From the outside, HVAC jobs can all look the same, especially when you are looking at cookie-cutter job descriptions. An HVAC Technician is basically the same duties regardless of where you are working and you already know what the job entails. Going beyond the required duties there are 10 main things that you need to …
Career Advice For Technicians
Career Advice for HVAC Technicians, Installers and Gas Fitters. Interview Tips, Resume Guides and Career Advancement Advice.
Contrary to popular belief, promotions don’t always go to the best technicians or even to the hardest working technician. Being a supervisor or manager requires a bit of a different skill set than being a good tech. No doubt, you have to be a good tech but usually, the one who gets promoted is the …
If you are Interviewing for a new HVAC Tech Job then make sure that part of your interview prep is writing down a list of questions that you want to bring up during the interview. No one likes job hopping so you want to make sure that the next job is a good long term fit. Below we will cover 6 questions that you can ask during your interview that will help determine if this is the right job for you.
Before you decide which questions you are going to ask it can be helpful to either write down or make a mental list of what is important for you in your next job. There is a reason you are looking for work, what is it about your last job or current job that you like and you want to make sure exists in your next job and what do you not like that you want to make sure isn’t repeated.
Be sure to know what is a deal breaker and what is a nice to have. The following 6 questions are fairly generic questions, you may want to replace them with things that are more important to your particular set of needs.
One question I do not reccomend bringing up is about pay. A first interview is not the time to bring up money, it makes you look like someone who is only in it for the money and will jump at any new opportunity down the road that pays more (this might be the case but you don’t want them to know that, a potential employer wants someone that they think is going to last.) If the employer brings up money that is fine you can discuss but don’t be the one to bring it up, there is plenty of time for that later in a 2nd interview or at the offer stage.
1. Why is this position available?
Ideally someone just got promoted internally and they now have an opening. Other good reasons would be because they are busier, expanding or just had a tech retire.
What you want to watch out for is if they just fired someone, are planning on firing someone or someone has quit. These are not necessarily deal breakers but make sure you find out why that person is moving on. If it is because they were routinely late and you are not an ‘on time’ person then this is probably not the right job for you.
Also you want to make sure this isn’t a company with a lot of staff turnover.
2. Overtime, what is the OT Availability and is it mandatory?
You need to know what you are getting into here, the posted hours may be 7am-3pm Monday to Friday but what are they really working? If it is typical that techs work late and you have other obligations i.e. have to pick the kids up from school, you need to know this.
If you rely on Overtime to pay your bills you need to know if they are busy enough for OT and how much to expect.
3. Do you send techs for training?
The best companies are constantly sending their technicians for training to keep them up to date. You want a company that is going to provide this for you. The more training and certification you receive the more valuable a technician you will be which will impact your pay rate.
4. What is the career growth potential?
You want to know if they typically promote from within. If there is no potential growth i.e. to a foreman or manager, that is fine but you should know that. If you have no interest in being promoted, which is also fine, then don’t bother asking this.
5. What is the Travel Requirements?
This has to do with what territory are you covering. If you have a territory covering several hundred miles that means you are going to be away from home a lot more. That may be fine for you but something you need to know ahead of time.
6. Why do you like working here?You want to get an honest opinion about what it is like to work there. If you just ask why do people like working here you will get the company line, if you ask what do YOU like about working here you will get an honest opinion.
If you have an interview coming up for an HVAC Technician Job, we can help. An interview is all about selling yourself and most people who get into the trades do so because they don’t like sales but read below for a couple of quick tips that you can use to Kick Ass At Your Next Interview.
1. Prepare For The Interview
If you try and ‘wing’the interview, you will probably do just as well as when you ‘winged’ your exams in high school. Preparation is key, you don’t have to spend hours preparing but spend a little bit of time the night before getting familiar with the company and coming up with good answers for questions that you might get asked.
- Check out the company’s Website and Facebook Page, this will give you a good idea of who the company is so you will have a good answer for the inevitable ‘what do you know about us’ questions
- Read our article ’28 Interview Questions To Ask A HVAC Technician’ to see what questions you might get asked, think about what you would answer for each question
- Write down or compile a mental list of achievements or big projects that you have worked on that you can talk about, ideally ones that are closely related to the type of work the company does
- Bring with you questions to ask, check our article on ‘6 Questions To Ask at an Interview’
2. Sell Yourself
An interview is all about sales and the product is you. No one else there is going to sell you, that is up to you.
Be confident, highlight previous work that you have done that is similar and talk about any achievements you have accomplished along the way.
One thing to remember, they asked you in to interview, they already saw something in your resume that was impressive. They want to hire you and want you to have a good interview, you don’t need to do anything crazy just don’t screw anything up.
Make sure you keep things positive, no one wants to higher a whiner. Speak positively about your previous employers, now is not the time to talk about how much of a jerk your boss was.
Talk about safety, outline how important it is to you.
Lastly, when you leave make sure you let them know you are interested in the job, something along the lines of ‘Thanks for taking the time to meet with me, I am very impressed with your organization and hope that you select me to join your team.” Companies want to hire people that want to work there.
3. Interview Etiquette
The unwritten rules of the interview can make or break things, follow the following Interview Ettiquette rules and you will be fine.
- Dress Code – Wear dress pant,a button up shirt and dress shoes. If you have piercings remove them for the interview as some shops will consider piercings a safety issue. Dressing nicely shows that you are taking the interview seriously and you really want the job. If you are coming straight from work and don’t have time to dress nice make sure you let them know ahead of time, it is ok to show up in work attire so long as they are expecting it.
- Arrive 15 Minutes Early – For most employers if you are going to show up late you may as well not show up at all. If you show up late for the interview that is a strong indication you will be late for work.
- Don’t trash talk your previous employers, you do not want to come off as a complainer
- Thank them for taking the time to meet with you
- Follow up the interview with an e-mail thanking them for meeting you, letting them know you are very interested in the role, recapping why you are a good fit and providing references
- Don’t Bring up Money, if they ask you can answer but don’t be the one who brings it up
I hope these tips help, if you are looking for a new opportunity and are not getting the right interviews, give us a call. We can get interviews scheduled for you quickly for your dream job.