding of my next day's activities. I also use a couple of great organization apps such as Google Calendar and Evernote."

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  • 13. Why did you choose to become a Quality Control Inspector?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know what brought you to being a QC Inspector, in the first place Tell the hiring manager about what initially inspired you to pursue this type of career. You can make your answer a bit personal but do be somewhat brief.

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      Entry Level

      "My father was a Quality Control Inspector, and I have always admired him. For that reason, I chose to pursue the same career path. In addition to this inspiration, I appreciate how this career path utilizes my detail-oriented mindset and strong analytical skills."

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  • 14. Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you are the type to set achievable goals for yourself. It's important for the hiring manager to see that you can set personal and career goals and then dedicate yourself to achieving those goals. A career-related goal/achievement is always best.

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      Entry Level

      "The greatest goal I set was to graduate University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. Reaching this goal showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."

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  • 15. Describe a decision you made that wasn't popular and how you handled the negative feedback.

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      The interviewer would like to know that you are not always a people pleaser and that you will keep the company's targets first. Uncomfortable situations can arise in the workplace. Show the hiring manager that you are capable of being in potentially awkward situations. Give an example of a time when you forged ahead despite receiving resistance in the workplace.

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      Entry Level

      "While completing a group project in school, I was the leader and was given the opportunity to choose the focus of our project. Everyone in the group wanted a simpler topic, but I chose to focus on non-destructive testing. By choosing a path less traveled, I was hoping that the professor would give us a better grade. This is exactly what happened, and he even commented on our choice to focus on a more challenging topic. Everyone was happy in the end."

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  • 16. List the steps that you would take before implementing an important change on the job.

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      The interviewer would like to know that you can make calculated and analytical decisions. Being able to make an educated analysis before taking action is an essential skill to have. Tell the hiring manager about the methods you choose before implementing change.

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      Entry Level

      "Implementing change is a big deal, and you first need to ensure that your team is buying into the changes. Next, I would ensure that the entire team is on board with the change and that our internal software programs supported the change."

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  • 17. Have you ever implemented a new Quality Control Policy to a team or group? How did it go?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you have experience in change management. Implementing workplace change can be a delicate balance. Tell the hiring manager about your ability to assist your staff in accepting changes in the workplace.

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      Entry Level

      "I have not yet implemented any QC policies; however, I hope that I can have the opportunity to do this as I grow and develop in my career. Could you tell me about the most recent QC policy you have implemented here?"

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  • 18. Briefly tell me about your career as a Quality Control Inspector. Highlight some of your career wins and prouder accomplishments.

      How to Answer

      This is your opportunity to bring your resume to life for the hiring manager. It is usually easiest to start from the beginning of your career, working to your most recent experience. Be sure to include your reasons for leaving previous jobs, if applicable. Give a solid overview but avoid lingering on this question for more than a couple of minutes. You don't want to ramble!

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      Entry Level

      "I am a recent graduate from XYZ University and completed my practicum with Company ABC just last month. I mentored under the QC Manager there for three months and learned a great deal on CAD/CAM. I look forward to gaining more career wins with your organization."

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  • 19. Do you see yourself growing your career with our organization for the long term? Why or why not?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you plan on staying with their company long term. If you have a history of jumping from job to job, this is a fundamental question to master. Show the hiring manager that you are capable of committing long-term and tell them why you feel their company will be 'the one' for years to come.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on January 6th, 2019

      Entry Level

      "I do see myself growing my career here. I would like to be supervising or managing a team of my own in the next few years. I feel like I could progress here at a rate that will make this a possibility."

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  • 20. What are your career goals as a Quality Control Inspector?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know what your long-term goals are. This is where it is essential to have completed some research on the interviewing company. Be sure to envision where you can see yourself fitting, and growing, with the organization before your interview. Do some research on what a career path could look like with this particular company. You tie in your short-term goals as well, which will show added insight.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "As a recent graduate of my QC program, I first would like to earn a role with a growing organization who welcomes the opportunity to mentor new Quality Control Inspectors. My long-term focus is on growing my career with this organization, and earning my way into a leadership position over the next five years."

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  • 21. What is the most challenging task you have faced as a Quality Control Inspector?

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      The interviewer would like to know about your ability to keep working even when the challenges seem insurmountable. Being able to trudge through the tough and challenging times is an essential skill to highlight. Tell the hiring manager that you are able to succeed and push through.

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      Entry Level

      "I feel the most challenging tasks I will face, at first, will be gaining the trust of my team because I am new to my career. I want to quickly establish that I am knowledgeable in the area of QC and have something to teach, despite being green in the industry."

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  • 22. What is the most rewarding part of being a Quality Control Inspector?

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      The interviewer would like to know what you enjoy most about your role as a QC Inspector. Often, the part of the job that you love most is what you are also best at. The hiring manager is looking for further insight into what you like most and are best at. Tell the interviewer what you love most about your career.

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      Entry Level

      "I believe the most rewarding part of being a Quality Control Inspector will be playing my part in helping my company to be profitable through accomplishing high standards of quality."

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  • 23. What do you like least about being a Quality Control Inspector?

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      The interviewer would like to know what aspects of your job you do not enjoy doing. Tell the hiring manager what part of your job you don't enjoy but be sure to avoid turning it into a negative conversation. You should always end this on a positive note. Your answer can reveal your weaknesses to the interviewer.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I am new to my career as a QC Inspector, so I have not yet discovered my favorite or least favorite tasks. While attending University, I did find the most challenging part of my coursework to be CAD (computer-aided design). We touched on our CAD skills to some degree; however, I did not feel strong enough in this area post-grad. For this reason, I have enrolled in a two week CAD course which starts next week. "

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  • 24. What do you think are the most important qualities for a Quality Control Inspector to possess?

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      The interviewer would like to know that you fully understand the value that a QC professional should bring to the workplace. Chances are, your answer will also reflect what you feel are your greatest strengths. This question allows the hiring manager to get to know you a bit better while learning about the qualities you value.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "In my opinion, I believe that a successful Quality Control Inspector will be very analytically minded, be able to work with a diverse range of personalities and is resistant to stress. I look forward to showing you how I possess these specific qualities."

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