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At Jacobs Engineering Company we prefer to hire individuals invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have completed.
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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.
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  1. At Jacobs Engineering Company we prefer to hire individuals invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have completed.
  2. At Jacobs Engineering Company we put a lot of pride into the organization of our projects. Do you consider yourself to be highly organized?
  3. Do you have experience in determining labor requirements on large-scale construction projects?
  4. Tell me about any experience you may have in overseeing the performance of other contractors.
  5. At Jacobs Engineering Company we put the safety of our employees first. How familiar are you when it comes to construction safety standards?
  6. Tell me about your experience with ordering and overseeing the delivery of engineering/construction related materials and equipment.
  7. At Jacobs Engineering Company we know that efficiency is directly related to profitability. How do you accurately assess the progress of each project you manage?
  8. Have you ever had to terminate an employee?
  9. In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities every engineering/construction professional should possess?
  10. Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
  11. In your opinion, who are the strongest competitors for Jacobs Engineering Company?
  12. What was your least favorite job? Why?
  13. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
  14. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  15. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
  16. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Jacobs Engineering Company?
  17. How do you successfully motivate your team?
  18. How do you handle stress on the job?
  19. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  20. Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?
  21. Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
  22. What are your salary expectations?
  23. Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
  24. What makes you a great problem solver?
  25. What is your definition of hard work?
  26. We are looking for strong team players to join Jacobs Engineering Company. What role do you usually take in team projects?
  27. Describe to me your ideal employer.
  28. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  29. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
  30. What questions do you have for me about Jacobs Engineering Company, and this role?
  31. What is your long-range career objective with Jacobs Engineering Company?
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15 Jacobs Engineering Company Inc. Answer Examples
1.
At Jacobs Engineering Company 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 Jacobs Engineering Company 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."
2.
At Jacobs Engineering Company 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."
3.
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."
4.
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."
5.
At Jacobs Engineering Company 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 Jacobs Engineering Company 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 Jacobs Engineering Company 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.
Tell me about your experience with ordering and overseeing the delivery of engineering/construction related materials and equipment.
Walk the interviewer through your experience when it comes to managing the flow of worksite materials and equipment. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of reducing costs associated with irresponsible materials management.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a full understanding of materials and equipment management. Much of what I learned was during my Project Management education. In my current position, I am responsible for $13M of onsite materials. Just last year I was able to reduce our materials waste-age by 12%."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have approximately 1-year experience in the acceptance of construction materials. In my current position I accept deliveries, ensure the accuracy of the orders and I also quality check the accepted materials. In my next position, I would like to be involved in the ordering of materials as well as the vendor relationship building that comes with that."
7.
At Jacobs Engineering Company we know that efficiency is directly related to profitability. How do you accurately assess the progress of each project you manage?
Talk to the interviewer about your experience in assessing project progress. Are you able to remain on top of the needs of a project? Assure the interviewer that you can stay ahead of project needs and predict any possible productivity roadblocks.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that efficiency is the primary factor in the profitability of a construction project. Because I bring six years of project management experience, I am confident that I can predict, early on, the inefficient factors on a job site. In my most recent position, I was able to increase employee productivity which directly resulted in faster delivery time and increased profits."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Before I begin a project, I will map out a project blueprint and timeline. I refer to this timeline on a daily basis to ensure that I am on target. It's an organized technique that has worked incredibly well for me."
8.
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."
9.
In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities every engineering/construction professional should possess?
When you list the top 3 qualities that every engineering/construction professional should possess you most certainly want to have personal examples. How do you display those specific qualities? This question is your time to assure the interviewer that you have what it takes to be a leader in the engineering/construction profession.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe that every engineering/construction professional should have strong attention to detail, be a bit of a perfectionist, and be able to multitask. These are all areas of strength for me, and I look forward to bringing these talents to work for Jacobs Engineering Company Inc.."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some qualities an engineering / construction professional should have:

- Solid negotiation skills
- Resourcefulness
- Confidence in matters of project management
- Patience
- Ability to work well in a diverse environment
- Strong mathematical knowledge
- Solid ethics
- Ability to be diplomatic"
10.
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."
11.
In your opinion, who are the strongest competitors for Jacobs Engineering Company?
It is essential to research Jacobs Engineering Company 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 Jacobs Engineering Company 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 Jacobs Engineering Company Inc., I believe that the strongest competitors are ABC and XYZ. Despite these competitors being strong, I still believe that Jacobs Engineering Company 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, Jacobs Engineering Company Inc. still does the most thorough job standing out in the market through your great branding and social media marketing."
12.
What was your least favorite job? Why?
Most people have had a job that they don't particularly love. Think about your least favorite situation and break down for the interviewer what made it so tiresome.

Perhaps the responsibilities were mundane, or the co-workers were unfriendly. Discuss with the interviewer what made the job so complicated, and what you did to make it better for yourself. The interviewer wants to see that you are proactive in situations like this rather than just giving up and quitting.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Many years ago, I worked as a waitress at a local sports bar. I liked the job because of the customers, but I didn't feel appreciated by my boss. It was discouraging because he was so negative rather than offering encouragement- even during the busiest and most challenging shifts. I did my best and worked hard, but moved on when I had the opportunity. I learned that having a boss who is encouraging and motivating can make such a world of difference!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I like to think that every job I have held has offered me something positive. My least favorite job came with a challenging schedule and a boss with very little leadership training. I learned how I wanted to show up in the business world and what did and did not work for me."
13.
How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a supervisor who does not correspond with you in a way that you like.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you have to relate to others in their style to be understood."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"There are times in business when this happens. I make sure I regroup with the supervisor to explain the strain a gap in communication causes on the team. I then go into mending mode, ensuring the information that needs communicating gets disseminated out to the team."
14.
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."
15.
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."
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