Preparing for your next Construction Interview
Preparation for any job interview is essential and while it can be a time-consuming process, there’s a number of things you can do in order to give yourself the best chance for the best possible outcome. In this blog post we’ve detailed a few things you should think about before your next interview.
Hopefully, you’ve got a fair idea of what your potential employer does but arming yourself with the right information ahead of your interview could be vital and make all the difference on the day. Researching an employer can give you an idea of what you’ll be asked about and it’s also a way to show that you’re interested in the company. The company website should be your first port of call but if you know someone who works there already, ask if there are any points they think are important or skills that you can mention. Ask what questions they think might come up! Don’t forget to take in the company social media pages and read their blogs or press releases to find out what is important to them.
Believe it or not, a key aspect of hiring personnel in the construction industry is around communication and the candidate’s ability to take direction, exercise and transfer sound judgment so in your job interview, be sure to get across everything you need to in a clear way. You want to show that you’re dependable and that you have the physical skills required to get the job done. You may be applying for a job which is subject to heavy workloads, unusual shift patterns or tight schedules, so use every opportunity possible to demonstrate your understanding of that. Communicating your adaptability, technical skills and knowledge of the industry is imperative.
Highlight skills and give examples
You have a wider variety of skills than you might even realise, so take the time to think about what you bring to the job, from both your existing work and personal life. Here’s some thing to think about:
Team Work– Construction workers need to be able to contribute to teamwork as well as work independently. Think of projects you’ve worked on or groups you’ve worked with where successful teamwork was paramount.
Technique – It’s important to demonstrate your knowledge and abilities and again, you should give examples of the types of construction projects you’ve completed and the part you played in it’s success. Employers are always keen to find people who have expanded their skillset too so if you’ve undertaken any training or were put on a particular course, bring it up in your interview.
Flexibility – Are you applying for a job which is always on days or could you do nights? Shift hours may vary from site to site and almost every project requires employees to perform a variety of tasks. Show your flexibility.
Health & Safety – Above all else, a commitment to your own Health & Safety and that of the team you’ll be working with is essential. You need to have good attention to detail and the right focus to ensure safety and quality at all times. Do not underestimate the value of demonstrating this.
Change the way you think about interviews
The prospect of attending a job interview can be a scary thing but it’s about how you perceive the interview. Try to see it as a mutually beneficial conversation rather than a grilling. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewers some questions too or even ask their opinions. The interview is as much for you to work out whether you’d get on with the employer as it is the other way around.
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