Interview Preparation Advice for Manufacturing and Warehouse Jobs

Posted June 28, 2013

Congratulations! You’ve put the time and effort into finding a great new opportunity and you have a job interview lined up. Don’t pat yourself on the back too hard just yet.  In today’s competitive job market, you need to take the proper steps to stand out from the competition if you want to go from job interview to job offer.

What can you do to improve the likelihood of landing the job?

While we can’t guarantee you’ll get a job offer, following these tips will dramatically increase your chances:

  • Bring a resume.
    We often are asked, “Do I need a resume for a manufacturing or warehouse job?”  It really depends on whether you want the job or not! While many people will arrive at the interview without a resume, the people that do bring one appear much more prepared and qualified.  So if you really want the job, spend some time preparing a nice resume.  If you need help, just call our office and we’ll even help you prepare it!
  • Don’t be late.
    This seems like common sense, but many people underestimate the time it takes to arrive at the interview or don’t take into account traffic or other delays. Scout out the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly how to get there.  Leave 15 minutes earlier than you need to and plan on arriving 15 minutes early.   
  • Bring references.
    The interviewer wants to be sure they are hiring someone that has a strong work ethic.  If you can, bring the names and contact information of past supervisors that will attest to your skills and hard work. Even if the interviewer doesn’t come right out and ask for references, you can present them at the end of the interview and stand out from other applicants.

  • Dress professionally.
    You probably don’t need a three-piece suit when interviewing for a manufacturing/warehouse position!  But, you also shouldn’t show up with ripped jeans and a dirty t-shirt.  Candidates that take pride in their appearance and show up well dressed and groomed have a better chance of standing out and making a positive impression on the interviewer.

  • Do your research and ask questions.
    Before the interview, do your research on the company.  Look at the products/services they offer and find out who their clients are. Spend some time preparing follow-up questions to ask the interviewer. Asking a question such as, “What are the most important skills for success in this position?” will allow you to find out what’s most important to the interviewer and give you the chance to showcase how your skills are a match.  

Are you looking for a great manufacturing or warehouse job opportunity?
At Ambassador, we partner with some of the country’s most respected companies—offering great jobs you simply can’t find elsewhere. Contact the professional team at Ambassador today!