5 Tips to Prepare for an Entry Level Logistics Interview

Posted on January 04, 2019

Speaking from personal experience, I was clueless of what to expect going into my entry level logistics interview (Logistics Specialist). After Googling countless articles, I still was unsure of what I’d be doing. There was just too much information out there. Truth is, you won’t know what the job consists of until you get to that interview and hear it from the hiring managers mouth.

Here are a few easy steps to get started and put yourself ahead of the game.

1. Research Commonly Used Terminology/Acronyms

  • 3PL/4PL
  • Carriers
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Trailer Types (Dry Van, Flatbed, Reefer, Step Deck, etc.)
  • Ocean, Air, and Ground Freight
  • Domestic vs. International Shipping

2. Prepare to Answer – “Why Logistics?” 

Safe Answer: “Supply Chain/Logistics is a complex and growing industry. In my next position I want to be challenged, continuously learn, and grow.” If you’re feeling extra confident, ask the hiring managers why they’re in logistics or what brought them to the industry. Occasionally, you’ll catch someone off guard and get an entertaining answer and even entertain the interviewer.

3. Write Down Questions Ahead of Time

This should be interviewing 101 but from a recent batch of interviewees, it should be reiterated. Please please PLEASE come prepared with questions. Prepare 5 questions ahead of time and expect us to touch on 2-3 during our interview. Keep in mind, you’re interviewing us as much as we’re interviewing you.

Tip: Ask 2 or 3 questions based on current events! Ex. Tariffs, weather, union strikes

4. Bring a Portfolio

Bring a portfolio to hold your resume and to write down any notes. Write anything that may seem important to remember in case you’re brought in for another interview. Personally, I hold interviewees in a positive light when they bring materials to an interview.  

Tip: Forgot a notepad? It’s 2019, ask the hiring manager(s) if you can take notes on your smartphone.

5. Relax, Take a Deep Breath, and Be Yourself

At the end of the day, we’re looking to hire those who will be a good fit to the company. For an entry level position, we’re hiring you, not your experience. Be genuine in how you answer and remember that it’s just a conversation!

Contributor: Corey Hosch 

About Allyn International

Allyn International is dedicated to providing high quality, customer centric services and solutions for the global marketplace. Allyn's core products include transportation management, logistics sourcing, freight forwarding, supply chain consulting, tax management and global trade compliance. Allyn clients range from small local businesses to Fortune 500 firms. Allyn conducts business in more than 20 languages and has extensive experience in both developed and emerging markets. Highly trained experts are positioned throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Allyn’s regional headquarters are strategically located in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.A., Shanghai, P.R. China and Prague, Czech Republic. For more information, visit www.allynintl.com.

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