You’ve made it past the application stage, and now the interview is the only thing standing in the way between you and your career.
It’s important to spend some time preparing for your interview, as it is one of the best ways to leave a great impression on a potential employer. You’ll want to express the reasons why you’re the right person for the job in the most clear and confident way you can!
In the construction industry, you’ll encounter a range interview questions, from behavioural to situational but they all have the same purpose: to evaluate your skills, your experiences, and how they’re related to the position. Here are 4 sample questions to help you prepare!
1. “What do you know about our company?”
After you’ve answered the standard “tell me about yourself” questions, this will probably be the first industry-related question you’ll be asked. This question is something your interviewer will ask to get an idea of whether or not you’re a good fit. Construction is a challenging career that involves a unique combination of technical training and experience. Companies want to make sure that they hire people who do their homework and are prepared to get the job done.
The best way to answer this question is to start off with the general facts – the history of the company, the key players, their role in the construction industry as a whole – and then hone in on the more nuanced qualities, such as their mission, their company culture, and what sets them apart from other companies. Show them that you’ve done research on their current projects, and share a bit of insight – this will demonstrate your knowledge in the field as well as your preparedness.
A successful answer will show an employer that you’re knowledgeable about the company, passionate about the work they do, and excited at the possibility of being a part of it.
2. “Describe a time when you have worked as part of a successful team. What do you think contributed to your team’s overall success?”
Behavioural questions are common in construction interviews, as they allow employers to assess a variety of skills. This particular one evaluates your teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. A career in construction means working with all different types of people, from clients and engineers, to consultants and subcontractors. Having the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with all parties is essential.
When answering this question, discuss the methods that your team put in place in order to work together effectively but don’t forget to emphasize what you did and how your role helped the team achieve success. Fresh out of university or college? Talk about a school assignment or an extracurricular project and highlight transferable skills. And if you can, include quantifiable data that accurately shows your positive contribution to the project. Having the appropriate facts and figures will only strengthen your response.
3. “What would you do if a customer had a problem with the quality of your work?”
The situational or scenario-based question is quite common in construction job interviews because it helps the employer get a better sense of a candidate’s personality. The previous questions help an interviewer assess your qualifications, but your answer to this question will provide insight into how you would perform on the job.
A lot of construction positions are centered around client service. For instance, if you’re applying for a construction coordinator position, this is your chance to prove to your interviewer that you will go above and beyond to ensure a client’s satisfaction. When answering this question, think about how you would react – but also take it a step further and explain how you would proactively ensure the problem doesn’t happen again. This shows an employer that even when dealing with clients, you never lose sight of the company’s needs and goals.
4. “Why do you think you would be a great fit for this position?”
This is common question for any type of interview, and it’s easy to understand why. The employer gets to see how you match your own strengths to the qualities needed to do the job.
The job description is the best place to start when preparing to answer this question. Look at the key responsibilities and required knowledge and skills, and share concrete examples that show that you have the abilities they’re looking for. The next place to go is the company website – read up on their values, culture, and mission so you can discuss how you have the right personality to go with your technical ability.
Lastly, think about what makes you unique and sets you apart from other candidates. For example, if you’re a student or new grad, you can talk about how your program exposed you to the latest in industry trends. If you have some experience in the industry, discuss how your expertise will help you hit the ground running in this position. In short, prove to your interviewer that you’re more than just qualified, you can deliver results and add value to the organization.