Interviewing For Design Work & Building Trades Work opportunities – Two Interviewing Styles

When interviewing for development work or building trades careers, there are basically two types of interviews: the screening interview and the hiring/selection interview. Both of these are styled differently and you need to be prepared for both.Cohen Construction

Screening Interviews

Screening interviews are used to qualify you for selection before you meet with a building hiring authority. Screeners will try to weed you out rather than get you hired. These design interviews are normal for companies who receive hundreds or thousands of solicitations for a single building job opportunity. Screening interviews are usually quick, efficient and low cost strategies that result in a short list of qualified candidates. They assist Operations Managers to save critical time by eliminating unqualified candidates.

If invited to a face-to-face screening interview, it will usually be with a third-party design recruiter or someone from human resources. Human resource interviewers are typically experienced and often are professionals skilled at building interviewing and screening candidates. They may not understand the details of the job that you interview for, but they are effective at judging character, intelligence, and good fits for the company culture. They are also good at identifying potential “red flags” or problem areas with your work background and general qualifications.

Your toughest task might be to get past the screeners to the Operation’s Managers. Be prepared to explain any discrepancies in your background (i.e. gaps in construction employment or construction education, frequent job changes, layoffs, etc.).

Some examples of screening interviews include telephone interviews, computer interviews, video- conference interviews and the structured interview. The purpose of these interviews are to screen you and eliminate you from selection of for the various construction careers you are interviewing for. The result of this process results in a short list of a few finalists since there may be several dozen candidates to weed out.

Telephone Interviews

Telephone interviewing is the most common way to perform an initial screening interview. It helps both the construction interviewer and the candidate get a general sense of mutual interest in pursuing things beyond the first building interview. It also saves time and money, and may be tape recorded for review by other interviewers.