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I am a chemical engineer with eight years of experience, four which were in proc

ess engineering at Clorox working on improving plant productivity and four in sp

ecialty resin chemical sales where I help customers develop new products that im
prove their competitiveness in the marketplace. (Part One)
Recently, through networking, I learned of a company that had great products exce
pt for their concrete coating line. I knew that we had a resin that would enable
the company to develop a faster drying concrete coating, thereby improving the
company s ability to compete more effectively in their marketplace. I called on th
e decision-makers, got their interest, worked with R&D and helped them develop a
product line that resulted in $2 million in new sales for the company in the fi
rst year, which meant $400K in new sales for us. (Part Two)
For the next step in my career, I would like to be with a
esources so that I can continue to drive business and grow
mpany and my customers in a wider variety of applications.
self and earned the right to get promoted, I would like to
and develop a sales team. (Part Three)

larger firm with more r

sales for both the co
Once I have proven my
use my skills to lead

Top 10 chemical engineer interview questions and answers

In this file, you can ref interview materials for chemical engineer such as type
s of interview questions, chemical engineer situational interview, chemical engi
neer behavioral interview
Other useful materials for chemical engineer interview:

1. Why do you want this chemical engineer job?

Again, companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job, so you sh
ould have a great answer about why you want the position. (And if you don't? You
probably should apply elsewhere.)
First, identify a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you (
e.g., I love customer support because I love the constant human interaction and t
he satisfaction that comes from helping someone solve a problem"), then share wh
y you love the company (e.g., I ve always been passionate about education, and I th
ink you guys are doing great things, so I want to be a part of it ).

2. What have you learned from mistakes on the chemical engineer job?
Candidates without specific examples often do not seem credible. However, the ex

ample shared should be fairly inconsequential, unintentional, and a learned less

on should be gleaned from it. Moving ahead without group assistance while assign
ed to a group project meant to be collaborative is a good example.

3. What challenges are you looking for in this chemical engineer position?
A typical interview question to determine what you are looking for your in next
job, and whether you would be a good fit for the position being hired for, is "W
hat challenges are you looking for in a position?"
The best way to answer questions about the challenges you are seeking is to disc
uss how you would like to be able to effectively utilize your skills and experie
nce if you were hired for the job.
You can also mention that you are motivated by challenges, have the ability to e
ffectively meet challenges, and have the flexibility and skills necessary to han
dle a challenging job.
You can continue by describing specific examples of challenges you have met and
goals you have achieved in the past.

4. Describe a typical work week for chemical engineer position?

Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while the
y are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applyi
ng for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can con
nect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be
at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it's not a good idea talk about non-work related activ
ities that you do on company time, but, I've had applicants tell me how they are
often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long
lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you're organized
("The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then
I prioritize my activities for the week.") and efficient.

5. What is your biggest weakness?

No one likes to answer this question because it requires a very delicate balance
. You simply can t lie and say you don t have one; you can t trick the interviewer by
offering up a personal weakness that is really a strength ( Sometimes, I work too
much and don t maintain a work-life balance. ); and you shouldn t be so honest that yo
u throw yourself under the bus ( I m not a morning person so I m working on getting to
the office on time. )
Think of a small flaw like I sometimes get sidetracked by small details , I am occas
ionally not as patient as I should be with subordinates or co-workers who do not
understand my ideas , or I am still somewhat nervous and uncomfortable with my pub
lic-speaking skills and would like to give more presentations and talk in front

of others or in meetings. Add that you are aware of the problem and you are doing
your best to correct it by taking a course of action.

6. Why should the we hire you as chemical engineer position?

This is the part where you link your skills, experience, education and your pers
onality to the job itself. This is why you need to be utterly familiar with the
job description as well as the company culture. Remember though, it s best to back
them up with actual examples of say, how you are a good team player.
It is possible that you may not have as much skills, experience or qualification
s as the other candidates. What then, will set you apart from the rest? Energy a
nd passion might. People are attracted to someone who is charismatic, who show i
mmense amount of energy when they talk, and who love what it is that they do. As
you explain your compatibility with the job and company, be sure to portray you
rself as that motivated, confident and energetic person, ever-ready to commit to
the cause of the company.

7. What do you know about our company?

Follow these three easy research tips before your next job interview:
1) Visit the company website; look in the about us section and careers sections
2) Visit the company s LinkedIn page (note, you must have a LinkedIn account its f
ree to sign up) to view information about the company
3) Google a keyword search phrase like press releases followed by the company name
; you ll find the most recent news stories shared by the company
Remember, just because you have done your homework , it does not mean you need to s
hare ALL of it during the interview! Reciting every fact you ve learned is almost
as much of a turn off as not knowing anything at all! At a minimum, you should
include the following in your answer:
1. What type of product or service the company sells
2. How long the company has been in business
3. What the company culture is like OR what the company mission statement is, an
d how the culture and/or mission relate to your values or personality

8. Why do you want to work with us?

More likely than not, the interviewer wishes to see how much you know about the
company culture, and whether you can identify with the organization s values and v
ision. Every organization has its strong points, and these are the ones that you
should highlight in your answer. For example, if the company emphasizes on inte
grity with customers, then you mention that you would like to be in such a team
because you yourself believe in integrity.

It doesn t have to be a lie. In the case that your values are not in line with the
ones by the company, ask yourself if you would be happy working there. If you h
ave no issue with that, go ahead. But if you are aware of the company culture an
d realize that there is some dilemma you might be facing, you ought to think twi
ce. The best policy is to be honest with yourself, and be honest with the interv
iewer with what is it in the company culture that motivates you.

9. Did the salary we offer attract you to this chemical engineer job?
The interviewer could be asking you this question for a number of reasons.
Obviously, the salary is an important factor to your interest in this job, but i
t should not be the overriding reason for your interest. A good answer to this q
uestion is, The salary was very attractive, but the job itself is what was most a
ttractive to me.

10. Do you have any questions to ask us?

Never ask Salary, perks, leave, place of posting, etc. regarded questions.
Try to ask more about the company to show how early you can make a contribution
to your organization like
Sir, with your kind permission I would like to know more about induction and deve
lopmental programs?
Sir, I would like to have my feedback, so that I can analyze and improve my stre
ngths and rectify my shortcomings.
Useful materials for chemical engineer interview:

I would say I m
1. Someone who has high expectations for my results. I am confident in my ability
to produce, and while I prepare for the worst, I do the work necessary to tilt
the odds so that the best will happen.
2. Someone who wants to be judged by individual performance and rewarded for my e
fforts based on my ability to execute.

3. Someone who wants to work for a successful company with strong leadership and
vision, one that recognizes and rewards performers.
4. Someone who is consistently growing and takes the time to continue learning ev
en though it s not a direct requirement of the job. I find that many times, my pro
fessional growth is based on what I study, both directly and indirectly related
to work.
5. Someone who is modest, hard-working and consistently sets firm goals for mysel
f. Then, once I ve defined my benchmarks, I take the necessary steps to achieve th
ose milestones.
6. Someone who aims to keep lines of communication open and is concerned with cli
ents needs consistently asking questions to uncover the what the client truly wants
and then making sure I m able to meet those requirements.
7. Someone who thinks positively and can execute difficult tasks. I m not an indivi
dual who needs to be micromanaged. Rather, when given a specific task, I can fig
ure out the best ways to solve the problem in an autonomous manner.
8. Someone who is able to control a situation rather than allow a situation to co
ntrol me.
9. Someone who has an unwavering resolve. I am determined to do well in my job an
d have a successful career, as well as to make the company I work for more compe
10. Someone with a need to produce results. I am the type of person who meets cha
llenges head-on rather than sweeping them under the rug and hoping they go away.
While I m an optimistic person, I am also realistic about the current situation a
nd how satisfactory or unsatisfactory it is.
11. Someone who has been able to not only meet my employers
consistently exceeded those markers.

expectations, but has

12. Someone who takes responsibility for their actions when things go wrong. I do
n t look for outside forces to blame; rather, I m someone who looks at what I can im
prove upon the next time around. Pointing fingers solves nothing.
13. Someone who demonstrates an unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done to
produce the best long-term results, no matter how difficult.
14. Someone who is committed to building something larger and puts aside personal
gain for the well-being of the group.
15. Someone who is mature, candid and believes in integrity. Every day I work to
improve myself and my skills that s part of becoming better at what I do.

I am someone who

can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I trans

form unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements.
consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other peop
le see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.
has a very creative mind. I always have a unique perspective when approaching
an issue due to my broad range of interests and hobbies. Creativity is the sour
ce of differentiation and therefore, at the root of competitive advantage.
always has an eye on my target. I endeavour to deliver high-quality work on t
ime, every time. Hiring me is the only real guarantee for results.
knows this job inside and out. With many years of relevant experience, there
is no question whether I will be efficient on the job. I can bring the best prac
tices to the company.
has a high level of motivation to work here. I have studied the entire compan
y history and observed its business strategies. Since I am also a long-time cust
omer, I took the opportunity to write this report with some suggestions for how
to improve your services.
has a pragmatic approach to things. I don t waste time talking about theory or
the latest buzz words of the bullshit bingo. Only one question matters to me: Doe
s it work or not?'
takes work ethics very seriously. I do what I am paid for, and I do it well.
can make decisions rapidly if needed. Everybody can make good decisions with
sufficient time and information. The reality of our domain is different. Even wi
th time pressure and high stakes, we need to move forward by taking charge and b
eing decisive. I can do that.
is considered to be fun. I believe that we are way more productive when we are
working with people with which we enjoy spending time. When the situation gets t
ough with a customer, a touch of humour can save the day.
works as a real team-player. I bring the best out of the people I work with a
nd I always do what I think is best for the company.
is completely autonomous. I won t need to be micromanaged. I won t need to be tra
ined. I understand high-level targets and I know how to achieve them.
leads people. I can unite people around a vision and motivate a team to excel
lence. I expect no more from the others than what I expect from myself.
understands the complexity of advanced project management. It s not just pushin
g triangles on a GANTT chart; it s about getting everyone to sit down together and
to agree on the way forward. And that s a lot more complicated than it sounds.
is the absolute expert in the field. Ask anybody in the industry. My name is
on their lips because I wrote THE book on the subject.
communicates extensively. Good, bad or ugly, I believe that open communicatio
n is the most important factor to reach an efficient organization.
works enthusiastically. I have enough motivation for myself and my department
. I love what I do, and it s contagious.
has an eye for details because details matter the most. How many companies ha
ve failed because of just one tiny detail? Hire me and you ll be sure I ll find that
can see the big picture. Beginners waste time solving minor issues. I underst
and the purpose of our company, tackle the real subjects and the top management
will eventually notice it.
is not like anyone you know. I am the candidate you would not expect. You can
hire a corporate clone, or you can hire someone who will bring something differ
ent to the company. That s me.

"I have been in the customer service industry for the past five years. My most r
ecent experience has been handling incoming calls in the high tech industry. One
reason I particularly enjoy this business, and the challenges that go along wit
h it, is the opportunity to connect with people. In my last job, I formed some s
ignificant customer relationships resulting in a 30 percent increase in sales in
a matter of months."
Next, mention your strengths and abilities:
"My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for
following through and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I ma
ke sure it gets done, and on time."
Conclude with a statement about your current situation:
"What I am looking for now is a company that values customer relations, where I
can join a strong team and have a positive impact on customer retention and sale

1. "Someone who has high earnings expectations. I am confident in my abilities t

o produce and while I prepare for the worst, I do the work necessary to tilt the
odds that the best will happen."
2. "Someone who wants to be judged by individual performance and who wants be re
warded for their efforts based on their ability to execute."
3. "Someone who wants to work for a successful company that has strong leadershi
p, has vision as well as recognizes and rewards performers."
4. "Someone who is consistently growing themselves and who takes the time to con
tinue learning even though it's not a direct requirement of the job. I find tha
t many times it's a combination of what you study both directly and indirectly r
elated to work."
5. "Someone who is modest, but hard working and who consistently sets firm goals
for themselves. Then, once I've defined the benchmarks, I take the necessary s
teps to achieve those milestones."

6. "Someone who has a consultative selling style and who is concerned with the c
lients' needs - consistently asking questions to uncover the what the client tru
ly wants then being able to meet those requirements."
7. "Someone who thinks positively and who can execute on difficult tasks. I'm no
t an individual who needs to be micro-managed. Rather, when given a specific tas
k, I can figure out the best ways to solve the problem in an autonomous manner."
8. "Someone who is able to control a situation rather than have a situation cont
rol them."
9. "Someone who has an unwavering resolve. I am determined to do well in my job
and am determined to have a successful career as well as make the company I work
for more competitive."
10. "Someone with a need to produce results. I am the type of person to meet cha
llenges head-on rather than sweep them under the rug and hope they go away. Whil
e I'm an optimistic person, I am also realistic about the current situation and
how satisfactory or unsatisfactory it is."
11. "Someone who has been able to not only meet my employer's expectations, but
I would describe myself as a person who has consistently exceeded those markers.
12. "Someone who takes responsibility for their actions and when things go wrong
doesn't look to outside forces to blame, rather I'm someone who looks at where
I can improve upon the next time around. Pointing fingers solves nothing."
13. "Someone who demonstrates an unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done
to produce the best long-term results, no matter how difficult."
14. "Someone who is committed to building something larger and who puts aside pe
rsonal gain for the well-being of the group."
15. "Someone who is mature, candid and who has integrity. Everyday I work to im
prove myself and my skills which is part of maturing and becoming better at what
I do."
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I'm a people person. I really enjoy meeting and working with a lot of differ
ent people, and am known for being a great listener and clear communicator, whet
her I m engaging with colleagues or employers.
I'm the kind of person who knows how to execute difficult tasks with precisi
on. I pay attention to all the details of a project. I make sure that every task
is just right, but is also completed in a timely manner.
I'm a creative thinker. I like to explore alternative solutions to problems
and have an open mind about what will work best. My creativity has made me an ef
fective team leader because I can anticipate problems and innovate solutions.
I'm an extremely organized person who is focused on producing results. While
I am always realistic when setting goals, I consistently develop ways to effici
ently achieve, and often exceed, those goals.
I enjoy solving problems, troubleshooting issues, and coming up with solutio
ns in a timely manner. I thrive in team settings, and I think my ability to effe
ctively communicate with others is what drives my ability to solve a variety of