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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 1 of 34
Why do you want to work for us as a building inspector?
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"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."
Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and conduct research on the opportunity. Think about how this job will help you in your career. It's important for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you. While your passion and excitement about the job are important, 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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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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Question 4 of 34
Tell me a few foundation problems you have witnessed.
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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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