Aircraft Sheet Metal Mechanic: Job Interview Tips

When seeking work as an aircraft sheet metal mechanic, the last hurdle to overcome is often the in-person interview. This is often an intimidating prospect, but with proper preparation and the right attitude, the interview is where you can not only secure the job, but make a great impression on your new employer. In this article, we'll briefly look at interview tips for the aircraft sheet metal mechanic.

General Preparation

Some aspects of the interview are just good common sense. You want to be on time for the interview. It is generally recommended you get to the interview site about ten minutes early. If you're not familiar with where the interview location is, do a little research and find out the exact details. You may also want to do a "practice" interview with friends or family.

Since being a sheet metal mechanic does not require professional business attire, you don't need to wear an actual business suit to the interview. But neither do you want to wear the same clothes as on the production floor. Dress neatly and conservatively. A short haircut is recommended.

Body language is an extremely important part of any job interview. Look the interviewer right in the eye as you approach him (or her) and give him a firm handshake. Maintain good eye contact throughout the interview and keep a posture of attentiveness. You want to give the impression you are listening to every word. If you need to think about an answer, go ahead and pause before giving it. This is expected and shows you are thinking about your answers. When you do answer, make sure your tone is confident.

Specific Questions

After general pleasantries are exchanged, specific questions will be asked. These usually fall into several categories, which we'll now take a look at.

The interviewer will want to confirm the information you supplied on your resume and application, so expect to be asked about your education and jobs you have done in the past. Sample questions here may include ones like these:

  • Where did you complete your sheet metal apprenticeship?
  • What models of aircraft do you have the most experience with?
  • What sort of certifications or licenses do you possess?

You may also be asked some technical questions to confirm your expertise. Such questions may include very specific ones asking you how you'd handle certain makes and models of aircraft.

Psychological Questions

These questions are designed to see what kind of employee you would make or to see what kind of "team player" you are. These are the questions where you want to consider your answer carefully. Examples might include:

  • If you are given two jobs with deadlines, how would you prioritize them?
  • How would you react if you saw a fellow employee doing something outside regulations?
  • How would you go about resolving a conflict with a supervisor?

Wrapping it Up

At the conclusion of the interview, shake the interviewers hand again and thank them for the opportunity. It's also a good idea to send a "thank you" note later regardless if you got the job or not.

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