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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 28
What excites you the most about this position?
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How to Answer
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career and what you look the most forward to in this position. Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to, and why.
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  1. What excites you the most about this position?
  2. How do you or would you motivate your team?
  3. Give me an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  4. When working on a typical project in your field, what do you find to be the usual culprit to time delays, and how do you correct these issues?
  5. Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful?
  6. What are your long term career goals?
  7. What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to improve in that area?
  8. What motivates you in your career?
  9. What is you greatest strength and how will it contribute to your success in this role?
  10. Tell me about your ability to remain ethical in difficult situations.
  11. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  12. What would you current or former employer say about you?
  13. Tell me about your post-secondary education.
  14. Have you ever left a position without providing notice?
  15. What are your short term career goals?
  16. Tell me what your current or former employer had to say about the quality of your work in your last performance review.
  17. Tell me about your attendance record in your current or last position.
  18. Why should we hire you?
  19. What do you enjoy the most about being a Civil Engineering Technician?
  20. What duties on our job posting do you consider the most challenging?
  21. Are you available to work overtime, evenings, weekends and holidays, and/or start your shift early in the morning?
  22. How do you feel about the paperwork end of being a Civil Engineering Technician?
  23. Tell me about a time when a certain project did not go as planned. How did you and your team correct the issue?
  24. Tell me about a time when you had to criticize and give feedback to a construction worker. How did it go?
  25. What do you know about our firm?
  26. What do you feel your best skill is related to the position of Civil Engineering Technician?
  27. How well do you handle criticism?
  28. What made you choose a career as a Civil Engineering Technician?
Answer Examples
1.
What excites you the most about this position?
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career and what you look the most forward to in this position. Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to, and why.

Rachelle's Answer
"What excites me the most about this position is the opportunity to work with clients internationally. My past experience was extremely exciting, however my clients were all local. I am extremely passionate about this career and look forward to acquiring further skills with clients of different cultures."
2.
How do you or would you motivate your team?
Tell the interviewer what you have done or would do to motivate your team and ensure its success.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would meet with my team on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting all expectations, and that they are satisfied with the duties they have to perform. I would also occasionally reward them by using incentives, e.g., monetary incentives and/or the opportunity to move up the ladder by acquiring management skills."
3.
Give me an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
Provide an example of a situation in a professional capacity, preferably related to civil engineering. Alternatively, provide an example in any other professional or volunteer capacity, or in a university setting. Add that you are positive your skills will be transferable in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am particularly proud of the time I (X project you are the most proud of). I went above and beyond because the client's satisfaction mattered to me and my employer, and (X other reasons why you went above and beyond). The client was so satisfied by the high level of commitment and quality of my work that he hired our company for all of his upcoming projects."
4.
When working on a typical project in your field, what do you find to be the usual culprit to time delays, and how do you correct these issues?
Tthe interviewer wants to ensure you have good time management skills. Answer this question by providing an example of such skills in another position as for employers, past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior.

Rachelle's Answer
"The culprit to time delays is poorly managing one's time. I am proud to say that I have excellent time management skills. For instance, in my last role at (X company) as (X position title), I regularly had to complete numerous projects on very tight deadlines (X further information pertaining to the projects involving the use of your excellent time management skills). However, should delays inadvertently occur, I would get to work as soon as possible and would not hesitate to work overtime and/or delegate duties to ensure project completion in a timely fashion."
5.
Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful?
Tell the interviewer about your most successful goal, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position/industry you are applying for. Alternatively, provide any successful goal in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"My most important goal is one where I had to (X ...) on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this goal, such as the company name, your position title, and so on). I successfully met the requirements and my superior was highly satisfied. My strong time management skills contributed to my success and will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."
6.
What are your long term career goals?
Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ~7 to 10 years from now. Ensure to link your career goals to the company you are applying for to show the interviewer you can be a long-term asset for the company and that you are looking for stability.

Rachelle's Answer
"In 7 to 10 years from now, for instance, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert in my field. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."
7.
What is your greatest weakness and what are you doing to improve in that area?
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless be a strength in this role. Also mention what you are doing to improve in that area.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."
8.
What motivates you in your career?
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.

Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer
"What motivates me the most in my career is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to (X motivating factor found on the job posting). I am extremely passionate about this career and look forward to becoming the best version of myself."
9.
What is you greatest strength and how will it contribute to your success in this role?
Tell the interviewer your greatest strength(s) which you believe will help you be successful in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I thrive on challenges and do not hesitate to work long hours to get the job done. I also have strong project management, time management and organizational skills which will absolutely benefit me in this role."
10.
Tell me about your ability to remain ethical in difficult situations.
Provide an example in a position held in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting, e.g., when working on a project with classmates.

Rachelle's Answer
"When working for (X company) as a/an (X position title), we had to complete a project (... what happened in this project where your ethics were tested). As this was dishonest, I (... what you did to remain ethical)."
11.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Tell the interviewer about your stress management skills and ability to work under pressure.

Rachelle's Answer
"I thrive under pressure and always remain calm in stressful situations. This is an opportunity to perform to the best of my abilities."
12.
What would you current or former employer say about you?
Always review the job posting before an interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits the employer is seeking. Answer this question by mentioning some of the familiarity traits listed by providing an example in a professional setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"My former employer would say that I am a very hard worker, that I have excellent communication skills and that I am extremely customer-oriented."
13.
Tell me about your post-secondary education.
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the educational requirements for this role.

Answer this question by mentioning your degrees and certifications that you have, by putting emphasis on those that are relevant to the position you applied for. Should you hold one or several of the preferred educational
qualifications listed on the job posting, tell the interviewer you directly meet the educational qualifications, making you a great candidate for this role - and this is an opportunity for the interviewer to see you did your due diligence before the interview. Alternatively, tell the interviewer why you believe your education has prepared you for this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I read on your job posting that one of your preferred educational qualifications is an associate's degree. As you can see on my resume, I hold an Associate's degree in (X) from (X university), granted in (X year). I also have a (X) Certificate, which I am positive will be highly beneficial in this role as I have developed relevant skills as a result of the knowledge acquired in my studies."
14.
Have you ever left a position without providing notice?
Tell the interviewer whether you ever had to quit a job without providing notice, should that apply to you. Mention what led you to quit. In the event this never happened to you, tell the interviewer why this isn't something you would do by emphasizing how reliable and committed you are, and will be.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have never quit a job without notice as I am extremely reliable, professional and committed to my employer. Furthermore, should I have serious work issues, I will request a meeting with my employer to discuss them and find reasonable solutions."
15.
What are your short term career goals?
Answer by telling the interviewer about your short-term goals, however by ensuring your goals are related to the position and company you applied for.

Should your short-term goals significantly differ from the position or company, the interviewer may assume you will leave eventually the position if hired, for a better opportunity at another company, should one presents itself. As a result, you may be instantly disqualified.

Rachelle's Answer
"In 2 to 3 years from now, for instance, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."
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