Interview Tips for Aircraft Mechanic Jobs

The face-to-face interview is one of the final steps for those seeking  an aircraft mechanic job. And it is often the most intimidating. This article will provide some preparation tips for the aircraft mechanic interview that will allow you to get through it with confidence.

1: Be Punctual!

This is advice that applies to all interviews, regardless of the job. Make sure you are on time for the interview. An aircraft mechanic may work on a strict timetable, so show your punctuality right at the start. If you don't know where the interview location is, find out beforehand.

2: Pay Attention to Your Body Language

Like most professions, having a successful aviation career means showing a confident, professional attitude. Body language is extremely important during an interview. Make plenty of eye contact with the interviewer and give that person a firm handshake when you enter. Sit straight up with your feet on the floor. Avoid the appearance of fidgeting. Pausing a little before an answer is OK. Your interviewer will probably expect a little nervousness on your part, and you also want to show you think before you speak. But the main quality you want to project during the interview is confidence.

3: Dress for Success

Dress professionally for the interview. A business suit is probably not necessary when you interview for aircraft mechanic jobs, but you want to dress conservatively. Avoid loud clothes, jewelry or cologne. Ladies should not wear too much makeup.

4: Prepare for Teamwork Questions

As an aircraft mechanic, you will have to work closely with others. The interviewers want to know how you'll perform in this critical area, so expect some hypothetical questions about your ability to work in a team. An example of such a question could be, "You have a strong disagreement with your superior on an important maintenance question. How would you handle it?" Have your answers to such questions ready before you go to the interview.

5: Be Honest with Yourself

You'll be asked some probing questions to see "what makes you tick." You'll want to think carefully about the answers. The questions may include examples like, "What made you decide on a career as an aircraft mechanic?" and "Tell us about a time when you had to deal with a stressful deadline." Be honest while putting as positive a spin as possible on your answer.

6: Brush Up on Technical Knowledge

You may be asked some very specific technical questions relating to your aircraft knowledge. It's not a bad idea before the interview to refresh yourself on your knowledge. You may get asked about working on specific types of aircraft or certain types of equipment. if you know the company deals primarily with a certain type of aircraft, spend extra time preparing in that area.

7: Practice the Interview

See if you can do a practice interview before the real thing. Use a friend or relative to play the interviewer role. This may seem awkward at first, but it can definitely help you identify areas that need work. Chances are, if you are not happy with an answer you gave, the interviewer will not be happy with it either.

8: Ask Your Own Questions

Don't be afraid to ask some questions of your own. Questions show you are interested in the job, and the interviewer will interpret that as a good sign. However, avoid asking about salary unless the interviewer brings it up. Then the issue is fair game.

You can find additional interview tips at www.aviationemployment.com.