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

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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.



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33 Construction Interview Questions & Answers

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

      How to Answer

      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.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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 Company ABC?"

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

      How to Answer

      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.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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!"

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

      How to Answer

      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.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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

      How to Answer

      Before your interview it is very important that you research Company ABC 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 Company ABC stands above the rest.



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

      How to Answer

      If you are going to give the interviewer feedback on what Company ABC 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 Company ABC for a significant amount of time.



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  • 6. We offer many opportunities for growth with Company ABC. How would you like to see your career grow with us?

      How to Answer

      It's a great idea to visit Company ABC 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.



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  • 7. We always have multiple projects on the go at Company ABC. Are you accustomed to working on multiple projects at one time?

      How to Answer

      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.



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

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about your flexibility when it comes to the type of projects that you work on. 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.



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

      How to Answer

      It may be tough to brag about yourself but this is the perfect time to do just that! Think of work related compliments you have received in the past. Do you receive consistent positive feedback on particular skills? Draw on those strengths when you discuss the ways you will make a big impact on Company ABC, if hired.



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  • 10. Safety comes first at Company ABC. Tell me about your safety related training and your safety record in your current position.

      How to Answer

      It is important to Company ABC that they hire people who are as safety conscious as they are. Whether you have formal safety related education or on-the-job training you should be prepared to talk to the interviewer about your safety record. If you have particular tickets or certifications it's a great idea to bring those with you to the interview.



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

      How to Answer

      Ah, the challenge of stress management! Your ability to manage stress will directly influence your ability to do your job successfully. Before answering this question, think of some ways you have learned to deal with stress at work. You can't always take a break when you need it, so what will you do?

      Some workplace stress management strategies are:

      - Track your primary stress factors and make a plan for overcoming those
      - Establish boundaries with distracting coworkers
      - Breathing exercises, or meditation
      - Be sure to recharge your emotional batteries throughout the day
      - Express your stress to your manager/supervisor
      - Ask for help

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 13. What role do you generally like to 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. 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.

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  • 14. Are you applying for any other jobs?

      How to Answer

      It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far but be aware of not disclosing too much information. T

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  • 15. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of decisions you are accustomed to making in the workplace. The way you answer this questions will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision making requirements in this potential position.

      If the job you are interviewing for requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet, you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. If you worked in tech support, you were faced with problems that you needed to find solutions for on a regular basis. If you worked as a sales rep, you may have needed to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

      You may have been faced with decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these types of decisions and be sure to highlight how these types of decisions have prepared you for a role like this one.

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  • 16. What is your current salary?

      How to Answer

      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.



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

      How to Answer

      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!

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

      How to Answer

      Self-improvement is required by everyone, no matter what stage we are in, in life and career. Talk to the interviewer about something that you would improve about yourself and what you are planning to do to achieve that.



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

      How to Answer

      What types of goals are you most keen on setting for your employees? Talk to the interviewer about the types of goals that you find most important.



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  • 20. Do you believe you are a leader? When have you led a team?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 21. What attracts you the most to this particular position?

      How to Answer

      The perfect fit needs to go both ways. Assure the interviewer that you see this role as a strong fit for you and discuss the reasons why. Be specific.



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  • 22. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      How to Answer

      Is honesty always the best policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.



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  • 23. Company ABC is 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 is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

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

      How to Answer

      If the interviewer asks you any general questions about goals, try to focus your answer on something career-oriented. The job you're interviewing for could help you achieve your goal by teaching you new skills and giving you valuable experience. Demonstrate that you are proactive and willing to take action in order to reach your goals.

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

      How to Answer

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



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

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 27. What feedback did you receive at your last job?

      How to Answer

      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 feedback itself. Even if it was negative, if you can take it as constructive criticism, you can improve yourself and your skills.

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  • 28. It seems that your resume is missing certain skills that are necessary for this position. How do you plan to compensate for these missing skills?

      How to Answer

      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.



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

      How to Answer

      On occasion, mistakes will happen and communication will be broken. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this occurred in the workplace. How did you resolve the situation?



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  • 30. Why do you want this job with Company ABC?

      How to Answer

      Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and conduct research on the opportunity. Think about how this job will help you in your career. It's important for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.

      While your passion and excitement about the job are important, it's always good to have some hard facts to back it up. For instance, saying 'I have heard great things about your company and I know I would be a great fit for this job', is not very specific.

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  • 31. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

      How to Answer

      Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time consuming process for any company and hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long term fit with your next employer.

      Take a look at the career growth options with the company. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to specifically mention them to the interviewer. Your expressed interest in those particular internal opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long term fit with them.

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

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you consider yourself a patient individual. Impatience can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in coworkers so it is really important that you are able to showcase your ability to remain patient and professional in workplace situations.

      Patience is certainly a virtue, but can be difficult to maintain when it seems that situations continue to push your buttons. Show the interviewer that you posses the ability to keep your cool in challenging situations.

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

      How to Answer

      Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. (IE: a bus driver should not find driving to be the most stressful part of the job).

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