Any interview can be difficult and stressful. The stress doesn’t begin when the interview commences. It begins way before that, when you first land the interview. If you’re like most people, all you will think about between the second you land the interview to the time you walk into the office for the interview is how you will answer difficult questions. And in the case of a labor-related job, it will be even more difficult. Some of those reasons, as well as how to answer difficult questions, will be covered below.
After the standard introduction that always takes place on an interview, the interviewer will begin to get into the tough questions. If it’s a labor-related job you’re interviewing for, he or she will cut straight to your physical abilities. They will ask if you stay in shape, if you can lift certain amounts, if you have any physical disabilities, if you’ve ever been injured on a labor-related job, and if you’ve ever applied for disability. He might ask other unexpected questions, but these will be the standard questions for any labor-related job.
If you really want the job, then you can simply appease the interviewer and tell him what he wants to hear, but that’s not recommended. In the long run, either the truth will come out or you will eventually get caught in a lie. It’s best to tell the truth regardless of the situation. Not only will you show that you’re honest to a potential employer, but if they don’t want you based on your background, then the job isn’t for you anyway.
If you’re on an interview and the interviewer asks a tough labor-related question that requires more than a yes or no answer, then you should always keep in mind that he's primarily looking to hear two things, which are that you’re a hard worker that doesn’t quit and that you work through fatigue, and that safety is a number one concern for you. If you stress these two points, you could go a long way, a lot further than your competition.
There’s also a good chance that the interviewer will bring up difficult questions in regards to what you would do if a potential hazardous situation arose for you and/or your co-workers. When answering a labor-related job interview question like this, do not, under any circumstances, rush your answer. Your potential employer isn’t only looking for a correct answer, but how you handle answering it. The last thing he wants to see is you rush. The first thing he wants to see is that you have poise and the ability to process the problem prior to making a decision.
If you follow the steps above, you should increase your chances of landing a labor-related job.