If you followed our tips on how to create a successful skilled trades resume, you'll be in great shape to land an interview. It's important to go into that interview for skilled trades employment prepared and ready to impress. Here are some tips we've come up with to help you be ready for success when interview for skilled trades jobs.
Dress for success
While the dress code on most skilled trades jobs is more casual, during an interview it's still important to dress a little more formally than you usually would. Remember, you want to make a good impression and you want to look serious about wanting the skilled trades job. Opt for a business casual approach when deciding how to dress for your interview.
Think of questions
Try and take some time to think of questions that they will ask you during the interview. If you have no idea, ask your instructors about what kind of questions they have been asked. You can also find sample interview questions online. If you come up with these questions before going into the interview, you'll be able to think of a response before walking in.
Keep in mind a lot of the questions you'll be asked will be situation based. You may need to come up with a situation in which a client was happy with work you'd done, or a time when you overcame a challenge and struggled to get a job done. Try and have examples like these ready before walking in, so you can clearly explain them in the interview and you don't forget any details.
Be confident, not overconfident
During your interview you want to sound confident and sure that you know what you're doing. But be careful with how confident you are, because if you come off as overconfident that will likely work against you. You want to present yourself as good at your job, not that you are better than everyone at their jobs. Professionalism is key, and being professional is a big part of not being overconfident.
Have a question ready for the interviewer
Almost all interviews end with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. "No" is the only wrong answer to that question. Asking a question will show that you are interested in the job and were engaged in the interview. If you ask a question, ask for more information on something that the interviewer mentioned, showing you were listening to what they were saying and were engaged.
Being successful in an interview comes down to being prepared, professional, and engaged. For more information on how to advance your Ontario skilled trades career, download Niagara Skilled Trades Academy's free career guide.