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27 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
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Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and research the opportunity. Think about how this position will help you in your career. It's essential for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.

While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, 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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1.
Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and research the opportunity. Think about how this position will help you in your career. It's essential for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.

While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am excited about this opportunity because your values are very much in line with mine. I deeply care about giving back to the community. I also feel like this job will help me reach my goal of working in a management position, because of the leadership opportunities within this role."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently completed my Diploma in Building Inspection Technology and am eager to gain a successful start in this career path. I like the technical aspect associated with this career path as well as the fact that I can utilize my skills in detail management and accurate documentation."
Anonymous Answer
"I have been in the construction industry now for 16+ years. I want to explore other aspects of the building industry, and I like to help people. I've read up on Orange Counties goals within the building inspection department, and they align with mine, and I would like to be apart of it. I have recently passed my ICC tests for Residential Structural, Mechanical, and Plumbing. I will be taking my Electrical test within the next two weeks, and I have already signed up for the Commercial (B2) test. This job will start me on a successful path to where I want to be in my career, and it will take advantage of my specific management skills and accurate record keeping."
Rachelle's Answer
You do a fantastic job qualifying yourself and showcasing your interest in the industry. Well done!
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How do you go above and beyond a normal inspection?
The interviewer would like to know that you are the type to go above the call of duty, without being prompted by your manager or supervisor.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I try to go above and beyond a normal inspection by double checking all of my work. Also, the better knowledge I have on building codes, the better I can explain them to the necessary parties. I will work overtime as well to ensure that an inspection is not rushed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some ways that you can go above and beyond:

- Be extra thorough in your inspections and double check your work
- Have a full understanding of codes
- Study codes in your spare time"
Anonymous Answer
"I go into every situation prepared. Once I get my assignment, I research every aspect of that specific topic. I don't want to be surprised or seem like I don't know the subject. I want to make sure that the client has trust in me to do my job professionally and correctly. I double-check my work, ask questions where needed, and take any/all offered advice from co-workers with more experience."
Rachelle's Answer
You seem very well rounded and eager when it comes to delivering a job well done. This is a great response!
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3.
Tell me a few foundation problems you have witnessed.
The interviewer would like to know the extent to your experience by testing your knowledge on foundation problems. Briefly discuss your exposure to foundation related problems.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The primary foundation problems that I have witness in my 5 year career as a building inspector would be improperly fitting doors and windows, warped ceilings, and buckling walls. I am confident in my ability to notice even the smallest indicators of foundation related issues."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have learned a bit about foundation problems in my architecture related coursework. I am familiar with some of the more obvious signs of foundation issues such as warping and ill-fitting windows. I do look forward to gaining more hands-on exposure in this area."
Anonymous Answer
"I am familiar with some of the basic foundation issues: warping walls, windows, or doors that are out of square or don't fit correctly: sloping floors and bad drainage. I've seen windows that have been cracked due to inadequate compaction and settling. Patios that are sloped toward the home and cause water to leak into the house. I know there are a lot more possible issues, and I look forward to learning them."
Rachelle's Answer
The detail you provide will be beneficial to the interviewer when they are determining if your experience will be a fit for the issues they manage regularly. Good work!
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4.
Are you comfortable crawling into tight spaces?
Being in tight spaces is a standard requirement for building inspectors. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of performing tasks in small areas. Talk about your experience with this by expressing how many times you have been in small crawl spaces, or by highlighting your years of experience.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been performing building inspections for three years now and can confidently say that I have been in small crawl spaces, hundreds of times. I am fine with situations like this."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I am new to my career as a building inspector, I am confident that I can successfully work in small spaces. I have never experienced any claustrophobia."
Anonymous Answer
"Part of my current job is going into confined spaces to inspect aggregate scales. Once I find the issue, I might even have to repair the problem myself in the same confined area. I have no issues with confined spaces."
Rachelle's Answer
You already have the experience, which is fantastic!
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5.
Inspectors must have an overall knowledge of construction. How would you rate your construction knowledge?
The interviewer would like to know that you have a sound knowledge base when it comes to construction. Highlight any construction related education, or on the job training that you may have.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Although I do not have a formal degree in engineering or construction, I have taken many related courses on building codes and ordinances, electrical inspection, materials of construction and concrete principles of inspection. I am confident in my ability to understand advanced construction-related topics."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My knowledge in construction is strong. I recently graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Architecture where I learned a great deal about construction best practiced, building codes, and ordinances."
Anonymous Answer
"Between my 16 years in the industry and my recent ICC testing, I feel my construction knowledge is well rounded. There is always more to learn, and I am eagerly looking forward to my continuing education."
Rachelle's Answer
Leading with your years of experience, and your recent ICC testing is the perfect way to respond. This is very good!
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