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Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?

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  1. 1.

    Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?

      Many employees will look for new work if they feel that they are underpaid and underappreciated. Talk to the interviewer about your current compensation and whether or not you think it is fair.

      If you feel you are currently paid what you are worth: "I feel that my current employer pays me fairly; however, I would like to see an increase in pay with an increase in responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that my current employer pays me fairly; however, I would like to see an increase in pay with an increase in responsibilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not feel you are currently paid what you are worth: "I know that I am underpaid compared to my industry colleagues. My company is small, and they do what they can, but this is part of why I am seeking a new position."

  2. 2.

    Tell me about any experience you may have in overseeing the performance of other contractors.

      Performance management and coaching experience will set you apart in the interview process. Talk to the interviewer about your experience when it comes to leading and coaching other contractors.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have approximately two years experience when it comes to leading and coaching other contractors. In my most recent position, I led a team of 25 employees ranging from general laborers to junior project managers."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My experience in overseeing other contractors includes my current team of 4 tradesmen. I review their work throughout the day and do random safety checks. I enjoy working in this type of role because I am a natural leader and mentor. I especially enjoy training junior tradesmen."

  3. 3.

    Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

      Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with ideas on potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was able to present and implement one specific change in the office this past year. It was a recycling program that I felt was very important, even for our smaller office. We had significantly less waste after initiating my plan, and I enjoyed seeing others take pride in helping our environment."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my most recent position, I noticed that our written procedures were not exactly how the employees were doing things. I decided to interview the employees and compare it to the written procedures that management wanted to be used. We were able to come to a compromise that met all of the safety and quality requirements of the company, but still worked a bit faster and easier for the staff."

  4. 4.

    In your opinion, who are the strongest competitors for Epic Systems?

      It is essential to research Epic Systems, Inc. before your interview, along with any significant competitors. Be sure to keep your answer positive and discuss with the interviewer the many ways in which Epic Systems, Inc. stands out from their competitors.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that the engineering and construction industry is highly competitive. After researching the focus of Epic Systems, Inc., I believe that the strongest competitors are ABC and XYZ. Despite these competitors being strong, I still believe that Epic Systems, Inc. stands out in the landscape through the integrity displayed in each project. You stand out through your strong industry reputation and honest approach."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I am not 100% sure who you compete with on a day to day basis, I feel that Company A would be the closest to a competitor. With that said, Epic Systems, Inc. still does the most thorough job standing out in the market through your great branding and social media marketing."

  5. 5.

    At Epic Systems we put the safety of our employees first. How familiar are you when it comes to construction safety standards?

      Assure the interviewer that you understand safety construction standards and regulation. You also want to display to the interviewer that you put safety first.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I admire the fact that Epic Systems, Inc. puts the safety of their employees first. I am very immersed in the current safety standards for the engineering and construction industry. I do have a recent certification in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and am committed to applying that knowledge to a position with Epic Systems, Inc.. If there are additional pieces of training and certifications that you would like to see, I am happy to comply."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe that safety on site is incredibly important and, for that reason, I am eager to take any safety courses that you recommend. At this point, I have taken coursework in fatigue management, reporting, safe lifting, alcohol and drug awareness, and PPE guidelines."

  6. 6.

    Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.

      The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of confidently delegating tasks to your employees or coworkers.

      A great leader is someone who can effectively manage their time by ensuring tasks are equitably divided while utilizing the strengths of others. Display to the interviewer that you have the wherewithal to recognize the depths of your team by delegating tasks which compliment their skill sets.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position I was asked to put together a team for a special client project. I was able to handpick the team members and organize the project execution. I chose my strongest employees in a variety of areas. In our initial meeting, I delegated the tasks while explaining my reasoning. This situation was a great opportunity for me to show each team member that I had the utmost confidence in their abilities. I played to their strengths, and it worked out well. We delivered to our client on time and under budget."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Every month I have a meeting with all team members to talk about our plan for the month and how we will delegate the work. It's a great strategy for us, and everyone starts the month with laid out expectations."

  7. 7.

    What makes you a great problem solver?

      Employers want to know that you have a methodical approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a great problem solver because I do not allow stress to cloud my judgment and mute my creativity. I am a keen observer with a great memory which allows me to recall unique solutions or ideas."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a great problem solver because I draw from the experience of others, whether solicited advice or through my prior observations and then I improve upon that, where possible. My memory and years in the industry have exposed me to many types of situations and problems, so I feel I have a vast amount of experience to draw from, allowing me to be creative and effective in the way I approach any challenge."

  8. 8.

    Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?

      Have you ever faced a time, in the workplace, where you were put to the test when it came to your integrity? Perhaps a co-worker has asked you to lie, or you were tempted to be dishonest on your time sheet when the boss was away. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you overcame the temptation to be dishonest.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year our manager went away on vacation for three weeks. Some of my co-workers wanted to falsify our time sheets to reflect overtime hours that we did not work. I disagreed and was able to convince them that it was a bad idea and certainly not worth being fired over."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I once had a subordinate that would perform work after clocking out. There was a rumor later that I forced my team to work off the clock to save the company money. I did not know it was happening, and I certainly did not ask anyone to work outside of their scheduled shift. The situation was cleared up later."

  9. 9.

    At Epic Systems we put a lot of pride into the organization of our projects. Do you consider yourself to be highly organized?

      Organization in the engineering and construction space can save a lot of time and money. This skill is of immense value to any employer. Assure the interviewer that you are a well organized and thoughtful planner.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have always been an organized person, and since obtaining my Project Management certificate, I find that I am even more dedicated to the organization than I had been in the past. My references will tell you that I am very organized as well. Rest assured, I understand the direct correlation between the organization, productivity, and profitability."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Even as a child, my mom would tease me about my organizational skills. I had every pencil etched with my name before the first day of school! All jokes aside, yes - I do consider myself to be very organized. I do my best work when my day's activities are pre-planned."

  10. 10.

    Have you ever had to terminate an employee?

      Employee termination can be an awkward and uncomfortable task. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of being the pragmatic leader that they need.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I do have experience with employee termination. Although this is a task that no leader loves to do, I am confident in my ability to communicate with underperforming team members. I do not shy away from uncomfortable tasks such as employee terminations and exit interviews."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not been responsible for terminating an employee in the past; however, I do know that this is a task I would be capable of doing. I can give constructive feedback. My knack for giving direction, but also being a dedicated mentor, would make me a person of positive influence when it comes to employee relationships."

  11. 11.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Epic Systems?

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Success comes from dedication and hard work. I am purposeful in my work which makes me confident in the fact that I will be a success here at Epic Systems, Inc.."

  12. 12.

    At Epic Systems we prefer to hire individuals invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have completed.

      The interviewer would like to know if you have taken any formal education and training related to the engineering/construction industry. This question will help the interviewer to assess your commitment to the company and industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have taken a variety of coursework related to the construction and engineering industry. In addition to my Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, I also have a Project Management certificate. I bring full dedication to forging a strong career in this field and look forward to bringing my knowledge to work for Epic Systems, Inc.."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am new to the industry I have not had the opportunity to attend many industry related courses or workshops. With that said, I do have a certificate in construction safety and am CPR, and First Aid certified. Are there any particular courses you are looking for in your next hire? I would be happy to get a head start on anything required for me to be successful in this position."

  13. 13.

    Do you have experience in determining labor requirements on large-scale construction projects?

      Have you ever had a hand in hiring teams of employees for large-scale engineering and construction projects? Talk to the interviewer about any related experience and what it has taught you when it comes to smart hiring.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my most recent position I was responsible for hiring construction crews up to 25 people at a time. I understand the importance of hiring well-qualified individuals who have a reliable track record. Last year our retention rate increased by 24% once I began leading our hiring initiatives."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not had direct experience in determining labor requirements; however, I do bring experience with interviewing, onboarding, and training. I have a strong record when it comes to employee retention."

  14. 14.

    Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

      The interviewer wants to know that you can diffuse a tense situation if needed. They also want to see a bit more of your personality! Stress and fast-paced work environments can cause people to feel overwhelmed and sometimes even angry or upset. Think of a time when you took a much more lighthearted approach to diffuse a tense situation.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would say that I use my sense of humor often at work but in a good-natured way. Poking fun or adding a sense of sarcasm seems to make things a bit lighter and more fun on the floor and allows everyone to shake off whatever's bringing us down and move on to the next issue to tackle."

  15. 15.

    We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

      To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This answer is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I have five years' experience vs. eight years' experience I can do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Along with my five years working in this industry, I have worked in related industries my entire career. Also, I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

  16. 16.

    Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?

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  17. 17.

    Tell me about your experience with ordering and overseeing the delivery of engineering/construction related materials and equipment.

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  18. 18.

    At Epic Systems we know that efficiency is directly related to profitability. How do you accurately assess the progress of each project you manage?

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  19. 19.

    In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities every engineering/construction professional should possess?

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  20. 20.

    What was your least favorite job? Why?

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  21. 21.

    How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?

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  22. 22.

    How do you successfully motivate your team?

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  23. 23.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

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  24. 24.

    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

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  25. 25.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  26. 26.

    What is your definition of hard work?

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  27. 27.

    We are looking for strong team players to join Epic Systems. What role do you usually take in team projects?

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  28. 28.

    Describe to me your ideal employer.

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  29. 29.

    How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

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  30. 30.

    What questions do you have for me about Epic Systems, and this role?

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  31. 31.

    What is your long-range career objective with Epic Systems?

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