Different employers will have different requirements. There is a big difference in the requirements of a small family business, compared to a big Corporate, from Consulting Engineers to Contractors.
Your responsibility is to understand the needs of those different employers: what a company does, their background, what they are looking for. You need to demonstrate and reinforce the value to the organization that you bring. If you can’t articulate how you have helped companies, the employer isn’t going to be buying what you are selling.
16 THINGS HARDHAT PROFESSIONALS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN YOU ARE INVITED FOR AN INTERVIEW:
- The most important aspect is: BE ON TIME! I would even suggest being at least 15 minutes early, giving you time to calm down and gather yourself. This already speaks of your eagerness to work, punctuality, planning ability and time management, respect for other people and understanding deadlines.
- Dress appropriately (Do not wear a suit if you are interviewing for a Foreman position)
- Don’t bring food or drinks to the interview and DO NOT CHEW BUBBLEGUM
- While waiting for the interview, look busy and don’t sleep or slouch
- Make eye contact, be polite when introducing yourself, showing confidence with a firm handshake
- Switch the phone off during the meeting and be fully engaged and present
- Watch your body language – sit up straight, don’t be too closed off or too familiar
- Listen properly to questions and answer THOSE questions
- Speak clearly, but do not overshare too much information or talk too much
- Do not be a smart Aleck, rather be respectful
- High light only RELEVANT experience
- Do not get bored or uninterested, fiddle, fidget or be on phone
- Use your true personality keeping in mind that you want them to remember you when you leave that meeting
- Do not get angry or frustrated
- Don’t talk negatively about previous companies
- Ask relevant questions yourself, about aspects that would be important to you, such as working hours and traveling. This interview is not just for them, but for you too.
The main things t you will be bringing to the table are your preparedness, experience, skills, communications, dress style, personality, confidence and qualifications. A good exercise might be to visualise/roleplay the interview from getting up in the morning to arriving, going through the possible questions and answers, right through to the outcome that you want.
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