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You’re in the hot seat. You know your current green job interview is the key that either will open the door to your career success or lock your opportunity to get into the booming green jobs sector and make a difference in the environment. Several steps will help you to nail your green job interview before you even sit with your potential green company’s hiring manager face-to-face.
1. Research all you can about the green company for which you wish to work prior to your interview. Find out how long it has been around and the various green initiatives in which it is involved. Does the company have its own organizational program to promote efficient water usage, energy savings or employee recycling? Does the business incorporate environmentally friendly ideas into its products and services by selling LED (light-emitting diode) lights or providing electric vehicle charging services, for example? You need to carefully comb through the organization’s website to find out why this company is green, and plan to emphasize during your job interview what most impresses you about the business’ green activities.
2. Take note of all green activities in which you have been involved. Whether you helped start a recycling program at a former workplace or in your previous college dorm, or whether you regularly participate in community clean-up and environmental conservation activities, you need to include this on your resume and promote this during the interview. Make sure that you do not exaggerate your knowledge of a green technology or green concept with which you are unfamiliar, as this only will lead to more questions by the interviewer that eventually will disclose your lack of knowledge about the subject and potentially ruin your interview.
3. Be prepared to dress professionally for your interview. Avoid wearing casual clothes – even if you know the green company’s dress code is laid back, which is a common stereotype. A green job employer is more apt to take you seriously if you dress in a professional, serious manner.
4. Go over in your head why exactly you want to work for a green company in the first place. Think about what first got you interested in the green movement, as sharing a personal story during an interview will help you to build a personal connection with the hiring manager that makes you stand out from other job candidates. Focus on how working for the green company will add to your life and how you wish to add to the green organization’s success. Definitely stress why you care so much about the environment.
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