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Jan 19, 2015

How to Interview for an HVAC Job

Stand out from the crowd
When interviewing for a job in the heating and cooling industry, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of landing an offer. Use this article to prepare for your interview, impress your potential employer and show them why you’re the right person for the job.

1) Bring a copy of your resume
Always, always, always bring a hard copy of your resume with you to an interview. Never assume your interviewer has already seen your credentials.

Already filled out a resume online? Doesn’t matter. It’s good practice to have your resume on hand as you walk into the meeting. It shows that you’re fully prepared and capable of thinking ahead.

A good resume includes the following:

  • Employment history
  • Educational history
  • A list of EPA and any other certifications
  • A list of job-related skills
  • References
  • Contact information

 2) Dress the part
During a job interview, you want to look your best. Wear slacks or another pair of nice pants with a button up shirt. Dress shoes or boots will also help to create a professional image your potential employer will respect.

Remember, they’re taking the time to interview you for a job – the least you can do is dress professionally.

3) Be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge of equipment
Even on a first interview, many HVAC employers will throw in a question or two about the kinds of equipment and challenges you have experience with. Be ready to answer these questions clearly. Being as detailed as possible can help you demonstrate your knowledge of a particular subject.
If they ask you about a piece of equipment you’ve never heard of, or if you’ve ever encountered a problem that you haven’t, don’t lie. Answer honestly and respectfully, and tell them that you’re always willing to learn about new things.

4) Talk about your previous work or school experience
Most employers will ask you what kind of responsibilities you had at your last job or what kind of skills would make you a good fit for the position. When they ask these questions, be ready with a story about how you were successful in the past. Tell them about a problem you encountered, and then tell them exactly how you solved it. They’re not only looking to see if you have the technical skills necessary for the position, they’re also trying to make sure that you can think on your feet.

5) Be confident
Many people feel nervous before an interview, which is completely understandable with a potential job on the line. Perhaps the most important thing you can do during an interview is act confident. People recognize positive energy, which can lead to them viewing you in a favorable light. Oftentimes, employers can pick up on your body language and tone of voice, deciding early on in the interview if you seem like someone they can hire. Sitting up straight and speaking in a confident manner can help you make a lasting impression. Most people make the decision to hire based on emotion and connection – justifying the hire logically comes later.

6) Send a follow up letter    
Whether you think you aced the interview or bombed it, always follow up with a friendly message expressing your continued interest in the position. Make sure to tell the employer that you appreciated their time and look forward to hearing from them regarding their decision.