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Why HGA?

HGA aims to build long–term relationships with its candidates. We want to help you manage your career effectively over a number of years and encourage openness, trust, regular communication and honest feedback.
Each of our consultants has a wealth of experience and in–depth knowledge of the industries and specialist sectors within which they recruit. This ensures you will always receive a high level of understanding and the most relevant, current advice. As a consequence, your all important career moves will come as a result of well-informed decisions.

With many companies in construction now looking to grow their teams in what is an increasingly robust employment market, there has never been a better opportunity for construction professionals to capitalise on their marketability. Making a move requires careful thought and a structured plan: successful career moves rarely happen by chance.

We place considerable emphasis on helping individuals to prepare for and achieve successful career moves and are committed to dedicating the appropriate resources to do so. Whether you are actively considering a move now, or simply want to discuss your future prospects, please feel free to call one of our team.

Drawing on a great deal of experience in the construction recruitment market, HGA offers the following advice:

CV Preparation

  • The general recruitment industry view is that a CV should fit onto two sheets of A4 paper – certainly no more than three.
  • Your personal details and contact information should be clear and easy to identify, preferably placed at the start of your CV.
  • Keep your CV concise and to the point. Avoid using jargon or phrases that are only used by your company. Try to include phraseology that is recognisable throughout construction.
  • When structuring the career history section of your CV, work in chronological order, with your current/most recent position first. Prospective employers will be far more interested in your recent responsibilities and achievements, rather than what you did 10–15 years ago. Also, make sure to include specific information concerning the projects that you have worked on including project values, methods of construction, form of contract and client/end user.
  • A brief description of each company you have worked for (size, products/services, market position etc.) will help a reader who may not be completely familiar with the business.
  • When responding to specific advertisements in the press or on–line, make sure you follow the response instructions accurately, and that your CV highlights all your experience which is relevant to the appointment in question.

Interview Preparation

  • Ensure you have researched the company interviewing you. With the help of the internet, you should be able to obtain plenty of relevant information, including project awards and delivery and current news articles.
  • Many employers place particular importance on this and view it as a good indicator and suitability of a potential applicant.
  • Rehearse potential interview questions: as well as those relating to job moves and technical competency, be sure you can articulate why you are interested in this particular role, with this particular employer and how it will fit with your Ensure you are well briefed by the recruitment consultancy that is representing you. They should be able to tell you the format of the interview, something about the personalities you will be meeting and where interviewees have succeeded/failed with their client in the past.
  • Allow plenty of time for travel to the interview. Aim to arrive with 10-15 minutes to spare. If you arrive earlier than this, it is probably best to busy yourself until nearer the interview time. Clients can sometimes view excessive early arrival as negatively as being late as it impacts there schedule prior to the interview.
  • Try to schedule the interview at a time that is unlikely to need to be changed or cancelled at the last minute.

Interview Technique

  • Always welcome the interviewer with a firm handshake, direct eye contact and a smile.
  • Be conscious of the environment you have entered – new building, busy reception, chaotic environment – all these facilitate the initial ‘small talk’.
  • Ensure you are clear and concise when answering questions and be aware that you will be asked for examples to back up the statements/claims you make during the interview.
  • Remain open, positive and honest. Interviewers are looking for the ‘real’ you, so avoid telling them what you think they want to hear.

Post-Interview Technique

  • Analyse where you performed well and, equally importantly, which questions caught you out.
  • Where appropriate, provide feedback to the recruitment consultancy involved in the appointment.
  • If invited for another interview, try and find out where you need to score better.
  • If unsuccessful after an interview do your best to find out why. The feedback will help next time.