Building Inspector Interview Questions

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What are your career aspirations, in the inspection industry, beyond this job?

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List of 27 Building Inspector Interview Questions & Answers

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    What are your career aspirations, in the inspection industry, beyond this job?

  2. 2.

    What makes you passionate about inspecting buildings?

  3. 3.

    What are your strengths?

  4. 4.

    Are you comfortable crawling into tight spaces?

  5. 5.

    Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

  6. 6.

    What is your educational background and how does it assist you in your career as a building inspector?

  7. 7.

    How can we motivate you on the job?

  8. 8.

    Have you ever issued a violation notice or stop-work order?

  9. 9.

    Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?

  10. 10.

    How do you go above and beyond a normal inspection?

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    Tell me a few foundation problems you have witnessed.

  12. 12.

    Our inspectors often present their findings to realtors and home owners. Are you comfortable with that?

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    Inspectors must have an overall knowledge of construction. How would you rate your construction knowledge?

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    Have you performed both residential and commercial building inspections? Of the two, which do you prefer?

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    What type of survey instruments and test equipment have you used?

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    Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you have contributed to.

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    When have you been asked to perform an inspection related task in which you had little or no experience in doing?

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    With the ongoing changes in the construction industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?

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    What are your weaknesses?

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    As a building inspector, clear communication is incredibly important. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

  21. 21.

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

  22. 22.

    How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

  23. 23.

    What are your salary expectations?

  24. 24.

    Some inspections require you to maintain daily logs. Are you a strong and dedicated documenter?

  25. 25.

    As a building inspector your will need to review and interpret plans, blueprints and site layouts. How strong are your skills in these areas?

  26. 26.

    Are you able to quickly calculate and convert mathematical problems and measurements?

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    Have you ever been offered a bribe in order to pass a project?