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Top 30 Building Inspector Interview Questions

Question 1 of 34
Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
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Question 2 of 34
How do you go above and beyond a normal inspection?
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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 in to the necessary parties. I will work overtime as well to ensure that an inspection is not rushed."
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. 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
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Question 3 of 34
Are you comfortable crawling under crawl spaces?
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"I have been performing building inspections for 3 years now and can confidently say that I have been in small crawl spaces, hundreds of times. I am absolutely fine in situations like this."
Being in tight spaces is a common requirement for building inspectors. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of performing tasks in small spaces. 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.
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Question 4 of 34
Tell me a few foundation problems you have witnessed.
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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."
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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Question 5 of 34
Inspectors must have an overall knowledge of construction, how well does that fit you?
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Question 6 of 34
Our inspectors must give an oral presentation to the realtor and home owner, are you comfortable with that?
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Question 7 of 34
Have you performed both residential and commercial building inspections? Of the two, which do you prefer?
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Question 8 of 34
What makes you passionate about inspecting buildings?
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Question 9 of 34
What type of survey instruments and test equipment have you used?
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Question 10 of 34
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 11 of 34
Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
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Question 12 of 34
Being a building inspector can mean coming across disputes now and then. Are you capable of handling disputes in a professional manner?
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Question 13 of 34
When have you taken an existing inspection process and used your own creativity to make it better?
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Question 14 of 34
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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Question 15 of 34
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
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Question 16 of 34
Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
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Question 17 of 34
How can we motivate you on the job?
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Question 18 of 34
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 19 of 34
Why do you want this job?
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Question 20 of 34
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
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Question 21 of 34
What are your strengths?
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Question 22 of 34
What are your weaknesses?
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Question 23 of 34
Some inspections require you to maintain daily logs. Are you a strong and dedicated documenter?
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Question 24 of 34
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 25 of 34
Are you able to quickly calculate and convert mathematical problems and measurements?
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Question 26 of 34
Have you ever issued a violation notice or stop-work order?
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Question 27 of 34
What is your educational background and how does it assist you in your career as a building inspector?
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Question 28 of 34
Have you ever been offered a bribe in order to pass a project?
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Question 29 of 34
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you have contributed to.
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Question 30 of 34
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 31 of 34
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
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Question 32 of 34
With the ongoing changes in the construction industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?
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Question 33 of 34
What are your career aspirations, in the inspection industry, beyond this job?
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Question 34 of 34
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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Question 1 of 34
Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
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1.
Interesting work presenting ever changing challenges.
2.
Because I find it interesting, challenging and I like working with other people.
3.
To better in building trade. Make all building structurally and mechanically safe.
4.
Because I love the work and I enjoy seeing quality work done.
5.
I have always liked seeing a projects start from a ideas and thoughts and turn into a completed quality built structures.
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I like working with people, to helpsolve their problems. Also, being part of a great team to help protect homeowners.
7.
I would like to be in building inspector because I am interesting to review the method of statement and project specification and materials submitted.
8.
This is my specialty and I believe I am a good candidate.
9.
To make sure the proper codes are applied to the work.
10.
So that I can get more information on building and what causes some structural defect on building.
11.
Because I find the work interesting, at times challenging, and I like to see quality work done.
12.
I enjoy seeing quality structures for our safety.
13.
I would like to improve the quality of new homes in more ways than I have in the past, it also offers a more fulfilling role with rewards and satisfaction of ensuring a home is finished to a good quality.
14.
Passion for buildings and compliance.
15.
Because I have over 5 years of experience.
Question 2 of 34
How do you go above and beyond a normal inspection?
User-Submitted Answers
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If the homeowner is home explain the reason for inspection and what I am doing.
2.
I will review all areas not just the areas that need looking at. If something is not done correctly then I will converse with the lead builder and site manager and see how we can best rectify the problem.
3.
Make sure that every single phase of the work to be inspected is checked thoroughly.
4.
Thank for the question. according to the experience I have from star construction, I am capable to handle any problem concerning the inspection. For the case where it is needed the above inspection, I can use the advanced skills in order to resolve the question.
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Know your codes, and building practices. Being polite and curtious to the public asking for the inspection.
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Curtious and willing to listen to the person asking for the inspection. Offering simple knowlage if needed.
7.
If contractor call for inspection but he has just one or two corrections and he needs the inspection if it wouldn't set me back on my work schedules then I would weight and let him fix the corrections to be signed off.
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Because I have the ability, knowledge, and experience in house inspection. I am qualified to be a successful house inspector.
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Speaking not only to the client or owner but also communicating with the builders to further let them know why is it I am there and explain to them the reasons for inspections or importance of building inspectors, so that even next time they may know.
10.
Look for nit only the most common code issue's but the smaller things that often get missed.
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Because I want to expand my knowledge about construction.
12.
I think every inspection is important, however if I had to go above and beyond I would make sure that the homeowner or contractor new why a code was enforced and what it was meant to imply.
13.
I am a very detailed person, I would do a very therow inspection. Help to explain any codes, and explain the safety reasons behind them.
14.
Because this is option suit me and my interesting and my experience.
15.
I make sure to start inspection from street site entering building and make sure nothing is hidden.
Question 3 of 34
Are you comfortable crawling under crawl spaces?
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Yes, I do. I do in all my jobs. Its way way to detail visual inspection.
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It's part of the business there may be a foundation that may need to have under floor plumbing looked at or may have to have a situation that you made look at.
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I have a solid body that can used for stooping and crawling in limited spaces.
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I have not experienced such a situation.
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Yes absolutely.I love doing adventures.
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Yes that doesnt bother me a bit.
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Yes, I am in good physical shape. I have done this and feel very comfortable in these situations. I even have some confined space training.
8.
Don't understand this question.
9.
Yes I am because thts wher w grow.
10.
I'm happy to go where ever is required to make inspections.
11.
Yes, underneath crawl spaces and on top of roofs are areas often overlooked by contractors and other inspectors.
12.
Yes I am I have done many crawls I'm ok with it.
13.
Yes I am comfortable in tight spaces.
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Yes I need to see foundation structures to determne quality.
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I will do what is needed to perform my assigned duties to the best of my ability.
Question 4 of 34
Tell me a few foundation problems you have witnessed.
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None, have not had the opportunity go out and do field inspections.
2.
Foundation not positioned correctly on footings, improper reinforcement, insufficient lentil or bond beam.
3.
I haven't done any field inspections.
4.
Incorrect tie in to existing slabs. R bar on the dirt. Lack of reading plans to type and layout of steel.
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One foundation I have single for was a home that was incorrectly Doug wrong and so that the dirt had to be put back into the foundation repacked and then we had to redig it again.
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Foundation degradation due to aging building and softening soil. Water damaged foundation, which caused soil erosion.
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Mostly builders make the mistake of not making bootleg foundations when digging next to neighbours walls. as well as incorrect reinforcement and shalow digging of trenches or foundation levels.
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Crack walls, crack flooring.
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I have had cracks that were not a structure issues, however they did need surface patch to keep water from intruding.
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I have witnessed plenty of stress cracks in both poured and block basements, however surface patching was only required to make sure water wouldnt intrud.
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Lack of drainage and flooding. Cracked and damaged block, partial colapsed walls, and cracked concrete foundations.
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Settlement, cracks, deterioration, unevenness,
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Strength on concrete base may result on craking of foundation as well as what type of soil below the foundation.
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Rebar to close to surface, to reinforcement chairs, no expansion joints.
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Was of raft foundation found out tht they use wrong teinforcing size ans anatha one their concrete topping had horney on top surface.
Question 5 of 34
Inspectors must have an overall knowledge of construction, how well does that fit you?
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1.
Pretty well! I have been in construction for 10 yrs,
2.
I agree with this question 100% and if there are some things that have come up new that we don't know about we should always look to better ourselves to retain more knowledge of what's going on in the construction field so that we may be able to support the contractors or owners with any situation that may arise.
3.
I have an intermediate experience in construction.
4.
Very well as I have worked in construction on site with different proffessionsls such as engineers, quantity surveyors site clerks as well as subcontractors and I have also worked for years in the architectural filed so my built knowledge is very diverse in this sense.
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It does fits on me for I already have experience in construction.
6.
Very well I have been involved in the over seeing and physical hands on operations of construction projects for 22 years, however I am eager to learn more.
7.
Very well, seeing all phazes of homes being constructed over the last 22 years gave me a great deal of knowledge, however I am excited to learn more form an inspection only view.
8.
I have grown up in the trades, I have a good base knowledge of all trades.
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Basic knowledge on construction.
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I have overall knowledge.
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Very well, I have built custom homes and commercial wood framed structures, and concrete buildings.
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I was raised to be hands on and I've been involved with home improvement since I was young. I worked in carpentry and NAU in doing repairs and dorm and classroom remodels. I worked for a year as project manager with experience in pre construction and post construction survey work. I am currently the manager of the speacility millwork department at home depot. It's my job to ensure special order product is ordered correctly, installs go smoothly and that customers have the knowledge and tools to complete their job.
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I have been in the construction field in one form or another for 15 or more years.
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It will be good to read the Uniform Building Code book along with having worked in construction a good number of years.
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I had my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering since 1989 and 27 years in construction industries.
Question 6 of 34
Our inspectors must give an oral presentation to the realtor and home owner, are you comfortable with that?
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I have had expereince in relaying information back to clients before, therefore I would be comfortable relaying information back to the owner.
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Explain to the home owner what I'm doing and what I'm looking for.
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Yes I wouldn't have a problem with that.
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Yes I have worked and communicated with clients plenty of times before working for the city of johannesburg as well as group5 and working with home owners as an architectural draughtsman therefore I will not have a problem communicating with the home owner or realtor.
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I am very comfortable educating people about the construction industry.
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Yes, this is something I do often in a construction job. Explain in detail, the process of construction and how buildings are built.
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Yes I am because its a better communication weapon talkin face to face so tht both parties will hav better understanding.
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Yes, speaking to property owners about safety and there families safety is very important. Since I would want the same for my family!
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Yes I am comfortable with speaking in public and I believe that maintaining professional relationships is paramount in any successful business,
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Yes I am I do ok with people.
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Yes, I speak publicly 3 of 4 times a week.
12.
Upon being well informed after doing a thurough inspection.
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Yes I am comfortable with it, I have great communication skills and work well with the public.
14.
Yes I am comfortable, and my leadership as program manager and state public coordinator is a live proof of that.
15.
Absolutely. I feel that I have what it takes to do this request.
Question 7 of 34
Have you performed both residential and commercial building inspections? Of the two, which do you prefer?
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I have carried out stock condition surveys as I said before, however I have done inspection work, but I believe that the modules I completed at university has given me the knowledge to succed if I was to get the position,
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Just on my own projects, not professionally.
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431 years in this business I provided and call for various inspections of all types so I feel like I've inspected over thousands of projects.
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I have done inspection work before under the shadowing of the engineers of the group5 construction.
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I think that is what I have always done, whether is be framing plumbing heating electrical, I always made sure it was done before an inspection was scheduled.
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I think every inspection is important, however if I had to go above and beyond I would make sure that the homeowner or contractor new why a code was enforced and what it was meant to imply.
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No, but I personally walk through all of my jobs before inspections. To ensure, my project is addiquite before formal inspection.
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Yes ive done it for quite couple of human settlement dossaster projects in South coast as well as in Ballito.
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Yes ive done it for quite couple of human settlement dossaster projects in South coast as well as in Ballito.
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Yes, I have walked with and inspected the buildings with inspectors to Insure codes were followed and to correct any corrections if any needed.
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Yes, I worked for a year as a project manager where my primary job was inspection. I did design work for Starbucks, exterior building condition assessments for big box retailers, ADA compliance surveys for Joaan fabrics and post construction punch walks for Family Dollar, Starbucks and Target,
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Only quality control inspections for an insulation company.
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Yes, I do pre-inspection with my guys berfore inspections happen.
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No but gained inspection skills from Humber college.
15.
I have never had the opportunity to yet to inspect. I would prefer residential due to my experience in this is greater than commercial. But would love to learn the commercial nerveless.
Question 8 of 34
What makes you passionate about inspecting buildings?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Structure of the buildings.
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As a general contractor and builder, I tried every day to meet or exceed NC code.
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To see quality workman ship. Neat plumbing and electrical panels.
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I love the construction business it's not what money it makes its being able to see what your hands are capable of doing to a project and making it turn out to be as lovely as what an owner or a client or is looking for so being able to change your building around and know that you put your hands on making it safely and correctly and also beautiful is a very passionate thing of mines.
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I love architecture although I feel it could be better and we as south africa can contribute into being on of the best countries in terms of infrastructure in the world I then feel my inspecting helps towards this contribution and I like built enviroment.
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Because of my career as civil engineer.
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I have always loved watching a project go from nothing to a place that people call home.
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Knowing that I will be a part of a greater work team that is pro active in making my community a better place to live.
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To find problems or out of codes..
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To know conditions of building and what causes failor on some other structures as well as lagislation.
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Life time of construction work.
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I am very intrested and keen to see our people having safe structures.
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Wanting it to be right for a homeowner.
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I love construction and inspections will challenge me.
15.
Contact with construction and be able to verify specification and code.
Question 9 of 34
What type of survey instruments and test equipment have you used?
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I have used a laser for grading, electrical testers, compression meters for gas pipes.
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Moisture meter, tape measure, flash lights.
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Laser level on grade check, pressure test gauges, string line.
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Land survey laser level instruments, Circuit testers, continuity tester, resistance tester.
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Dumpy level, trimble( used to evaluate on the inspection), measuring wheel&tape.
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Many hand tools including electrical current testers and lasers.
Question 10 of 34
As a building inspector, clear communication is incredibly important. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
Question 11 of 34
Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
Question 12 of 34
Being a building inspector can mean coming across disputes now and then. Are you capable of handling disputes in a professional manner?
Question 13 of 34
When have you taken an existing inspection process and used your own creativity to make it better?
Question 14 of 34
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
Question 15 of 34
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
Question 16 of 34
Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
Question 17 of 34
How can we motivate you on the job?
Question 18 of 34
What are your salary expectations?
Question 19 of 34
Why do you want this job?
Question 20 of 34
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
Question 21 of 34
What are your strengths?
Question 22 of 34
What are your weaknesses?
Question 23 of 34
Some inspections require you to maintain daily logs. Are you a strong and dedicated documenter?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes. I was trained in documentation as part of my experience.
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I learned years ago how important it is to keep track of my daily routine. I feel I become very skilled and refined in my daily logs.
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Yes and I believe in hardcopy rather than softcopy.
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As a building superintendent, I have to do daily logs concerning man power, work completed, scheduling, take-offs and monitor many documents to produce the results needed by my employer.
Question 24 of 34
As a building inspector your will need to review and interpret plans, blueprints and site layouts. How strong are your skills in these areas?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am fairly skilled in blueprints and layouts. I could stand to have a refresher course.
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I'm am strong on that because I also did that at the tertiary level.
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I have an Architectural Degree and that education I draw upon to accomplish most interpretations necessary.
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I am very good reading maps tha'ts one of the experience I gained in my previous job I can say that I can manage to interpret any of these since am good I designing floor plans.
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I have a well rounded knowledge base dealing with building plans that comes from years of construction experience. As a superintendent, I have to be able to understand and follow plans to successfully complete projects.
Question 25 of 34
Are you able to quickly calculate and convert mathematical problems and measurements?
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I don't consider myself a mathematician but in most cases a calculator does the job.
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With my calculator lightning speed paper and pencil considerably slower.
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Yes, mathematics comes easy to me. I am able to calculate quickly and produce correct answers quickly and on the fly.
Question 26 of 34
Have you ever issued a violation notice or stop-work order?
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Of course I have. No one is perfect every time.
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Under supervision during my internship I issued a violation notice for structural changes toabyikfing to accommodate larger windows and no permit was pulled.
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I have not issued a violation notice or stop-work notice as I haven't had the experience as a building inspector. As a building superintendent, I have stopped work being performed by sub contractors doing work incorrectly, however.
Question 27 of 34
What is your educational background and how does it assist you in your career as a building inspector?
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My general education in high school consisted of drafting, metal, and wood shop. Then I completed 1500 hours of a construction trade school ROP. Then I took Uniform Build code at SR JC. Online classes for ICC currently.
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I have seven years experience in the field. I have licences in electrical, plumbing and general contractor.
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I have a BA is Sociology and I have the abilities to help clients with understanding the inspection reports and I am gifted in informing them on what is critical and noncritical in inspections.
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I have a national diploma in Built Environment and a diploma in project management.
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High school, and some Technical College. None of which were related to building inspection.
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I am currently studying civil engineering and that acts as a major background for me wanting to be a building inspector.
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25 years hands on construction and three years of coursework.
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I completed public school grades K-12, took 2 years of college- general ed, and have a earned several different construction certifications as well as a state contractors license. As I have stated several times prior, I love to learn new skills and am always looking to better myself. I feel this frame of mind assists me concerning all aspects of life and will greatly help me as a building inspector.
Question 28 of 34
Have you ever been offered a bribe in order to pass a project?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes and I rejected it because I care for the future and if I accepted the bribe people would get it.
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I cannot say that I have been offered a bribe to finish a project because I have not had the experience as a building inspector. However, I would not accept a bribe, as an inspector, as I understand the high importance of safety and integrity. If you cannot pass inspection within the terms agreed upon, you do not deserve to pass. Eventually, time will tell the truth and it is not worth losing my career over a bad decision.
Question 29 of 34
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you have contributed to.
Question 30 of 34
When have you been asked to perform an inspection related task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
Question 31 of 34
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
Question 32 of 34
With the ongoing changes in the construction industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?
Question 33 of 34
What are your career aspirations, in the inspection industry, beyond this job?
Question 34 of 34
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

About Building Inspector

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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