Everyone has difficult decisions they have made in their career where little information was present. Focus on a choice you made in your job where you wanted more time to gather information, but instead, had to make a fast decision. Remember to pick an example that results in a positive outcome.
"This happens rather frequently in home remodeling. Each time we came to an uncertain circumstance, I would consult with the project manager and each contractor involved in that arena. If the homeowner needed to be contacted, I would contact them. Rarely we would make a decision without knowing exactly which way forward we were supposed to go."
"Depending on the outcome, I would almost never make a decision without knowing if this was the correct way of doing things. Also, I would try to get a feel for the project manager and the homeowner. Whether or not the homeowner has a history of picking out every single detail in their home vs a homeowner that never wants to make a decision."
The tension between coworkers can be draining, mainly if you work in a high-stress work environment. When asked a question about dealing with conflict or overcoming a challenge, think of an example first. Having a concrete situation to draw from will help you to think through the steps you take to deal with conflict.
"My coworker and I had a misunderstanding about the schedule. We both got frustrated, so I took a step back and asked if we could talk about it when we were both calm; so the tension didn't escalate. The next day I pulled him aside and asked if we could talk. We both shared our sides of the story and realized it was just a miscommunication."
"Conflict in the workplace is sometimes unavoidable when you have so many personalities working together. When faced with conflict, I will remind myself to keep a level head, hear all sides of the story whenever possible, and remove myself from any situation that becomes heated."
Companies will want to know two things about you beforing hiring. One, can you really do the job you are claiming to do? Second, how will your personality fit in with the rest of the crew? At Perry Homes, there are multiple crews, chances are they will be able to fit you with a crew you get along with. But they still might require you to come in and show off your carpentry skills.
"Yes, absolutely. I had to frame a wall at my last job before they hired me. So I am definitely able to stop by and perform any tasks you want to see from me."
"Yes, if you can give me a day and time, then I can coordinate this with my current job. Typically my crew has Fridays off. If that day works for your team, that would be best for me."
Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. Traits could include buzzwords such as extroverted, energetic, and confident.
"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."
"Here are some other words you can use to describe your personality without using overused keywords: - Adaptable - Balanced - Capable - Disciplined - Eloquent - Flexible"
Every manager has a different approach to giving feedback. Some prefer to save it for the performance review while others dish it out on the regular. Your response to feedback is much more important than the input itself. Even if it was negative, if you can take it as constructive criticism, you can improve yourself and your skills.
"My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the details of a project. I realized that I could be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and hyper-focus on things that aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize the steps I need to take and the tasks that need completion when working on a bigger project."
"Every performance review, in my previous position, was very positive. I like to achieve greatness in everything that I do, and my manager appreciated that."
Doing things as efficient as possible is a requirement in home building. Thinking of new ways to perform tasks more efficiently is a great skill to have. If you have perfected any carpentry skill in the past, proudly share it with the interviewer!
"At my last construction company, staying organized was a huge problem for us. We had bins cluttered with random tools and bits. One day after work, I rearranged all the bins and toolboxes on the van to be better organized. I labeled them appropriately. It saved us a huge amount of time going forward."
"I recently graduated from vocational training, but am always open and on the lookout for doing things more efficiently. I have a great work ethic and don't mind doing extra work, but my grandpa always said, 'work smarter not harder'."
Interviewer is looking for an honest skill you are trying to improve upon. Saying you are good at everything won't cut it. Interviewer will believe you are lying and/or arrogant.
"As I said earlier, my one task I dislike doing is drywall mudding, but I am working on becoming better at it. I don't shun away from the task, so each time I have to do it, I notice slight improvements."
"Yes, trimming crown molding is still something I have yet to perfect. I have been researching new techniques online and am trying to improve upon my angles. They are nearly seamless but not quite perfect yet."
If you say there isn't a single thing in construction you dislike doing, you are flat out lying. Have you ever had to carry trash bags full of broken tile through two flights of stairs and into the backyard where the dumpster is? Maybe you haven't, but I am sure there has been a situation where you have done some grueling work before. Easiest answer to the interviewer is to describe a situation like that where you had to complete a task even though it was painful to do. But becareful not to brag about how tough it actually was.
"Yes, during my time remodeling homes, we often had to do plumbing in crawl spaces. I love plumbing, but when it came time to crawl under a house, it wasn't fun for me! I got the job done though but I made sure to shine flashlight throughout the crawl space to make sure there weren't any critters under there."
"I would say mudding wall joints. It requires an artistic ability that I seem to be lacking in. I have gotten better at it over the years but I still can't mud a corner very well yet."
Being an honest person in the trades is a key requirement. You'll be around valuable tools and materials. The home builders and future homeowners will be counting on your trustworthiness when completing their house. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you demonstrated a high level of trust and honesty.
"I would love to give myself a 10/10 for honesty but truthfully - nobody is 100% honest all of the time. I will give myself a nine because I always do my best to be as honest as possible."
"Very honest. I would never steal or lie to anyone. I value my reputation as a trust worthy person way more than I would ever value breaking that special bond."
The interviewer is looking for more of an answer than 'I saw an ad on linkedin'. Describe what you know about Perry Homes and why you chose to apply here. Maybe you have a friend that works for the homebuilder or are relocating to the Texas area and heard about their stellar reputation.
"From my understanding, Perry Homes is one of the leading home builders in Austin. I heard they offer great compensation and treat their employees right. That's why I would leave my current job and work for you guys if hired."
"I just finished my vocational training and want to begin with you guys. I believe I will learn from some of the best carpenters in Texas if you guys hired me. It would be a great opportunity to begin my career at your company."
Depending on the position you are interviewing for at Perry Homes, you may be required to terminate employees or remove unproductive contractors from your lineup.Terminations and corrective discipline measures can be very difficult to do but, with experience, they do get more comfortable. Talk to the interviewer about the extent of your experience with terminations and discipline.
"I have been a part of individual terminations and group lay-offs throughout my career. I am comfortable with these types of tasks."
"I have not been in a position to perform terminations or hold corrective discipline meetings; however, I would be willing to perform these types of tasks with a small amount of training and research."
Having your work critiqued is necessary in the construction field. You must take constructive criticism positively and apply what your fellow co-workers are telling you to heart. Construction is an evolving industry, with new products and materials hitting the market every year. Being able to adapt and learn new techniques is a requirement.
"At my last job, we hired a new guy who started a few weeks prior. I was working on the baseboard using a mitre saw to cut the angles. He showed me a technique using a coping saw. It took more time, but the joints were nearly perfect. It was hard at first to listen to a new guy give me instructions, but that's just part of the trade."
"I would say every other week, in home remodeling, someone points out a technique or better way of doing something. At first, criticism used to bother me, but I have learned to listen to the guys who have been in the industry longer than me. Nine times out of ten, I walk away agreeing with what they said."
Most hiring managers will consider more than two jobs in the past five years to be frequent movement. Take some time to explain your career progression to the interviewer. Be sure to avoid speaking poorly of any of your previous employers. This question is not the time to ramble on about how your former company did you wrong. The only appropriate answer is a short and sweet one.
"Leaving Company X was due to a merger, and my role was eliminated. Company Y was a seasonal role, and I am now looking for a new position because my contract with Company Z is complete this March."
"I have had a couple of positions in the past that I took too quickly, and should have researched further. I am much more selective in my job search this time. I appreciate what Perry Homes Building Company stands for, and I see a long-term fit here."
The employer would like to know what methods you are using in your search and which job ad methods are working for them. You can expand your answer to include any other exposure you have had to Perry Homes.
"I initially saw your job posting on LinkedIn, however; I have been exposed to your organization many times before through your radio commercials and advertisements on Facebook."
"I have had my eye on your organization for some time now and keep an auto-alert on Indeed for new job postings with Perry Homes Building Company."
Interviewing and hiring new employees is a time consuming and often costly venture for any company. Assure the interviewer that you genuinely want to work for Perry Homes by talking about the career growth that you anticipate.
"I saw the job posting on your website and jumped at the opportunity. I've been working for a remodeling company for the last three years and have wanted to join your team for a while now. I believe it will be a great step up for me to join."
"I would love the opportunity to stay with Perry Homes for the long term; eventually growing into a project management position. I see that many of your management level employees started in entry-level roles. I appreciate that you promote from within, whenever possible."
Assure the interviewer that you have the technical skills and abilities required of you in this role. You may not have experience in the specific programs and software systems used at Perry Homes Building Company but perhaps you have a general understanding of how they work. Briefly discuss the programs you have used in your recent positions and rate your level of expertise with each.
"I have used Program ABC for Inventory Management which I understand is similar to Project Insight. I am an intermediate user in SAP and also have about ten years' experience in Auto CAD. I am confident in my ability to learn your programs quickly as I consider myself to be a robust technical user."
"I am well versed in SAP, Auto CAD and Project Insight. I used SAP for approximately 12 years when I was with Company A. With Company B; I used Project Insight for about two years. I am more advanced with AutoCAD, having taken some college coursework in this program."
As an added bonus to Perry Homes, if you have post-secondary education in any construction specialty, proudly describe your experience to the interviewer. Assure the interviewer that you come equipped with the knowledge level appropriate for this position. If you do not have a post-secondary education, then be sure to make a statement regarding your ability to perform the tasks required of you for this role with Perry Homes Building Company.
"I am PMP Certified from the Project Management Institute. In addition to this certification, I also possess a degree in Business Management from Strayer University. These education related successes have helped me to learn more about multitasking during complex projects, anticipate building product needs, and put safety at the forefront of a project."
"My formal education, related to building products and construction is limited; however, I bring 15 solid years' experience in the industry. My knowledge level is strong, and I am confident in my ability to surpass your expectations."
Your attitude towards customer service will reveal to the interviewer a lot about your work personality. Building a new home puts a lot of stress on any new homeowner. Having experience dealing with homeowners is a huge plus. If you do not have experience with homeowners, display to the interviewer that you are compassionate and understanding of the project at hand and will do anything in your power to help please the customer.
"I want to make sure any customer is happy throughout the process of building their new home. I understand the financial burden they are placed under and the stress that comes. I will do anything within my power to help them feel at ease as we build them their new home."
"My philosophy is to treat every single customer the same, regardless of the size of their project. Everyone should feel heard, and receive great service at all times."
Show the interviewer that you can work proactively with vendors when it comes to fixing errors and managing inventory expectations. Display your ability to remain professional, yet firm.
"In my current position, I have strong relationships with my vendors. During a roofing project, we were short a full square of shingles. I knew it was a mistake on their part and the driver immediately went back to their warehouse and added the square to his truck."
"If a vendor shorted me on inventory, which resulted in a project delay, I would be clear with them about the repercussions while, at the same time, giving them the wiggle room to work hard to fix the situation."
Building a home requires great coordination between multiple contractors and vendors. This can be a great challenge. Discuss with the interviewer how you ensure that everyone involved in a project is properly communicated with and all tasks are organized properly. Provide some information in regards to how your current position requires the same of you.
"As a drywall installer, we would often coordinate with multiple contractors. I found the number one key to success is not being afraid to communicate with the other party. Especially if you have any doubts on anything in regards to the schedule. If you aren't sure the electric is done, do not hesitate to call the electrician before hanging drywall."
"It certainly can be a juggling act to keep various contractors working in sync. I know that's part of the job for anyone working in construction. I've found just being extra diligent, with all aspects of the operation, can help keep things running smoothly."
It is essential to research Perry Homes Building Company before your interview so that you can fully understand what makes them stand apart from their competitors. One of the areas that stands out for me, when I researched Perry Homes, is how incredible their home designs look and their affordable price tag. It's easy to understand why many customers in Texas choose them when building their new home. For your own ideas: go to https://www.perryhomes.com/ and check out any recent news, press releases, announcements, or awards/accolades they have recently achieved. Keep your answer brief and decisive.
"What sets Perry Homes apart from other home builders is that you have great home designs at affordable prices. I know if I was in the market to build a new home for myself, you would be at the top of my list for builders to consider."
"Through my research online I have found that you have the best online reviews compared to your competitors. Which means, you must have happy employees who are treating your customers right. That is someone who I want to work for."
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a must-know topic for anyone in the building products and construction industry. Take a moment to explain your understanding of LEED briefly and be sure to ask about the level of involvement Perry Homes Building Company has with LEED initiatives.
"From my understanding, LEED is the largest green building certification program in the world. It has significantly changed the way companies build. I would think that offering LEED homes, or energy efficient homes would have a positive impact on your sales."
"Because I am new to this industry, I am likely not as familiar with LEED as you are. I have conducted some research and believe that LEED in an environmental based building initiative. Depending on the city in Texas, I would believe customers would be highly interested in having energy efficient homes. Anything that would lower their cooling bills in the Summer would be a huge win."