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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?

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  1. 1.

    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?

      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?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year I did have to shut down the production line. The product was not turning out as planned and the quality was not up to our company standards. It was a difficult decision. A lot of money was at stake. I concluded by asking myself if I would be proud of the product? The answer was no, so I shut it down."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  2. 2.

    What are your career goals as a Quality Control Inspector?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My short-term career goal is to complete additional training in project management. I'd also love to obtain my PMP in the future. As a QC Inspector, I would like to see my leadership responsibilities increase as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  3. 3.

    What are your salary expectations?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  4. 4.

    Why did you choose to become a Quality Control Inspector?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My initial interest in QC started at University. I entered into a calibration technician class and absolutely loved the analytical side of the lessons. Then, I took an auditor course and realized this was the career path for me. I've always been a strong problem solver with great analytical skills so QC is a perfect match for me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  5. 5.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My three key duties include ensuring a minimum 8% cost savings year over year, minimizing product waste and streamlining the manufacturing process while still creating an excellent product. Are these the areas of focus for this role?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  6. 6.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last month we had an unexpected safety audit from head office. I was not panicked because safety is something that we regularly practice, but our production staff were nervous. I was able to keep our team calm by showing them that we were doing a great job. My supervisor commented later on how well I managed to keep calm through the situation. We passed the audit with flying colors."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  7. 7.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Before I implement change on the job, I will do a full risk vs. reward analysis. I would then consult my superiors and look for similar case studies from other facilities. Then, I would put out a facility-wide memo, outlining the pending changes just to prepare my staff. Finally, I will then bring in the necessary experts to train my staff on the changes, if required."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  8. 8.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can see myself growing with your organization for the long term. After learning more about your business, I see a solid fit. I am looking for the opportunity to grow with a company where I can promote my skills and offers me further training as well. Knowing your organization offers this, makes it an incredibly attractive opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  9. 9.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a natural leader and feel that I give my best work when I am responsible for others, or an important project. Feeling like a necessary part of the team is important to me. I want the company I work for to succeed so that I am successful as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  10. 10.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For me, the most rewarding part of being a QC Inspector is that I can help a company create an unbeatable product. It's always an exciting challenge to be the best in your industry, and that is what drives me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  11. 11.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that the most important qualities for a QC Inspector to possess are strong analytical skills, great verbal and written communication abilities, and the ability to remain diplomatic in the face of change. These are all skills that I have practiced and mastered over the years."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  12. 12.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The part of being a QC Inspector that I enjoy the least is probably the mass amounts of paperwork that I need to complete on a daily basis. I do understand that it needs to be done, however; I very much enjoy being face to face with my team. It feels like I make a bigger impact that way."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  13. 13.

    How would your previous manager describe you?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My previous manager would often compliment me on my ability to stay organized through the busiest times. I believe he would also say that I am a very cooperative employee, reliable and knowledgeable in quality control processes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  14. 14.

    Why are you the best candidate for the job?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that I am the strongest candidate for the job because I bring everything that you are looking for in your next QC Inspector. In addition to possessing these qualities, I also speak three languages which allow me to work well with many of your temporary foreign workers."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  15. 15.

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

      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!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I began my career with Company X right after graduating from University. In that role, my biggest accomplishment was being promoted after just two months time. I left there after five years when Company Z offered me a bigger opportunity. I've been there ever since. My proudest accomplishments in this role include increasing our employee retention rate by 24% and decreasing accidents by 12% overall."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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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  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

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

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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

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

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  23. 23.

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

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  24. 24.

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

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