Here at ResponsAble Safety Staffing, we’re always recruiting, interviewing and hiring new people to fill safety staffing positions. We have conducted countless interviews on behalf of our clients, and through our years of experience we’ve seen great interviews and bad interviews, giving us an area of expertise in the interview process.
Here’s some advice to the job-seeker that is prepping for an interview:
Before the Interview:
- Make sure you meet all the requirements of the job to which you are applying. Don’t waste time interviewing for a job you’re not actually qualified for. Carefully read the application to make sure that you meet the basic requirements before moving forward.
- Do some research on the company that you’re interviewing with. What exactly does this company do? What would be your role in this company? Use the internet to get as much information as you can.
- Also, if you know who will be interviewing you, begin researching that person as well. Look them up on the company’s website and search for them on social media networks (they’re probably stalking you too!). If you do your research, the first interview won’t feel as much like a blind date.
- Dress appropriately. Don’t be sloppy or look like you just rolled out of bed.
- Remember to use good hygiene!
- Give yourself plenty of time to arrive early to the interview.
During the Interview:
- Come in with lots of energy and enthusiasm.
- Be polite and friendly. The first five minutes of the interview are incredibly important so make sure to make a good first impression.
- Turn your phone off and put it away. Eliminate even the temptation to look at your phone.
- When the questions start coming, speak confidently. Try to avoid being too short or vague by using one or two word answers.
- Be honest and speak objectively about both your strengths and weaknesses.
- Don’t share negative details about your old boss or old co-workers.
- Don’t just ask about the benefits that the job will offer you.
- Get on the side of the interviewer by sharing a common interest in the company. How can you work together to make things better? What can you offer and bring to the table? You can win over the interviewer by joining their side and sharing their interest.
After the Interview:
- After all questions have been asked and the interview is done, leave on a positive note. Shake the interviewer’s hand, sincerely thank them for their time for the interview, and leave with your head held high. Leave just as confidently as you were when you walked in, no matter how the interview went in your mind.
- Don’t immediately bombard them with questions about when the hiring decision will be made.
If you’re an employer looking to hire staff, ResponsAble Safety Staffing can take the details of recruiting, interviewing, and hiring off of your plate. We provide highly qualified and trained safety personnel to industrial and commercial businesses for both short-term and long-term needs. We strive to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers with flexibility, service and urgency. Contact us on our website or pick up the phone and give us a call at (225) 753-1909.