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Obtaining a job interview isn’t the easiest of tasks, so when you do snag an interview after spending weeks handing out hundreds of resumes and talking to specialized supply chain recruiters, you will do all you can to prepare properly. Interviewing successfully for a supply chain job requires careful planning after all. However, when it comes to the job interview, some common preparation techniques are simply a waste of time.

The following are a few things you don’t need to do:

  • Create an aesthetically pleasing resume – Your resume already got you an interview, so there’s no reason for you to try and make your resume as fancy as possible. It’s the content that matters, after all. So don’t bother spending an hour sorting through fancy fonts and colors unless you’re trying to showcase those particular skills. Concentrate on selling yourself for the interview, not selling your resume.
  • Send a hand-written thank you note – This is a formality that needs to be tweaked .  Follow-up thank you notes are still vital to a success job search, but there should be a switch over to email.  With the prevalence of email in today’s world, you should absolutely be sending a follow up email to whomever interviewed you.  A hand-written note could potentially be a cherry on top that will set you apart, but should not be your first move.
  • Checking in too often – Once the interview is over, you’ll be curious and probably a little anxious about how well you came across. In fact, if you haven’t heard back for a few days, you may be tempted to call and ask if a decision has been made yet. Remember that hiring managers are going through hundreds of resumes and doing dozens of interviews every day and may not have reached a decision yet. It’s important to be patient; even companies that say they’re in a rush to hire still have to go through a lot of steps to find the right candidate. If you know that this is going to drive you insane, then you need to ask the hiring manager about a timeline for the decision at the end of your interview so that you have an idea of when you’ll hear back.  However, if you are working through a supply chain recruiter it can be beneficial to follow up with that recruiter.   This supply chain recruiter is there to provide you feedback, so make sure to use this resource effectively.

Avoid these time-wasters so you can better focus on how to sell your skills for the right supply chain company. For additional advice on interviewing successfully for a job, be sure to contact us at Optimum SCR today.

Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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