The following advice is designed to help anyone who is considering applying for a job as a welder. The advice is given by those experienced in both working as welders and in conducting interviews for welding positions.
- How to Dress for a Welding Job Interview
Welding job applicants should turn up to the interview dressed in welding gear and have gloves, jacket, helmet and tools with them. It is wise to not wear new gear to avoid appearing to be a novice and not the experienced welder the interviewer is expecting to meet. Applicants should be tidily dressed in clean jeans, long sleeved shirt and work boots, and conduct themselves in a polite, respectful manner at all times. Interviewers are looking for welders who are fully aware of safety requirements and are intelligent and able to listen and follow instructions, as well as be a team player.
An applicant who makes the mistake of failing to turn up with his or her helmet, gloves and tools is likely to face a rejection when asked to demonstrate their welding ability. The interviewer is expecting to interview someone who is ready to start immediately if hired.
- What to Take to a Welding Job Interview
Job applicants should turn up to an interview ready with helmet, gloves, welding jacket and work boots, as well as any tools they have that are typically required to undertake the job being applied for. A resume can be helpful though not always necessary as typically the interview for an entry-level welding job consists of insuring the applicant doesn’t have a criminal record, is drug-free and has legal resident status. Once those things have been addressed to the satisfaction of the interviewer the next likely step is to have the applicant demonstrate his or her ability to undertake the welding tasks the job requires.
While it is an advantage for an applicant to have a resume and several credible references with them the interviewer is likely to be more interested in whether you can successfully do the job being applied for.
- Practice before the Welding Job Interview
Applicants should prepare for a job interview firstly by finding out what the job entails and what styles of welding they will be required to undertake, whether it be MIG or stick welding. If the job entails stick welding and applicants do not have the necessary skills and experience it is important that they not waste their time or the interviewers by giving the impression that they do possess the necessary skills. As MIG and stick welding are two distinctively different forms of welding it is important that when applying for a job that involves stick welding applicants have the ability to successfully demonstrate their ability to undertake the task given them.
- Present Well at the Welding Job Interview
While an ability to weld well is vitally important applicants should be prepared to answer some questions about themselves as well as the work they have undertaken prior to applying for this job. Being able to present themselves in a confident but polite manner requires an ability to make eye contact and speak clearly. When asked applicants should be ready to tell the interviewer about the strengths they possess and what makes them a good fit for that company. Applicants will often be given the opportunity to ‘sell themselves’ and it is vital that they have rehearsed their answers prior to the interview so they can respond confidently. How an applicant pitches themselves to the interviewer may mean the difference between being employed and looking for another job.
Good welders are in demand but that doesn’t mean that applicants should assume that just by turning up for the interview they are automatically hired. Employers are looking for team players who have good skills and experience. When applying for a welding job it is important that applicants practice the welding skills the job requires, turn up with their safety clothing and gear, and take some time beforehand to prepare so they increase their chances of being hired.