It should come as no surprise to you that sometimes, in the construction and trades world, job interviews aren’t always conducted seated across a large desk in an air-conditioned office. In reality, industry job interviews can be (and sometimes are) conducted on-site.
Here’s what you should know about visiting a construction site and maintaining professionalism:
Dress the Part
If you know you are going to be visiting a work site, dress accordingly. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear, such as steel-toe boots and pants. If it’s not appropriate to wear dress pants, wear a nicer pair of denim jeans. Make sure you appear at-home on a construction site (if this is where you are applying to work) but professional.
It’s important to come to a work site safe and prepared. Bring a hard hat and a high-visibility safety vest so you can safely enter a site. It’s also probably a good idea to bring any other personal protection equipment (PPE) you use on a daily basis, in addition to tools (even if you leave them in your vehicle to start). This is a great way to demonstrate your skills, if required, to your prospective employer.
When you arrive on site, report to the visitor’s area or find someone to direct you to your interview. Don’t wander around a construction site unannounced.
Show Off Safety Skills
When visiting any construction site, be aware of your surroundings. Watch for approaching equipment, or other possible hazards. Demonstrate your ability to safely integrate yourself into the site by following safe work practices.