Tips for Your Next Construction
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially since it‟s one of the very few times you can
convince an employer that you are right candidate for the job. A construction job search offers
many more opportunities than in recent years, but that does not guarantee a job.
In order to succeed and land a job in construction, you will need to demonstrate your
qualifications to show your interviewer that you are the right person to join their construction
company. Whether you are interviewing for a position as a construction cost estimator, a project
manager or a heavy equipment operators, below are some suggestions to help you at your next
If you are applying for a position as a construction project manager, a designer, a construction
cost accountant or any other construction job, you might have to apply your knowledge and
education of construction to questions during the interview. You might be asked to draw
diagrams or sketches, demonstrate building software proficiency, or give solutions to technical
or managerial problems. It entirely depends on the position for which you are applying, which is
why you need to be prepared. This will also help you feel confident when you arrive at your
Answer Questions Honestly
Hiring managers often as, “Explain a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle the
Everyone makes mistakes, and some mistakes can be very costly on a construction job site. At
first, you might be reluctant to answer this question truthfully for fear that it could hurt your
chances of getting the job. But answering, “„I never make mistakes,” is worse because it will
probably appear that you are either being dishonest or could not think of an example of a time
you were able to fix your mistake.
Take this opportunity instead to show the business owner that you are responsible and able to
work under pressure. Expand on your mistake. For example, you might say, “When I was
working as a concrete finisher I once made an error with my measurements causing a setback
on the construction site. When I realized my error I alerted the project manager so we could get
right to work to resolve it. The experience taught me to pay more attention to detail. I did not
make the same mistake twice.” With that, your error turns into a learning experience, showing
you know what you did wrong and you were proactive to repair it.
Make sure you ask questions. A construction company owner will appreciate it when a
candidate asks questions relating to the job because it shows a level of interest and added
thought. By asking questions, you are showing that you care about the position and sincerely
want to work at this construction company.
Ask questions about things like safety, types of projects, and expectations. Pretend you are
already hired and want to know more details about the construction job. You will also want to
avoid asking about salary. There will be plenty of time for that if you are offered the job. Focus
on the position at hand and not money.
Finding available construction jobs is finally the easy part of the process of getting hired, thanks
to sites like Construction Connection. Once you land an interview, remember these tips to
impress potential employers. Come prepared to answer and ask questions, be honest and act
confident. Interviews can be easy if you go in with the right mindset and attitude.
About Construction Connection
ConstructionConnection was created out of a need for a more effective and streamlined way
for construction industry professionals to get matched with the right industry jobs and with the
right industry opportunities. The founders of Construction Connection, both industry
professionals themselves, listened to both company and individuals‟ dissatisfaction with the
traditional job boards, the paid resume blasts, the overpriced resume services and overall lack
of sympathy toward the individual candidate. They also listened to the dissatisfaction from
companies who post jobs only to get many irrelevant results or have to purchase high priced
ads to showcase their company. Construction Connection is a patent-pending, one-of-a- kind
profile creating / match-making system. The system delivers effective results. Construction
Connection saves time, money and aggravation by matching people to people, people to
companies, companies to people, and company to company.