1. Explain me what safety training do you have?

I have a college safety training online course that one has to take before completing.

2. Tell me what do you enjoy most about a career in this field?

I enjoy the feel of the machine running, and being able to see how much work I have done and what a difference it can make.

3. Explain the type of heavy equipment you are experienced with?

Yes. I have years of experience on two skid-steers on a farm, I have been trained on multiple pieces of equipment, and I have operated equipment on the job.

4. Tell me the most interesting fixture you've made and what made it great?

Fixtures are a huge productivity opportunity. You'll want to understand whether the applicant has skills in this area and understands the productivity issues.

5. Tell me why do you want to work with heavy machinery?

I am happy to work with any machinery as long as know how to operate or trouble shoot the equipment. I do not have much experience with heavy machinery. In endoscopy I use computers, endoscopy stacks and Lancer re-processors which are stationary and simple to use.

6. Tell me what does workplace safety mean to you?

People who work with heavy equipment need to make sure that their surroundings are safe for them. I place workplace safety high on the pedestal. A safe workplace leads to successful work processes.

7. Tell me as your supervisor, how can I motivate you?

I want to experience more in heavy equipment and employ in good company with good salary for my family.

8. Tell me have you ever worked with a CMM? Tell us about your experiences with one?

This is not a skill everyone will have, but CMM's are turning up on shop floors more and more. It's worth knowing whether your applicant can handle one even if that isn't in the cards for the initial job.

9. Tell me why did you choose a career in machine operations?

I enjoy the everyday challenge of solving random machine issues and coming up with new ideas on how certain tasks can be performed differently and more efficiently to make the job easier.

10. Tell me have you ever had to deal with conflicting deadlines?

Yes, and I have learned to prioritize what you can, and if you can't make a deadline, notify others and don't panic about it, because if its going to be late, its going to be late. Mistakes can happen that can cost much more than the deadline when you are rushing to finish.

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11. Tell me what is the scope of work of a person working as a heavy equipment operator?

Heavy equipment operators spend a large part of their day operating heavy machinery in a safe manner. Performing daily safety and maintenance checks, ensuring that minor repair work is handled in a time-efficient manner, and overseeing inventory is all in a day's work for someone working at this position.

12. Tell me in which job title did you face a striking and quick change?

In capacity of warehouse assistant while working with ABC Company, it so happened that the company was in loss and was sold. The new administration changed everything, all rules and policy. This was rapid for me but being an adaptable person I managed well and worked with the new management on very good terms for the following 3 years until I had to resign due to family relocation in Chicago.

13. Please explain me how do you handle stressful situations?

First I doing exhale and inhale so that the pressure will goes out then I will start my work doing again with no stressful, all of us will experience the stressful situations so you will be the one to handle that or how do you handle that situations .

14. Explain the abilities you have in order to work with us as office machine operator?

I have the ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer), read and understand information and ideas presented in writing, generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways, listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences, tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

15. Please explain what tools are you most comfortable / experienced in using?

Apart from operating trucks of various sizes and types, and construction power equipment (backhoes and bulldozers), I am well-versed in operating jackhammers, mowers and brush chippers, along with managing traffic control devices.

16. Explain the types of routine maintenance you've regularly performed on CNC machines?

Every shop has routine maintenance that has to get done. Lubrication, coolant maintenance, and other tasks. You need to know if this applicant will help get that work done. Don't be afraid to drill down deeper and ask them about more sophisticated maintenance they may have been involved with. You can even ask whether they were involved the last time a tech was brought in to fix a machine and get the story to help understand how well they followed what the tech did.

17. Tell us a stressful work situation you came across while working a machine operator?

When I joined RJP industries back in 2009 I found out that the previous employee had not maintained the inventory and I was somehow held responsible for it since I did not report the fact on time. It was quite stressful and kind of unfair since I had fulfilled my duty, only did not report the discrepancies in previous records. I learnt from this incident to always communicate every major or minor issue to the management at once.

18. Explain and share an instance when your supervisor was not happy with your work?

When I was responsible for ensuring accurate machine settings at the embroidery machine department, the supervisor called me and asked me to adjust the settings in a manner that both sides of the motive appear neat and are useable. I followed the manual and did it but the supervisor wanted more neatness. I took it as a challenge and after consistent multiple attempts and detailed study of the manual I finally achieved the correct settings.

19. Explain about a time you feel you failed on the job. How did you handle the situation?

Failing at ajob doesn't always mean its a bad thing, it helps you learn and be able to recognize areas that you need to improve on.

20. Explain me through a problem you recently solved using trigonometry or other shop math?

A decent grasp of Shop Math is pretty important for many CNC positions, and something you'll likely find hard to teach if they don't already need it.

21. Explain me are you able and willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions?

Yes, I do enjoy working in all weather conditions outside, because not everyone can do it. It takes a special type of person to be able to withstand most weather conditions.

22. Suppose you come across two simultaneous machine problems, which one would you look at first?

I would determine which machinery is performing top priority work and look at it first.

23. Tell me how do you contribute in sharing of supplementary work related information at your workplace?

I do so by initiating and engaging in work related conversations with colleagues in break periods and other free time. I frankly share any problems I am facing related to technique and inquire if others are facing similar issues. Through healthy group discussions all of us find answers to many small problems which otherwise remain un-addressed.

24. Suppose I spoke with your most recent supervisor what would they say are your biggest opportunities for improvement?

Lack of knowledge or experience. I feel more out of place when I am unable to understand or communicate in an area without the knowledge to direct me. I normally tackle this by asking questions, observing or by doing. I will not complete a task I know nothing about without asking.

25. Basic Machine Operator interview questions:

☛ What will be your key target in this Machine Operator job if we appoint you?
☛ How do you define your key team members?
☛ Which of your jobs had the most rapid change?
☛ What motivates you to do a good job?
☛ How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
☛ Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
☛ What do you think, would you be willing to travel for work?

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26. General Machine Operator interview questions:

☛ What is your personal mission statement?
☛ How do you establish good communication and information flow with others?
☛ When you are not studying or working, what types of activities do you enjoy?
☛ Describe how you have balanced your academic work with your extracurricular activities.
☛ Did you have a strategic plan as Machine Operator?
☛ What is the most difficult thing about working with you?
☛ Tell me about your proudest achievement.

Talk about your education, work history, recent career experience and future goals. Tell them about the training you received or the work related experience you gained. Having a plan for your future demonstrates motivation and ambition, both of which are important qualities.

27. Behavioral Machine Operator Job Interview Questions:

☛ Have you ever noticed a hazard in the workplace and what did you do about it?
☛ Describe a time when you disagreed with a co-worker. How did you resolve it?
☛ Have you ever made a mistake in measuring parts or final products? What happened?
☛ Tell me one thing you did to improve quality in your last job

28. Role-specific Machine Operator Job Interview Questions:

☛ Do you have experience with [type of machine]?
☛ How do you go through a quality check?
☛ What are the steps you follow to perform maintenance to a machine?
☛ What's your experience in programming machines?
☛ What tools do you use to perform measurements on the job?
☛ Do you prefer working individually or as part of a team and why?

29. Phone Based Machine Operator interview questions:

☛ How much preparation on files for trial do you do?
☛ Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback.
☛ What do you think of your previous boss?
☛ What will you do if you don't get this position?
☛ What was the most stressful situation you have facedas as Machine Operator?
☛ Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
☛ Situation where others disagreed with your ideas.

You should try to identify three areas of interest, one of which includes this company and job.
Consider opportunity and responsibility as components of success. Impress the interviewer by highlighting your successes that are most relevant to the job.

30. First Machine Operator interview questions:

☛ Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
☛ Why are you leaving your present job?
☛ What are the key values of a Machine Operator? How do you demonstrate these values?
☛ What do you do when priorities change quickly?
☛ What motivates you to do your best on the job?
☛ Do you think you are overqualified for this Machine Operator position?
☛ Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty?

When answering these typical Machine Operator interview questions stay focussed on career goals and aspirations. You should try to identify three areas of interest, one of which includes this company and job. This is the opportunity for the interviewer to assess you as a person through what you say and how you deliver it.

31. Informational Machine Operator interview questions:

☛ What motivates you to work as Machine Operator?
☛ Why did you apply for this Machine Operator position?
☛ Give examples of ideas you've had or implemented.
☛ How do you cope without motivation?
☛ What do you think of your previous boss?
☛ What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases?
☛ What is a typical career path in this job function?

32. Operational and Situational Machine Operator Job Interview Questions:

☛ What are three things you must do before you start a production cycle?
☛ What kind of information should you keep in logs?
☛ You discover that a machine has an issue. Your supervisor asks you to let it run until the daily production quota has been met and then fix it. What do you do?
☛ As a machine operator, how would you work towards quality assurance?
☛ If you noticed that your colleagues are not complying with safety rules what would you do?
☛ Imagine two machines break down at the same time. Which one will you fix first?

33. Face to Face Machine Operator interview questions:

☛ Describe a recent unpopular decision you made as Machine Operator
☛ What do you ultimately want to become?
☛ What salary are you seeking?
☛ What is your greatest fear?
☛ What's the best movie you've seen in the last year?
☛ What is your usual role in a team?
☛ How do you maintain a positive discussion?

34. Tell me what specific skills do you possess that make you a good choice to hire as a heavy equipment operator?

Ability to operate equipment according to operational and safety standards, knowledge of workplace safety, insight into construction and maintenance techniques, capability of using and maintaining hand and power tools, and devotion to work ethics are the prime skills that I possess which make me a good choice to hire as a heavy equipment operator.

35. Tell me a period in which you had to deal with a workplace conflict? How did you handle it?

Our manager was on leave and a replacement was on duty instead. He asked me to implement a stitching sequence that saved time but compromised the quality of end product. After much discussion and showing him samples of both end products I finally convinced him to let me work on the sequence that generated the desired quality of end product.

36. Tell me in your opinion, what skills are most essential to be successful as a heavy equipment operator?

The skills essential for this position are heavy equipment safety, first. The second is backhoe operation and basic maintenance. The third is a basic understanding of how plumbing systems work.

37. Suppose I spoke with your most recent supervisor what would they say are your greatest areas of strength?

Training and being able to share knowledge with other experienced operators.

38. Tell me how important is quality control? Give us one an example of how you handle quality control checks?

Everything that a machine operator does is to make sure that the quality of the end product is up to the mark. So quality is as important as meeting deadlines is. There are three measures that I take here:

• Make sure that the machine room is in compliance with all sanitary requirements
• Create reports so that the management is aware of daily machine operations
• Perform checks and audits to make sure that machinery is running in compliance with set procedures

39. Tell me what strategies do you use to enhance communication and clarify yours and others messages?

To ensure clear and accurate exchange of information with management and colleagues I usually repeat my messages and question directly for clarification without hesitation in case the message received is ambiguous. Effective communication is the key for machine operators because one misunderstood message can result in hundreds of mis-fed or wrongly fed machine commands which are sometimes irreversible or take too much time to cancel.

40. Explain me about a difficult situation you have had with a co-worker. How did you resolve it?

Yes. I worked with a friend that was having a rough time, and I was teaching him to operate our yard truck. We went to dump a load of material and the truck started running strange. I took over and told him to shut down the truck, then instructed him on what we should do. We settled our differences and worked together to inspect the truck for damage while we waited for the mechanic.

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41. Explain how you go about calculating feeds and speeds and how you determine cut depths and cut widths for a particular operation?

Everyone has their own ideas on this one (what, everyone doesn't use G-Wizard Calculator?), so your goal is to see how compatible the applicant's approach is with what your shop needs. Don't be afraid to drill down and ask about subjects like High Speed Machining or Chip Thinning if it looks like a productivity way to explore your applicant's deeper skills set.

42. Do you know what are the main job duties and responsibilities of office machine operator employee?

office machine operator responsibilities are to load machines with materials such as blank paper or film; sort, assemble, and proof completed work; monitor machine operation, and make adjustments as necessary to ensure proper operation; place original copies in feed trays, feed originals into feed rolls, or position originals on tables beneath camera lenses; operate auxiliary machines such as collators, pad and tablet making machines, staplers, and paper punching, folding, cutting, and perforating machines; operate office machines such as high speed business photocopiers, reader/scanners, addressing machines, stencil-cutting machines, microfilm reader/printers, folding and inserting, bursting, and binder machines; read job orders to determine the type of work to be done, the quantities to be produced, and the materials needed; compute prices for services and receive payment, or provide supervisors with billing information; set up and adjust machines, regulating factors such as speed, ink flow, focus, and number of copies; clean machines, perform minor repairs, and report major repair needs; cut copies apart and write identifying information, such as page numbers or titles, on copies; maintain stock of supplies, and requisition any needed items; file and store completed documents; complete records of production, including work volumes and outputs, materials used, and any backlogs; deliver completed work; prepare and process papers for use in scanning, microfilming, and microfiche; clean and file master copies or plates; move heat units and clamping frames over screen beds to form braille impressions on pages; then raise frames to release individual copies.

43. Do you know why is physical dexterity so important in this work, since one works primarily aided by machinery?

Physical agility is imperative in this work as one needs physical strength and stamina to operate machinery and power tools. Since heavy equipment workers have to perform strenuous work most of the time, being physically agile helps tremendously.

44. Please explain us what are the knowledge elements you obtained from your education, training and work experience would support your office machine operator career?

The Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar, principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction, raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods, circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming, business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

45. Explain an experience where you identified a problem with a machine?

If the machines stop, the work often stops until they're running again. Can your applicant diagnose and fix a problem without having to wait for the techs every time?

46. Explain an instance where you were highly disappointed in your career?

During my first year of work at a local clothing factory I mis-fed the embroidery pattern in a machine for a batch of 50 items. I found out after the first came out and immediately reset the pattern but by the time the command was finally cancelled, five more had come out. I was very disappointed in myself. Ever since then I have made it a habit to do one test sample before feeding large amounts in the machine.

47. Tell me what experiences do you have as a mechanic on equipment?

Very little to none. I can check fluids and add as needed, grease the various joints, and change teeth on buckets.

48. Tell me how important is safety to you? How do you practice safety as a Heavy Equipment Operator?

Safety must to be put in the forefront of everything we do. It must be demonstrated throughtout the organization. We must all be informed of safety standards and policies and must have the tools available to implement those standards.

49. Please explain me how long would you expect to work for us if hired?

I almost willing to work for you, for a long time so that I can have more achievements and to get on next level of employment.

50. Tell me what do you deem the most important task of a Machine Operator?

I believe that the work that machine operators perform prior to a shift holds the most importance. This is because there are a lot of pre checks that we have to perform to make sure that machines will run optimally. And it is at this time that most of the troubleshooting takes place so that deadlines can be met and there are no delays.

51. Explain me what was your biggest professional fear and how did you overcome it?

My name was nominated for transfer in backstitch machine section as supervisor in absence of the section in-charge. Since I had never supervised a team of machine operators and wasn't very good in backstitch operation either, I resisted the responsibility as much as I could. I was afraid I'll fail badly at supervision. Despite my reluctance I was assigned the duty and once I got hold of it, I performed it commendably for a period of one month. I learnt that accepting more responsibility and daring to explore unperfected horizons, staring in the face of one's fears is the key to professional growth. I now stand ready to accept any professional responsibility when it comes my way.

52. What's your ideal company to work for?

A company that is financially stable as well as loyal to their employees.

53. Explain us why are you the best candidate for us?

I've experience a broad range of types of jobs and have picked up a well rounded skillset in the process.

54. Explain me an example of a high-pressure situation for a Heavy Equipment Operator?

Working on a steep slope is one. Another is working near live traffic. Yet another is working in confined spaces, where there is risk for damage to property.

55. Explain me how important is communication while operating heavy equipment?

Extremely important, because if you can't understand each other, a dangerous situation can occur. I always make sure a "Stop" command that everyone understands is established. And I mean everyone.

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56. Tell me are you the type of person that pays attention to detail?

It depends on the situation really, but yes, I do pay attention to detail in most cases.

57. Tell me which qualities or qualifications you feel are mandatory to become a successful machine operator?

I believe one needs to be really impressed by how machines work to be able to enjoy each day at work. To succeed as a machine operator, skills in forklift and pallet jack operations, inventory management and preventive maintenance of machinery are mandatory.

58. Explain me manual machining? Walk me through an example of a part or operation you recently had to do on a manual machine?

This is one of those deals where they have to convince you they know a topic cold, at least if you need them to know it. Don't be afraid to grab a piece of bar stock and a micrometer and head out to the shop to have the applicant turn the stock to a particular OD on the lathe. You'll learn a lot watching how quickly they get it done and seeing how they go about it.

59. Explain me what fixture or tooling you've encountered in your career that saved your shop the most money?

Even if they don't make fixtures, they still need to understand and use them.

60. Tell me what are the skills required for office machine operator employee in order to success in his work?

Controlling operations of equipment or systems, Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly, Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action, Managing one's own time and the time of others, Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

61. Tell us what specific duties have you performed in the past, in a heavy equipment operator position?

Handling demolition work, decommissioning and dismantling industrial buildings, on and off-site concrete crushing and salvaging, subsurface remediation and tank removal, and waste management support, all have been part of my work responsibilities in the past.

62. Explain how would you describe (needed office machine operator or your) work style?

My work style matching exactlty what cashier job requires by: being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks, being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude, accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations, a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges, maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

63. How to use a calipers and read a micrometer?

Measurement is a constant issue around the shop. Get into it early.

64. Tell me how would you machine a square block from round stock?

Another one aimed at a basic skill.

65. Tell me why do you think you will be a successful machine operator since you do not possess any relevant experience?

I am a detail-oriented individual and have the ability to grasp new concepts easily. Since my father was also a factory worker I have had exposure to machines and have always been intrigued by them. I strongly believe you will find me to be a quick learner and an efficient worker.

66. Explain me what would your references say about your performance as an operator?

Only one of my references has seen me operate, and I know he would say I was a safe operator. Of course, it is an older reference. New references are tough for me to find, because those who have seen me operate are co-workers at my current work, and I am in fear of losing my job if it is found out I am looking for other work.

67. Tell me what steps do you take when a machine starts performing poorly?

Immediately stop what I am doing, park the machine in a safe area and, depending on what portion is not working, either shut it down or apply the brakes and, after ensuring it is secured, inspect for anything obvious that may be wrong. If I cannot figure out what is wrong, I will not run the machine until someone with better knowledge has inspected the machine.

68. Tell me about your greatest achievement in your career as a heavy equipment operator so far?

When I employed abroad and when I worked as Heavy Equipment trainer.

69. Explain about your training and how it would help you with this position?

☛ Operated equipment relevant to calcium reduction in the lactose manufacturing process
☛ Ran and controlled equipment relating to reverse osmosis in the lactose manufacturing process
☛ Handled and managed equipment involving evaporation in the lactose manufacturing process
☛ Ran and maintained packaging equipment pertaining to the lactose manufacturing process
☛ Trained and communicated to new operators how to package, store, and document product for shipping These type of skills and knowledge are very similar to and transitions nicely with the job description for this position.

70. Tell me why did you choose this profession?

Mechanical physics has always intrigued me and I used to open up house hold appliances as a hobby to see how the system works. When I am around machines, I remain in awe. I enjoy working them, conducting preventive maintenance and basic troubleshooting in case of any malfunction.

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71. Explain three adjectives pertaining to your personality that your friends would verify?

Three adjectives describing me would be: persistent, responsible and adaptable.

72. Explain me how do you react when priorities change quickly?

I adjust, make sure I have the priorities right, and begin working according to the new priorities' orders.

73. Tell me what interests you about this Heavy Equipment Operator position?

A number of possibility comes to mind when I think of the equipment pool operator position. To work with a range of equipment on a daily bases as I do enjoy technical devices. To improve myself and be self-sufficient. Not to mainly be sat down as the role requires me to not sit at a desk all day but to move around. Mainly I like to think my main objective is to learn a new area and skill set and be as useful as can be.

74. Please explain me what do you know about our company?

I know Roto-Rooter is a plumbing company that has been around for over 80 years, and does everything with plumbing, from septic tanks to household drains.

75. What motivates you to work hard as Machine Operator?

The simple fact of knowing that if I work hard I am going to be able to provide for my family. In addition, I know that the more I contribute to an organization the better chance I have of advancing within the organization.

76. What are your salary expectations as Machine Operator?

Not higher and not lower than the market rate for machine operator jobs, around 15-20$/ hour.

77. Tell me a time when you had to work with a difficult supervisor?

Right after my hiring at TMG Corporation as a machine operator, the manager changed. I was fairly new and still on training therefore was not yet familiar with the techniques they used. I faced too much criticism and explanation calls on minor errors. With time I realized that this check and balance was a big contributing factor in enhancing my skills and am till date thankful for the chance of learning under supervision of that person.

78. Explain me of some duties that you perform as a machine operator on a daily basis?

After the pre checks are done with, I adjust equipment controls to meet the needs of the procedure that is about to be performed. Then come to changing machine parts, tooling activities and setting temperatures.