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When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?

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  1. 1.

    When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?

      Are you given the creative freedom to improve existing processes? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to take an existing process and improve it in a creative way.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last month my supervisor asked me to take our existing sales training package and improve it. My goal was to make the system more engaging for new recruits. Once we implemented my ideas, we increased our new trainee retention rate by 16%. I was quite proud of what my creativity could do!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I do not go into a position looking to make changes for the sake of change, but I do monitor processes and look for ways to improve efficiency and/or reduce costs."

  2. 2.

    We offer many opportunities for growth with NVR. How would you like to see your career grow with us?

      It's a great idea to visit NVR, Inc. website before your interview and review all the opportunities available with them. Are there opportunities open for corporate level roles? International positions? Leadership roles? Talk to the interviewer about your findings and express your desires for growth within their organization.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I noticed that you have many opportunities for leadership within a variety of departments. My primary goal is to gain a management role with NVR, Inc. in the future. I would be thrilled to grow my career with this company."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Growing with NVR, Inc. is exactly the type of opportunity that I am looking for. If I could carve a career as a skilled project manager, that would be an ideal situation for me. I am willing to do what it takes to get there; including continued education and training."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I have applied for a Production Coordinator role, as I understand at that position besides performing the duties of Production Coordinator, you train under a Project Manager so that in time you can move into that role. I just want the opportunity to learn as much as I can which ultimately will help advance my career and also benefit NVR."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Good answer, this shows that you have researched the position! One suggestion I have is to specify a duty or skill of the Project Manager that you look forward to having someday as you work up to that position. It's great that you say you want to learn as much as possible!

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  3. 3.

    NVR is looking for a team member with flexible work hours. Are you able and willing to work overtime as needed?

      Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask!

      Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations.

      If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am available for full time work which is preferably 8-5 Monday to Friday. I am happy to be a team player and work some overtime, as required. Will these hours meet your expectations?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you have limitations to your schedule: "My ideal work hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM however, I am available to work additional hours with some notice."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I would be willing to work overtime, but I would also like to know what the scheduling expectations are for the Production Coordinator role."

      Alexandra's Answer

      This is a great answer. It shows that you are open, but are seriously interested in learning more about what you would be agreeing to.

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  4. 4.

    What is your current salary?

      A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I made a base salary of $68,000 in my last role with quarterly team/group based incentives, health benefits, 401k, and an Employee Stock Purchasing Plan. I am looking for a competitive similar salary and benefits."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Your answer is great! As an interviewer, though, I do know that this question is actually illegal in some cities/states. I would research if it is legal in your city/state, and if it is illegal you could say something like "I believe that there is a law that doesn't allow this question, but I would be happy to discuss my salary expectations.

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  5. 5.

    Our construction projects at NVR vary greatly in terms of size and budget. Tell me about the range of projects you have worked on.

      Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your variety of experience. If you have a large range of projects in your portfolio, it is probably easiest to speak briefly about the largest project and smallest project you have worked on recently. Try to use examples from your most recent employer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have experience working on a large variety of projects. This year my smallest project has been a $450K single family home and the largest, a $20MM multi-residential condo development. I am comfortable working on either large or small budget projects. Each project, no matter the budget, brings their own challenges."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am newer to project management, I have not had the opportunity to work on many large-scale projects. At this point in my career the projects I've worked on range from $50K to $600K. Regardless of the project or budget size, I believe in caring for each client the same. Every project deserves impeccable attention to detail."

      Anonymous Answer

      "In my previous experience, I have worked with large mechanical companies, commercial contractors, and residential builders. I have provided sales and service to projects ranging from $1+ million, all the way down to a single kitchen or bathroom remodel."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer! I like that you quantify the work with $1 million and a single kitchen.

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  6. 6.

    Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?

      Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the "nice to have" or even the "must have" skills listed on the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "nice to have"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Could you share with me which skills you feel I am missing? Perhaps I could then elaborate on my experience or transferable skills."

  7. 7.

    Tell me about a recurring problem that you run into in your current position, and how you handle it.

      The interviewer wants to see that, despite this recurring problem, you take action to find a resolution. They want to make sure they aren't hiring a chronic complainer who is easily defeated!

      Be careful to avoid complaining about your current (or most recent) position. A recurring problem could be a glitchy software system, an employee who is constantly late, or even an unpredictable work schedule. Whatever this recurring issue is, remain optimistic in your reply!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "A recurring problem that I have in my current position is the fact that our client management software is not user friendly. Any entry that I need to make is incredibly time consuming which poses a real problem when a deadline is present, or when we have clients waiting for an answer. I have found that the best workaround for this is to not allow my paperwork to build up. The more proactive I am, the better I can keep ahead of schedule."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The greatest issue in my current position is that we have so much employee turnover. It started to feel like I was constantly training new staff. I came up with an employee referral bonus program which greatly helped. For every successful referral, our employees get $400 plus another $400 after their referral stays for 3 months. I believe this has been successful because the quality of our employees has greatly increased."

      Anonymous Answer

      "A recurring problem that I ran into several times a week at my previous position was customer account pricing maintenance. We did not have user-friendly sales software, and for about 75% of product sold, I would have to override the system pricing manually. That meant I not only had to keep track of customer needs but also what they paid for similar items throughout a project."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer!

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  8. 8.

    Do you believe you are a leader? When have you led a team?

      Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500, or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

      Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I definitely see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a team in two prior roles, but also I believe that leadership does not always equate to management. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model of enthusiasm, and work-ethic."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I am a leader and enjoy leading by example. I have found myself in leadership positions throughout my personal and professional life. I have been the team captain of several amateur sports teams, a collegiate hockey coach, and most recently a counter sales manager."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer!

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  9. 9.

    What role do you generally like to take in team projects?

      The interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on, when put into a team based environment. If you tend to take the lead, let the interviewer know this, but avoid sounding 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 strongest sales person, but I am highly creative. This 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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "When it comes to team projects I do not mind taking a backseat and, rather than being the leader, being more of an administrator. I like to organize data and analyze progress rather than lead others."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I usually volunteer to lead or co-lead a group or team. I usually lead by example and listen to ideas from the whole team to develop the best chemistry and formula for success."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer!

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  10. 10.

    When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?

      Some tasks will require a keener eye and additional diligence. Discuss a time when you were extra thorough during a work-related task.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have to be extra thorough from time to time when I have clients that are especially detail oriented. Often this will mean spending additional time on calls with them to highlight project changes. I am absolutely okay with being extra thorough when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have to be extra thorough once every quarter when we complete our inventory counts. It takes a lot of concentration and attention to detail."

  11. 11.

    At NVR we have a variety of career opportunities. Do you prefer to work on-site or in an office environment?

      The interviewer would like to know more about your flexibility when it comes to your work environment. The best answer you can give will reflect your willingness to do what it takes on any given day. Of course, you are allowed to express a preference. Just be sure to avoid closing a door one way or the other.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The majority of my experience has been more hands on and working on-site. With that said, I am happy to work in any capacity required of me. I do bring office related experience as well and am comfortable in either work environment."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am much more comfortable in an office environment; however, I am open to learning more about on-site work. I am up for any challenge that comes my way, and I love to learn new skills. Where do you see the best fit for me at NVR, Inc.?"

      Anonymous Answer

      "Most of my work experience is within an office environment. However, I am completely comfortable in either environment, and I am willing and able to work wherever I am needed the most."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer! Shows you are open and flexible.

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  12. 12.

    At NVR we employ a large variety of personalities in trade and office based roles. Do you have experience managing a variety of personalities?

      In the construction industry you will come across a large range of personalities. Assure the interviewer that you are able to be comfortable in any type of work related exchange with a variety of communication styles.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The majority of my experience comes from managing more blue-collar individuals from the trades. I do have experience communicating with white-collar office based individuals such as engineers and architectural planners. My personality allows for me to communicate well with most individuals, no matter their role or personality."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have worked as a manager for salaried, hourly, and even union employees. My experience is diverse and I enjoy working with a multitude of personality types. Everyone is unique and that is part of what makes life so interesting!"

  13. 13.

    We have a few strong competitors at NVR. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?

      Before your interview it is very important that you research NVR, Inc. as well as their competitive landscape. Perhaps they stand out by providing a different level of quality, great customer service, or strong vendor relationships. Briefly discuss the ways that you feel NVR, Inc. stands above the rest.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have done a lot of research on NVR, Inc. as well as your competitive landscape and found that you stand out from the crowd in a variety of ways. Your customer and employee reviews are the highest in the local construction industry and it appears that NVR, Inc. puts a great deal of focus on quality over speed. I would be honored to work for a company with such strong expectations and values."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe that NVR, Inc. holds a longer tradition of quality work than any of its competitors. You have a great reputation for delivering above-average work."

      Anonymous Answer

      "From what I have researched I think that NVR markets their product very well, and NVR seems to really care about their clients' experience through the home building process. Plus, being a top 5 builder in the nation with over 450,000 new homes sold has given NVR a very favorable reputation."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer!

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  14. 14.

    At NVR we strive to be the best in our industry. In your opinion, what could we be doing better?

      If you are going to give the interviewer feedback on what NVR, Inc. could be doing better, it's best that you choose a topic a bit on the lighter side rather than a critical business component. The heavier types of opinions should be reserved for those who have worked with NVR, Inc. for a significant amount of time.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My experience with NVR, Inc. has been very positive so far. If I could suggest any area for improvement, I would mention that the online application process through your website could be more mobile friendly. With so many people working from their smart phones today, it's always a great idea to simplify your mobile user interface."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "That is a tough question for sure! If I had to think of a suggestion on the spot, I would suggest a stronger social media presence. A lot of construction and project management companies post on Instagram, showcasing their unique designs and attracting new customers."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Perhaps you can reach more potential customers with a boost in social media advertising. Almost everyone has some sort of social media account. I have followed NVR/Ryan Homes on Facebook for a few years now."

      Alexandra's Answer

      I like your suggestion! One idea I have is to add in something about the Facebook page you're following. Since you bring it up, the interviewer may follow up with a question about what you've seen on the Facebook page or what you would like to see.

      "Perhaps you can reach more potential customers with a boost in social media advertising. Almost everyone has some sort of social media account. I have followed NVR/Ryan Homes on Facebook for a few years now, and I would enjoy seeing more content there."

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  15. 15.

    We always have multiple projects on the go at NVR. Are you accustomed to working on multiple projects at one time?

      The interviewer would like to be assured that you are capable of multi-tasking. Talk about your most recent experience when it comes to working on different projects at one time. If you do not have experience working on multiple projects at a time then you can draw on other multi-tasking experiences. Perhaps this comes from your post-secondary experience or your personal life.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Multi-tasking is my middle name! I work on up to 6 construction projects at a time in my current role. I am accustomed to balancing a great deal of tasks with multiple clients."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position I am required to focus on one large project at a time. With that said, I do work with multiple departments and decision makers on each project. This experience has helped me to develop great multi-tasking skills."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, in my previous sales role I had to be very organized. I had multiple accounts that I was responsible for, and each client account usually had several different projects running at one time."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer! Be prepared for a follow-up question from the interviewer about how you like to stay organized and manage differing deadlines.

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  16. 16.

    At NVR we work on a range of projects. When it comes to the construction industry, do you prefer working on commercial or residential projects?

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  17. 17.

    At NVR we seek to hire those with a wide range of skills and talents. What are your top 3 strengths.

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  18. 18.

    Safety comes first at NVR. Tell me about your safety related training and your safety record in your current position.

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  19. 19.

    Construction can be stressful. How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?

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  20. 20.

    Are you applying for any other jobs?

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  21. 21.

    What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

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  22. 22.

    Tell me one thing about yourself that you would like to improve upon.

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  23. 23.

    What type of goals do you like to set for yourself and your team?

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  24. 24.

    What attracts you the most to this particular position?

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  25. 25.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

    We believe in goal setting, here at NVR. Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?

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  28. 28.

    What feedback did you receive at your last job?

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  29. 29.

    Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.

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  30. 30.

    Why do you want this job with NVR?

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  31. 31.

    Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

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  32. 32.

    Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?

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  33. 33.

    Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?

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