Whether you’re starting your HVAC training or nearing graduation, chances are there is one thing on your mind: landing your first job. The HVAC industry is booming, and there will be plenty of competition and job opportunities.
Luckily, your training has prepared you to enter your field, and now it’s time to venture out on your own and make your mark. The process of interviewing for your first job can be stressful. But with a little preparation and some helpful tips, it is possible to wow the interviewer and enter the workforce.
Here are a few simple tips to help you stand out during your first interview in the HVAC industry.
Learn About the Company
In addition to helping impress your potential future employer, researching a company will also help you prepare for the interview. For example, begin with the job listing. It will provide you with an understanding of what the company is looking for in an employee.
Head to the company’s website and learn about the executives, their mission statement, and any recent events. These events could be anything from opening another branch to the promotion of an executive. Additionally, focus on the specific services offered by the company. While speaking to the interviewer, make sure you mention your experience and expertise, as it relates to these services.
Finally, if possible, learn about the human resources representative who will perform the interview. You can typically find information on the company’s website or a corporate networking site. Learn about the interviewer’s background, including their hobbies, and find commonalities. Use shared interests to break the ice.
Gather the Necessary Paperwork
During the interview, the human resources representative will ask for any necessary paperwork. Depending on the organization, this paperwork could include anything from a resume and diploma or certification to references from instructors and past employers.
Read the job listing carefully and learn which documentation you will need for the interview. If it isn’t listed, don’t hesitate to contact the HR department of the company and ask. In addition to this paperwork, also bring along a pen and paper to jot down notes, and a list of questions for the representative.
For example, you could ask about the specific job requirements, any additional certification required for the position, and the potential for job growth. Asking questions will show the interviewer that you’re interested, in both your field and the job.
Dress to Impress
One of the many perks of working for an HVAC company is the casual dress code. However, this doesn’t mean you should walk into the interview like it’s the first day of work. Instead, dress to impress, which will let the HR representative know you are serious about the job.
Here are a few tips to help you look your best for your first job interview:
- Dress conservatively. Women should always wear a pant suit or skirt that is at least knee length, and men should wear a suit and tie. Avoid loud colors, prints, and showing too much skin.
- Cover any tattoos. Grab some makeup and cover any visible tattoos. If you have any facial piercings, now is the time to remove them. The HVAC industry is laid back, but visible tattoos and piercings are unprofessional.
- Grooming basics. In addition to the pre-interview shower, go the extra mile to show the interviewer you’re serious. For example, if you have a beard, head to a stylist and have it trimmed and shaped.
Before you walk into the interview, take a last look in the mirror, suck on a breath mint, and smile!
Be Prepared to Answer Some Common Questions
In addition to generic interview questions, you will be asked specific questions about the HVAC field. Learning the questions before the interview, and preparing an answer will help you appear knowledgeable and comfortable.
Here are a few of the questions you can expect during your first HVAC job interview:
- What are your motivations? The interviewer will want to know why you will be a good employee in the future. Let them know what personally motivates, such as your children, spouse, or your passion for customer service.
- How do you interact with customers? Tell a story about a positive interaction with a customer. Include how you explained the issue in non-technical terms that the customer understood.
- What makes you qualified to work in the HVAC field? Take this opportunity to shine by speaking about your past academic successes. If you have any experience in a related field, don’t hesitate to talk about this, as well.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions during this point, as well. Once again, asking questions will let the interviewer know you are serious about the job.
After the Interview
Finally, after the interview is over, thank the HR representative before you leave. A few days later, whether or not you get the job, send the interviewer a thank you note. This gesture will make you stand out, which will help you secure a position in the future.
The first step in securing a lucrative job in the HVAC field is a quality education. When you’re ready, don’t hesitate to contact the HVAC Technical Institute.