Bis Henderson are often asked by both employers and candidates, what should they expect in a logistics recruitment interview. Undoubtedly the interview style will differ greatly depending on whether this is led by someone from the HR department or by a line manager or company director. Short-listing interviews are often carried out by a representative, acting as an early gatekeeper.
If the role is at managerial level, the interviewer will need to be fully conversant on the entire functions the logistics job will cover. With the rapid growth and development in the logistics field, the criteria for qualified logisticians has evolved considerably. This is reflected in the skill-sets that are now essential in achieving effective co-ordination, ensuring the supply chain is more efficient. This of course means that an interview style and format will be in contrast to the employer/candidate engagement of only a few years ago.
The ‘wish-list’ for both client and applicant is likely to contain priorities. The employer may now want to see a broad expertise in new technology and IT skills and the candidate may look for assurance of long term career prospects with add-on employment benefits, offering more than just an attractive salary.
In preparation, the candidate should research the company thoroughly, ensuring an in-depth understanding of the business background, ethos and operational issues. It is also crucial to be aware of the skill range that the interviewer will expect to find. Logistics management jobs now frequently call for experience in supplier and customer care, and analytical and communication skills, supported by a flexible approach. When liaising closely with both the client and the candidate, Bis Henderson recruiters will advise on how to effectively deliver and respond to behavioural questions during the interview.
The interviewer must be clear on how best to gauge a candidate’s interpersonal and leadership skills and how they will deal with daily challenges. Working in the logistics sector requires a can-do attitude and exceptional versatility. The candidate therefore, must be prepared to answer tough questions confidently and calmly and justify everything in their C.V. If they flounder during the interview, they are unlikely to perform any better when under pressure in working conditions.
Bis Henderson’s logistics recruitment consultants will advise and support both sides of the interview table throughout the hiring process, ensuring everyone involved achieves the perfect match.