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Auto Mechanic Interview Questions

25 Auto Mechanic Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
What are your strengths as a mechanic?
How to Answer
As a good exercise to prepare for your interview, list your skills, experiences, and knowledge on a piece of paper. Add any qualities you have that enhance your abilities as a mechanic, like customer service, patience, and discipline. Having a good work ethic is a massive plus worth sharing! Then narrow this list to 3-5 different strengths you can share.

Answer Example
"My biggest strengths as a mechanic are my ability to troubleshoot, maintain patience on very detailed projects, and my willingness to stay up to date on changes in vehicle technology."
Entry Level Example
"Here are some examples of strengths that are valuable to a mechanic: 1) Being detailed and precise in your work 2) Reliability 3) Ability to self-manage 4) Patience 5) Extensive knowledge and desire to learn"
Experienced Example
"I have been told consistently in my performance reviews that my strengths are my willingness to mentor junior mechanics, understand the electrical workings of any vehicle. I am also very skilled with developing customer relationships."
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Question 2 of 25
Why do you want to work for our garage?
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The interviewer wants to know that you're not just interested in any place that will hire you. They want to know that you want to work for them, specifically.

Before the interview, learn as much as you can about their garage. You can search customer reviews to learn about their reputation. An auto repair shop with good reviews reflects their values as well. Think about the places you have worked. What did you like most about them?

If you can't find much online or through asking around beforehand, try to list at least three things you have read that you like about their garage. Prepare questions for any remaining areas that are unclear, but focus on values and qualities, such as work environment, employee training, and customer care.
Entry Level Example
"I want to work for your garage because, being a new auto mechanic, I need a place where I can successfully grow while being mentored by knowledgeable professionals. I know that your garage has a reputation for thorough training."
Experienced Example
"I follow your shop on Facebook, and it looks like you have a very loyal clientele base. It's important to me that I join a reputable shop where I can bring my valued clients over. I have a positive reputation in the industry, and it's important to me to keep it intact."
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Question 3 of 25
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Mechanics need to have a keen eye and the precision of a surgeon. It's true! Having a steady hand and being about to work quickly, paying close attention to details along the way, are valuable skills.

You need to be able to notice patterns, hear sounds and notice problems before they become a more significant issue. Seeing cracks in an engine belt is one example of how your job isn't just about noticing the details, it knows what to look for.

It is always best to support your reply with a real-life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

Answer Example
"My co-workers would describe my attention to detail as very strong. I can very easily point out discrepancies on a report and will notice the small things like an engine sounding slightly off. I think big-picture as well but have always had a knack for details."
Entry Level Example
"My attention to detail is a point that I have been working on a lot this past year. I am meticulous but, in the past, have pushed my documentation back a little bit. It's something I am conscious of and continually working on."
Experienced Example
"Because I know cars so well, I am good at noticing when something is off. I always tell customers when I notice brake pads wearing down and let them know they when they will need to replace them. I have a sharp eye, and I'm extremely thorough."
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Question 4 of 25
How much experience do you have working with automobiles?
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If you haven't worked on automobiles in a professional setting, don't sweat it! You can include your experience working on your own cars or others. When you respond to this question, you want to go in depth about the type of work you have done, sharing your knowledge and areas of expertise.

Rather than saying: 'I have about 8 years of experience,' Instead focus on specifics: 'I've been doing general maintenance and repairs in foreign and domestic cars for about 8 years. I specialize in X, Y, and Z.'

Sell yourself! Share what you have learned over the years. If there is something you are interested in learning more about, let them know. The interviewer wants to hear you are passionate and genuinely enjoy what you do.
Entry Level Example
"I recently completed my Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Mechanics. This undergraduate degree has given me experience with engines, brakes, and electrical systems. I do look forward to working here and furthering these skills on the job."
Experienced Example
"I have worked on automobiles since I was a kid. My father was a mechanic, which spurred my interest at a young age. For the past ten years, I have held a formal role as shift lead at the same auto body shop, working primarily on domestic cars, trucks, and SUV's."
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Question 5 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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Even though most auto repair shops are open 8-5, there will be days you need to arrive much earlier or stay later. Being a team player means sharing the responsibilities and tasks, helping out your co-workers when the shop is busy, or they need assistance on a repair job. A good attitude goes a long way.

Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask!

Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations.

If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you.

Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week.
Entry Level Example
"I am available for full-time work which is preferably 8-5 Monday to Friday. I am happy to be a team player and work some overtime, as required. Will these hours meet your expectations?"
Experienced Example
"I am looking to retain my current schedule as much as possible, which is currently Monday through Friday from 8:00 - 5:00. I understand with an auto shop that there will occasionally be times when we need to put in more hours to finish up a project."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 02/24/2018
Last modified on: 08/20/2018

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About Auto Mechanic

August 17th, 2017

An auto mechanic (or car mechanic in British English and motor mechanic in Australian English) is a mechanic who specializes in automobile maintenance, repair, and sometimes modification. An auto mechanic may be knowledgeable in working on all parts of a variety of car makes or may specialize either in a specific area or in a specific make of car. In repairing cars, their main role is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. They often have to quote prices for their customers before commencing work or after partial disassembly for inspection. The mechanic uses both electronic means of gathering data as well as their senses. Their job may involve the repair of a specific part or the replacement of one or more parts as assemblies.