How to Make a Great First Impression in Your Interview

When you’re interviewing for a truck driving position, your goal should be to demonstrate to the hiring manager that you’d be efficient, reliable, and safe if you were hired to be behind the wheel for the company. An impressive application gets you considered, but a great interview is what gets you an offer. Follow these tips to make a great first impression in your interview.

  • Pay Attention to Your Appearance

Just because the job itself won’t call for a formal dress code doesn’t mean you don’t need to look your best at the interview. This is the first time the hiring manager is meeting you, so show them you take the opportunity seriously by looking well put together. Wear one to two levels dressier than whatever you would wear if hired, and make sure you’re clean and freshly groomed.

  • Show Up Prepared

How can you expect a manager to believe that you can be trusted out on the road if you don’t even plan accordingly for the interview? Research the company ahead of time, review the job description, and have extra copies of your resume and a pen and paper on hand. Be ready to discuss your qualifications and why you would be the best choice, instead of wasting the interviewer’s time with ill-prepared responses.

  • Have an Enthusiastic Attitude

Managers want to hire people who want to work for them, not who simply want any job. Show that you’re enthusiastic about the opportunity. In an attempt to not seem desperate, many candidates tend to play it too cool and end up appearing aloof to interviewers. Tell the interviewer that you’re looking forward to learning about the opportunity and why specifically you’re interested in the company.

  • Ask Relevant Questions

If the interviewer asks you if you have any questions, and you have nothing to bring up, it can look like you don’t care that much about the opportunity. Have some questions in mind to bring up to further display your interest. Asking questions also establishes a dialogue, so the interview is more like a conversation, instead of a question –and-answer session. Key questions to never leave an interview without knowing the answer to what are the next steps in the hiring process and how long before you should expect to hear back.

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