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Top 35 Heavy Equipment Operator Interview Questions
Question 1 of 39
Why do you want a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator?
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Question 1 of 39
Why do you want a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator?
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"I have always had an interest in heavy equipment. As a teenager, I helped my dad on the job site in the summers and he would let me operate the smaller pieces of equipment. I guess you could say it's in my blood. I plan to be an operator for many years to come."
The interviewer wants to gauge whether you may be a long term fit for their company, or not. Be sure to give an example of why you are passionate about your career as a Heavy Equipment Operator and tell the interviewer that you are in this career path for the long haul.
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Question 2 of 39
This role will require full commitment in varying weather conditions. Do you have experience working in tough conditions?
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"I understand that you have indoor and outdoor facilities, and that work must go on...rain or shine! I have worked in a variety of environments including outdoor yards, and even a chemical plant. I am happy to commit, even through tough working conditions."
The interviewer wants to know that you are able to work in any type of work conditions required in this role. If you are unsure of the work conditions, it is absolutely okay to ask the interviewer to elaborate, before you fully agree. You can respond by describing the work conditions you have previously been exposed to, and assure the interviewer that you are ready and capable of handling the position as it's been described.
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Question 3 of 39
What steps do you take when a piece of equipment starts performing poorly?
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Question 4 of 39
In your opinion, what skills and behaviors are most important, in order to be a successful Heavy Equipment Operator?
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Question 5 of 39
How important is safety to you? What type of safety training do you have?
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Question 6 of 39
What types of heavy machinery are you experienced in?
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Question 7 of 39
Attention to detail is very important in this role. How do you ensure you remain focused and accurate at all times?
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Question 8 of 39
What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
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Question 9 of 39
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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Question 10 of 39
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
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Question 11 of 39
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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Question 12 of 39
How would you react if your supervisor asked you to perform a task that you were not comfortable with?
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Question 13 of 39
Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
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Question 14 of 39
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 15 of 39
When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure? The interviewer wants to know how you handle pressure when an unexpected stressor arises.
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Question 16 of 39
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
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Question 17 of 39
How do you deal with conflict on your team?
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Question 18 of 39
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
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Question 19 of 39
Why did you leave your last job?
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Question 20 of 39
What is your availability?
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Question 21 of 39
Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
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Question 22 of 39
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
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Question 23 of 39
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 24 of 39
When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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Question 25 of 39
How would you fill your time, if faced with downtime during your working day?
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Question 26 of 39
When you have a situation that could cause you to be unexpectedly absent from work, how do you handle it?
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Question 27 of 39
The role of Heavy Equipment Operator requires high amounts of physical activity. What experience have you had within a physically demanding role?
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Question 28 of 39
As a Heavy Equipment Operator, you will be asked to work a variety of shifts. Do you have any restrictions on your availability?
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Question 29 of 39
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Question 30 of 39
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 31 of 39
We measure productivity in a variety of ways. In your opinion, what are the most important performance metrics for this position?
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Question 32 of 39
Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with.
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Question 33 of 39
Do you have experience working in a unionized environment? What are your thoughts on union based roles?
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Question 34 of 39
Why is this job right for you at this time in your career?
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Question 35 of 39
What are your strengths?
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Question 36 of 39
What are your weaknesses?
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Question 37 of 39
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 38 of 39
After receiving information from your supervisor, how do you ensure you properly communicate this information to your team?
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Question 39 of 39
Tell me about a time that you naturally took on a leadership role without being asked. Did you enjoy being a leader? Were you happy with the outcome?
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Top 10 Heavy Equipment Operator Interview Questions, voted by our users. Created on March 7th, 2016

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