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Interview Tips for the Trades

Interview Tips for the Trades

So, you’ve applied for multiple jobs and you’ve spent time creating a great CV (you have right?), and now you’ve landed an interview with a job that’s perfect for you! What next? It’s time to charm the socks off of your interviewee and secure the job. Below you will find the best interview tips for a trades position.

Tip #1: Arrive early

First, make sure that you know the time that the interview is scheduled for, where the interview will take place, the name and job title of the person who will interview you, and whether you need to bring anything to the interview, such as a CV. Don’t have one? No problem, take a look at How to Write a Winning CV for the Trades. Not only will you find information on how to write a great CV you’ll also be able to download a CV template for the Trades too.

Tip #2: Personal appearance and hygiene

You have one time to make a great first impression! Within the first seven seconds of meeting, people will have a solid impression of who you are —and some research suggests a tenth of a second is all it takes to start determining traits like trustworthiness.

Make sure you have well-groomed facial hair, hair, light make-up (if you wear it) and just because this is a trades position doesn’t mean your hands and nails can’t be as tidy as they can be (insert wink emoji). Ensure your clothes are clean, tidy and haven’t been left on the radiator too long without drying.

Lastly, get a good night sleep and on the day of the interview take a shower, take it easy on perfume or aftershave, brush and floss your teeth, and use mouthwash or mints.

Tip #3: Practice and research makes perfect

If you were signed up for a half marathon you certainly wouldn’t show up on race day expecting to perform well, not know the route, and finish the run with no training. The same applies to your interview.

Research the company and the person you’ll be potentially working for. It’s always great to have this information so you can develop a connection to the company and the interviewee. Practice, practice, practice! Review common interview questions and practice answering these questions with a friend. Once you run through these questions a few times you’ll be much more comfortable on the day of your interview.

Tip #4: Speak slowly and clearly

When you start talking to someone for the first time, don’t worry about conveying lots of information as quickly as possible —while this may seem like a fast way to impress others, it can overwhelm them. Instead, speak slowly and clearly: It will make you seem more articulate and intelligent, and it will give your listener more time to digest what you’re saying. Speaking slowly and deliberately is also a sign of confidence, which is indispensable in making a good first impression.

Tip #5: An interview is a two-way street

While yes, you are interviewing for a position that you may really want, you have to ask yourself if the company and the person you will potentially work for is right for you.
How did you feel during the interview? We’re you welcomed in a nice fashion, was the tone of the interview upbeat, and how well did the interviewee respond to your questions (you will have questions to ask, right?). Remember, interviewing is a two-way street and the more you know the better your chances are at finding the right position and staying in the position long-term.

Tip #6: Authenticity

Do you lie? Do you “massage the truth”? These are a couple of questions Mike Robbinsposes at the start of his Tedx Talk: The Power of Authenticity.
Robbins states that vulnerability is really the key aspect to being truly authentic. Don’t be afraid to answer a question with, “I don’t know, but I am happy to learn”. As challenging as it is for most of us to be vulnerable, without it you cannot experience true authenticity and the liberty and freedom it provides.

Tip #7: Ensure you have the right qualifications for the job at hand.

In addition, ensure that what you state on your CV is factual and truthful. The purpose of a CV should be to show potential employers that you have the required work experience, skills and academic qualifications to fulfil the job requirements.
For example, for a trade position, each candidate is required to pass the CSCS test and hold a valid CSCS card. If you need a CSCS card or need to renew yours for free enrol in our “Access to Construction Course” by messaging us on Facebook to obtain this qualification.
Get your CV right from the outset, and you may well find a job more quickly. Your CV is your chance to make a great first impression and secure yourself an interview, so implement these tips and then upload your cv to apply for your next trades job.

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