Interviewing can seem scary and daunting, but it’s really not – especially if you are prepared and read our “How to Impress During Your Next Interview” tips.
You have secured an amazing opportunity to interview with a manufacturing company and you are ready to make your move to manufacturing. Great! You have your resume and are excited. But don’t miss the mark by not being ready for a manufacturing role interview.
So what can you do to be extra prepared when interviewing? We’re glad you asked!
First, research the company and be ready to talk about how you would fit right into the business.
Do your research by finding out what the business and culture are like, and then figuring out why you are the right fit for the company.
Researching the company and culture should be easy – find their website and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. This allows you to be ready to speak to the values of the company, what skills and qualities you have, and how you can fit right in in the company from day one.
A mission or values section can really tell you a lot about a company, and often is available on a website. It’s also a great place to make sure that you align with these values and can see yourself at this company. So it helps you even before you get to the interview!
Second, really know the job role you are applying for and be ready to speak to why you are the best fit.
Re-read the job posting, and find other job postings that are similar to the one you applied for to make sure you fully understand the roles and responsibilities of the job. Not only does this make it easier for you to understand the work you will be doing but it also gives you an opportunity to speak to the skills and experience you possess to do the job effectively and efficiently.
It will impress your interviewer if you can directly speak to instances in which you exhibited the skills and ability to do the job before you even begin to work there!
Third, dress professionally, no matter what someone has told you!
Even if the job will require street clothes, or if the culture is more laid back – dress up in a nice and professional outfit.
No matter what you perceive as appropriate attire for interviews lately, or what articles are stating that businesses are more relaxed lately – always dress professionally to give off put-together and serious-about-the-job feelings. Even if you feel slightly overdressed, you’ll be a memorable candidate and increase your chances of securing the job.
Fourth, have extra copies of your resume printed and available to leave with someone.
Don’t assume that the person or people you interview with will have copies of your resume handy. You can usually get copies printed at a copy shop for just a few dollars, so don’t worry if you don’t have a printer at home.
They may be coming from another meeting, have had other interviews with no time to print a copy of your resume, or a variety of other reasons. Having extra printed copies of your resume means you can leave behind a few copies for review, for note taking, or hand one to a person who may have stepped in mid-interview.
Who knows why, but just make sure you are prepared!
Fifth, bring a notepad and pen to write down notes, next steps, and anything else you want to remember.
Sure, you could ask for a pen and paper but being prepared is even better. If you are bringing copies of your resume already, stick a few sheets of paper and a pen or pencil right into that folder. That way, if you are asked something that you need to look into, want to take notes on who to follow up with and when, or want to write down key things to remember you are ready to do that!
Know there are staffing experts out there, ready to help.
Working with a staffing partner to help you find your next role is easier than you think. Especially one that’s been placing candidates for 20 years.
At GTR, we are extremely proud of the work we’ve done in communities to place qualified candidates with businesses that have open jobs. We love the feeling we get when we successfully place and are working to make our local communities better places to live, play, and work.
Contact us today if you are looking for a staffing agency to help you find open jobs in your market. We are here to help.