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Auto Mechanic Interview

25 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 20th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 25
What are your strengths as a mechanic?
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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.

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Question 2 of 25
Why do you want to work for our garage?
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How to Answer
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.
Question 3 of 25
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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How to Answer
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.

Question 4 of 25
How much experience do you have working with automobiles?
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How to Answer
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.
Question 5 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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How to Answer
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.
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Writers for Auto Mechanic Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
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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