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    Spend a few hours learning everything you can about the construction company—from as many sources as you can.

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    Get a sense of “who” the construction company is and how to embody a similar personality during your interview.

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    Twitter can also be an excellent resource because you can see what the company and it’s employees are talking about.

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    No matter what role you’re interviewing for you should be familiar with the company’s projects ahead of time.

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    Check out Glassdoor for company reviews from current and previous employees—but take them as a guide, not fact.

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    Before your interview, get a list of the people you’re meeting with from the company.

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    Before the interview, ask the interviewer if they use a specific method of interviewing.

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    Spend time thinking carefully about what skills and accomplishments will resonate with your interviewer the most.

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    The most common question in an interview is "tell me about yourself". Be prepared for this question as there is a very high probability you will be asked it at the onset of the interview.

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    Don’t be thrown off by the classic, “What’s your biggest weakness?”

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    You can easily find lists of common interview questions—but don’t prepare by writing out your entire answer.

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    Don’t forget about the numbers! Construction is full of numbers! Project size is always discussed.

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    It’s likely you’ll get asked why you’re interested in this particular role and company.

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    Don’t just think about how you’ll answer certain questions; practice looking in the mirror and answering them out loud.

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    Do as many mock interviews as you possibly can with a friend. Preferably a friend in construction.

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    Prepare a few smart questions for when it’s your turn to ask.

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    Look sharp. Shine your boots. Most construction companies are somewhere between business casual and business professional attire.

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    Don’t forget about the little things: Shine your shoes, check for loose hems, and make sure your fingernails look manicured.

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    Do a little pampering, because looking your best helps you feel your best.

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    Print out five copies of your resume.

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    Prepare a list of references whether you think you’ll be asked for it or not.

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    Prep a go-to interview kit for your purse or laptop bag.

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    Clean out your bag!

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    Spend the most time before the interview not rehearsing questions, but reflecting on your career chronology to date.

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    Come up with a go-to phrase that’ll help you avoid dead air if you need time to stall and gather your thoughts.

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    Brush up on what certain body language conveys.

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    Use an interview cheat sheet to compile all the details you need to remember.

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    Get some sleep.