Interview Tips

You’ve completed EST training and achieved ESPA certification…now how do you get hired?

As an ESPA Certified EST, you immediately set yourself apart from non-certified technicians. The ESPA credential is the industry “stamp of approval” that indicates you will be effective on the job from day one. However, having a successful interview also plays an important part in getting hired.

Here are several tips to get you prepared for your interview:

1) Do Your Research – Before applying for a job, take time to research the company and understand its background, services, and customers. Start by looking at the company’s web site and then do additional online research for articles and news stories about the company.

2) Share Why Hiring an ESPA Certified EST is Important – When you apply, attach a copy of the Why Hire an ESPA Certified EST?, which provides insight to future employers of the benefits of hiring someone with this credential.

3) Create a Resume – When you apply for a job, attach a resume. Make certain your resume is up to date, and promotes your ESPA Certification and any other training or experience you have. Download a copy of the ESPA Certified Logo to add to your resume.

4) Get Prepared – Interview questions can be impossible to predict. However, there are a few standard questions you should be prepared to answer off the top of your head:

  • Tell us about yourself and your background.
  • What is your training and background that would make you a good fit for this job? HINT: Discuss your ESPA Certification & Training!
  • Why do you want to work at our company?
  • What do you feel are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • Tell me about a problem you solved in the past.
  • What salary are you looking for?

5) Create a List of Questions – By having a handful of questions about the position or the company itself, you communicate that you are serious about the job and have an interest in learning more.

6) Make a Stellar First Impression – Remember the old saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

  • Make sure to arrive a few minutes early for your interview.
  • Dress appropriately for the business culture.
  • Bring several printed copies of your resume and a notebook and pen.

7) Say Thank You – Don’t underestimate the power of a simple “Thank You.” By reaching out after the interview to thank the individual or group who interviewed you, you’ll make a lasting impression as a candidate who cares.

8) Follow Up – Before you leave the interview, ask about the timing of the decision making process. Then, make a note on your calendar to follow up if you haven’t heard back. This extra step communicates that you are proactive – a quality employers look for in all employees.

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