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27 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 22nd, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 27
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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How to Answer
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position.
27 Transportation Manager Interview Questions
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  1. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
  2. How do you ensure you are meeting all deadlines?
  3. Tell me about your detail oriented capabilities.
  4. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Transportation Manager?
  5. Provide an example of a time when your ethics were tested and how you addressed the situation.
  6. Tell me about yourself and your experience against the position you applied for.
  7. Tell me about your relationship with your colleagues.
  8. What do you look for in an employer?
  9. Tell me about your philosophy toward work.
  10. What duties are the easiest and most difficult for you to perform?
  11. Provide an example of a time you went above and beyond to successfully complete a project.
  12. Tell me about the accomplishment your are the most proud of.
  13. How do you evaluate success in your career?
  14. You may be required to lift heavy boxes. In that respect, do you have any physical restrictions?
  15. Tell me about the most challenging work you have had to do in your career.
  16. Tell me about your experience with a difficult superior, and how you resolved the situation.
  17. Tell me about your ability to handle stress and pressure.
  18. What are your short-term career goals, i.e., four to five years from now?
  19. How would your current or former employer describe your work ethics?
  20. What motivates you in your career?
  21. What do you know about our company?
  22. What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a Transportation Manager?
  23. How have you or would you handle criticism?
  24. How would you describe your management style?
  25. How will working for our company help you reach your professional goals?
  26. What are your long term career goals?
  27. Why are you the best candidate for us?
15 Transportation Manager Answer Examples
1.
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But throughout my career, I have come to realize that I am working as part of a team of professionals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I do my best to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
2.
How do you ensure you are meeting all deadlines?
Tell the interviewer about your time management and organizational skills.

Rachelle's Answer
"I always meet deadlines because I am extremely organized and do not wait at the last minute to get started on projects. I use lists and calendar reminders to ensure I do not forget anything and I review these lists daily."
3.
Tell me about your detail oriented capabilities.
Tell the interviewer about your detail oriented capabilities in a work environment by providing an example in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe detail oriented capabilities are essential to successfully perform in any position. I can proudly say I am incredibly meticulous. For instance, when working for (X company) as (X position title), I (X example in a professional capacity preferably similar to the position you applied for, proving you already have the capabilities and experience required for this job)."
4.
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Transportation Manager?
Provide an answer as to the reasons that led you to pursue a career in transportation management, and link this answer to the position you are applying for - so as to demonstrate your chosen career field/original career goal is in line with this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I decided to pursue a career in transportation management because I (X reasons for pursuing that career, such as passion for this field or having a parent who worked in this field). I also sincerely feel the position I applied for is a perfect fit as I already possess the personality traits and required experience for this role."
5.
Provide an example of a time when your ethics were tested and how you addressed the situation.
Provide an example in a position held in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting, e.g., when working on a project with classmates.

Rachelle's Answer
"When working for (X company) as a/an (X position title), we had to complete a group project (... what happened in this project when your ethics were tested). As this was dishonest, I (... what you did to remain ethical)."
6.
Tell me about yourself and your experience against the position you applied for.
Provide an overview of your professional experience while putting emphasis on your transportation management experience as per the advertised position, proving you indeed have the qualifications required for this position.

Review the job description before your interview and answer this question by selecting some of the main duties on the posting and telling the interviewer you have performed these duties in the past, when and how.

Rachelle's Answer
"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for (X company) where I was responsible for (X transportation management related duties). Since this internship, I have also gained considerable transportation management experience working for (X company) where I managed (X management related duties) and for (X company) where I was responsible for (X management related duties). These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."
7.
Tell me about your relationship with your colleagues.
Tell the interviewer about your team player skills and ability to collaborate with others in a work environment by providing an example in a past position.

Rachelle's Answer
"My relationships with my colleagues are always excellent. I thrive in a team environment and consider myself a team player. For instance, in my last role of (X position title) at (X company), we had to work on numerous collective projects on a weekly basis, such as (...) (X description of collaborative projects and how you contributed to the team's success)."
8.
What do you look for in an employer?
Ensure to review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company. Do your best to answer by including something you saw on the job description or website to show you did your due diligence before the interview and that you are serious about working for this employer specifically.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am looking for an employer who values its employees and who will give me the opportunity to grow. I also saw on your job posting that your company is a family environment, which is exactly the type of environment I wish to work in."
9.
Tell me about your philosophy toward work.
The interviewer and the employer are looking for commitment towards the company and work to be performed, and respect toward colleagues, members of the team management team and clients.

Rachelle's Answer
"I take my work seriously and am committed to performing to be best of my ability. The company's success is my success. I also value respect and as such, am extremely respectful toward all clients and every single individual at the company."
10.
What duties are the easiest and most difficult for you to perform?
The interviewer wants to determine your boundaries. It is important to demonstrate you can manage anything that comes your way.

Always review the job posting before the interview and keep it closeby at the time of the interview. Provide example of easy and difficult duties on the job posting, and how easily you will be able to manage both. Provide examples of the successful performance of these duties in a previous position, if you have any.

Rachelle's Answer
"An example of an easy duty is (X easy duty on the job posting/any other easy duty related to transportation management), because when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I (X similar easy duty successfully performed). An example of a difficult duty is (X easy duty on the job posting/any other difficult duty related to transportation management), because when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I (X similar difficult duty nevertheless successfully performed)."
11.
Provide an example of a time you went above and beyond to successfully complete a project.
Provide an example of a situation in a professional capacity, preferably related to transportation management. Alternatively, provide an example in any other professional or volunteer capacity, or in a university setting - and add that you are positive your skills will be transferable in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am particularly proud of the time I (X project you are the most proud of). I went above and beyond because the client's satisfaction mattered to me and my employer, and (X other reasons why you went above and beyond). The client was so satisfied by the high level of commitment and quality of my work that he hired our company for all of his upcoming projects."
12.
Tell me about the accomplishment your are the most proud of.
Tell the interviewer about the accomplishment you are the most proud of, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position you are applying for. Alternatively, provide any accomplishment in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"The accomplishment I am the most proud of is managing a very large project on a very tight deadline (... further information pertaining to this project, such as the company name, and so on). As a result, I developed strong project and time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."
13.
How do you evaluate success in your career?
Answer this question by mentioning what constitutes success for you, such as meeting all deadlines, being recognized as a team player by your employer, and so on. Do not mention monetary incentives. The objective is to show the interviewer you wish to grow as a professional, not simply be rewarded monetarily.

Rachelle's Answer
"Success is meeting my daily, weekly, monthly and annual goals and being recognized as a hardworking professional by my employer. The company's success is my success. I also value becoming the best in my field."
14.
You may be required to lift heavy boxes. In that respect, do you have any physical restrictions?
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to see whether there are physical requirements. If there are physical requirements, the interviewer is assuming you reviewed the job posting before applying for the position and as such, there will not be any limitations.

If you answer no and physical requirements are clearly mentioned on the job posting, the interviewer may assume you are unprepared, i.e., you did not review the job posting and company before the interview, you applied for this position without reading the job posting because you want any job, and/or you are not serious about working for this particular company.

Rachelle's Answer
"I reviewed your job posting before the interview and am aware of the physical requirements. I have absolutely no physical restrictions and can lift heavy boxes if necessary."
15.
Tell me about the most challenging work you have had to do in your career.
Tell the interviewer about past work you have considered the most challenging. If you do not have experience related to the position you applied for, mention challenging work in any position/capacity, which could be relevant in the capacity of Transportation Manager.

Rachelle's Answer
"The most challenging work I have done in the past is (X challenging work). It was challenging because I had to complete a large number of duties on very tight deadlines. Because I have such great organizational and time management skills, I successfully completed all of my duties and am positive I will be able to successfully complete any challenging work as a Transportation Manager."
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