The logistics of moving products from the manufacturer to consumers requires specific abilities and strengths. When you are interviewing for a supply chain position, it’s vital that you can effectively demonstrate those strengths through your interview and resume. Properly articulating why you are the right person for the job will make a positive impression on the interviewers and put you in good standing. Here are some tips on how you should be preparing for your supply chain interview:
Research, Research, Research
The more information you have going into your supply chain interview, the better off you will be.
You want to start by going through the job specifications to identify places where you can emphasize your strengths. If you have landed the interview, you presumably meet all of the qualifications, but there are always places where you excel. These are the things that make you better than the competitions and these are the things about yourself that you want to be pushing in an interview setting. Make notes!
Next, you want to do extensive research into the company that is hiring. Visit their website and take a look around. Pay special attention to the company’s mission statement, its goals, history, and products. It’s likely that the interviewer will ask you questions like, “So, what have you heard about our company?” Make sure that you have a strong answer ready to go, based on your research. Take notes!
You may also want to do some research outside of their homepage. Maybe check to find some other companies that have worked with them in the past. Can you find any third-party testimonials? Who are their biggest competitors? The more information that you have at your fingertips, the better.
Review Your Resume
This might seem obvious, but doing a bit of a review of your resume can be a great idea before the interview, especially if it has been a little while since you last updated it.
Chances are that many of the questions asked in an interview will be based on the information on your CV, so polishing up your top accomplishments and especially on your experiences can be time well spent. If you were an interviewer looking at your resume, what questions would you want to ask about it?
Wear Appropriate Attire
People often worry about what they are going to wear to interviews. Usually, the answer can be found in your company research.
In the images of the company workforce, how are they dressed? Business formal? Business casual? Dressing the way their current employees work when they are actually in the office is usually a good bet. If you are working with a recruiter or talent management service like Spectra360, you could also ask for some advice about what you should wear.
If you are still uncertain, overdressing for success is often the best strategy.
Come Up With Likely Questions
In a supply chain interview, you can expect common interview questions like, “What software experience do you have,” and “How do you see the industry changing?” Make sure that you have excellent answers to both ready. Don’t try to memorize answers word for word, as this can come off as robotic and pre-planned. Instead, have a general idea of what you are going to say.
Here are some other common questions you might get in a supply chain interview. You should be prepared with answers for all of them:
- Why do you think you’re a good fit for this company?
- What is your experience in supply chain management?
- What are some of the challenges that you’ve faced in supply chain management?
- How did you resolve those challenges?
- What strategies do you use to work with difficult people?
- What would you bring to our company that others would not?
- Can you walk me through your resume?
- What are your salary expectations? (Don’t be shy, be honest. And ask about the benefits such as health insurance.)
- What is your primary career goal?
- Have you ever worked with x software – you should be able to find the software they rely upon through their website and the job description.
Interview Role Playing
If you are feeling nervous about the interview because you don’t know what to expect, try doing a role-playing exercise with someone to iron out those nerves.
Take the list of potential questions above and give them to a friend or family member. Have them ask you these questions in a random order to keep you on your toes. After the “interview” is over, ask them how you did. Were there any points where you were less than clear about your answers? This kind of feedback can be invaluable prior to your interview.
There are a few things that you might want to do just before you go into the interview.
First, arrive reasonably early, but not so early that you find yourself awkwardly sitting in a waiting room for upwards of 30-40 minutes. Building in a 15-minute buffer is usually sufficient. Make sure you check the average time that it takes to get to the interview long before you leave your home. Also, check to make sure there aren’t any unexpected transit interruptions or traffic jams.
This might sound silly, but go to the bathroom before the interview. Seriously, even if you don’t think you need to go, make a trip anyway. Nerves can strike at any time and squirming in your chair during the interview isn’t a great look.
One of the worst parts about the interview process is the period immediately following it. Will you get a call? When will you find out if you got the job?
You can alleviate these fears at the very end of your interview by asking, “When can I expect to hear back?” They might not be able to tell you exactly, but they will likely give you the latest date they would contact you. If that date goes by, then you probably didn’t get the job. But no worries, because there will be lots of other interviews in the future!
That’s especially true if you’re working with Spectra360! We work with companies to fill their temp, temp-to-hire, and contract employment needs. In fact, 96% of our temp-to-hire workers get hired on at the end of their work period. If you want to be a member of that group, upload your resume or browse our jobs at Spectra360 today. It’s time to get you to work!