Construction Project Management Graduate Application & Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working in Construction Project Management

Application Advice: Candidate should be an absolute go getter. Passion and drive are the key things. Also for any role in Hilti the person should be a peoples person.
Interview Advice: If you were given this job, what do you thing would be one reason that will get you out of bed on a Monday Morning ?
Crossrail Specialist , Crossrail at Hilti GB Ltd
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Application Advice: You have to be willing to get hands on with tools and you have to be a problem solver. You have to be open minded and willing to learn on a day to day basis.
Interview Advice: Understand the organisations core values and how you can relate to them. Undertstand what the company does in the construction industry along with the companies financial information. Look to see what the company does in regards to CSR. You have to be friendly and good at communicating.
Account Manager, at Hilti GB Ltd
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Application Advice: You need to be a self-motivated, organised, people person. The company emphasis is on integrity and teamwork. We look for honest, courageous, and outgoing people.
Interview Advice: Ask questions! Hilti is a friendly company focused around its people, don't be afraid of your interviewers, ask them questions, be honest about your background. This is a job that is great for people that are SUITED to it, so give them a clear impression of who you are and if you are the right personality for the job we can teach you the skills you need to excell at it.
Account Manager, London Sales at Hilti GB Ltd
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Application Advice: Know the difference between Project Management and Construction Management (Client vs Contractor side of project management).
Graduate Project Manager, Project Management at AECOM Ltd
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Application Advice: Get as much work experience as you can. Show that you are a hard worker and confident
Assistant Site Manager, Midlands at BAM Construct UK
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Application Advice: As with many companies, I feel BAM are looking for capable candidates that are also well rounded. A strong application will demonstrate active extra-curricular interests, a desire to engage with the community in line with BAM's CSR activities and of course technical knowledge relevant to the position being applied for. It is difficult to secure a position in the construction industry without experience, many candidates will be lucky to have undertaken an industrial placement. This is a key component to the application process and when giving an account of your experience it is important to show how you developed as a person over the course of your placement. By emphasisng how your role developed from start to finish with a focus on where you have taken on additional responsibilities as you have progressed, and then being able to demonstrate how you have carried these out competently will strengthen your application. Be honest when recounting this experience, know that there will naturaly be limitations to what a candidiate will have undertaken at this early stage of their career - this will also be understood by your recruiter - therefore give a realistic portrayal of your previous roles and responsibilities, but really highlight how you have progressed and developed. This trajectory will be used as a basis of determining how you will develop further. When working for BAM. Many applicants may not have undertaken an industrial placement, but development can still be demonstrated by highlighting any previous experience from work roles or extra-curricular activities that demonstrate the desired qualities from a candidate i.e. good communication skills, good use of logic and initiative, taking ownership of a task and being able to demonstrate accountability.
Interview Advice: As with any interview, preparation is key. It pays to do some research into the company structure and market postion. Knowledge of some key financial figures will demonstrate that you have taken time to research into the larger entity that you are to become a part of. Learn your CV inside-out, as mentioned before being able to demonstrate your competencies and development is crucial. You will be asked questions about various roles and the experience that you have documented on your CV be prepared with answers for every position that you have stated. Always discuss previous roles in a positive light, highlighting the aspects where you shone through as an employee. Never discuss aspects negatively, if something went wrong during a certain position this is to be viewed as an opportunity for improvement and then demonstarte where you have improved in further roles. Be relaxed in the interview, and regard it as an open discussion rather than an interrogation. By preparing adequately, you can conduct yourself confidently. The preparation should be used as a tool to cover all the bases that could potentially be questioned in the interview. If your knowledge of yourself and the company is second nature before the interview, your responses will come naturally. You will be asked where do you see yourself in the future, it is crucial to demonstrate your desire to learn and develop as a candidate. Your interviewers will want to see that you are looking to be with BAM longer term.
Assistant Site Manager, Construction Management at BAM Construct UK
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Application Advice: Great company to apply to if you are looking for a career change and if you want to grow and develop quickly. Don't be put off applying if you are a mature student or have worked in other professions beforehand.
Interview Advice: Be very clued up on project structures and key roles and relationships. Read up on APM book of knowledge.
Scheme Project Manager, Waterloo Station at Network Rail
Application Advice: Focus more on your personality and skills than your qualifications. Network Rail are definitely hiring the person behind the qualifications and will train you up accordingly. The key to any interview is put your personality forward.
Interview Advice: Think things through logically and you will be ok. There are no trick questions but they do require some thought. Take a deep breath and break the problems down and you will be fine.
Scheme Project Manager, Track Renewals S&C at Network Rail
Application Advice: Research the company and understand what they actually do. I found it helpful to research some current projects and also long term projects. Make sure the grammar and spelling on the application is correct. When answering application questions, focus on one experience in detail rather than loads of experiences in brief.
Interview Advice: Dress smart and be polite. Don't recite loads of facts and figures from the website but talk about things that are unique and no one else will talk about.
Assistant Construction Manager , Structures at Network Rail
Application Advice: Take your time and be honest.
Interview Advice: Look at the company ethics, be confident and concise in your answers.
Graduate Engineer, at Balfour Beatty
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