Just about any job will require a face-to-face meeting as part of the interview process.  When it comes to the construction interview, questions will inevitably follow. There are a few things to keep in your mind to ensure the procedure continues to go smoothly.

Often these construction interview questions and the answers the interviewer receives offer valuable insight into your character and potential as an employee. Here are a few of the questions you may run into and what the interviewer may be looking for. Recruiters can also use the following information to help them plan questions for upcoming interviews.

What Does Your Life Look Like in Five Years?

How you answer this can offer some insight into how passionate you are about your career. Progress and training will happen quickly for those contractors ready to make a difference and work for it.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn new technology and equipment as well as gain accreditations and certifications. Employers want you to grow. When they ask this question, they are looking for you to talk about some goals you have worked for and achieved. They also want to know about your current goals and how you plan to achieve that in the next few years.

Examples of Overcoming Challenges

Another question you may be asked is to give an example of when you overcame a challenge or demonstrated leadership. This is your potential employer looking for how you will deal with obstacles and juggle deadlines. They want to know what skills and values you have that will contribute to your behavior when the situations get stressful.

When answering, try to be specific and choose examples that highlight skills you have gained from different areas of your life, such as hobbies, part-time jobs, or internships. Try to steer clear from anything you have already used on your resume or application.

Describe Your Weakness

This question is a favorite among interviewers. They like to use your answer to get a better idea of what you think of yourself. The key is to make your weakness out to be positive. Handle your weakness as it applies to everyday construction work and finalize it with what you do to combat it.

This is about the resolution and acknowledgment that nobody is perfect, but it is how we deal with those imperfections that make a difference.

Why Do You Want to Work for Us?

This may have been on your application or in your cover letter, but do not assume your interviewer has read those details. They are looking to see why you really want to be a part of their team.

Conclusion

Construction interview questions are about figuring out how well the team will work together to get the job done. Make sure to do some research on the company and try to find what makes them unique, as well as to think about your answers ahead of time.

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