Interested in a Career that enables you craft innovative solutions that help the environment? Cascade Environmental is now hiring for Environmental Field Service jobs including drillers, assistant drillers, and field technicians. If you’d like to apply but you’re unfamiliar with environmental drilling and remediation, don’t worry, we’ve put together a quick guide for you.
A quick internet search of “preparing for an interview” will give you a tremendous amount of data and articles; however, keep in mind that interviewing for a skilled trade, blue-collar position is much different than interviewing for a professional, office, or executive level position. While those resources may still be helpful to you, here I’d like to focus on some specific key tips to remember when interviewing for a skilled trade role, such as a Driller, Assistant Driller, or Field Technician.
Environmental Services Interview Guidelines
First and foremost, remember that resumes serve a purpose. It’s generally understood, in our industry at least, that most candidates won’t have a clean resume prepared when searching for a job, and that’s ok. But having any document prepared as a quick reference of work history and previous responsibilities will be useful during your interview.
Secondly, be sure to highlight any transferable skills you may have acquired in your career. Below are some examples of transferable skills applicable to field positions in the environmental services industry:
Next, be sure to focus specifically on your problem-solving abilities. Offering the interviewer specific examples of problems that you’ve faced in a previous job and walking them through how you tackled those challenges is a great way to communicate your actual problem-solving skills during an interview. Further, you may consider highlighting lessons you learned during those challenging situations, as this demonstrates your willingness to adapt and overcome.
Another crucial attribute of a driller or environmental field technician is flexibility. Any experience you have adapting to shifting priorities, dealing with last minute project changes, or handling out-of-the-ordinary situations should certainly be mentioned. Keep in mind that a career involving field work may sometimes involve last minute travel, restructuring of teams, or frequent project changes.
And lastly, always identify your experiences in working with a team. In this role, you will constantly be part of a small team, which will require you to communicate effectively and, in some cases, be a strong decision maker. You should be able to speak openly about situations in which you’ve been a leader and a follower within a team, as both of these are equally important in a driller, assistant driller, or field technician role.
Remember to prepare a few thoughtful questions for the interviewer. If you aren’t familiar with the company, spending 5-10 minutes glancing at their website will help you in preparing these questions. In closing, always ask if there are any aspects of your background or experience that need further clarification and express your interest in the next steps of the hiring process.
By following these few short and simple guidelines, you’ll have a strong foundation for a successful interview and landing that environmental services job.
Ready to get started? Explore current career opportunities with Cascade Environmental at https://cascade-env.com/careers/