So you’ve completed your automotive technician training and you’re ready to start interviewing. We asked Arizona Automotive Institute, AST Instructor, Jason Cozzolino for some helpful tips to use when going on an automotive service tech interview and he came up with these 8 things to know:
- Be Honest: You will be asked about your experience level. Don’t lie. If you have little experience, focus on other good qualities. Such as desire to work in the field, great work ethic, ability to learn etc.
- Be Certified: Automotive certifications are important. It isn’t likely that a tech that is just starting out will have all of the ASE Certifications, but it is possible to have one or two. This demonstrates your serious intent of being a professional.
- Be Equipped: Tools are important of course, but a new tech is not expected to have the same amount and quality of tools a seasoned tech may have.
- Be Informed: It is important to understand how you will be paid. There are several ways a tech can be paid. Such as hourly, flat rate and commission. There advantages and disadvantages to all pay structures. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Be Sure: There are many types of shops to work at. There are independently owned shops, franchised shops, tire and lube shops and dealerships. It’s important to have a general idea where you want your career to take you.
- Be Open: Options are important. Not every shop is a good fit for every tech. Be open to checking out a few shops before making your decision.
- Be Positive: Always try and be as positive as possible, first impressions are very important.
- Be Yourself: Don’t try to be someone you’re not. By being yourself you offer at least one thing that no one else can offer…You.
Following these tips can pay off by ensuring that you leave a positive and lasting impression on your interviewer. For more tips like these contact AAI’s Career Services Department at (480) 389-2258.
Written by: Jennifer Robinson, Social Media Coordinator – Arizona Automotive Institute