Due to the advancement of the e-commerce growth in this era, logistics now demands a much greater challenge than just trucks and ships. It currently entails more advanced transportation system, cutting-edge management structures and the human resources availability.
If you want to enter this industry, knowing how this business works is crucial. Afraid of the strict hiring competition like any other fields of occupation? Slow down! One thing to note is that this industry still requires a great number of employees.
Let’s have a look at some of the interview questions that you might encounter during your interviews!
Standard interview questions
Like any other job fields, there are some common questions determining whether a candidate would be considered or weeded out.
- Why did you apply for this job position?
- Job functions you are versed in which helps you in accomplishing the role?
- How are you able to manage stress and how would you solve it?
- Why should the company hire you?
Universal skills to be successful in logistics
Employers and the hiring team wonder how far you understand this job role. When asked to mention some skills needed in logistics, it doesn’t mean that you must have all the entire skillset at the same time! Employers believe that skills need time and process, but knowing the basic is a good start.
Here are some universal skills you might mention in the interview:
- Technology skills
- People-related skills (leadership, communication, and team building)
- Management skills (numeracy, problem solving, decision making and project management)
Behavioural interview questions
A few tough questions is used to gauge your leadership and problem-solving capability such as:
- describe a time when you were facing a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills?
- Describe your most noteworthy accomplishment. What were the circumstances, challenges and results?
- Give an example of how you solved a problem in a creative way?
- Describe an example at work where you caught yourself from making a big mistake? Describe what you were thinking and how you prevented it.
If you are a fresh graduate or a former employee who wants to switch your career, stating that you have no experience at logistics at all might be quite awkward, but to tell a lie is not a good solution too! Though you have no experiences, at least state some organisational or leadership skills. Give a brief explanation on how those inputs would benefit the company.
What do you know about us?
If you don’t do some research about the company before the interview, then this question might be a tough one. Before attending to the interview, it is better for you to do some research on the company’s website.
If you need some references about some job vacancies in Asia’s logistics and supply chain management, consider job boards, such as logisticsjobs.asia.
This article was first published here.