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Interview tips

We want you to get the most from your interview with us.

Fail to plan, and you plan to fail

Do your research. You are certainly likely to be asked specific questions about us, so make sure you've done your homework on things like last year's profits and latest projects won. Take a look at some of our competitors and tell us why we are better. It’s worth finding out about some of the latest developments in our industry too so you can converse with confidence.

Practice your answers 

Although there’s no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.

Look the part

Appearances don’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often being assessed before you've even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you're applying for shows a desire to succeed.

Stay calm

Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Know where you are going and how you are going to get there, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and they may be nervous too.

Ask questions

At Costain, we like inquisitive people who ask questions so you should prepare some questions for your interviewer to show your interest in the company and the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of our company.