Five things every candidate should do before an interview

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Want to know what separates giving a good interview from giving a great interview? It’s simple—preparation.

If you’ve been invited to interview for your dream dealership role and want to give yourself every chance to perform your best, here are five things you should make sure you do in the lead up to the interview.

Research the dealership

Walking into an interview without having done some research about the dealership is like walking in blind.
Without a good understanding of the dealership’s brand, size, services and corporate values, it will be difficult to highlight the most valuable skills and qualities you can bring to the dealership and you’ll very quickly fall behind other candidates.
Five things every candidate should do before an interview
Instead, doing a little research to find out more about the dealership can greatly improve your chances of being successful as it:
  • shows that you’ve invested time and effort to prepare for the interview
  • demonstrates that you have a genuine interest in working for the dealership
  • helps you build your understanding of how well the dealership’s core values align with your own values, and
  • can give you some ideas about skills which might be worth highlighting or topics you may want to bring up for discussion.

Know what you bring to the table

Employers always have a good idea of what they’re looking for in a candidate; it’s up to you to show them that you have what they want.

Take the time to closely review the job advertisement and think about what they’re really looking for in a candidate. You can use this to think about the different skills, experience, and knowledge you’ve obtained throughout your work history to date and how that fits with what they’re looking for. This will make it far easier to properly showcase what you have to offer the business.

Rehearse some example responses

Even if you think you know your stuff inside out, the pressure of an interview can get to even the best of us.
In the days before the interview, try rehearsing answers to a few questions you think you might be asked. While it may seem a little awkward at first, you’ll likely find yourself stumbling your way through a few responses. If you allow yourself some time to think through and practice your responses, you’re more likely to find your responses simply roll off the tongue during the actual interview.

If you can, it’s also a good idea to rehearse your responses in front of a mirror. This allows you to check what your body language is like and visualise how you might come across to an interviewer.

Think of some good questions to ask

One thing every interview always includes is the chance for the candidate to ask some questions of their own. If you’re smart about it, you can use this as an opportunity to set yourself apart from other candidates.

Imagine you’re interviewing for a parts manager position in a truck dealership. Rather than asking a stock-standard question about pay or conditions, ask them which inventory management and parts ordering systems they use. If they use a system you have experience with, highlight the fact that you won’t require additional systems training to get up and running.

Decide on your ‘non-negotiables’

The interview is also an opportunity for you as the candidate to assess whether a dealership is the right fit for you, so it’s important to know what you are and aren’t willing to compromise on.
Whether it’s salary, working hours or responsibilities, you need to know what your deal breakers are so that when the topic comes up for discussion, you don’t feel obligated to settle for something you’ll ultimately feel unsatisfied with.
Teamrecruit is Australia’s most established recruitment agency specialising in truck, earthmoving and agricultural machinery dealerships in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Find out more about Teamrecruit and how we support employers and candidates in the dealership industry.

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