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Building Inspector Interview Questions

27 Building Inspector Interview Questions
Question 1 of 27
Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
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 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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I have worked as a building inspector, primarily in the residential circuit, for the past twelve years. I look forward to working as a building inspector for your company because you offer much more exposure to larger commercial projects. This is the career trajectory that I am looking for."
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Question 2 of 27
How do you go above and beyond a normal inspection?
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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.

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"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."
Entry Level Example
"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 "
Experienced Example
"I am a very thorough building inspector, and I take the time to explain my finding in terms that my clients or project managers will understand. I ensure that everyone involved knows and understand next steps at all times."
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Question 3 of 27
Tell me a few foundation problems you have witnessed.
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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.

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"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"In my nine years as a building inspector, I am certain that I have seen it all when it comes to structural and foundation issues. The worst I have seen was a commercial building that needed to be evacuated immediately due to danger in the parking garage. I couldn't believe that a previous inspector hadn't condemned the building. This is an example of why it's so important to have people of integrity in this line of work."
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Question 4 of 27
Are you comfortable crawling into tight spaces?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I understand that working in tight spaces is a requirement of this role. As a building inspector with eight years of experience, I can assure you that I am more than capable in any situation."
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Question 5 of 27
Inspectors must have an overall knowledge of construction. How would you rate your construction knowledge?
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Question 6 of 27
Our inspectors often present their findings to realtors and home owners. Are you comfortable with that?
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Question 7 of 27
Have you performed both residential and commercial building inspections? Of the two, which do you prefer?
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Question 8 of 27
What makes you passionate about inspecting buildings?
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Question 9 of 27
What type of survey instruments and test equipment have you used?
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Question 10 of 27
What are your salary expectations?
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First written on: 08/27/2014
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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Question 11 of 27
How can we motivate you on the job?
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Question 12 of 27
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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Question 13 of 27
When have you taken an existing inspection process and used your own creativity to make it better?
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Question 14 of 27
Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
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Question 15 of 27
As a building inspector, clear communication is incredibly important. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 16 of 27
What are your strengths?
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Question 17 of 27
What are your weaknesses?
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Question 18 of 27
What are your career aspirations, in the inspection industry, beyond this job?
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Question 19 of 27
With the ongoing changes in the construction industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?
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Question 20 of 27
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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Question 21 of 27
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you have contributed to.
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Question 22 of 27
Have you ever been offered a bribe in order to pass a project?
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Question 23 of 27
What is your educational background and how does it assist you in your career as a building inspector?
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Question 24 of 27
Have you ever issued a violation notice or stop-work order?
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Question 25 of 27
Are you able to quickly calculate and convert mathematical problems and measurements?
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Question 26 of 27
As a building inspector your will need to review and interpret plans, blueprints and site layouts. How strong are your skills in these areas?
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Question 27 of 27
Some inspections require you to maintain daily logs. Are you a strong and dedicated documenter?
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About Building Inspector

August 3rd, 2018

Building inspectors conduct investigations of residential and commercial buildings to ensure that they comply with current quality and safety standards. Their main aim is to ensure that all new constructions, as well as repair work, are carried out in accordance with applicable building codes, and an approved plan.
A high school diploma is the minimum educational qualification required to become a building inspector. However, most employers give preference to applicants who have at least an associate's degree or certification in architecture, construction, or building inspection. Experience is the single most important factor in finding employment. Doing an apprenticeship will help you obtain the necessary experience. Building inspectors must have knowledge of zoning restrictions, and construction materials and methods. They must also be able to read and understand architectural blue prints.
At your interview, the interviewer will want to know if you have had any experience as a building inspector. They will also ask you if you know how to read blueprints and what types of buildings have you inspected. Other questions could be about your career goals, your job skills and your strengths and weaknesses. You can find more questions at mock interview questions.

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