Congratulations! You’ve completed a welding program, and now you’re ready for your first job. But first, we have to prepare for the interview. You’ll want to make a solid first impression as a safe, hardworking welder who’s willing to listen to instruction and get along with others. Here’s an all-inclusive guide to your first welding interview.

Dress Appropriately

There’s no need to wear a suit and tie to a welding interview, but you do want to look neat and professional. You want to look like a welder, so it’s fine to wear jeans, a long sleeve shirt, and work boots. Don’t buy brand-new apparel for the interview, because you’ll want to look experienced.

Bring Your Gear

Your interview might include a welding test, so bring your tools and equipment so you can show you know what to do. Safety is important, so bring a jacket, helmet, work gloves, chipping hammer, and a grinder.

Do Your Research

Learn as much as you can about the company you’re interviewing with, so they’ll know you’re legitimately interested and enthusiastic about being hired. Learn the company’s mission statement, history, and goals. Know exactly which types of welding skills the job requires.

Bring Your Credentials

Whether it’s a simple resume, a list of references, or proof you’ve passed a welding certification test, bring all necessary paperwork. This probably includes your social security number and driver’s license in case they’re ready to run a background check or hire you right then and there.

Do Some Prep Work

First and foremost, practice your welding! Even if the company seems pretty desperate to hire a new welder, you want to make it an easy decision for them. Don’t give them any reason to doubt you or have reservations about hiring you. Next, be prepared for those standard interview questions. How did you get interested in welding and how did you learn about it? Explain where you were trained and which techniques and processes you’re most experienced in. If you’ve earned any awards or credentials, be sure to mention them. Be ready to talk about your challenges and strengths. Your employer will want to see you’ve experienced setbacks or failures in the past, but that you’ve handled them with grace and been able to resolve them. And don’t forget to emphasize the importance of safety! The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll seem, and things will go smoothly. If you’re nervous or jittery, you’re more likely to make a mistake.

Find Your Next Welding Position

For more information on how to launch a welding career, connect with one of our recruiting specialists. If you’re ready to start searching and applying, check out our open manufacturing job opportunities.

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