Going for an interview can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re newly graduated and only just starting the job hunting process. However, there are some tips you can take on board when applying for your automotive jobs which will help you be prepared and look professional when in the interview room.
During the interview process, the interviewer will go through a series of questions which will relate to your past experiences, qualifications and your skillset. This is a chance to make yourself stand out and provide you with an opportunity to show how your skills make you unique. Don’t waffle or talk too much but delve a little into your love for the automotive industry and why you think your skillset make you a perfect match for the position.
An interview is a formal process, therefore you need to dress accordingly. Your first impressions count, make them good ones as this can have an impact on the way that your interview goes. If an employer thinks that you haven’t made an effort, they may make no effort in employing you.
Along with your appearance, your attitude could be a tell-tell sign as to whether you are good fit for the position of not. Be positive when you arrive, smile and be polite. Even if you are nervous, a smile can be an ice-breaker and allow you to calm down before talking time to speak and answer questions.
Be attentive to what they are saying and respond in a positive manner while establishing good eye-contact.
To be as knowledgeable as possible about the company is a sure way to impress the interviewer. Knowing about different aspects of the business, whether it is part of a larger organisation or a small business, it will show you have an interest if you have a understanding of their company. Jobs in the automotive industry can be extremely varied and depending on what position you are applying for may mean that you will need to interact with other staff. Researching as much as you can will give you that upper hand.
Analyse your skillset
Read through the job description more than once before you attend the interview, along with the skills required section. Think about your own personal skills and how you would work best in this environment, how could you benefit the company? Have this in mind when being asked questions - it’s ok to bring the job description with you to an interview too, it shows that you are prepared!
Take your time
Don’t be afraid to take time to think about what you’re about to say. You can pause to take a few seconds before responding to a question which will allow your mind to think through what you’re going to say before you say it.
You may be nervous but try to slow your speaking down so that you are clear and can be heard and always ask for a question to be repeated or explained if you didn’t understand.
9 out of 10 times in an interview, you will be asked if you have any further questions. Have a question or two lined up ready for this moment. It will again show your interest and keen nature to know more about their company or the position. It is also a chance to add in anything that could boost your chances of getting the job by adding in relevant information about your skills or experiences. Don’t go overboard or boast, but use the time wisely to showcase what you have to offer.
Applying for a position in the automotive industry can be tough as there is a lot of competition and it is a popular industry to work in. Knowing that you are prepared before you go in for an interview will help give you confidence and assurance that you’ve done all that you can to get the job.
If you’d like help or advice in preparing for an interview or would like help finding a job in the automotive sector, feel free to get in touch to discuss.