You’ve talked to your recruiter and you have your resume and all your paper work ready to go...now you get the call to come in for an interview. This is it, the make it or break it stage.
You need a new gig and are ready for the first paycheck, but before you jump the gun and go in to meet your potential employer, stop and prepare. Being eager is great, but being unprepared for an interview won’t help you land the job.
"Successful interviewing comes down to being prepared, knowing yourself and your skills and knowing the company you are interviewing for and what their needs are," says Sandi Gomez, vice president/national director of Adecco Transportation. "Too often candidates think about what they want out of a job, not what the company wants and needs out of a new employee."
Follow these quick tips from the recruiting professionals at Adecco and drive towards sealing that job offer.
- Arrive on time. It shows responsibility and gives your potential employer the impression that you are organized and responsible. And dress appropriately, it shows that you respect yourself and the company you want to work for.
- Extend your hand for a professional handshake as soon as possible. Keep it firm (but not too firm) and confident.
- Smile, it shows confidence and likeability. And make eye contact, but don’t stare.
Look the interviewer in the eyes when you answer their question.
- Your body language shows a lot about your energy and eagerness. Sit up straight and lean forward slightly in your chair – it shows an interviewer you are listening to what they have to say. Nod and inject enthusiasm. It shows you are ready to take on the challenges of the job.
- Be respectful of past employers and never badmouth them or former colleagues.
- Demonstrate that your safe and courteous driving reduces costs (of repairs, time, etc.) and increases the company’s bottom line (their product gets where it needs to and customers are happy).
- Be ready to answer questions about your qualifications and other commercial-license extras; your good safety and driving record; specialization in a particular type of equipment and knowledge of state and federal regulations.
- If you have experiences outside of the job that can add value to the company, be sure to bring them up – such as computer skills and background in customer service. Added specialties can help you stand out from other candidates.
- When it comes time at the end of the interview for you to ask questions, keep them focused on the job and company – not benefits and perks. There is time for those discussions when the job offer is made. Keeping the focus on the job and company shows you are team player.
- Demonstrate how much you want the job by asking for it. At then end of the interview reiterate how you want to work for the company and the team.
Interviewing is about preparation and staying calm. By taking the time to think about potential questions the interviewer is going to ask, and following these easy tips, you’ll be ready for the interview process.
Good luck! And be sure to contact your Adecco Transportation team for additional advice on getting that next great job!