Any experienced construction worker knows that often interviews can be informal — but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. Don’t make the mistake other candidates will by not doing your research. If you are nervous to meet with the hiring manager and you’re not sure what to expect, you’re not alone. This happens to everyone in every industry. Push your fears of oversleeping and tripping over your words aside and focus on the things you can control. Your interview starts the night before, with a heavy amount of preparation. Here’s what CCS Construction Staffing recommends to impress an employer:
Prepare Proper Attire
Unless you’re interviewing for a management position, you shouldn’t need to don a suit for a construction interview. Consult with the company if you can to find out what attire is appropriate. If you can’t learn more from the company itself, research what other companies request. For many construction firms, a polo and slacks may be appropriate. Lay out your outfit the night before, to guarantee your clothes are clean and wrinkle-free. You don’t want to be surprised to in the morning to find your pants are missing a button.
Do Your Research
You’ve probably been studying for a while if you’ve got an essential interview coming up. Review everything you’ve learned and prepped so far, which includes knowing the company inside and out. Look up “Most asked interview questions” and make sure you have good answers. You should be prepared for standard interview prompts as well as industry-specific questions. A stand-out candidate is ready for anything a hiring manager comes up with.
Plan Your Day
Your morning should begin with ease because you’ve taken everything into consideration. Check that you’ve done all of the following:
- Set aside breakfast, get coffee ready; anything you need to succeed on a regular day
- Pack a bag with a stain stick, breath mints, and other essentials so you can walk in with confidence
- Print a copy of your resume… or three: anticipate that the hiring manager may need it
- Plan your intended route, check for traffic, be sure you have gas in the tank
Once you’ve reviewed everything you need for the interview, all you can do is set your alarm and get a good night’s sleep. Your interview begins the night before because it’s up to you to guarantee you are fully prepared. No professional gains a coveted position by “winging it”. Every interview requires some contemplation and research, so always spend the time and think of it as an investment in your future.
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