Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful experience. It’s important to show that you’re a responsible and hardworking EHS professional and present yourself in a positive light. You also want to make sure you’re getting a feel for what it would be like to work at the organization and whether you would fit in well with its culture.
Here are some strategies to implement when preparing for and during an interview to increase your chances of being offered the job, regardless if you’re new to the industry or a seasoned professional:
1. Update your resume. Be sure that you’ve added your most recent work responsibilities. Additionally, one mistake many job candidates make is only including their job duties on their resume. Be sure to also highlight your achievements, so you can demonstrate to potential employers what you have accomplished and how it has positively impacted the company.
Your resume is usually a potential employer’s first impression of you, so be sure it’s formatted properly and free of spelling and grammatical errors.
2. Research the organization. Before interviewing for a job, thoroughly research the company to learn as much as you can about it and the job you’re applying for. This will give you a first impression of the business and help you determine if you will fit in well with the organization’s culture. Visit the business’s website, speak with current employees and read online reviews of the company to help you get a feel for what it would be like to work there.
3. Help the employer remember you. During the interview, be sure to give the hiring manager your business card, so that he or she has your contact information on hand. Additionally, send a thank you email after the interview. It’s a simple thing you can do to stand out to the employer and increase your chances of being offered the job.
4. Focus on finding the right fit. Accepting a new job is a big decision. In addition to the pre-interview research, use the interview to learn as much as you can about the organization and the job you’re interviewing for. Ask the interviewer questions to help you gain insight into what it would be like to work for the organization. The interview process shines light into the business’s culture and how you, as an EHS professional, fit into it.
When you’re in the market for a new job in the EHS field, be sure to follow these steps for ensuring your interviews with potential employers go smoothly. When you keep your resume up to date, spend time learning about the business and make a positive first impression, it increases your chances of being offered the job and finding a company where you fit in well with the organizational culture.
Adapted from: Acing Your Interview: Five Tips for Safety Professionals, American Society of Safety Professionals, ASSP.org.