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If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?

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  1. 1.

    If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?

      During your interview process, have you noticed any potential changes that could be made to increase the company's productivity? This is a great time to talk about what you would like to see as a QC Manager. Beware of not cutting the company down but do make some suggestions in a respectful manner.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "After our first interview I went home and took note of some of the activity that I saw on the production line during the tour. One way that I would like to make a difference is by creating a team environment with the production workers. Many safety issues are resolved simply by creating a stronger teamwork based environment. That is certainly one way that I could quickly make an impact if hired."

  2. 2.

    Do you have any previous experience as a Quality Control Manager?

      Chances are, you have the experience the hiring manager is looking for - otherwise, you wouldn't be in the interview. The hiring manager wants to know in a bit more detail, where you bring the experience from.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have just over 5 years' experience as a Quality Control Manager. My first management role was with XYZ Company and I was there for about 1 year. With ABC Company, I was given the opportunity for a bigger role, larger team and more lucrative salary. I've been QC Manager there for the past 4 years."

  3. 3.

    Tell me about a risk you discovered from your past job?

      When you answer this question be sure to give an example but be careful not to give away any trade secrets and do not risk speaking poorly of your previous place of employment.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Last January, while working for ABC Company, I was alerted to a technical issue that was quite serious. If left untouched, it would have shut down production and cost the company millions of dollars to fix. I was able to very briefly pause production and have the technical team fix the risk before anyone was injured and before funds were wasted. Risks are always discovered in this line of work and I am always sure to put safety, and the bottom line, first."

  4. 4.

    What has been your biggest career accomplishment?

      What has been your biggest 'win' in your career? Perhaps you have won an award or were recognized for a job very well done. Be sure to talk about yourself in a positive way and end with a qualifying statement.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My biggest career accomplishment was when I was recognized for being the 'QC Manager of the Year'. I had perfect work attendance and increased profitability by 14% in my first year; a company record. I would love to have the opportunity to do the same for your organization."

  5. 5.

    Why should we hire you?

      It is best to highlight your strongest skills when answering this question. What makes you a stand out candidate? Be sure to ask the interviewer if they have any hesitations when it comes to your qualifications.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that you should choose me as your successful candidate because I bring a strong work history in QC. I am ambitious and have completed my Bachelor's degree in Engineering. After sitting down with me for an interview, is there any reason why you wouldn't see me as the best fit for your company? I would be happy to clarify anything further for you."

  6. 6.

    What have you learned from your past jobs that related to Quality Control Manager?

      When referring to previous jobs, be sure not to go too far back into your work history. Also, avoid giving examples of jobs that may not even be listed on your resume as this will simply confuse the interviewer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Throughout the years and jobs, I can confidently say that relatable skills picked up along the way would include attention to detail, ability to multi-task and speedy decision making under pressure."

  7. 7.

    What do you know about our company?

      Hiring managers like to know that they are hiring someone who is interested in them as well. Have you researched their organization prior to applying? What were some of the stand-out features of this employer?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have researched your company website and online presence. You have a great amount of positive employee reviews on glassdoor.com and I feel that your company culture would really fit what I am looking for. You take pride in your work and your customers stay with you long term. From what I have seen so far, I would be more than happy to work for your company."

  8. 8.

    What is your greatest strength?

      This is the time to talk a bit about what you feel you could uniquely bring to the job if you were the successful candidate.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I've been told by previous employers and colleagues that I am really great at giving and receiving feedback. I feel that my greatest strength is in my ability to create an environment where everyone works very openly with each other. A happy team is a productive team."

  9. 9.

    What are your career goals?

      When answering this question be sure to talk about what you hope for yourself for the future and how that can fit into what the company is looking for from you long term.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Over time, I would like to grow my experience to include being the quality control manager for multiple sites. I am hoping to expand my education to also include a Project Management certificate so that I can offer more to my employer."

  10. 10.

    What are key duties/tasks for Quality Control Manager?

      It's always a great idea to go into the job interview knowing what the job description is. The hiring manager would really like to know that what you understand to be the position requirements truly do match the skills that you bring.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The key duties of a QC Manager include ensuring that the company's products meet acceptable quality standards. In the past, I have also taken on some administration work. As a QC Manager, I need to ensure that your production and manufacturing lines are performing efficiently. I am also to manage a team and be the liaison between yourself and the production departments."

  11. 11.

    How do you prioritize your work?

      Being able to prioritize and manage multiple urgent needs at once is a really important skill. Show the interviewer you are capable of doing this by talking about how you manage your day.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My way of prioritizing my work will include starting each day with a full review of production needs. I will review which tasks, when left undone, will cost the company the most in losses. The bottom line is always the priority. From there, I move down the list and manage my day."

  12. 12.

    Tell me how you would make a great quality control manager here at our company.

      In the company's job posting they likely talked about the "problem" that they would like solved. That should always be your focus when answering a question like this.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "problem"

  13. 13.

    What experience do you have leading a team?

      When answering this question be sure to talk about the number of people you have lead and what their functions were.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have 5 years' experience in leading a team. My smallest team consisted of 6 production line workers and a junior engineer. The largest team I have lead consisted of 40 employees ranging from production line workers to team leads."

  14. 14.

    When have you received criticism? How do you handle criticism?

      Receiving feedback on the job is not a negative thing. Be sure to tell the hiring manager about a time when you have recently been coached by a supervisor or mentor. How did you take it, and how did you implement the criticism?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am good at receiving feedback from my team. A few months ago, during a performance review, my supervisor asked me to update my skills in SAP. I realized that since my promotion I didn't use the program as often anymore, and I was getting a bit rusty. I was sure to practice it in the coming days and was back to a more than acceptable standard shortly after."

  15. 15.

    Do you work well under pressure?

      Let the interviewer know that you work well under pressure by giving an example or talking about a time when you were acknowledged for your ability to do so.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do work very well under pressure. My previous supervisor at ABC Company commented quite frequently on my ability to remain calm during stressful situations. I can easily look at a problem with a keen eye to see what the root truly is which helps me to stay calm under pressure."

  16. 16.

    Do you have previous experience in this field?

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  17. 17.

    When have you given advice or a suggestion to a QC manager before? How was your advice/suggestion received?

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  18. 18.

    How do you handle stress with your job?

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  19. 19.

    Do you manage your time well?

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  20. 20.

    Why do you want to become a Quality Control Manager?

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  21. 21.

    When have you had to criticize someones work before? Are you comfortable doing so?

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  22. 22.

    What is destructive testing, and what are its benefits?

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  23. 23.

    Tell me about your quality control experiences.

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  24. 24.

    What is your greatest weakness?

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  25. 25.

    What's your ideal company to work for?

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  26. 26.

    As an inspector, walk me through your day to day job.

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  27. 27.

    How important was it for you to keep detailed records of all your inspections at your previous position?

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  28. 28.

    Are you familiar with the regulations we face, in this industry?

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  29. 29.

    What was a major decision you had to make as an inspector? How did it affect the company you worked for?

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  30. 30.

    How do you maintain consistent inspections?

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