The Top 5 Questions Grads of Dispatch School Will Get in a Job Interview
June 15, 2018
Job interviews can be daunting, but candidates can maximize their chances—and calm their nerves—with the right preparation. A large part of this preparation comes down to anticipating the likeliest questions and preparing clear responses. For future dispatchers, job interviews are likely to combine standard questions—like past employment and career ambitions—with more industry-specific ones.
With the right preparation, candidates can better convey their qualifications—and avoid rambling or incomplete answers.
Are you ready to get started with interview prep? Here are five job interview questions you are likely to encounter after dispatch school.
1. What Attracted You to This Dispatcher Job?
In addition to a few background details, potential employers will want to know what attracted you to this line of work—and their particular company. While discussing career choices, candidates have an important opportunity to show their passion for the industry. Companies will want to hire dynamic and motivated employees with a personal investment in their line of work.
Future dispatchers can discuss what they like about customer interaction, and the satisfaction they derive from successful transportation operations. This question is also an opportunity to highlight knowledge of the company, explaining how its business mission aligns with one’s professional passion and ambitions.
2. What Do You Expect from an Average Workday Here?
Assessing dispatcher training and industry insight, this question helps employers determine whether you will be a good fit in their organization. While current dispatchers can leverage past experiences on the job here, recent graduates of dispatch school will benefit from some research. Gathering all available information on the company and their advertised opening, candidates can also ask instructors or industry contacts about day-to-day operations.
For recent graduates, this question is an opportunity to demonstrate industry knowledge—an awareness of everyday challenges to complement your formal qualifications. While conveying this knowledge, prepared candidates explain how they intend to use their skills to the company’s advantage.
3. Can You Describe a Past Challenge and How You Faced It?
Among the most common interview requests, professional anecdotes and past experiences help employers test ‘soft skills’ like adaptability, tenacity, teamwork, and time management. Rounding out one’s professional qualifications, these skills help convince managers that you’ll make a great co-worker. Concrete examples also help convince employers that a strong resume will translate into effective and reliable work.
Future dispatchers can pick a relevant example from their training, highlighting resourcefulness and problem-solving abilities with industry-specific work. While these examples should be meaningful, candidates should avoid getting too detailed or personal—and focus instead on what they have learned. Interviewers might also inquire about a candidate’s weaknesses, in which case answers should similarly highlight personal growth and solutions, rather than dwell on the negative.
4. How Will You Use Your Dispatcher Training to Overcome Adversity?
Building on the previous question, employers might also ask how candidates would overcome adversity within their organization—sometimes even providing a problem-solving scenario. Candidates ensure best responses with careful attention to the question’s details.
Asking for clarification—or even a few seconds to think—can help graduates seem engaged and focused on providing the best answer possible. Anticipating this line of questioning, future dispatchers can prepare to discuss how their expertise would withstand common ‘real-life’ scenarios, from logistics management to fee negotiations and more.
5. Why Should We Hire You?
While it may seem daunting, this infamous question is in fact a great opportunity. In some cases, personal qualifications and experience will not match up perfectly with the advertised requirements. This question is a chance to make one’s case, listing unaddressed strengths that might compensate for perceived shortcomings.
This question is also an opportunity for a quick summary of one’s qualifications, matching experience, qualities, and technical skills to the job description. Candidates can prepare a quick pitch for this question specifically, avoiding awkwardness or uncertainty where there should be confidence and passion. Finally, candidates should try to enjoy the experience, remembering that a strong and pleasant interview is as much in the employer’s interest as their own.
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