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Construction Superintendent Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Construction Superintendent interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 30

Have you ever had a project go over the deadline for completion? If so, why did that happen, and how did you respond?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

The interviewer asks this question to see how diligent you are in meeting deadlines. When projects go past the completion date, companies stand to lose a lot of money. The interviewer wants to hear if you have ever had a project not meet its deadline, why that happened, and how you handled the situation. The reason the project did not meet the deadline may be out of your hands, but the interviewer wants to see how you handle adversity and problem solve in situations like this.

Written by Krista Wenz on March 3rd, 2022

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List of 30 Construction Superintendent Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1.

    Have you ever had a project go over the deadline for completion? If so, why did that happen, and how did you respond?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see how diligent you are in meeting deadlines. When projects go past the completion date, companies stand to lose a lot of money. The interviewer wants to hear if you have ever had a project not meet its deadline, why that happened, and how you handled the situation. The reason the project did not meet the deadline may be out of your hands, but the interviewer wants to see how you handle adversity and problem solve in situations like this.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      If you have had projects go past their completion date, choose one that was not because of an error on your part. Focus on a project that did not meet the deadline because of something out of your control. Some examples may be inclement weather, supply shortage, or change orders from the client.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving an example of a project that did not meet its deadline because you made a mistake. Describing a project that was not completed because you did not schedule the project appropriately or had insufficient staff shows the interviewer that you may not have the skills they are looking for in a Construction Superintendent.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, I have had a project that went past the deadline. A client made 134 change orders during a residential build, which set the project back two months. I explained to the client that the magnitude of change orders would set the project back a few months and had him sign an agreement that he understood the new deadline. At first, he did not understand why we could not finish earlier, but after I walked him through the process and explained the amount of extra work we had to perform, he understood why the project would be delayed."

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  • Communication

    2.

    How would you describe your communication skills?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As a Construction Superintendent, you must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will be speaking with clients, supervisors, team members, vendors, and more. You will be writing reports, email messages, texts, invoices, and employee schedules. The interviewer wants to hear that you have solid verbal and written communication skills and will benefit their team if hired.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Describe your communication skills using adjectives such as strong, excellent, robust, or exceptional. Then, give an example of how you communicate with others. If you have a letter of recommendation or past performance review describing your communication skills, be sure to include that in your response.

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      What to Avoid

      If your communication skills need improvement, it is best to enroll in a course or join a group to enhance those skills before interviewing for the position of Construction Superintendent. You can enroll in a leadership course or join a group like Toastmasters to develop strong communication and leadership skills. Avoid telling the interviewer that your communication skills are weak. If the interviewer does not have confidence that you can communicate clearly and articulately, they will choose another candidate.

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      1st Answer Example

      "My previous employer wrote me a letter of recommendation and described my communication skills as exceptional. He said I could communicate clearly and effectively with diverse groups of people, and my written documentation seldom needed correcting. I have developed my communication skills through leadership training and public speaking courses and feel confident with my skills."

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  • Direct

    3.

    Do you have reliable transportation?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to determine if you will be punctual and show up to work when scheduled. By law, the interviewer cannot ask if you own a vehicle, as that is a discriminatory question. However, they can ask if you have reliable transportation if that is a job requirement.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on the type of reliable transportation you will use if hired. Reliable transportation can include a private vehicle, public transportation, taxi, motorcycle, bicycle, carpool, or walking. Assure the interviewer that transportation and showing up to work on time will not be an issue if they choose to hire you.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying that you do not know how you will get to work if hired. If you have not addressed how to get to work, the interviewer will question your dependability and critical-thinking skills.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, I have two forms of reliable transportation. I have a 2020 Ford F350 and a 2018 Honda motorcycle. I like to ride my bike when the weather is good and use my truck when the weather is not so good. Both are very reliable, and I have never had an issue with either breaking down. If you choose to hire me, you will not have to worry about me not showing up to work on time."

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  • Direct

    4.

    Do you have an issue working weekends when needed to meet a project deadline?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see if you are a team player and a dedicated employee. As a Construction Superintendent, you must be flexible and willing to do what it takes to meet a deadline. The interviewer wants to know that you are flexible with your schedule and help the company out when needed.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Assure the interviewer that you will do whatever it takes to help the company meet its deadlines. As a Construction Superintendent, it is one of your job responsibilities to ensure projects run smoothly and stay on target.

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      What to Avoid

      If you want to be considered for the position, you should avoid saying you cannot work weekends when needed to meet a deadline. The interviewer wants a team player who will sacrifice their weekends to help the company succeed. If you have a reason you cannot work weekends, explain your reason and tell the interviewer you can try to make arrangements to make it possible to work weekends, showing your willingness to help.

      For example, suppose you have a class every Saturday as you work towards receiving your bachelor's degree. If you explain that to the interviewer and tell them you will see if you can make up the class when you are needed at work, it shows the interviewer you have professional goals and a desire to help the company succeed.

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  • Direct

    5.

    Our company requires a pre-employment physical exam and drug test. Will you have a problem passing either?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It costs companies a lot of money to send candidates to the physician and to perform drug tests. The interviewer asks if you will have a problem passing either of the required tests to see if they should continue moving forward with you in the hiring process. If you know you will not pass one or the other, they would like to know now, so they do not waste their money moving forward.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on assuring the interviewer that you will have no problem passing the drug test and physical exam. If you have a prior injury or medical condition, you can disclose that now while letting the interviewer know that you are physically fit to perform your job.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid telling the interviewer that you will pass both tests if you will not. If you know that you indulge in illegal drugs or have an injury or condition that will prevent you from performing your job, you should be honest with the interviewer during your interview. If you are honest and explain why you may not pass the drug test or the physical exam, the interviewer can decide if they want to move forward in the hiring process or not. If they like your personality and experience, they may be able to look past some issues.

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  • Direct

    6.

    Who is the CEO of our company?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see if you have done your homework before the interview. When interviewing for any position, you should research the company and find out all you can about their organization. Review the company website, social media, online reviews, news articles, and the job announcement to discover everything you can.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on the company CEO and give a little history about them. Describe how long they have been the CEO, their accomplishments, or any other information you find interesting.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid being unprepared to answer this question. If you cannot name the CEO, it shows the interviewer that you did not research the company and are not interested in learning all you can about them.

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  • Direct

    7.

    Some of our projects require our Construction Superintendent to travel for months at a time. Will traveling be an issue for you if hired?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is transparent and lets you know the job requirements before hiring to see if traveling will be an issue. For some, traveling for months at a time may create a hardship. The interviewer wants to know that traveling will not be an issue for you if hired.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      If traveling is not an issue for you, focus on your excitement about the opportunity to travel to new places. If traveling for extended periods will be an issue, be honest and explain why. If you have a valid reason for not being able to leave for months on end, the interviewer may have compassion and try to figure out how they can work around that if they choose to hire you.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying that traveling will not be an issue for you if it will create a hardship. If the interviewer spends time and money hiring and training you to find out you cannot travel, the interviewer will be disappointed, and you may lose your job.

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  • Direct

    8.

    How many days last year did you miss work, not counting holidays or vacation time?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see what your work attendance was like in the past year. Since the company and crew rely on you showing up to work when scheduled, the interviewer wants to ensure you do not have a history of calling off work. They want to hear that you would be a dependable Construction Superintendent if hired.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      The interviewer wants to hear that it is not common for you to miss work. Focus on the number of days you called in sick or called off work for another reason. Explain why, and tell the interviewer if you notified your superior of the reason you would be absent.

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      What to Avoid

      Be honest, and explain any work absences in the past year. If you missed work often last year, avoid saying that you missed fewer days than you did. The interviewer will call your previous employers for a reference, and they will discover that you were dishonest in your interview.

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  • Discovery

    9.

    Why did you pursue a career as a Construction Superintendent?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see how you got into the construction industry and why you became a Construction Superintendent. Your response will give the interviewer insight into what motivates and inspires you to work in your profession. It may be that you worked construction in high school and found it to be a satisfying job, a parent or friend introduced you to the industry, or you enjoy building things with your hands.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on what makes you passionate about your career. The interviewer wants to hire someone who is experienced in the industry, but they also want to hire a person who is passionate about the work they do. When responding, show enthusiasm so the interviewer can see how much you enjoy working as a Construction Superintendent.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying you were pushed into the industry by a relative or friend or that you are using this job to gain experience before branching out on your own. If the interviewer does not feel that you enjoy your work or that you will be a short-term employee, they will pass you over for a more well-suited candidate.

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  • Discovery

    10.

    What do you dislike about working as a Construction Superintendent?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see what part of the job annoys you. There are aspects of any job you may dislike, but how you work through the adversity will show the interviewer your character and problem-solving skills.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on an aspect of the job that the interviewer can identify with. For example, saying that you do not like when work is called off because of inclement weather or that you feel frustrated when materials show up late to a project are aspects of the profession the interviewer can relate to.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid mentioning a part of the job that is essential to your job duties. If you say that you dislike working with clients or scheduling personnel, the interviewer will feel you are not equipped to handle your job.

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  • Discovery

    11.

    What do you like the most about working as a Construction Superintendent?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see what motivates you in your profession. They want to see if your values align with the company culture and if you will be a good addition to the team. Be passionate in your response to show the interviewer that you genuinely enjoy your job as a Construction Superintendent.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on the reason you like working as a Construction Superintendent as it correlates with the soft skills the company is looking for. Suppose the company is looking for a team-oriented Construction Superintendent who is customer-focused with strong leadership skills. In that case, you would then use one of those keywords in your response. For example, you might say you most enjoy working with a team of like-minded individuals.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying you like the money or the benefits the most when responding to this question. The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about your profession for other reasons, such as working in a team environment, mentoring new construction professionals, or interacting with clients.

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  • Discovery

    12.

    As a Construction Superintendent, what is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you are self-aware and can identify an area that needs improvement as a Construction Superintendent. Everyone has weaknesses or faults, but those who recognize a weakness and make goals to improve are motivated to succeed. The interviewer wants to hear that you are a self-aware and motivated individual.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on a weakness that does not interfere with your ability to perform your job as a Construction Superintendent successfully. Your weakness should relate to your profession but not hinder you from doing your job. For example, suppose you say that your greatest weakness is your ability to work well with others. In that case, you will likely be passed over for another candidate with strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Do not forget to tell the interviewer what you are doing to improve your weakness, as that is part of the question.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid mentioning a weakness that does not apply to your role as a Construction Superintendent. For example, you should not say your weakness is your cooking skills, as it does not apply to the construction industry. The interviewer specifically asked for a weakness related to working as a Construction Superintendent.

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  • Discovery

    13.

    What is your greatest strength, and how does it help you as a Construction Superintendent?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see your greatest strength as a Construction Superintendent to determine if you have the skills they are looking for in a candidate. When reviewing the job description, notice what keywords the company uses to identify its ideal team member. Then, use one of those keywords to identify your greatest strength, showing the interview you have the qualities they are looking for in a Construction Superintendent.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on using one of the keywords mentioned in the job announcement. Suppose the company wrote that they are looking for an honest, detail-oriented Construction Superintendent with excellent interpersonal, leadership, and problem-solving skills. In that case, it is wise to choose one of those keywords as your strength, showing the interviewer you have the skills needed for the position.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid using a strength that does not apply to the Construction Superintendent position. For example, if your strength is creating PowerPoint presentations, that would be perfect for an administrative role, but not necessarily for the position you are applying for.

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  • Discovery

    14.

    Why do you want to work for this company?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear why you chose to apply to their company over others. They want to hear what makes them unique and inspire you to join their team. When you answer, the interviewer will see that you have researched their company and genuinely want to work for them.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on highlighting specific reasons you want to work for their company. Suppose you reviewed their website, and their mission and vision statement stood out to you. Or, they may have a reputation as the top-rated construction company in the area. In that case, you want to mention how their mission and vision align with your business principles and that you feel they would be an excellent company to work with based on their stellar reputation.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid being unprepared to answer the question by failing to research the company before your interview. If you give a generic answer such as, 'You seem like a good company to work for,' the interviewer will think you did not research their company in-depth or at all. You should also avoid saying that you want to work for their company for the money or benefits they offer. If the interviewer thinks you are only motivated by monetary reasons, they may not feel you will be a good fit for the team.

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  • Education

    15.

    Tell me how your education prepared you for a career as a Construction Superintendent.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While some employers require a certain number of years of experience in construction before working as a Construction Superintendent, others require a bachelor's degree in construction management, engineering, or construction science. The interviewer wants to hear about the educational background you have that has prepared you for a career in this industry.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on any degrees, certifications, or special acknowledgments or awards you have obtained that qualify you to work as a Construction Superintendent. If you participated in an internship and were mentored in this industry, be sure to include that in your response.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying you have the required educational background needed for the position if you do not. The interviewer will ask for copies of your degree or official transcripts to verify your information. If you are dishonest in your interview, you will be disqualified as a candidate.

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  • Experience

    16.

    What is your experience working as a Construction Superintendent?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see if you have the experience required to work as a Construction Superintendent. The interviewer wants to hear how many years of experience you have and what type of experience (residential, commercial, or both). The company will put the experience required or preferred in the job description.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      If you are interviewing for a Construction Superintendent position with a residential construction company, focus on highlighting your expertise in that specific industry. Then, you can add any other experience you have as a Construction Superintendent in another sector, such as commercial building.

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      What to Avoid

      If the job posting says the company is looking for a Construction Superintendent with a minimum number of years in the industry, avoid saying you have that number of years of experience if you do not. The interviewer will call your references to determine how long you have been working as a Construction Superintendent, and you do not want to be dishonest.

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  • Experience

    17.

    Have you ever been in charge of hiring and firing employees?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Many Construction Superintendents will have the responsibility of hiring and firing employees. The interviewer wants to see if you have experience with this process to determine if you will be a good fit for their team. If you respond that you do not have experience with this task, be sure to let the interviewer know that you would like to be a part of the hiring and firing and can quickly learn if they offer training.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      If you have experience hiring and firing personnel, describe how many years of experience you have with this task. Focus on how you go about the process and how comfortable you are with this assignment.

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      What to Avoid

      When responding to this question, avoid saying you have experience hiring and firing employees if you do not. If hired, it will become apparent to the interviewer that you were dishonest when you do not understand the nuances of hiring and firing personnel.

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  • General

    18.

    This concludes our interview. Do you have any questions for me?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to make sure all of your questions about the company or the position were answered in the interview. It is best to ask a question or two to show the interviewer you are excited to learn all you can.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on questions that show you are genuinely interested in learning more about the job requirements or the company. Good questions to ask the interviewer are about the company culture, the size of your crew, the next project they have coming up, or what the interviewer likes most about working for the company.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid asking questions that could be answered during your research of the company or in the job announcement. If you ask questions that are easily answered in the job description or on the company website, it shows the interviewer you did not do thorough research before your interview.

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  • General

    19.

    What is your biggest pet peeve on a job site?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see what irritates you on a job site. Your response shows the interviewer a bit about your personality, work ethic, and how you like things to run on the job site. For example, if your biggest pet peeve is when crew members are tardy or call off work at the last minute, it tells the interviewer that you value punctuality and are a reliable employee.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on a pet peeve the interviewer can identify with. For example, the interviewer can understand if your biggest pet peeve is tardiness by crew members, a messy job site, or crew members not taking care of the company's tools. When the interviewer can identify with your pet peeve, they will feel a kinship with you and place you high on the ideal candidate list.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid giving an answer that is not an essential part of your job as a Construction Superintendent. If you say that your biggest pet peeve is communicating with clients or having them show up on the job site, the interviewer will think you do not have the customer service skills they are looking for in a Construction Superintendent.

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  • General

    20.

    What are your five-year professional goals?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see if your five-year professional goals involve working for their company and if you have set goals for yourself to grow professionally. Companies spend a lot of time and money hiring and training new employees, and they like to see candidates who will be long-term employees. When you set professional goals for yourself, it shows the interviewer that you are motivated and driven to succeed.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on assuring the interviewer that your five-year goals involve working for their company. Describe your goals, why you have chosen these goals, and how you will achieve them in the next five years.

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      What to Avoid

      If you want to be considered for the position, avoid saying your five-year goals include working for another company or branching out on your own. If the interviewer feels this job would be a stepping stone to greater things, they will not want to invest the time or money into your success.

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  • General

    21.

    What do you like to do in your free time?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to gain insight into your personality and to see how you decompress from the stressors of work. Additionally, they want to see if your hobbies and interests align with others on the team to gauge how well you might work together. Even if your interests are not the same as others, it doesn't mean you will not be offered the job. The interviewer simply wants to see how compatible you might be with your crew.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on three or four healthy activities you enjoy doing in your free time. Your hobbies or activities can include bow hunting, mountain bike riding, martial arts, playing with your kids, reading, playing a musical instrument, or camping with the family. It is your personal choice what you like to do in your free time, and the interviewer wants to hear what that is.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid mentioning hobbies that the interviewer might deem unprofessional or indecent. For example, if you enjoy adult entertainment or getting drunk with your friends, the interviewer may look at those activities as unbecoming for an employee representing their company. Even though those activities are perfectly legal and you enjoy them on your days off, you may want to keep that to yourself!

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  • Leadership

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    How would you rate your leadership skills?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Strong leadership skills are needed to work as a Construction Superintendent. You will oversee crews and lead them to complete complex assignments on time and within budget. The interviewer wants to hear you rate and describe your leadership skills to determine if you are the right candidate for the job.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Assure the interviewer that you have strong leadership skills. The interviewer wants to hear that you lead by example, motivate teams to work together to achieve a common goal, and have the communication skills to inspire others. Give examples of your leadership skills as a Construction Superintendent. If you are new to the industry, give an example from a previous job, school, or sports team.

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      What to Avoid

      Companies want to hire Construction Superintendents with solid leadership skills to lead their crews of construction personnel. If your leadership skills need improvement, it is best to improve your leadership skills before applying to a position as a Construction Superintendent. Avoid telling the interviewer that your leadership skills are lacking, or you will be passed over for another candidate.

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    What do you do when members of your crew have a conflict?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As a Construction Superintendent, you are expected to have leadership and conflict resolution skills. The interviewer asks this question to see how you handle conflict between your crew, showing you can keep a harmonious work environment for all. When there is conflict amongst the team, employee morale and work productivity lessen. The interviewer wants to hear that you are capable of keeping the team together and free of conflict.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Your responsibility is to deal with disputes between team members and keep the workplace free from conflict. Assure the interviewer that you are not afraid to step in and handle conflict when it arises. Focus on describing your conflict resolution and leadership skills when handling tension between team members.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying that you would do nothing and let the team members work it out. If you do not acknowledge there is a problem and work to fix it, the interviewer will question your leadership and conflict resolution skills.

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  • Operational

    24.

    How do you stay up-to-date on advancements in the construction industry?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see if you are proactive and serious about improving yourself in your profession. The construction industry is continually evolving with advancements in technology, safety, building practices, innovation, and job site productivity. The interviewer wants to hear what methods you use to stay on top of developing trends in the industry.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      The interviewer wants to hear what methods you find valuable in staying current in your profession. Focus on being specific in your response. If you stay up-to-date on advancements in the construction industry by attending conferences, describe which ones. If you follow a particular blog or publication, name them.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying that you do not stay current on advancements in the construction industry. If you do not take the time to improve professionally, the interviewer will think you lack motivation and the drive to succeed.

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    How familiar are you with OSHA standards?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As a Construction Superintendent, it is your job to know and comply with the construction industry's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. You will be required to understand the standards and enforce them to prevent illness and injury in the workplace. The interviewer wants to hear that you know the standards to determine if you have the experience they are looking for in a Construction Superintendent.

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      Name some of the OSHA standards to show that you are knowledgeable about workplace safety. You can mention how many years of experience you have following the standards, how you enforce them within the workplace, and how you stay up-to-date on any changes. If you have had specific OSHA training or certifications, mention that in your response.

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      What to Avoid

      If you want to be considered for the position, avoid saying you are unfamiliar with OSHA standards. If you are unfamiliar with the standards, research the guidelines OSHA has set forth and review the criteria for the construction industry. You can find all of the information on OSHA's website.

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    How important is safety for you on the job site?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that safety is your number one priority on the job site. The safety of yourself and your crew should be your primary concern. If you do not value safety and someone is injured or killed, the company will be held liable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has construction requirements for the construction industry to help employers prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Construction Superintendents need to understand these requirements and adhere to the standards to remain compliant with OSHA.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on answering how safety is your top priority on every job site. Explain to the interviewer how you and your crew comply with OSHA requirements, giving examples of how you do so. For example, you can mention how you enforce hard hats and steel toe boots to be worn by all staff on a construction site, using harnesses when working over six feet off the ground, and eye and ear protection when operating machinery.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying that you do not feel that safety is essential on the job site. If you do not value the safety of yourself and your crew, the interviewer will deem you a liability and pass you over for another candidate.

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    Suppose you have a homeowner who tells you that you are not performing your job well. How do you respond?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see how you handle criticism. They also want to learn about your communication skills and how well you work with clients. They want to hear that you remain calm and ask questions about their critique. The interviewer wants to hear that you are patient, listen to the client, and can come to a resolution that makes the client happy. Excellent customer service is essential in the construction industry, and the interviewer wants to see that it is a priority to you.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on describing how you remain calm and ask the homeowner questions about their statement. Let the interviewer know that you do not take comments like these lightly and want to make the client happy. If you have experienced this situation with a client, describe how you handled it.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying that you would argue, yell, or dismiss the homeowner's statement. None of those responses are becoming for a Construction Superintendent. The interviewer wants to hear that you remain unfazed and communicate with the client to understand why they would say what they did. Often, clients may not understand a particular aspect of construction, and they need you to educate them on the process.

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    How do you handle a member of your crew who is consistently late?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see how you handle disciplinary measures with your crew and conflict resolution in the workplace. The interviewer wants to hear that your values align with theirs and that you are firm yet fair in your approach. Describe how you would handle this situation as a Construction Superintendent.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      If you know the company culture and how they prefer to handle disciplinary measures, align your response with the company's wishes. If you do not know how the company handles late employees or how they discipline their staff, describe how you have dealt with this situation in the past.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying that you become hostile, violent, or ignore your crew member. If you cannot maturely approach a team member, ask them why they were late, and come to a resolution, the interviewer will look for someone who can.

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    29.

    How knowledgeable are you at reading blueprints?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Reading blueprints is an essential part of your responsibilities as a Construction Superintendent. The interviewer asks if you are competent in reading blueprints to ensure you will perform your job correctly if hired. If you cannot read blueprints or are not proficient in reading them, projects will not be completed accurately.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on where you learned to read blueprints and how experienced you are in reading them. Assure the interviewer you have the competency to complete projects as specified in the plans.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying you cannot read blueprints if you want to be considered for the job. Your job is to read the plans and ensure the build is completed to the specifications outlined in the blueprints. If you struggle with reading plans, it is best to brush up on this skill before applying to the position of Construction Superintendent.

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    How competent are you with Microsoft Office Suite?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see if you are experienced using Microsoft Office Suite and the different programs that come with it. As a Construction Superintendent, you will need to use Excel spreadsheets, write reports using Microsoft Word, create presentations using PowerPoint, send emails using Microsoft Outlook, and use OneNote for notetaking and collaborating with others. The interviewer wants to hear that you are competent with all aspects of Microsoft Office Suite.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Focus on the programs you are most familiar with. Explain your competency level and how long you have been using Microsoft Office Suite. If you have a certification in any of the Microsoft programs, be sure to mention that, highlighting your advanced skill level.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid saying you do not know how to use Microsoft Office Suite. If using this program is one of the job requirements, it should have been mentioned in the job announcement. If you are not familiar with Microsoft Office Suite, it is best to research and learn how to use the programs before your interview.

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