You’ve just found out you’ve been invited to an interview, congratulations. But what now? With hundreds of applicants usually competing over a handful of warehouse roles, acing your interview is one way to help get a leg up on your competition.
So, if you’re serious about beating your competition and increasing your chances of interview success, here’s our guide to how to prepare for your warehouse interview so you can knock the socks off your interviewer.
You might not be required to wear a suit and smart shoes as a warehouse worker, but that doesn’t mean that you should wear jeans and a t-shirt for your interview either. If you’re unsure what you should be wearing to your interview, smart casual is usually the best option. So rather than jeans, opt for a pair of plain trousers and collared shirts or blouses are always a good idea.
In the days leading up to your interview, have a look through your wardrobe and really consider what to wear. Don’t feel pressured into spending a small fortune on a brand-new outfit, you probably have something already hanging in your wardrobe. If you don’t have anything suitable and don’t have the money or time to get something new, wear the best of what you already own or borrow something from a friend or relative. While turning up for the interview is more important than what clothes you decide to wear, dressing professionally can be a simple but effective way of showing that you mean business.
Prepare some evidence
One thing that can really set you apart from your competition during an interview is being able to show and talk about any licenses, operator cards and qualifications that you may have. Having these physically to hand during your interview can provide you with some handy talking prompts and back up the information you’ve provided in your application for the role.
To show your interviewer just how organised, reliable and prepared you are, consider which licenses and qualifications would be most worthwhile to take to your interview and get these printed out beforehand. This could include your driving license, employer references or certificates for warehouse-related training you’ve received.
It can also be worthwhile to print off your CV or have a copy of it on your phone, so you can go over it before you enter the interview room, particularly if it’s been a while since you applied for the role.
Practice makes perfect
Whether you’re going for a managerial or a front-line warehouse position, it’s always worthwhile to do some research about the company and to run through some practice interview questions ahead of time. This is particularly important if this is your first ever interview or you’re feeling overly nervous.
Nerves can make even the most outgoing, talkative people stumble over their words during an interview. By taking the time to go through some common interview questions, such as explaining what your biggest weakness is or to talk about why you’d be a good fit for this role, it lets you plan your answers ahead of time and eases some of that pressure you’re feeling.
It’s important to prepare yourself for open-ended behavioural questions before your interview too, as these have become an increasingly popular way for interviewers to find out how professional a person is. These types of questions will ask about a time in your working history or give you a hypothetical situation where you’ve shown a particular strength or skill. For instance, you might be asked to describe a time when you showed strong communication or leadership skills, or how you handled a disgruntled customer. Again, take some time to practice your answers so you get them spot on before the big day.
Always be sure to research the company’s products and history, as well as developments in the industry itself, just in case your interviewer quizzes you about it during your interview.
Always re-read the job description
Never overlook the original job advertisement for the role that you’re interviewing for. It not only contains some key pieces of information about the duties associated with the role, but also provides specific information about the kind of person they’re looking for. If you can refer to this information as you answer your interviewer’s questions, it will show that you are well-prepared and knowledgeable.
So, before you go to your warehouse interview, re-read the job description thoroughly so you can familiarise yourself with the keywords and specific duties they have included, such as an organised and working to deadlines. When you answer the interviewer’s questions, try to use these same key words and refer to similar duties you’ve carried out in your answers.
This might also require some practice beforehand. Why not ask a friend or relative to help you run through some practice questions or rehearse your answers in the mirror until you’ve got them memorised.
By carefully following our interview preparation advice, you’ll increase your chances of beating your competition and smash your upcoming warehouse interview. Good luck!