March 26, 2013

Construction management and civil engineering students donned their suits and ties to impress employers from 36 companies at this semester’s Construction Interviewing  Day.

Prior to the event, students visited the Careers2Geaux website to browse the list of companies that would attend and submitted a resume to request an interview with companies they were interested in. Companies then contacted students and invited them to interview at the event.

Randy Mace, construction management senior, had interviews with four different companies at the event. He used the Careers2Geaux website to narrow his internship choices to industrial and heavy civil engineering companies across South Louisiana, so he could stay close to home. He visited the companies’ websites and came up with questions to ask during the interview.

“It’s beneficial to have a wide range of companies is one place,” Mace said. “You get to see what each company has to offer as far as internships and jobs, and companies offer suggestions for what to do to prepare for the job market.”

To prepare for his interviews, construction management senior Albert Hebert attended the social held the night before the interview day at the Lod Cook Hotel on campus. It allowed him to meet the people he’d be interviewing with before the formal interview, he said.

“It’s extremely beneficial to have all these companies in one place that you can meet and get your name out there, so you don’t have to do it on your  own,” Hebert said.

Justin Kinchen, construction management junior, and Lance McCann, construction management senior, attended the Construction Industry Advisory Council meeting prior to the interview day to prepare for their interviews. CIAC is a professional organization of construction management personnel who work with the Construction Management Department to help prepare students for the workforce.

“They do a good job of helping you mentally prepare to talk about yourself,” McCann said. “It’s one thing to have a lot of stuff on your resume but if you can’t talk about it, it doesn’t do much good.”

Students gained valuable insight for their interviews because some CIAC members conducted interviews.

McCann also used an Employee Research Worksheet that he found online that outlined topics he wouldn’t have thought to research about each company and prepared him for questions he wasn’t expecting.

Kinchen said that the interview day is also good general practice for job interviews. The interviews were not as traditional as he was expecting and less formal than if conducted in an office setting.

“It’s having all these great companies here,” McCann said. “You don’t have to cold-call companies. It puts everything at your fingertips; you just have to take advantage of it.”

Sponsors for the event included B&K Construction Company, LLC; Broadmoor, L.L.C.; Ceco Concrete Construction; Performance Contractors, Inc.; and Vaughn Construction.

The next Construction Interviewing Day will be held in October 2013.

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Article written by Elise Bernard, communications intern. For more information, contact Cassie Thibeaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092. 



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