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How to answer these common industrial interview questions

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How to answer these common industrial interview questions

Would you be able to answer these common interview questions? A three minute read.

Questions frequently asked in an industrial interview.

Got an interview coming up for some labour/warehouse work? Don’t be nervous, just read our guide explaining the ‘model answer’ for these frequently asked interview questions. 

What previous experience do you have, can you talk about your work history?

Talk through CV- take a copy with you. Share some past experiences from workplaces; any examples (images) of your work and/or testimonials from previous employers and colleagues are great to share, demonstrating your ability and giving the interviewer confidence in your skills.  


What specific skills & experience can you bring to this particular role?

Research the role to find out what skills you may need. For example, some picking and packing roles require use of hand scanners- if you have used hand scanners talk about this.


Name one strength & weakness.

This questions often tough for people to answer, but it needn’t be! A strength is easy to say; good team player, conscientious, hardworking, accurate, adaptability. Try to turn a negative into a positive- so for example a weakness could be, “I have a little direct experience, however I am fresh and open to new ideas, so can be mouldable to the role and business”.


What notice period do you have- when can you start if you were offered the role?

If you're currently out of work, it's often possible for you to start straight away, demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm. If you are in a role, you may need to check your current contract to see what notice is required.


How did you hear about our company?

Have you any friends who work there? Did you see a job advert? Are you aware of the company’s positive reputation? It’s good to talk about this if you have heard good things about working for the company.


What do you know about our company?

Please research the company online prior to the interview so you have some key points to discuss.


Can you work at a fast pace? Have you ever worked to targets?

Discuss your previous roles demonstrating how you've work to targets & deadlines. Again, share some examples of when you’ve achieved such deadlines– especially regarding incidents when you've exceeded expectations.


What machine have you used or worked on before?

So for engineering roles in particular, name specific machines you have worked on such as CNC, grinding or milling for example.


Can you work overtime, have flexibility with hours?

Try to remain open minded. If for any reason you aren’t available for specific hours, just explain this. It’ll portray you as a reliable and dedicated individual.

However, please don’t disregard working Friday evenings for instance, just because you’d rather be at the pub – it doesn’t sound great!


How do you cope with working within a repetitive role?

Some people like routine and knowing what they need to do each day- others challenge themselves to beat their own personal target day to day.


Can you provide an example of working within a team?

Refer back to a moment, preferably in a professional capacity (although not essential), you’ve succeeded within a team environment, offering some brief context, the outcome and how you contributed.


Do you have any questions?

Please prepare some questions for the employer- it shows you are engaged. An interview is just as much an opportunity for the candidate to see whether it’s a place they want to work, as much as it is for the employer to see if the candidate is suitable for the role and business.

For example: “When will you make a decision on the interviews?” or “How many roles are available?”


Top Interview Tips to take Away:

  • Dress to impress
  • Firm hand shake
  • Look engaged and enthusiastic
  • When the interview ends, thank the interviewee for their time and if you want the job let them know you would very much like the opportunity to work for them.

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Contact our Industrial team on 01562 69090 or pop in to the office for further advice and/or guidance.