Tell the interviewer what you have done or would do to motivate your team and ensure its success.
Civil Engineering Technician Interview Questions
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
Tell me about a time when a certain project did not go as planned. How did you and your team correct the issue?
Tell the interviewer about the biggest obstacle/challenge you have had to overcome in your career having regard to a problematic project, in any position, and how you successfully resolved the situation. Should no such project come to mind, tell the interviewer why you believe you never encountered any in your professional life while adding how you would hypothetically handle such a situation.
"No such project comes to mind. I believe my high degree of meticulousness, my time management and organizational skills ensure I am rarely faced with poorly planned projects as I always anticipate all aspects of a project before they occur. Should I be faced with such a situation, however, I would immediately meet with my team so as to rectify the situation in a timely fashion and would not hesitate to work overtime to get the job done."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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."
Tell me about a time when you had to criticize and give feedback to a construction worker. How did it go?
If the interviewer asks such a question, it is likely that the position entails team management duties - current or future, which will most of the time already be outlined on the job posting. As such, he/she will assume you applied to this role upon having adequately read the job posting, and that you have an interest in team management and/or some sort of team management experience.
Tell the interviewer about your team management experience, should you have any, in a professional, volunteer, or educational capacity (alternatively). Try to provide an example related to the position/industry you applied for, as much as possible. If you cannot do so, provide any example by telling the interviewer you are positive your skills will easily be transferable.
Should you not have such experience, mention that you are more than willing to gain team management skills and would love to take on a leadership role. Mention how you would hypothetically handle such a situation.
"I I do not have such experience, however, in such a situation, I would remain professional, polite and respectful. I would privately meet with the individual and give him/her a chance to express his/her point of view and then follow up to ensure my feedback is taken seriously. I truly hope hope to acquire team management skills so as to lead team members to success."
Are you available to work overtime, evenings, weekends and holidays, and/or start your shift early in the morning?
Always ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the work schedule.
Should an interviewer ask such a question, it is highly likely you will have to work such schedules/days and that you will have to be flexible. As such, the interviewer will expect you to have applied for the position after carefully reading it, in turn expecting you to be able to work as needed.
Should these requirements be mentioned on the job posting and should you answer in the negative, you may be immediately disqualified. Not only would you not meet a crucial requirement for the role, this would also show you did not carefully read the job posting before applying and the interviewer may think you simply applied to get any job - and as such, you are not serious about working for this employer specifically and/or will not commit.
"I carefully reviewed the job posting numerous times before this interview and am aware of the work schedules. I am willing to work over the weekend, early in the morning, in the evening, overtime and holidays, as required."
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.
"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."
Tell me what your current or former employer had to say about the quality of your work in your last performance review.
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 on the job posting by providing an example in a professional setting.
"My current employer said that I am a highly meticulous individual and a very hard worker. For instance, I always review my work at least twice before completion."
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.
"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."
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Tell the interviewer about your stress management skills and ability to work under pressure.
"I thrive under pressure and always remain calm in stressful situations. This is an opportunity to perform to the best of my abilities."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
What duties on our job posting do you consider the most challenging?
Tell the interviewer the duties on the job posting that you consider the most challenging and why, by emphasizing some of your strengths or past/equivalent experience that will enable you to nevertheless be successful in this role.
"The duties I consider the most challenging are (X duties you consider the most challenging) because I don't have experience performing such duties in a professional capacity. However, I have performed similar duties in a volunteer capacity while in university where I (X equivalent experience in a volunteer capacity). Because of this experience, I know I will be able to successfully perform in a work environment."
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.
"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."
Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful?
What is you greatest strength and how will it contribute to your success in this role?
What would you current or former employer say about you?
Tell me about your post-secondary education.
What are your short term career goals?
Tell me about your attendance record in your current or last position.
Why should we hire you?
What do you enjoy the most about being a Civil Engineering Technician?
How do you feel about the paperwork end of being a Civil Engineering Technician?
What do you know about our firm?
What do you feel your best skill is related to the position of Civil Engineering Technician?
How well do you handle criticism?
What made you choose a career as a Civil Engineering Technician?