Updated on August 30th, 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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Why do you want to work at our facility?
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What drove you to apply to work with this particular company? Talk to the hiring manager about why their facility is somewhere that you would like to work.
"I have heard that your facility is a very safe, organized, and positive place to be. After meeting with you, I can definitely see these things to be true. I would be more than happy to be able to work here."
How much experience do you have reading piping isometric diagrams?
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How much experience do you have when it comes to reading piping isometric diagrams? Talk to the hiring manager about your level of comfortability in this task and how often you come across this task in your current role.
"Currently, I am responsible for reading piping isometric diagrams on a daily basis. In total, I have approximately 4 years' of extensive experience in doing so. I am very comfortable with this task."
6. What was the most challenging piping installation job you have done? Talk to the hiring manager about what you feel is the biggest challenge in this line of work. Be careful to not sound negative or complain about your current position. Here is an answer example: "I feel that pipefitting is one of the most demanding physical trades. You could be working on equipment underneath piping, structural supports or vessels; and the next day you could be up and down on a 30 foot ladder. It's highly demanding work and not for the faint of heart."7. Why do you believe you are the best pipefitter for us? What makes you a stand-out candidate? Talk to the hiring manager about why they should hire you for the job. Here is an answer example: "I believe that I am the best pipefitter for you because I bring a great amount of experience in the exact type of work that your facility focus' on. I am well educated with a strong safety record and come with excellent references."8. What do you dislike about being a pipefitter? If you had the ability to change anything about your career as a pipefitter, what would you change? It's best to not turn the conversation into a negative tone, or to complain about your current employer. Choose to answer in a way that your 'dislike' is not something that is crippling to your success in this position. Here is an answer example: "If I could change anything about being a pipefitter, I would ask that vocational schools focus on it a bit more when it comes to the options that they offer. More people are aware that they can be a plumber, or a welder, for example. Pipefitting seems to take a back seat in the sense of trade school options."9. What is a globe valve used for? When you answer this question, keep it simple and to the point. Display to the hiring manager that you are able to easily and simply relay basic concepts of pipe fitting. Here is an answer example: "A globe valve is used for regulating flow in a pipeline, consisting of a movable disk-type element and a stationary ring seat in a generally spherical body."10. How can you tell if a gate valve is open or closed? When you answer this question, keep it simple and to the point. Display to the hiring manager that you are able to easily and simply relay basic concepts of pipe fitting. Here is an answer example: "You can look at a gate valve and tell if it is open or closed by the position of the stem."11. If you don't know the answer to a problem, what do you usually do? Do you ask your employer or co-workers when you have a problem or need an answer? Are you the type to find the answer before you ask anyone for help? Talk to the hiring manager about how you go about finding the answer to a problem. Here is an answer example: "If I do not know the answer to a problem, I will usually first search for the answer. I do not want to bother anyone while they are busy so I will first try to independently find the answer."12. When did you become interested in pipe fitting? When did you first realize that you wanted to be a pipefitter? Talk to the hiring manager about where your interest in this line of work arose. Here is an answer example: "I decided that I wanted to be a pipefitter when I was in vocational school to become a plumber. The classes were so interesting to me and once I realized it was an option, I fully focused on pipe fitting."13. During vocational school, what was your best subject? Which subject did you struggle with the most? Tell the hiring manager about your best subject while attending vocational school. Why do you feel it was your best subject? Discuss the same in regards to your most difficult subject. Here is an answer example: "While attending vocational school, my best subject was on commercial plumbing. I feel that it was my best subject simply because of my interest in it. I also felt that I could relate best to that particular professor. I had the most difficulty in the math related courses, as math isn't naturally my strong suit. I have taken additional training in that area."14. Have you ever experienced conflict with a co-worker? How did you resolve the situation? Give the hiring manager an example of a time that you experienced conflict with a co-worker. What was the resolution, and how did you get there? Be careful to not become negative or speak poorly of anyone. Here is an answer example: "Last month I had a conflict with a co-worker who was not abiding by the company's safety regulations. I brought it up and this particular individual became very defensive. I walked away from the situation and the next day, he apologized for overreacting. He committed to put safety first, which was great."15. Do you hold a Journeyman license? This answer can be very simple and to the point.
If you do hold a Journeyman license: "Yes, I obtained my Journeyman license in 2006. All of my tickets and certifications are up to date."
If you do not hold a Journeyman license: "I aim to obtain my Journeyman license in the next 8 months. Asides from that, all of my required certifications are up to date." Here is an answer example: "Yes, I obtained my Journeyman license in 2006. All of my tickets and certifications are up to date."16. Tell me about your post-secondary education. Take the hiring manager through your post-secondary education. Did you receive any accolades? Scholarships? Did you graduate top of your class? Think of anything that would make you a stand-out candidate. Here is an answer example: "I attended my post-secondary education at St. Johns River State College in Florida. While attending school, I received two scholarships and graduated top of my class."17. Are you comfortable wearing the required PPE on the job? Assure the hiring manager that you are willing to put safety first on the job, and that you are familiar with the required protective equipment. Here is an answer example: "I am very comfortable, and willing, to wear the appropriate PPE gear while on the job. In my current role, safety is a priority, and I appreciate that from responsible employers."18. Are you physically capable of heavy lifting and bending throughout the day? Being a Pipefitter is extremly demanding, physically. Discuss with the hiring manager your physical capabilities and any constraints that you may have. Here is an answer example: "I am very accustomed to heavy lifting, and bending through the day. I keep in good shape and have been doing this for a long time so I am aware to keep my personal safety in mind and not over-do it, physically."19. If you were to witness a co-worker behaving in an unsafe manner on the job, how would you handle it? Are you very safety conscious? Would you report a co-worker behaving unsafely? Tell the hiring manager how you would handle a situation like this. Here is an answer example: "I take safety in the workplace very seriously. If I witnessed a co-worker behaving unsafely, I would immediately approach them on their behaviour. If that wasn't enough, or if the behaviour continued, I would report the behaviour as per company policy."20. Are you interested in taking on a leadership role one day? Do you aspire to lead a team? Talk to the hiring manager about your desire to possibly take on a leadership role one day.
If you are interested in taking on a leadership role: "Yes, I would love to be a leader one day. I feel that I already naturally take on a leadership mentality. It is the type of growth that I would really appreciate, once I've proven my abilities."
If you are not interested in taking on a leadership role: "At this time, I really enjoy my current job function. Perhaps in the future but, at the moment, being a leader isn't my primary aspiration." Here is an answer example: "Yes, I would love to be a leader one day. I feel that I already naturally take on a leadership mentality. It is the type of growth that I would really appreciate, once I've proven my abilities."
Author of Pipefitter Answers and Questions
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace.
Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career.
Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise.
Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 03/13/2014 Last modified on: 08/30/2018
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