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31 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published October 28th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Do you have experience in determining labor requirements on large-scale construction projects?
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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.
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1.
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 of 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. In addition, I have a firm understanding of the accounting principle of job costing, so I feel comfortable in my ability to forecast labor needs necessary to complete a project on time and on budget."
Michelle'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."
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."
Michelle's Answer #2
"My experience in overseeing other contractors includes my current team of four 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.
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 #1
"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."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Absolutely! Humor can go a long way toward easing work stress and bonding members of your team. In fact, in my previous position, I made a point to schedule 'laughter' on everyone's calendars once a day. We'd take a quick break, tell a funny story, watch a funny YouTube video, or just relax for about five minutes before getting back to work. We rotated responsibility for finding funny subject matter, and it was a tremendous bonding and stress-relief time for us all."
4.
How do you handle stress on the job?
Are you someone who can handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, I'm sure they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress. I also make sure to take time for myself and to take care of myself physically. I make sure to eat well, exercise and definitely get enough sleep, which gives me the right kind of physical and mental ammunition to deal with stress."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels. I'm very good at focusing on the tasks and activities that can provide the most strategic value, and I understand that there will always be more good ideas than I'm able to execute. Making peace with that helps me focus on what I can accomplish rather than being stressed about everything I can't."
5.
Tell me about the importance of the Kiewit Legacy Minority Scholarship.
Show the interviewer that you've done your homework on employee benefits and how they help promote the social causes and continuation of Kiewit's industry.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I remember reading about this in preparation for this interview. I love the idea of this scholarship - it provides financial assistance to talented minority high school students who are the dependents of Kiewit staff and who are pursuing a college degree in engineering or construction management. This is a tremendous employee benefit, along with helping shape the future of the industry."
Michelle's Answer #2
"The Kiewit Legacy Minority Scholarship is a great idea on several levels. First, it's a tremendous employee benefit that has the potential to encourage high employee loyalty. Second, it's an important public service to help ensure that talented minority students have the financial assistance they need to gain a college education. And third, it also helps assure that the engineering/construction industry has a strong pipeline of talented future members, many of whom may choose to work for Kiewit."
6.
Kiewit consistently ranks as one of the country's top contractors in the delivery of water and wastewater projects, according to Engineering News-Record. How important is this to the nation's infrastructure?
The interviewer wants to see two things here: first, that you have researched the Kiewit markets, and second, that you can draw a conclusion about the importance of Kiewit's business and the markets it serves. You don't need to go into a lot of detail, but show the interviewer that you understand the big picture.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Kiewit; I definitely appreciate the fact that water and wastewater services are a basic, essential component of our nation's infrastructure. In fact, I've heard some pose that basic water and wastewater services have done more to lengthen the human life span than any medical advancements. The important work Kiewit is doing for everything from dams and reservoirs to desalination lines and treatment facilities, contributes to the overall health and well-being of our nation."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Water and wastewater services aren't nice-to-haves; they are must-haves. Kiewit's participation in this particular industry is absolutely imperative to ensuring a successful infrastructure that protects our country's basic sanitation efforts. The complex system of facilities across the nation is the first line of defense against water-borne diseases that historically wiped out entire populations. This is important to me as an employee because it means that the work Kiewit does in this area really matters and makes a difference in people having what they need to live healthy lives."
7.
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be for my level of education, experience and ambition."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I love this question, and I can't imagine that there are very many people who can say that their career has progressed exactly as expected. And if they can say that, it tells me they haven't taken very many risks or disrupted the status quo. Because of my entrepreneurial approach in general, I'm open to new opportunities and willing to take risks in order, ultimately, to enjoy greater success. When you approach your career in that fashion, you never know where it will take you - except on to greater challenges and success."
8.
What is your long-range career objective with Kiewit Corporation?
Onboarding new employees is a time consuming and costly endeavor, so the interviewer wants to make sure that this role will be a long-term fit for you. Be open with the interviewer about your dreams within this company, on a long-term basis. Share what promotions you hope to eventually receive and discuss what you wish to learn from being a part of their organization. The key to answering this question is to express to the interviewer that you plan to be employed by the company for many years to come.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have some pretty lofty career goals. I want to make a big impact within an industry, to push for always bigger, better ideas. After researching Kiewit and learning more about this position, I feel that this role fits beautifully with my future aspirations. The company shares the kind of growth mindset and ambitious passion for success that I value personally. I really like what Kiewit stands for, and I see a current fit, and future growth, here."
Michelle's Answer #2
"This particular position is a goal that I have set my sights on for quite some time. I believe it is the next step in a long and fulfilling career in the engineering/construction industry. The industry leadership that Kiewit offers, as well as its culture of integrity, are key for me, and I feel confident I will gain skills in this role that will make me successful."
9.
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. I'm also very good at keeping the main thing the main thing and not becoming distracted by competing priorities; if I have a clear understanding of what I need to do to make my organization successful, I can solve any problem that comes my way."
Michelle'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. I'm also not afraid to reach out for help if I need it, and I have a strong circle of mentors that I can confer with when I'm really stumped."
10.
At Kiewit Corporation 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 Kiewit Corporation."
Michelle'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 for Kiewit."
11.
Why is it so important for Kiewit to comply with significant regulatory requirements that apply to the company's business and operations?
It is essential to research Kiewit Corporation before your interview. Be sure to keep your answer positive and connected to the core values of the company and expectations within the industry.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Because of the importance of the industries and markets Kiewit serves, plus the safety considerations, it's imperative that Kiewit comply with all regulatory requirements. I appreciate Kiewit's commitment to doing so; it makes a strong statement that the company openly acknowledges that anyone who suspects unethical or non-complain behavior has an obligation to report it."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Considering Kiewit's industry, full regulatory compliance is an absolute must. I appreciate the fact that Kiewit makes available resources for reporting or asking questions about suspicious behavior - like contacting management and/or the legal department, or reporting through the Compliance Reporting Line. Helping employees know exactly what to do in what can be very awkward situations can go a long way toward encouraging the compliant behavior the company seeks from its employees."
12.
At Kiewit Corporation 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 Kiewit Corporation puts the safety of its employees first. I am immersed in current safety standards for the engineering and construction industry. I do have a recent certification in Occupational Safety and Health Administration and am committed to applying that knowledge to a position with Kiewit. If there are additional pieces of training or certifications that you would like to see, I am happy to comply."
Michelle'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."
13.
We are looking for strong team players to join Kiewit Corporation. What role do you usually take in team projects?
The interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on, when put into a team-based environment. Let the interviewer know that you tend to take the lead, without seeming overbearing. If you usually like to generate new ideas and allow someone else to execute them, share your creative side but express that you prefer for others to take the lead.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am usually the 'ideas person' in team projects. In my current position, I am not the most influential salesperson, but I am highly creative. This creative edge means that, in most projects, I am great at creating a plan of action but am most comfortable passing the final client-facing tasks to our more extroverted personnel."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I like to take the lead on team projects. I am vocal and organized, which makes me a natural leader. My strengths include setting deadlines and communicating among the team so that everyone is clear on responsibilities and expectations. I've had great success motivating team members and managing resources effectively so that projects are completed on time and on budget."
14.
How do you successfully motivate your team?
Motivated employees are productive employees. Talk to the interviewer about how you ensure that your team is feeling motivated and being as productive as possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My formula for a motivated team is to get to know them, uncover what they are passionate about, and find out how they like to be recognized. If I can provide them with proper recognition and tasks that they feel they are good at, then they will perform as motivated employees. I also always try to make sure the team has a way to keep score in some way - nothing motivates a team better than 'winning' at achieving their goals."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Every one of my new hires does a DISC assessment. This assessment shows where they fall in regard to four traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, compliance. The results help me understand them better and how to tap into their peak performance. When I combine this with clear goals and expectations, along with appropriate measurement and recognition of success along the way, I have found that it's a powerful motivator."
15.
Tell me a little about the markets Kiewit serves and why they are essential.
Make sure to visit the Kiewit website before your interview, which has background information about the markets Kiewit serves. You don't have to have in-depth knowledge, but be prepared to discuss the larger ramifications of Kiewit's core markets.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The markets Kiewit serves are some of the most essential for the nation's day-to-day successful operation: building, mining, oil/gas and chemical, power, transportation and water/wastewater. From roads and dams to high-rise office buildings and power plants, Kiewit is involved with making sure essential industries have what they need to keep our economy smoothly rolling along."
Michelle's Answer #2
"The markets Kiewit serves are very attractive to me, because they represent essential services. That means the work Kiewit's team does really matters - it makes a tangible difference in our nation's success. Markets like power, transportation and water/wastewater are especially attractive to me; they represent some of the basic services that help people live in a way that is healthy and meets their basic needs."
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Interview Questions
  1. Do you have experience in determining labor requirements on large-scale construction projects?
  2. Tell me about any experience you may have in overseeing the performance of other contractors.
  3. Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
  4. How do you handle stress on the job?
  5. Tell me about the importance of the Kiewit Legacy Minority Scholarship.
  6. Kiewit consistently ranks as one of the country's top contractors in the delivery of water and wastewater projects, according to Engineering News-Record. How important is this to the nation's infrastructure?
  7. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  8. What is your long-range career objective with Kiewit Corporation?
  9. What makes you a great problem solver?
  10. At Kiewit Corporation we prefer to hire individuals invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have completed.
  11. Why is it so important for Kiewit to comply with significant regulatory requirements that apply to the company's business and operations?
  12. At Kiewit Corporation we put the safety of our employees first. How familiar are you when it comes to construction safety standards?
  13. We are looking for strong team players to join Kiewit Corporation. What role do you usually take in team projects?
  14. How do you successfully motivate your team?
  15. Tell me a little about the markets Kiewit serves and why they are essential.
  16. How do you believe you would exemplify Kiewit's core values of people, integrity, excellence and stewardship?
  17. What questions do you have for me about Kiewit Corporation, and this role?
  18. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  19. Kiewit Corporation is employee-owned. How do you feel about this?
  20. What is your definition of hard work?
  21. What are your salary expectations?
  22. Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?
  23. What can you tell me about the engineering and foundation services Kiewit provides?
  24. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
  25. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  26. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  27. In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities every engineering/construction professional should possess?
  28. Have you ever had to terminate an employee? What was the reason for their termination?
  29. At Kiewit Corporation we know that efficiency is directly related to profitability. How do you accurately assess the progress of each project you manage?
  30. Tell me about your experience with ordering and overseeing the delivery of engineering/construction related materials and equipment.
  31. At Kiewit Corporation we put a lot of pride into the core value of Jobs Done Well. What else can you tell me about Kiewit's core values?
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