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1. Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
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List of Building Inspector Interview Questions
  1. Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
  2. How do you go above and beyond a normal inspection?
  3. Are you comfortable crawling under crawl spaces?
  4. Tell me a few foundation problems you have witnessed.
  5. Inspectors must have an overall knowledge of construction, how well does that fit you?
  6. Our inspectors must give an oral presentation to the realtor and home owner, are you comfortable with that?
  7. Have you performed both residential and commercial building inspections? Of the two, which do you prefer?
  8. What makes you passionate about inspecting buildings?
  9. What type of survey instruments and test equipment have you used?
  10. As a building inspector, clear communication is incredibly important. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
  11. Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
  12. Being a building inspector can mean coming across disputes now and then. Are you capable of handling disputes in a professional manner?
  13. When have you taken an existing inspection process and used your own creativity to make it better?
  14. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
  15. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
  16. Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
  17. How can we motivate you on the job?
  18. What are your salary expectations?
  19. Why do you want this job?
  20. When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
  21. What are your strengths?
  22. What are your weaknesses?
  23. Some inspections require you to maintain daily logs. Are you a strong and dedicated documenter?
  24. As a building inspector your will need to review and interpret plans, blueprints and site layouts. How strong are your skills in these areas?
  25. Are you able to quickly calculate and convert mathematical problems and measurements?
  26. Have you ever issued a violation notice or stop-work order?
  27. What is your educational background and how does it assist you in your career as a building inspector?
  28. Have you ever been offered a bribe in order to pass a project?
  29. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you have contributed to.
  30. When have you been asked to perform an inspection related task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
  31. Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
  32. With the ongoing changes in the construction industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?
  33. What are your career aspirations, in the inspection industry, beyond this job?
  34. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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Rachelle Enns
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Diana D'Souza
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Building Inspector Information
May 26th, 2017

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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