Even though it may seem like a more laidback gig, warehouse interviews need to be taken just as seriously as if you were interviewing for any other position. If you aren’t serious about the interview process, your interviewer won’t take you seriously as a candidate. You want to stand out as not just someone who can do the job, but the BEST person for it!
If you have an interview for a position in a warehouse coming up, here are a few things to keep in mind when getting ready for the big day.
Do Your Research
You may be in the position where you are interviewing for a number of different companies, but demonstrating that you have done your research on this particular role is non-negotiable.
How long has the company been around? What kind of reputation do they have? What is the company culture like? A lot of this information can typically be found online, and having a basic understanding of these things can help your chances of succeeding in the interview.
Taking some time to do your research will give you some talking points to contribute to a deeper and more insightful conversation with your interviewer, making them more likely to remember you among a sea of applicants.
Prepare for Common Questions
Working in a warehouse requires a certain set of skills and qualifications – and as such, your employer will be asking you questions specific to the role. You will likely be asked questions around your attention to detail, your organization methods, your communication skills and ability to work with others.
Preparing good answers with examples is key. It is one thing to tell your interviewer that you are organized but demonstrating that trait through a story gives them a better idea of how you will apply it in this position. Using the STAR method is a good guideline for articulating these stories clearly: Situation, Task, Action, Result.
A warehouse position is one of the few instances in which ‘dress the part’ doesn’t necessarily apply: you may be wearing boots and jeans on the job, but that doesn’t mean you should make your first impression in an overly casual outfit.
You can safely assume that your interviewer will be dressed in business casual attire, so do your best to mirror that aesthetic – a collared shirt and clean slacks are a safe bet. Dressing professionally and polished reflects well on you in the sense that you respect the interviewer’s time and that you understand that a job interview is a serious matter.
Your resume is where you list all of your technical qualifications, and you will speak to them in your conversation with the hiring manager. However, the little gestures that you make during an interview can be very telling signs of how you will act on the job. Bringing extra copies of your resume shows that you are organized and thoughtful; showing up 10-15 minutes early reflects well on your punctuality and respect for other people’s schedules.
This is the first impression your potential future employer will have of you as a person. They don’t have much else to judge from, so the small things you do or say can end up carrying a lot of weight.
Ready for your next warehouse job interview after reading these tips? Next Level Group specializes in the logistics and warehouse industry – click here to find out how we can help you find a great new job.