A lot of questions go through your head the night before a job interview.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a recent high school graduate looking to start a career, or a seasoned professional searching for a new opportunity, job interviews can be nerve-wracking.
At Belmark, we don’t believe they have to be that way. The goal of this article is to help you understand what to expect when you interview with Belmark and clear up some of the most common questions applicants have about our interview process.
Heather Swanson, Talent Acquisition Coordinator for Belmark, has experience with that process and a lot of helpful insight.
Obviously, there are some things you should do for any job interview, like showing up on time. However, even simple questions can have you second guessing yourself, like what should you wear to the interview?
Swanson says that depends on the job for which you are applying. Belmark provides opportunities on our production floor as well as our front offices. While you should always have good hygiene and dress in a respectful way, your clothes should also match the position.
“Production job candidates do not need to dress up for their interviews, in fact it can hinder their success if they come across as not wanting to ‘get dirty’ or do manual work,” Swanson explains. So skip the suit and tie on these types of job interviews.
Swanson says those applying for professional or technical jobs should wear business casual attire, as that’s typically the Belmark dress code for those employees.
You may also be wondering if you’ve got the right experience for a job at Belmark. Many of our jobs do require certain skills, knowledge, and training. Fortunately, Belmark specializes in providing on-the-job training. Skills can be taught. We believe in finding the right people.
There are jobs that will require some experience and advanced technical knowledge. But, no matter where you work at Belmark, Swanson says we make sure all employees have the opportunity to advance as we often promote from within the company.
That’s where the Belmark Ascend Program comes in. It is a unique way of cultivating promising employees into leaders within our organization.
“What we really look for is great work ethic,” Swanson says. She adds that hiring managers also look for team players but emphasizes that being part of a team doesn’t mean blending into the crowd.
“At Belmark, we’re looking for people who can contribute by stepping up. A good team member keeps the success of the entire company top of mind. That’s why we encourage employees to let managers know when they see an area that could be improved upon or come up with a solution to a problem.”
Belmark strives to empower employees and expects them to make decisions that help keep projects moving.
Teamwork and a strong work ethic are woven into the company culture at Belmark. Above all, we’re looking for people who will help us carry out our corporate mission.
“Belmark’s culture is very people-focused,” Swanson explains. “This stems from our mission to provide the best service and products for our customers.”
She also points out how there are personal benefits to working in a company that values a team mentality. “I think it’s safe to say many people develop great work relationships and friendships with their co-workers. Several employees even participate in activities such as volleyball and golf outside of work.”
Belmark’s website is designed for job seekers to develop a better understanding of what we do, who we are, and why job seekers would want to join our team. We encourage all applicants to explore this site to learn more about the products and services we provide as well as our company history.
If you want to start a career in packaging, Belmark is an excellent place for people of all experience levels and backgrounds to learn, grow, and make their mark.
One final tip …
Swanson says the most important things you can bring to your interview are “a copy of your resume, something to take notes on, a smile on your face, and a good attitude.” It’s that simple.