Top 25 Cost Estimator Interview Questions
Question 1 of 28
Do you take pride in your work? Give me an example.
Yes, I give it my best and take full resposibility.
I see my work right through from start to end. Yes I take pride in my work, im a perfectionist.
I do take pride in my work, I am focused on the project at hand and strive to complete it ahead of time and try to produce the best quality of work possible.
Yes, I do, what is the use you give something your all without bragging about it.
Question 2 of 28
What do you enjoy most about being a cost estimator?
You see something from vision to impementation.
PLANNING, it fun then watching your plan come to life. Awesome experience.
Playing numerological number & used thumb rules, logic.
Meeting people, deadlines, and being challenged.
Question 3 of 28
What are your first steps when analyzing the costs of a new project?
Plan, check the total cost framewok, plan implementation, check the statictic and propability.
Feasibilty, risks and thenclient expectations.
Revising the 3 resources, Manpower, Materials, Machineires.
Getting as much data on the project as possible.
Question 4 of 28
Do you have an estimating assignment from the past that you feel you did not complete well?
The Worst assignment I did is Submiting a report to the Projects manager without Revising it with the project manager.
I was preparing for entrance of engineering college, as I was not so serious in studies I got average college, not so good not so bad. Mistake is I know I could get the best college of india, I have the ability.
i am preparing for gre, its graduate report exam for the entrance of masters of science in colleges, I am preparing it at my best to not have regrets in future for the mistake I did.
When the company I am workin on won the first project where I did the take-off.
I dont know, I never made a mistake.
Question 5 of 28
What was the most difficult estimating assignment you have faced? How did you get through?
Taking the Continues Miner out from underground. Team work, ideas, and strategy.
Most difficult would be where I was given the task of supervising an under performing team whose manager had just walked out on. I geared the guys up, threw in some incentives and did some monitoring and evaluation on each individual.
Cost Controlling a running projects for more than a one year, Revised the Book of quantity, Studied the contract and the aggrements.
I was a intern in construction company, in the night, all the workers were staying there because of the casting of slab. suddenly there was a dispute between workers and engineers and nobody was agree to work that night. So I was the only person who tried to talked to the workers... And manage thaT SITUATION ANYHOW AND IT WORKED
Question 6 of 28
What is your least favorite task within estimating?
That some tasks are beyond your control.
You have to be updated daily.
I go sometimes in very deep and forget the outstandings.
People providing data late.
Question 7 of 28
Would you say you are an organized person? Give me an example.
Yes, I prepare a day ahead.
Very! My home is super organised, I have a meal plan, tied into my grocery list which is tied into my calendar. My kids have set routines which are followed and any deviations are noted.
Controlled two running projects at one time, with different activities.
Yes I am.
i wasnted so much to travel. I decided to work part time 8 hours in a call centre to earn money to trAVEL. AND THAT TIME I WAS DOING COLLEGE B CLASSES AS
Question 8 of 28
Are you already familiar with our suppliers?
I am eager to build relationships with all of the suppliers on this program.
Not sure, when you give me abreakdown I can elaborate.
4PM AND THEN GYM AND THEN I slept some hours and went ot job.
Yes, I've worked with many in the past.
Question 9 of 28
Tell me about a time when you made a decision or discovery that resulted in a huge cost savings for your company or project.
Question 10 of 28
If you hadn't pursued a career as a cost estimator, what would you have chosen?
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Question 11 of 28
Do you have a valid certification through the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE)?
Question 12 of 28
Have you ever led a project or team? Describe your leadership style in 3 words.
Question 13 of 28
Communication and strong interpersonal relationship skills are important to us. Tell me about your communication style.
Question 14 of 28
In your career as a cost estimator, have you ever created and made a presentation to a group of decision makers?
Question 15 of 28
As a cost estimator, we would expect you to have strong writing skills. Do you have experience writing proposals?
Question 16 of 28
Would you consider yourself to have strong mathematical aptitude?
Question 17 of 28
Tell me about your post-secondary education. Which program did you graduate from? Which course was the most challenging for you?
Question 18 of 28
Tell me about your post-secondary education. Which program did you graduate from? Which course was your favorite?
Question 19 of 28
What program or software are you best versed in when it comes to data collection?
Question 20 of 28
In what ways, could you improve as a cost estimator? What can you do to improve in those areas?
Attending relavant courses and taking on more challange.
As a cost estimator you are always looking to improve, making your checks more accurate, streamlining operations is an ongoing procedure, then customer service is always on the agenda. So, always improving is what I would say I could improve.
Pay attention to the smallest detail, meetings with the concerned people.
Practice makes perfect, and course could help too.
Question 21 of 28
As a cost estimator you must pay attention to the smallest detail. What would your previous manager have to say about your attention to detail?
Good, as to the point of understaing what could go wrong.
Quite fanatically, your website is a good example of this.
I feel its a necessity as if you are not detail oriented you will miss things that can cost both the customer and company.
Details is a important part of any work because that help to do a correct work.
Question 22 of 28
As a cost estimator, what is your proudest accomplishment to date?
I finish what I started even if it kills me.
The complete renewal of the hull on a cargo ship. On time, under budget and minimal risk.
Creating a report that control the daily progress and daily cost.
Maintaining a small business for almost 2 decades on an extremely limited budget.
Question 23 of 28
What do you typically find the hardest cost to project?
Labour, its never as accurate is you would want.
Nothing if everything is clear.
Maybe weather conditions delays the time frame as well as increase the labour cost.
Nothing as long as there are details for such estimation.
Question 24 of 28
How well do you know our company?
I know whats your main area of business, more or less the functions of the business which is to design, manufacture and install structural steel buildings.
I researched your company on your website and whatever I could find on google, it seems as if you take a lot of pride in what you do.
Nothing. Only that I watched on internet.
Your company will be search to market are organised,
Question 25 of 28
How well do you know this industry?
Well im now in this indusrty for 7 years, I have gained some insight.
Yes I complete the seven years in this industry and these industry are market base.
Very well. I have been in the industry for over 6 years.
Question 26 of 28
What made you choose a career as a cost estimator?
Its a bit different dimension of engineering other than physical design. It takes planning to reality within a certain amout of time within a certain budget.
More aligned with my overall career goals.
Every one ask for your oppinion and your advice.
I enjoy the construction industry, you always learn from jobs.
Question 27 of 28
What would your previous manager say about your overall performance?
Question 28 of 28
Would you consider yourself a confident individual?
About Cost Estimator
August 30th, 2017
Cost estimators are employed by companies to estimate the money, time, labor and materials required to manufacture a product or provide a service. They do this by collecting and analyzing data on various factors that affect the cost of production directly and indirectly. As part of their job, cost estimators read technical documents and blueprints and collaborate with architects, contractors, engineers, sales teams, and clients. They also maintain records of their analyses and make cost-cutting recommendations.
A bachelor's degree with a strong background in mathematics is essential for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a cost estimator. A bachelor's degree in business, finance or engineering is a good choice for someone interested in estimating the cost of manufacturing, while a bachelor's degree in engineering, building science or construction management may be the better option for someone interested in pursuing a career as a construction cost estimator. Attention to detail in addition to strong analytical, math and time-management skills are essential soft skills for this role.
Be prepared to conduct a mock cost estimate to demonstrate your skills and expertise at the interview. The interviewer will want to know if you have had any experience in this field and also what are your strengths that make you a good fit for the role. One way to be better prepared for your interview is by going to Mock Questions and giving some thought to how you will answer the questions listed there.