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9 Interview Questions for Manufacturing Jobs

November 9, 2021 | Career Blog

Job interviews are stressful events for most people. You need to look your best, present yourself in the most professional manner possible, and give meaningful answers to the interviewer’s questions.

But did you know that interviews are difficult for the employer too?

Many of the interviewers you’ll sit down with feel pressured to represent the company well, have all of the information you might request, and most importantly, ask the right questions. That’s why so many of these questions turn up over and over again. It’s time to find out what they’re really asking so you can give yourself the advantage in your next interview.

“Why are you interested in this position?”

You’ll definitely want to prepare an answer for this one. Job interviewers want to know if you’re interested in the industry, the company, or just this specific role. In addition, they want to see if you’ll be a candidate for promotion or if you’re just looking for a way to earn some extra money.

Depending on the job, there might not be a wrong answer. But, be honest about this answer, and it will help set expectations for both sides.

“How has your experience prepared you for this role?”

Why would they ask you this question when they’ve got your resumé right in front of them? Job histories only give you the basic facts. The interviewer wants to know the story of how you gained the skills and experience the position needs.

If the story doesn’t add up, he’ll know you’re probably not suitable for the job.

“How would you describe your communication style?”

The real question the interviewer is asking here is, “Do you have good communication skills?” The problem is that everyone would say that they do. By describing your style of communication, the interviewer can get a sense of how well you’ll work with management and the existing employees.

It’s a good idea to say things like “direct,” “open,” and “friendly.” If that’s not the case with you, then your workplace communication skills might need some work!

“Describe a time when you had to adjust to a new situation quickly.”

If you have experience in the manufacturing industry, you know that things can change quickly. Sometimes the pace needs to increase dramatically, so a production deadline is reached, or a large order comes in without warning.

Interviewers want to know that you can adapt well to changing circumstances, so make sure you’ve got a good work story ready that highlights your ability to work under new conditions.

“Why are you leaving your current position?”

Employers are more understanding than ever about gaps in your work history, changing careers, and taking time off for family or education. Between changes to the workplace due to COVID and the gradual evolution of businesses, you don’t have to worry about being honest here.

The only answers they don’t want to hear are that you were fired for gross misconduct or quit because you couldn’t get along with your colleagues.

“What irritates you at work?”

Speaking of disagreements with your coworkers, don’t be surprised to hear a thinly veiled question about your ability to put up with annoyances. Of course, no one is happy all the time, but employers are looking for workers who will not be in a bad mood constantly.

You’ll need an answer prepared because no one is going to believe that you’re so easygoing that you can’t think of anything that irritates you. When in doubt, you might say something about being annoyed with yourself when you don’t meet your personal goals.

“How do you motivate yourself?”

Many employers want to know that you’ll come to the table with your own motivation. Employers will often have incentive programs and talk of promotions to keep your spirits high, but they don’t want to be constant cheerleaders.

If your primary motivation is money, that’s fine. However, it’s a good idea to phrase it a little bit differently. “Being able to provide for my family is all the motivation I need” is not a bad place to start.

“What are your career goals?” aka “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

This question is a classic for a reason. Interviewers want to know if you’re interested in long-term employment. Therefore, it’s essential to set expectations accurately because it will affect how your employer treats you if you’re hired.

Again, honesty is critical. You can always hedge your answer a bit by ending it with, “but I’m keeping an open mind.”

“Do you have the mandatory skill set for this job?”

You might be surprised to hear this one, but it’s important to employers. Even in the manufacturing industry, many job hunters expect on-the-job training whether the posting says anything about it or not.

Be prepared to assure the interviewer that you already have the skills required for the position and won’t need to be taught how to do the job.

Find a Manufacturing Job You’ll Love

Now that you’re prepared to ace the interview, it’s time to get back to the job search. Allegiance Staffing is always looking for qualified candidates for manufacturing positions.

Get ready with this list of interview questions for manufacturing jobs, then find the manufacturing job that’s right for you.