Why Interviews are Still Vital in the AV Industry
So much of the AV job landscape has changed with the onset of the pandemic. While the demand for commercial AV services has slowed significantly, the demand for residential AV services has skyrocketed with work and school taking place in the home. Many qualified candidates within the AV industry are still unaware about growing employment opportunities in the industry. Some candidates find themselves in need of guidance amidst these changes. What are some of the recent industry changes on the candidate side in regards to finding work? Some are small scale changes like digital job applications while others are more broad, like the proliferation of online job boards, LinkedIn, social media and industry specific recruiters. In the midst of these changes, many areas of the job market still remain unchanged. Interviewing represents one of these tried and true areas. Thanks to the internet, the process of finding AV jobs has become optimized and improved upon. While the process has become more efficient, knowing how to navigate interviews correctly is still a vital component in any AV career.
Top 3 Interview Tips for AV Candidates
- Present a Full Work History – Work history gaps are more noticeable than you think. Whether it’s unrelated to the job opening or from taking time off to care for a family member, presenting and explaining a complete work history is always best. An interviewer would much rather have you honestly explain what happened during those gaps than steering away from them during the interview. Honesty and transparency are key.
- Prepare and be Presentable – Prior to the interview, make sure that you research the company that you’re meeting with, study the job description or posting again, and review your interviewer’s LinkedIn page to understand their background. Dressing the part is also key. The way people dress in the AV industry is generally relaxed and casual, however that doesn’t mean you should arrive like you just woke up. Whether you’re interviewing for a field or office position, show up clean and properly dressed. This will tell the Interviewer you take pride in yourself and want the job.
- Don’t Dwell on The Past – Dwelling on your past employment during an interview is a sure proof way to miss the mark in front of your interviewer. When asked about your past employment and why you left, be positive and concise about why you left and what your future intentions are. Dwelling on factors like bad culture, a poor environment or a bad boss sends the wrong signal. This is a major flag for interviewers and it certainly won’t help you get the job. Always expand on the positive.
Interviews don’t have to be scary. Taking additional steps to improve the interview process can alleviate some of the stress and put you back on track to securing your AV future. Ready to own that next interview? At HD Staffing, finding your next candidate is our priority. HD Staffing boasts over 50 years of combined custom electronic integration and construction staffing experience. This experience allows us to better understand the needs of both our client companies and the candidates we work with. Give us a call today at 702-666-8288 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make the best of your hiring process.