Infographic: An Auto Mechanic’s Guide to Acing Your Next Job Interview
Let’s admit it, job interviews can be stressful at times, especially if you’re not well prepared ahead of time.
Not only do you have to worry about meeting your potential future boss, but also about the fact that you have to showcase your skills and abilities within a couple of minutes. Getting ready for your auto mechanic job interview might feel like a big task, but with proper help, it’ll likely be easier than you think.
If you’re graduating from auto mechanic training or you’re planning to change jobs, you might be wondering what steps you should follow to make sure you snag the job of your dreams. That is why we’re going to walk you through the process of getting ready to ace your next job interview. Keep reading!
An Auto Mechanic’s Guide to Acing Your Next Job Interview
So, you got called for an interview. Now what?
First things first: you should review the job description and find out all you can about the company.
- Use the job description as a guide.
- Do some research about the company! Your future employer will be pleasantly surprised if you already know a lot about them.
- Look for the qualifications the employer is looking for.
- Think about what you can bring to the job and the reasons why you want this job.
Tip: Prepare a hard copy of your resume and bring it with you. You never know if your interviewer will need it.
Do not let your body language betray you!
Practice makes perfect. If you think you’ll be nervous during the interview, the best thing is to practice with a friend or in front of a mirror:
- Smile and give a firm handshake when introducing yourself.
- Use a confident voice to introduce yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to take notes during the interview, but don’t use this as an excuse to avoid eye contact with your interviewer, either.
- Keep your shoulders back, chin raised and chest high to communicate confidence.
- Breathe deeply and speak slowly.
- Be yourself and let your personality flow.
Time to get ready to answer some questions…
Expect some of the following questions:
- Tell me about yourself.
- How much experience do you have in determining damages in vehicles?
- What is your favourite part of the job?
- Can you talk about your customer service experience/skills?
- How would you prioritize clients and repair jobs on busy days?
- What was the most difficult repair job that you’ve ever handled?
Do not be afraid of asking questions about the job.
Asking questions about the job shows interest and commitment. Here are some questions you can prepare in advance:
- What does a typical day look like for a person in this position?
- What are the qualities of your most successful employees?
- What challenges can I expect to face?
The day of the interview, make sure to:
- Check how much time it will take you to get to the place where the interview will take place. Try to leave in advance in case you get lost.
- Dress appropriately.
- Review your resume and make sure everything is clear.
- Remind yourself that you have the training needed for the job.
- Make sure to bring a list of references, you might need them.
- Be polite and treat everyone you encounter with respect.
After the interview:
- Ask about the next steps.
- Follow up with a thank-you email.
- Relax, be proud of yourself, and get ready to start a new job!