Are you looking for a new job, getting your resume ready to apply at some of the best freight transportation companies in the country? You should probably start preparing for the grueling interview process too. Interviews are, as everyone knows, quite nerve-wracking. Being put on the spot by either one or a panel of strangers, trying to make the best impression, without looking like you are actually a bit stressed out about the situation.
Preparation is key to staying as relaxed as possible during an interview. If you arrive prepared, you should be able to ace the interview and land that job you’ve been eyeballing without having to go for a follow-up interview. In this article, we give you some top tips on how to stay calm and have a great interview experience.
1. Find the Location Beforehand
Make sure you are able to find the location of the interview the night or a couple of days before your actual interview. Be sure to take note of how long it takes you to get there. Remember, if the interview is scheduled for the morning, you may get stuck in traffic. Choose your transportation and make sure you are able to get there easily without getting lost.
2. Go Through Possible Questions the Night Before
You can never be ‘too’ prepared. Have a nice quiet evening the night before, and go through some questions that the interviewer may ask. This will ensure you stay calm during the process, but also that you already have a great idea of how to approach or how to answer the question directed at you.
3. Dress for Success
Just because you are a professional truck driver does not mean you are pardoned for making a good first impression. Dressing up and looking like you mean business can only count in your favor. Remember, your appearance is the first thing the interviewers will take note of. If you show them that you have made some effort in looking presentable, they will know that you are a serious candidate.
4. Arrive 30 Minutes Early
Make sure you get to the destination way ahead if time. Arriving early for an interview always creates and leaves a great first impression, as this shows interviewers and other employees working at the freight transportation company that you are responsible, and you are great at time management. These are all great traits that employers look for in new professional truck drivers.
5. Make Eye Contact
Don’t be shy – look them in the eye. Making and keeping eye contact during an interview is very important. This shows the interviewer that you are confident, but that you are also trustworthy. Studies have shown that people who are not able to keep eye contact with someone is either hiding something or are dishonest in general.
6. Speak Slowly
You don’t have to take 5 minutes to say one thing, but simply make sure that you are speaking clearly, and slowly enough that you get your point or answer over to the interviewers in such a way that there is no room for misunderstandings. This will also ensure that you are able to say everything you need to say. Sometimes during a stressful situation such as an interview, people are more inclined to not answer or react clearly and concisely. Take note of what is being asked, and respond in your own time, making sure you understand what the interviewer is expecting from you.
7. Don’t Interrupt the Interviewer
This is not only rude, but it will interrupt the interview process. Yes, when communicating naturally, we do tend to talk and chit chat all over the place, but an interview is not the time nor the place for such communication. Just relax, and let the interviewer finish their question, and respond once they have finished talking. This will also ensure that you understand everything, instead of assuming you know what they mean or what they are asking.
8. Have Documents with You
It is always a great idea to bring copies of all your documentation with you on the day of the interview. The interviewer(s) will more than likely have their own copies, but it does create a great impression showing that you think ahead. Documents that you should bring along is a couple of copies of your resume, copies of your qualifications, as well as any other certificates or recent test results.
9. Have Questions Ready for Interviewers
During your preparation for the interview, be sure to setup and write some questions that you may have for the interviewer. Do some research on the company, make sure you know who they are, what their values are, and what they are all about. This will also allow you to draw up some interesting questions of your own and show the interviewer that you truly are interested in joining their team.
Once the interview is done, thank the interviewer(s) for their time. It is always a good idea to send a follow-up to thank you note a couple of days after the initial interview. This shows the company that you are a serious candidate, and that you are still interested in joining their team. Keep the mail short and sweet, and don’t get stuck in details. Simply thank them for the opportunity to meet and that you enjoyed learning more about the position and company.
Now that you are equipped with some top tips on how to have a great interview, you should be ready for your next one when you receive that first phone call. Remember, keeping calm is always key to having successful interviews. Take deep breaths, listen carefully and don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer if you did not understand the question. They are there to learn more about you, and not trying to intimidate you.
The interview process is also the ideal process for you to establish whether it would, in fact, be a great fit if you would join the company. You are also going to find out more about the job and the company, never lose sight of this. We wish you all the best of luck for your next interview.