Let’s be honest: The interview process for a warehouse associate job isn’t as intense as the interview for a CEO position. However, that doesn’t mean you should treat it lightly.
If you traipse into a warehouse associate interview wearing ripped jeans and smoking a cigarette, you aren’t getting hired. Employers take these interviews quite seriously and so should you.
Below are a few steps to take ahead of your next warehouse associate interview so you can crush it and land the job offer you want.
1. Research, Research, Research
Walking in with a lot of knowledge about the company, the job, and the industry will help you show enthusiasm and interest, which goes a long way toward impressing someone who just might be your new boss.
Be sure to study the company’s official website, including any recent press releases that might be on there. Look through the employer’s social media profiles to get a sense of the brand and corporate culture. It also can’t hurt to look up your interviewer on LinkedIn to get a sense of what she or he might be like and figure out if you have anything in common.
2. Develop Your ‘Material’
Take notes when doing your research. You can then use these notes to develop material for the interview. You’ll likely be asked many of the most common interview questions, such as questions on your strengths, weaknesses and major achievements. Developing good responses to these questions allows you to walk in confident and well-prepared.
Also, it’s standard for an interviewer to ask candidates if they have questions. Always prepare a handful of thoughtful questions, such as questions on the best parts of the job or what the company has planned for the future. While not having any questions could make you look unprepared, you should absolutely avoid asking about compensation and perks, since these questions make it look like you’re only interested in material compensation – not the job or the company.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice
A job interview is a performance and like any performance: practice is critical to success. Identify someone in your network who’s available to help you rehearse. This person should have a sense of the kind of work you do and what a warehouse employer is probably looking for in an ideal candidate. Your practice interviewer should be able to challenge you a bit, not just lob softball questions that you have scripted for them.
4. Gather Your Materials the Night Before
A warehouse associate typically wears rugged boots and work clothes. But just because you might be wearing these clothes if you get the job that doesn’t mean you should show up in them.
The night before your interview, make sure you have dress pants and a dress shirt that is cleaned and pressed. Also, bring a few extra copies of your resume and any certifications you might have, your driver’s license and a list of references. You may not need these materials but by having them, you’ll show you’re prepared and serious about impressing your interviewer.
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