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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Do you prefer edging with tape, or without?
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Some painters prefer to edge with tape while others will paint freehand. Talk about your preference and back your logic.
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  1. Do you prefer edging with tape, or without?
  2. As a painter, do you have any experience being your own boss? Handling customers and employees?
  3. Typically how many coats of paint do you prefer applying to any job for perfection?
  4. For an airless paint sprayer, what size tip do you typically use to spray a closet?
  5. What would you do if you could not be a painter?
  6. Do you have experience using an airless paint sprayer?
  7. When did you decide you wanted to become a painter?
  8. How long have you been a painter?
  9. Do you have experience using a lift or a boom?
  10. How familiar are you with this market? Any experience painting here?
  11. Where do you see yourself as a painter in five years?
  12. Tell me about a painting project which you are very proud of.
  13. How important is quality to you? Give an example of something where the quality of your paint job turned out really well.
  14. Do you use a roll on brush or a paint sprayer? In what situations do you use the other?
  15. What is more important, the money or the job?
  16. Have you removed wall paper before? What is your easiest and most effective method?
  17. What was the most difficult room you have painted before?
  18. How do you stay focused and committed to a room while painting?
  19. Do you have any problems climbing tall ladders?
  20. Do you have your own car to get to and from work?
  21. Do you have your own hand tools?
  22. What is your most challenging piece of work you have completed?
  23. When you arrive for a single room repaint, what is the order of operations?
  24. The job specs are for prime and paint and you come across some wood rot. What is your next move?
  25. Do you have experience patching holes? If a hole is roughly 4-6 inches in diameter, what do you do?
15 Painter Answer Examples
1.
Do you prefer edging with tape, or without?
Some painters prefer to edge with tape while others will paint freehand. Talk about your preference and back your logic.

Rachelle's Answer
"When I first began painting, I much preferred to edge with tape. Now that I have more years' experience I do prefer to go freehand. I am very skilled which is why I can do it that way. It saves time and I'm still very accurate."
2.
As a painter, do you have any experience being your own boss? Handling customers and employees?
Being a boss or handling a team of painters could be a natural progression in your career. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability and interest in doing so.

Rachelle's Answer
"In my previous role, I led a team of 3 painters. I am comfortable managing a project, and others. Being in a customer facing role is no problem at all for me. I am very experienced and comfortable taking on a role like that."
3.
Typically how many coats of paint do you prefer applying to any job for perfection?
Give an example of the average amount of coats that you typically apply and explain your answer.

Rachelle's Answer
"Typically, I apply 2 coats before I feel the job has been completed to perfection. Certain colors or brands will require 3 coats but I am very careful to do each coat perfectly so that additional coverage is not required."
4.
For an airless paint sprayer, what size tip do you typically use to spray a closet?
Show the hiring manager that you are familiar with airless paint sprayers by offering some of your expertise.

Rachelle's Answer
"When spraying a closet, I will typically use a 513 or 515. It's important to choose the right size for such a small and closed in space."
5.
What would you do if you could not be a painter?
Aside from being a painter, have you had any other career goals or dreams? Talk to the hiring manager a little bit about what other career or life goals you may have.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I was not a painter, I would probably look into a career within culinary. Being a chef is also a very creative job that uses skill, concentration and is still physical in nature. I spend my spare time learning new skills in the kitchen. It's fun for me."
6.
Do you have experience using an airless paint sprayer?
Talk to the hiring manager about your experience using an airless paint sprayer.

Rachelle's Answer
"I do have experience using an airless paint sprayer. I have used one on many different jobs as small as closets and as large as commercial spaces."
7.
When did you decide you wanted to become a painter?
When did you decide that you wanted to be a painter for a living? Talk to the hiring manager about the path that brought you here.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have always been a creative individual. Growing up, my mom was an interior designer and my father was a tradesperson in the construction industry. I feel that I took both of those worlds and chose a career that allowed me to work with my hands while still feeling like my creative side was being nurtured."
8.
How long have you been a painter?
Expand your answer past what is included on your resume. Be brief in your answer and be sure to build confidence with the hiring manager that you have enough experience for the job.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have been in the painting business for 10 years. I started as an apprentice and have been working independently as a painter for 7 years now."
9.
Do you have experience using a lift or a boom?
Many larger, often commercial, jobs will require you to use a lift or a boom. Tell the hiring manager more about your experience using heavier duty equipment on the job.

Rachelle's Answer
"I do have experience using a lift on the job. My current employer has a lot of commercial contracts which requires more use of heavy equipment. Although I will spend some time briefly on the lift, I could still use additional exposure to these types of equipment."
10.
How familiar are you with this market? Any experience painting here?
Knowing your market and having a clientele base can be a big bonus to a hiring manager. Talk about the experience that you bring in the area.

If you are familiar with the market: "I have been painting in this region for 4 years now and would come with a strong network of clients that I would be happy to bring with me, should I be given the opportunity."

If you are not familiar with the market: "I am new to the area but know that I could quickly learn the market and make a positive impact on your business, should I be given the opportunity."
Rachelle's Answer
"I have been painting in this region for 4 years now and would come with a strong network of clients that I would be happy to bring with me, should I be given the opportunity."
11.
Where do you see yourself as a painter in five years?
What are your long term goals as a painter? Talk to the hiring manager a bit about what you hope to see in your future.

Rachelle's Answer
"I really enjoy the trades and I hope to be even more skilled in painting than I am now. In 5 years I would like the idea of leading a team, training new painters or even being the owner of a successful painting business."
12.
Tell me about a painting project which you are very proud of.
Take note of the versatility in your painting portfolio. Which project gave you the most satisfaction? Why were you so proud of it at the end?

Rachelle's Answer
"The project that I am most proud of was the interior painting of the whole heritage building on 17th and Waterfront. It was a huge job and a very challenging one. In the end, my client, who was the developer, was very happy with the rejuvenation of the space."
13.
How important is quality to you? Give an example of something where the quality of your paint job turned out really well.
The pride that you take in your work is really important. Express this to the hiring manager. Give an example.

Rachelle's Answer
"Quality is the most important factor to me, along with the client feeling that I gave them value in their service. I had a client last week who had hired another painter who had done quite a terrible job painting the main level of her home. I was able to come in, fix the previous contractors' error and do a really good job for her. She was thrilled by the end of it and I was happy to have done a great job for her."
14.
Do you use a roll on brush or a paint sprayer? In what situations do you use the other?
Have you used both a roll on brush and a paint sprayer? Which do you prefer out of the two, and why? Discuss your preference with the hiring manager.

Rachelle's Answer
"I use both a roll on brush and a paint sprayer, depending on the application type. For larger, commercial jobs I will often choose the paint sprayer application. The spaces are generally more open, and the ceilings higher. A roll on brush is generally my choice for residential applications."
15.
What is more important, the money or the job?
Is it more important for you to do a good job or to collect a paycheck? Tell the hiring manager more about what drives you to do a good job.

Rachelle's Answer
"Although I feel that both are important, my primary focus is to take jobs that I know I will be good at. My service and quality of work are what gives me the good reputation that I have. That is most important."
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