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Preparing for a diesel mechanic interview?
The interview process can be nerve wracking, no matter what industry you’re in. Going from your diesel training program to working in the fast-paced industry is a big jump, and to get there, you must go through
an interview first. An interview can be the gateway to an exciting new opportunity, and it’s important to put your best foot forward.
By taking some key steps beforehand to prepare, you can set yourself up for success when meeting with an employer. Follow along as we share our top diesel mechanic interview tips, from the questions you might be asked to the proper attire.
When it comes to getting ready for an interview, preparation is everything. While you might meet all of the qualifications of the job you’re applying for, it’s important to do your research and be able to communicate the value you can bring
to the role. Employers look for candidates with the right skills and professionalism—so it’s vital to demonstrate both.
The key to a good interview is being able to highlight your abilities in every answer you give to the interviewer. No matter what the question may be, always try to tie your answer back to your skills, and give real life examples of when you’ve
demonstrated these skills whenever you can.
Whether you’re preparing for your first interview or have interviewed for several jobs in the past, it’s wise to take some time to review the potential questions you might be asked. When it comes to applying for a diesel mechanic role, employers
will often ask a mix of both general and technical questions.
The interviewer will most likely start by asking you a set of general questions to get to know you and your level of professionalism. It’s important to practice your answers ahead of time so you feel confident and prepared when the time comes!
Many interviewers ask technical questions to get a feel for your industry knowledge. In fact, some employers may even have you perform a hands-on task during your interview! Here are some common heavy equipment mechanic interview questions and answers:
While a majority of the interview may be spent asking you questions, it’s important to have questions prepared for the interviewer as well. In addition to providing you with the information you need to make your decision, it will show the interviewer
that you came prepared and are serious about the role. Even if you feel like you don’t have questions, always ask.
Here are some examples of thoughtful questions you can ask:
Here are a few more specific questions you can ask to get a feel for what it would be like to work for the company:
When thinking about your upcoming interview, you’ve probably asked yourself, ‘What should I wear to a diesel mechanic interview?’
Dressing in the right attire for an interview shows that you’re serious about the position and are respectful of the interviewer’s time. According to Kelly Johnson, Employment Specialist at UTI Long Beach,
it’s important to dress professionally.
Kelly encourages students to be well-groomed, keeping their hair and facial hair trimmed. For dress, she suggests wearing a nice, long-sleeve button-up shirt paired with dress slacks. When it comes to shoes, she tells students to wear their work boots
as long as they are clean and in good condition.
Additionally, Kelly recommends keeping a backup pair of clothes in the car, because you never know if the employer may want to have you look in the shop or have a working interview!
In addition to preparing your questions, answers and attire for your interview, Kelly recommends acquiring certifications, like the EPA 608 Technician Certification. This
certification is fairly inexpensive to complete and will likely impress employers when interviewing.
Last but certainly not least, it’s important to be confident. Once you’ve adequately prepared for the interview, take a deep breath and relax. Nerves are normal—in fact, a little bit of nerves can be good! Project confidence in your
answers and enjoy the process. Good luck!
UTI’s 45-week Diesel Technology program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience today’s industry requires. As you train for a career, our Employment Assistance team will be there to support you every step of the way. To learn more, visit our program page and request information today.
Junior Alvarez graduated from UTI Avondale's Diesel Technology Program. He works as a Caterpillar field service tech by day. And he's an entrepreneur by night.
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