Many individuals choose careers in manufacturing or warehouse employment because it allows you to interact with likeminded people and not have to worry about the emotional hassle of customer service. When it is time to move on and start job hunting, the interviewing process can feel way out of your comfort zone, but it’s important to exude as much confidence as possible. The phrase “fake it till you make it” isn’t always the most appropriate career advice, but as far as your confidence level is concerned, it has to be pushed to your limit. In warehouse positions, you are expected to be adaptable and efficient, and your confidence in the interview can excuse a “can-do” attitude. Here are a few other things to keep in mind once HR calls you in for an interview:
Do dress in the best version of something you would wear for a normal workday:
Even though your normal weekday wardrobe might consist of scuffed up boots and worn-in protective gear, it is important to show the interviewer you took the time to freshen up and make a good impression. Since typical interview business wear would obviously be inappropriate attire for the workplace, wear something comfortable that fits the manufacturing environment, but skip out on anything torn or frayed.
Don’t be afraid to follow up after the interview.
Some candidates fear that following up by calling or emailing after the interview is considered overkill, but oftentimes HR managers are swimming in resumes and a small follow-up gesture post-interview might be a deciding factor for them. In fact, manufacturing careers tend to follow similar trends, so the chances that another job seeker has a similar resume is high. Following up shows you are singularly interested in working for that company and have taken time out of your day to prove it.
Do prepare for hypothetical questions regarding workplace safety.
A warehouse supervisor’s worst nightmare is a worker who disregards the safety of himself and his peers. Take time before the interview to compile a list of times you have implemented strict safety protocol, or ways you have deescalated a precarious safety situation in the workplace. It also doesn’t hurt to brush up on OSHA safety guidelines beforehand to impress the interviewer.
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