Job Seeker Advice
PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW 101
Know the company
If you have not already, visit the company’s website. Be sure you have a good overview of the company. If you cannot find the information online call the company and speak with the receptionist. They should be able to give you the basic information. Don’t be afraid to ask for some general information about the person conducting the interview.
We at Agristaffing are happy to share information with you about the company. Feel free to ask.
Always arrive minimum 10 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.
Be sure you have the directions and know how much time it will take you to get there. (Leave a little extra time for traffic, weather or getting lost)
Don’t come empty handed
Bring with you at least 2 copies of your resume. (Even though they have already received a copy from Agristaffing)
If you have any letters of reference bring those along. If you are not asked for them, offer them to the interviewer at the conclusion of the interview.
Bring a list of 2-3 references. Be sure it includes the reference’s name, title and all contact information.
Don’t forget a pen and some paper in case you want to take notes.
All of this in a portfolio or some type of folder looks best.
Be prepared to ask questions
Unless you are asked to wait until the end of the interview don’t be afraid to ask questions as they come up during the interview. This will demonstrate that you are engaged in the interview and really interested.
Have a few general questions ready – don’t be afraid to bring them written down.
How do you define success for this job?
Do you see any reason I might not be a good fit for this position? (This gives you the chance to address any concerns they might have about hiring you.)
How long have you worked here and what do you like about it?
What is the biggest challenge the company is facing right now?
What was the greatest strength of the person who last worked in this role?
May I contact you if I have any additional questions?
May I have a tour?
May I have one of your business cards? (Use this to send a thank you email to the interviewer and cc your Agristaffing Recruiter)
If you are asked a question you don’t understand ask for clarification.
If you are asked a question you don’t know the answer to be honest “I’m sorry I don’t know but I am interested to know the answer”
Dress Code for an Interview
In the Agriculture Industry the dress code can sometime be more casual. That being said you always want to “dress up” more than you would for a regular work day.
You want to look your professional best. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. You want to feel confident and what you wear can help with that.
Finance, Accounting, Inside Management Positions:
A conservative suit, shirt and tie if you’re a man, or a conservative suit (pants or skirt) if you’re a woman. This is often called “Business Formal”
Dress pants or skirt. Button shirt, blouse or sweater. Casual dress shoes. For men a tie and/or a sports jacket is also appropriate.
This is often called “Business Casual”
Wear golf shirts, t-shirts, sleeveless shirts or any type of athletic wear. Skirts that are not at the knee or below. Clothing with logos. Hats. Jeans. Shorts. Running shoes or workboots (unless requested by the employer). Heals higher than 2”. Clothing that is ill fitting and makes you feel uncomfortable.
Stay Away From Scents:
Many offices now have a scent-free policy prohibiting workers and even visitors from wearing perfumes, colognes, and very odorous deodorants. Even if they don’t, you should refrain from wearing scents when interviewing.
We also suggest that any visible piercings other than earrings be removed.
Don’t be afraid to show your personality through a piece of jewelry or a tie.
Show your confidence
Be Confident – you were asked for an interview because you have the skills and experience they are looking for.
Offer a firm handshake upon meeting the interviewer.
Make eye contact with the interviewer.
Speak clearly and at a volume you can be heard.
Your body language will speak for itself.
Don’t be afraid to ask your Agristaffing Recruiter to help you prepare for the interview. They are happy to answer any questions you may have.