It's the day of your big warehouse job interview. You pull on a pair of jeans, lace up your favorite work boots and head out the door. You just know that you're going to get this job. It's a piece of cake, right?
Not so fast there, cowboy.
You've just made some pretty serious mistakes, and if you're not careful, they could end up costing you the job. Before you even think about heading out the door, check out our list of four things you need to do to prepare for a warehouse job interview.
Dress to impress
Just because you'll be wearing jeans and boots to your warehouse job every day doesn't mean you should start by wearing them to the interview. The person interviewing you will probably be wearing some sort of business casual outfit. You'll want to dress at least as nicely as them, if not nicer.
Dress pants and a dress shirt will always make a good impression; this rule applies to women applying for warehouse jobs too. Classy, not super-fancy, is the way to go. A suit might be too much.
Remember, you want to impress them. Appearances count.
Answer some practice interview questions
Sit down with a family member and get them to ask you some practice interview questions. As tempting as it might be to skip this, this can really help prepare you for the questions you'll be asked in the interview.
Here are few practice questions to get you started:
- Why do you want to work here?
- How does your experience fit in with this job?
- Safety is really important here. Tell me how you keep safety in mind at all times, even when you're rushing to fill an order.
- Tell me about a time you noticed a mistake in one of your orders. How did you fix it?
Bring your job application materials
One way to impress the hiring manager is by bringing along extra copies of your application, your certifications, your driver's license and/or operator's cards, a list of references and any letters of recommendation. In many cases, the hiring manager won't have time to print out everything you sent them. By having extras, you'll show just how prepared and reliable you really are.
Research the company
It's very common for hiring managers to ask the people they're interviewing if they have any questions. You should always prepare a few thoughtful questions. You can ask where they see the company going in five years, or what their favorite things about work are. But saying nothing will make you look unprepared and uninterested - and that's the last thing you want the hiring manager to think of you.
Show enthusiasm for the warehouse job and interest in the company, and you'll be well on your way to impressing the person who could be your new boss.