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At Laing O'Rourke Holdings 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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31 Laing O'Rourke Holdings Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. At Laing O'Rourke Holdings we prefer to hire individuals invested in their professional development. Walk me through any industry related coursework you have completed.

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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 Laing O'Rourke Holdings Ltd.."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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      "As I am new to the industry I have not had the opportunity to attend any industry-related courses. In any case, I would be happy to get a head start on anything required for me if you believe it's necessary for my possible position in your company."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Your response shows an openness to learning new things, which is wonderful. If you have completed any coursework with skills transferrable to this role or industry, I would suggest explicitly stating that. Even if you're brand new to the industry, you may be bringing transferrable skills or knowledge that you've acquired in other places.

  • 2. At Laing O'Rourke Holdings we put a lot of pride into the organization of our projects. Do you consider yourself to be highly organized?

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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      "I have always been an organized person since I was a child. I do my best work when my day's activities are pre-planned or my things are in perfect order. Sometimes it's a bit difficult for some people to endure this on me. I also know that is not always the case and for that reason, I am learning to adapt in situations when things are not going according to plan."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      It's clear that you pride yourself on being organized, but I would suggest highlighting exactly what organizational skills look like for you (example: do you keep detailed lists? Do you use color-coding? Do you keep a detailed calendar?) What specific strategies do you use to stay highly organized?

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

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

      Community Answer

      "Since I just graduated from University I, unfortunately, have no experience in this field."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Rather than focusing on your lack of current experience, I would encourage you to highlight your ability to learn and your interest in doing so (see example below.)

      "While I do not yet have practical experience in determining labor requirements for large-scale construction projects, I am a quick learner and this is an area I'm eager to learn more about. I am confident that I would pick this skill up quickly."

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 5. At Laing O'Rourke Holdings we put the safety of our employees first. How familiar are you when it comes to construction safety standards?

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

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

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      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.

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  • 7. At Laing O'Rourke Holdings 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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      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.

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  • 8. Have you ever had to terminate an employee?

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

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

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      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.

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

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      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.

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  • 11. In your opinion, who are the strongest competitors for Laing O'Rourke Holdings?

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      It is essential to research Laing O'Rourke Holdings Ltd. 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 Laing O'Rourke Holdings Ltd. stands out from their competitors.

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  • 12. What was your least favorite job? Why?

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      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.

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

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      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.

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  • 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?

      How to Answer

      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!

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  • 15. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 16. Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Laing O'Rourke Holdings?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 17. How do you successfully motivate your team?

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      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.

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  • 18. How do you handle stress on the job?

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      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.

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

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      The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

      If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

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  • 20. 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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      Keep your answer simple and precise. Stay away from long drawn out stories. Briefly, describe a time when you resolved a customer service issue. Highlight your ability to remain patient and rational.

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

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      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.

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  • 22. What are your salary expectations?

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      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 23. Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?

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      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."

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  • 24. What makes you a great problem solver?

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      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.

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  • 25. What is your definition of hard work?

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      Hard work and dedication can be interpreted differently by everyone. To one person, another person's hard work could seem like slacking. Talk to the interviewer about how you understand a hard day's work.

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  • 26. We are looking for strong team players to join Laing O'Rourke Holdings. What role do you usually take in team projects?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 27. Describe to me your ideal employer.

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      A job search isn't just a one-sided hunt. You must also feel as though this is a good fit for yourself. Summarize your ideal employer. Be specific and be sure to keep the conversation positive. Avoid speaking poorly of any previous managers or organizations.

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

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      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.

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  • 29. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?

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      It is always best to support your reply with a real-life example. Talk to the interviewer about your level of attentiveness when it comes to details on the job.

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  • 30. What questions do you have for me about Laing O'Rourke Holdings, and this role?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the items you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!

      Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

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  • 31. What is your long-range career objective with Laing O'Rourke Holdings?

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      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.

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