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The interview process for building engineers can be intimidating, particularly when trying to anticipate every question posed. However, one inquiry often takes candidates by surprise. Simple, well-worn, and notably vague, "Tell me about yourself" presents candidates with a crucial opportunity to make a strong initial impression or falter from the start. Crafting a compelling response requires strategy and self-awareness. First and...
A CV is the first impression you give to your potential next employer. It needs to be clear, concise and honest, and getting these key aspects into your CV are essential to your application process. The built environment still remains as one of the most in-demand sectors in the United Kingdom, meaning there is lots of opportunities for potential roles for you as an employee, and lots of employers to impress with your CV. An...
With the press stuffed full of stories about ChatGPT, it seems the new artificial intelligence tool can do just about anything short of washing your clothes. But can it help you land the perfect building engineer job? Read on to find out.      ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research organisation. Its team designed and trained the model using a combination of techniques including deep...
Why you should polish up your social media accounts when applying for building engineer jobs, as employers may check them in the screening process.  It seems that a well-written CV and covering letter is not enough to earn a new position these days, and if your social presence online contains anything inappropriate it could hinder your chances of getting the role. A study by CareerBuilder found that seven in 10 employers have...
When preparing for an interview for that job you’ve set your heart on, there’s one question that crops up time and again: “Tell me a bit about yourself”. Although this question seems straightforward, it catches out candidates time and again. We will discuss how you can tackle this question to impress your interviewer. It might be tempting to speak about your life history, but what the interviewer is looking for is...
Polishing your CV can ensure you’ll get your foot in the door for that new role you’ve been coveting.  Getting personal  Your CV filename should contain ‘Your name – Job you are applying for – Date‘ so that it is easy for potential employers to find and file. At the top of your CV put your full name, then your location and contact details. You don't need write ‘CURRICULUM...
A cover letter is as likely to be an email these days – but however you send that (often fiendishly difficult to write) accompaniment to your CV, make sure it shines. It has as crucial a role in getting your foot in the door as your CV itself. So why do some applicants give them so little thought or, as many hiring managers will testify, don’t even bother writing one at all?  A well written cover letter, according to one...
When job interviews were still held face to face, candidates had plenty to worry about. Many of us have had to navigate delayed trains, hard-to-find office addresses and untimely coffee spills.  Candidates for building engineer roles no longer have to worry about these pitfalls, but in a post-Covid world, video interviews are throwing up new challenges, from time lags when speaking online to losing an internet connection and assorted...