O8 Recruitment logo
Construction Industry Staff Solutions by O8 Recruitment
 CV and Interview Guidance

We shall assist you throughout the process however the following summary is a good reminder leading up to and the actual interview process.


Candidates Guidance
The CV
  • Should be no more than 3 pages but 2 pages if possible.
  • If replying to an advert respond to the key messages by adapting your CV or covering letter.
  • Make the CV clear and easy to read with standard text, fonts and no colour.
  • Keep the CV up to date with including all personal details and job experience.
  • 50% of people under sell themselves by not doing this.
The 1st page should include:
  • Name, Address, Contact Details, Education Locations and Qualifications.
  • Detail the companies worked for together with dates starting with the most recent.
  • A brief overview on your strengths, experience, current position and position sought.
Page 2 or pages 2/3 should include:
  • Go into more detail on this and career progression.
  • Include contracts worked on and position with any achievements (brief).
  • A brief statement about personal interests.

The Interview Process

Leading up to the Interview
  • Research the organisation, the size of and sectors the company operates in.
  • Research the role.
  • What is the Employer looking for?
  • Think about how your skills and experience fits the role.
  • Typical Interview Questions:-
  • 1.”Tell me about Yourself”
  • 2.“What do you know about our company?”
  • 3.”Why are you suitable for this job?”
  • 4.”What motivates you in your job?”
  • 5.”How would your colleagues describe you?”
  • 6.”Why should we employ you?”
  • 7.”What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  • 8.”How do you manage people order than you?” (if that’s relevant)
  • 9.”How do you deal with conflict?”
  • 10.”Where do you want to be in 5 years?”
  • 11.”Why do you want to leave your current job?
  • Prepare for these questions trying to keep it simple and answer the question.
  • Give examples of experiences and demonstration.
  • This can include skills, perseverance, diplomacy, maturity and decision making.

The Day Before
  • Have your interview clothes prepared.
  • Know where you are going, how long it takes allowing for the time of day and parking options.
  • Get to bed early – we all perform better, are more natural and confident when alert.
The Interview
  • If driving arrive and park up in plenty time to avoid any last minute rushing or panicking.
  • Be at the company reception a few minutes before the interview time but not any earlier.
  • Take a few copies of your CV.
  • Answer the question, don’t go off at tangents.
  • Speak clearly and concisely.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Remain calm.
  • Be yourself, sell yourself and be honest.
  • Don’t cross your arms.
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time.
Candidates Guidance

Candidates Guidance
Post Interview
  • Contact us to discuss how the interview went.
  • We can contact the client on any subsequent discrepancies you may have.
  • We shall contact the client and get some initial feedback.
  • We aim to confirm success or otherwise within 2 days of the interview.
  • If successful we shall liaise with the client and yourself regarding the offer and start date.
  • If unsuccessful we shall engage with you to improve for the next time.