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Interviewing Tips for the Construction Professional:

Prior to the Interview:

During the Interview:

The Salary Question

The salary question deserves special mention. You need to answer this question, if asked, with caution. A careful and well-reasoned answer will present you in a good light as a smart, shrewd business person who will represent the company's interests with intelligence, while a careless answer can damage your prospects for the position. If you state a specific dollar figure, it may be lower than what the company would have offered you had you not said anything. Or it could be more than what the company could offer initially, yet there may be other mitigating factors that would still make the position attractive to you. In either case, you lose. The best answer is always something like this: "The roles, responsibilities and future potential with your company are more important to me than the salary. I am open to a fair and reasonable offer."

After The Interview

Always send a follow-up thank you letter. It has been our experience that this carries a great deal of weight with the employer. It is such a small thing, yet it is something few people take the time to do, even though it can be the deciding factor in getting an offer if you are competing with equally qualified candidates. It is very important, however, that the grammar, spelling, and punctuation be perfect. If this is not your strong area, have someone proofread your letter. If time is short, a well worded email is appropriate. If time allows, a typed or hand written note leaves an even more impactful impression. When was the last time you received a hand written note on excellent quality stationary? When you did, how quickly did you open that envelope? It's the attention to details that separates you from the others interviewing.

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