A job interview is a stressful situation for most people, regardless of how comfortable they might feel about their qualifications. This stress and anxiety around job interviews are why there are books, classes, and workshops dedicated to acing the job interview.
The interview phase of the application process can make or break your future with the company, so it is crucial to be fully prepared. While manufacturing interviews will vary according to the position being sought, many manufacturing employers rely on standard interview questions and techniques.
Below are three ways you should prepare for a typical manufacturing interview.
1) Prepare to Discuss Your Ability to Adapt
Most businesses need to be continuously evolving and adjusting to meet customer needs and keep current shifting markets. When you can show adaptability, it provides insight into your other abilities, like leadership and communication.
One approach to discussing your ability to adapt is to tell a story about how you handled a work-related change that was particularly difficult. Talk about the ways you listened and incorporated the various aspects of the change. Talk about the way you helped those around you with the change.
Change hardly ever occurs because of just one person. When talking about your adaptability, be sure to credit others, while outlining your role in making the change successful.
Finally, discuss the positive outcomes of the change, including the tangible and intangible results. Being able to talk about this shows you followed up and were conscious of the effect the change has on the whole organization. Use figures and quantifiable results where possible.
2) Prepare to Discuss Your Ability to Handle Conflict
Almost everyone has had a situation where they did not get on well with a co-worker. While these scenarios can be unpleasant, they make for great chances to show leadership abilities.
Ultimately, you want to be capable of discussing the ways you resolved a specific conflict with a colleague, which led to a good outcome for you and all of your co-workers. It is crucial to be diplomatic when talking about conflict with someone else. Whether you took a passive approach or made a proactive change to resolve the dispute, the bottom line is showing the way you turned a bad situation into a good one.
3) Prepare to Discuss Failure
Think back, and you can probably come up with a time you did not achieve what you were supposed to do.
When an interviewer asks about failure, it isn’t intended to make you look bad. To begin with, it can get rid of the people who won’t acknowledge having failed at anything. Those people have either never accepted their own failure or they have never stretched themselves enough to fail.
Talking about something that went poorly shows self-awareness and resiliency. Be capable of concentrating on what you learned from a particular failure and the way you applied that lesson moving forward.
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