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Key tips for interview success

9 January

Dress for interview success

First impressions are everything! The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference in the outcome of your job interview. That's why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview. What's appropriate varies by employer, so you'll need to wear something that's a fit for where you want to get hired.

Improve your interview technique

Make sure to prepare for your interview by knowing what's on your CV, being able to present why you are qualified for the job, and to share why you are interested in the company is important. Practise staying calm and focused.

Take the time to say thank you after the interview

Taking the time to say thank you after a job interview not only is good interview etiquette. It also reinforces your interest in the position and shows the interviewer that you have excellent follow-up skills. You can also use a thank you as a chance to address any issues or concerns raised in the interview.

Practise interviewing

You’re not going to be able to predict every question that gets thrown at you in an interview, however, you can most certainly practise common questions that might come up relative to your field of work. It will also calm your nerves ​because you won’t get flustered for an answer while you're in the interview.

Use your networking contacts

“It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know” We have all heard this cliché in the past. Who you know at the company you are interviewing with really does matter. Your connections can refer you for a job, provide inside information on the company, and tell you what to expect during the interview.

Check out the company

How much do you know about the company? It should be plenty, and all the information you need is available online. Start by visiting the company website. There, you can review the organization's mission statement and history, services and management, as well as information about the company culture. The information is usually available in the about us section of the site. Next, check the company's social media accounts. Visit their Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Twitter pages. This will give you a good sense of how the company wants its consumers to see it. Like or follow the company to get updates. You'll find information you may not have found otherwise.

Be prepared for a phone interview

While you're actively job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview on short notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have time to talk about a job opportunity.

Don’t forget we’re always hiring! If you’re seeking employment in the Construction sector, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us through our company website or social media platforms.

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