How Do I Apply For A Construction Graduate Role?
When you've found the perfect vacancy at the perfect company, it’s time to apply. The application process can sometimes take a lot of time because of the number of applicants, but don’t let this put you off, as there are usually numerous positions up for grabs in every company across the industry.
In most cases, employers have a four to five step process when looking for graduates to join their scheme. Below is an outline of each step, with some useful tips included. Please note that this isn’t the process for every company, but it is a good guideline, which offers valuable insight into the types of activities involved from start to finish.
Step One – Online Application
The first step for most companies is usually an online application. You're normally asked to attach an up-to-date CV and to complete a questionnaire. Typical questions include ‘Why do you want to work here?’ and ‘Why do you think you are suitable for this job?’ Really think about your responses to the questions before you write them out - it’s important to get your enthusiasm across to the person reviewing your application.
Step Two – Online Test
After you've submitted your application, you may also be asked to complete an online test. The type of test will completely depend on the employer and the type of role you're applying for, but it could include numerical reasoning, logical reasoning and verbal reasoning. After you've completed this stage, the recruitment team will review your application and test results and will let you know what the outcome is as soon as possible. If you're unsuccessful at this stage, it's unlikely that you'll receive feedback on your application.
Step Three – Interview (telephone / video / face-to-face)
If you were successful during stages one and two, the next step is likely to be an interview. The types of questions that you will be asked include ‘What’s your experience to date?’ and ‘What are your career aspirations?’.
At this point, it's important for you to familiarise yourself with your application and your answers in the questionnaire, and you should also read up on the company and its values. We also suggest that you prepare some questions to ask the interviewer, such as 'Who would I report to?’ and ‘What type of training do you offer?’.
Step Four – Assessment Day
If you're successful at the interview stage, you'll then be invited to an assessment day. Although this could vary from employer to employer, an assessment day typically consists of an interview, a group exercise, a written exercise and then a presentation. It's also an opportunity to meet other candidates and the current employees of the company.
To make sure that you make the most of the assessment day, it's important for you to refresh yourself about the company and the industry. It's also imperative that you are on time and wearing smart clothing - remember, you could be competing against more than one person.
Step Five – Final Interview
If there's a stage five in the process then it'll be a final interview. This will be an opportunity for the employer to drill down on who you are as a person and what your goals and career aspirations are in more detail. Dress smart, do your research on the company and industry. Remember, if you get to this stage, they like you - be confident!
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