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28 Cost Estimator Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
What do you enjoy most about being a cost estimator?
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Being up to date with market prices for materials and products utilized in projects.
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Challenging target, meet new clients with new ideas, civil construction and development.
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I believe that the fun of finding all the small details from so many drawings is thrilling and with more practice, Even I would be able to excel it.
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Winning competitive and difficult pojects.
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What I enjoy most about being a cost estimator is meticulously going through every part of a process or blueprint and calculating and valuing the cost of a project.
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Playing numerological number & used thumb rules, logic.
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I enjoy calculations. I see it as a game that I must win. For having to win in my mind my estimates are most times very close to reality.
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I meet companies target and satisfy the clients, customer service.
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I have a great passion in drywall business. I genuinely enjoy calculating the amount of drywall materials needed to complete the project and enjoy installing, taping, mudding and painting... Every aspect of drywall installation. I believe having a beautiful interior finish is something that opens up happiness in human beings; in other words, being able to provide an excellent drywall installation service which makes clients satisfied which in turn makes me happy, proud and motivated which I would like to be a part of Korban drywall... Which is I started my drywall business and I ensure that my clients get a satisfactory drywall interior finish that is done on schedule and not over the budget with excellent work. I give pride in what I do and my attention to details, team work skills. Communications and leadership skills define me a suitable candidate for this junior estimator position alongside with my education and technical skills I have obtained from Civil Engineering Technology program. I have gained commercial and residential estimating/project management side - scope of work, change orders and CCDC documentation and I am capable of reading drawing plans and OBC.
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Being an esimator is really a part of a company profit.
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Question 2 of 28
What are your first steps when analyzing the costs of a new project?
User-Submitted Answers
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Standard, Specification & schedule.
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Review the design with budget and resources.
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Revising the 3 resources, Manpower, Materials, Machineires.
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Look at the construction drawings and their references.
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Planimplementation, check total cost framework, plan, check stastics and propability.
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The first step before starting the estimation of a project. I would survey the site to look for indirect costs, unseen costs and the availability of resources like electricity, water and transportation to the site.
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Go through thoroughly with pre tender meeting, going through specification, finding which trade has more scope of work and which sub contractor to be invited for getting edges in getting the job.
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Getting as much data on the project as possible.
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I would identify first of all the customers needs and desires for a project. Itemize each item in the project and if necessary categorize or group the items to allocate and display the costs projected for the project.
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The quality or the final outcome of the project.
Question 3 of 28
Do you take pride in your work? Give me an example.
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
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I am the finance minister for my estimation.
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I love to perform tasks as well as encourage teamwork, people love me for that.
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Yes, I always do the best I can when doing work, for example when I was in the internship I was involved in steel detailing work and concrete pour.
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Yes I am proud of doing this work.
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Yes, I feel very good when we win the job and getting more prequalified for the new jobs.
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Yes, I do, what is the use you give something your all without bragging about it.
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Yes I take pride in my work. Putting fences and security gates gives me alot of satisfaction as I may have helped the customer in terms of security for his business or home or his children.
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I take great pride in my work. I once was given an assignment to project the cost of a battery testing project and present the costs for each item. I realized this may be a process that would be repeated again in the future. So I decided to do more than just estimate the cost of the project. I developed an excel spreadsheet with formulas that would estimate the cost of supplies for the project just by inputting the appropriate values into the appropriate cells.
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Yes, I feel it is a necessity. Recently, I completed a renovation which I would not finish until I could find nothing wrong, it gave me a sense of pride to know I've did all I could do.
Question 4 of 28
Do you have an estimating assignment from the past that you feel you did not complete well?
User-Submitted Answers
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The Worst assignment I did is Submiting a report to the Projects manager without Revising it with the project manager.
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Well, never faced that worst situation, mayb once when we were in a group and project dead line was so close to submit.
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I dont know, I never made a mistake.
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Some formula in the excel file I was working on was not 100% correct.
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Not getting a rental ready on time, I underestimated the difficulty and time the job would take.
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Not giving a clients reasonable pricing.
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My worst assignment was on contaminated land. I did put in enough reading on the background area and couldn't give an informed response.
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I am not in to any big project so that still dont make any mistakes.
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Well, mistake is sometime tough to avoid, but big obvious mistake should be avoided with no tolerance. In my previous project, apart from the drywall contract, I also dealt with fencing and interlocking. Because without using proper equipment and trying to finish the job ahead of schedule, while doing the re-interlocking, I slipped a stone and it fell over my finger and ended up injured myself then I had to the day off to recover. Since then, I try to take extra precaution and pay more attention to every single detail possible to prevent self injury and mistake. I would consider going to the job field to analyze possible hazards and restrictions that could slow down the project.
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When the company I am workin on won the first project where I did the take-off.
Question 5 of 28
What was the most difficult estimating assignment you have faced? How did you get through?
User-Submitted Answers
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Shipping of structures as full modularised. Need to check all the points during transportation...
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Cost Controlling a running projects for more than a one year, Revised the Book of quantity, Studied the contract and the aggrements.
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Each task is different to another and so far I worked with great team where we were able to perform a great team effort.
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Count the no. Of hose reels.
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Working on Reimbursable scope for Eiffel Project. Detailed communication with my boss and respective managers.
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Building on a limited budget. I completed the task with a lot of research in order to find reasonable material and labor costs.
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Clients not knowing what they want.
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Taking the Continues Miner out from underground. Team work, ideas, and strategy.
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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.
10.
We receive the incomplete drawing and specification.
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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.
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