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We are looking for strong team players to join National Steel Erection. What role do you usually take in team projects?

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  1. 1.

    We are looking for strong team players to join National Steel Erection. 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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I like to take the lead on team projects. I am vocal and organized which makes me a natural leader."

  2. 2.

    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."

  3. 3.

    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."

  4. 4.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role with National Steel Erection?

      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 National Steel Erection, Inc.."

  5. 5.

    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."

  6. 6.

    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."

  7. 7.

    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, tasks that they enjoy and feel they are good at - then they will perform as motivated employees."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Every one of my new hires does a DISC assessment. This assessment shows where they fall in regards to four traits: dominance, influence, steadiness, compliance. The results help me understand them better and how to tap into their peak performance."

  8. 8.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Just last week, a customer called our design team because he was unhappy with a particular design we were creating for him. I reassured him that we would modify the design to his liking before finalizing the project. We spoke further and, in the end, he was feeling uncomfortable not being a part of the decision-making every step of the way. With any customer complaint I remain patient, listen to their concerns, and reassure the customer we would do anything within reason to satisfy their requests."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I worked in a retail customer care center and had to navigate angry customer experiences more times than I would have liked. People who are upset want to be heard and respected. I would listen, empathize and reassure the customer that I am there to support them and resolve the matter. Communication and reassurance are important throughout the process."

  9. 9.

    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."

  10. 10.

    What is your definition of hard work?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For me, hard work means that I did what I could that day to exceed expectations. I come to work early and stay late if needed and I go over and above the requirements without hesitation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "To me, hard work means going over and above the call of duty whenever the opportunity arises. It means giving my best to my employer every day."

  11. 11.

    At National Steel Erection 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 National Steel Erection, 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."

  12. 12.

    At National Steel Erection 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."

  13. 13.

    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."

  14. 14.

    At National Steel Erection 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 National Steel Erection, 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 National Steel Erection, 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."

  15. 15.

    At National Steel Erection 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."

  16. 16.

    Have you ever had to terminate an employee?

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

    In your opinion, who are the strongest competitors for National Steel Erection?

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  20. 20.

    We are 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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  21. 21.

    Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.

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  22. 22.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

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  23. 23.

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

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  24. 24.

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

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  25. 25.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

    What makes you a great problem solver?

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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 National Steel Erection, and this role?

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  31. 31.

    What is your long-range career objective with National Steel Erection?

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