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Top 10 Questions to Ask at a Construction Interview

Top 10 Questions to Ask at a Construction Interview

Do you always find yourself not knowing what to ask in a construction interview?

When you’re sitting right across from a hiring manager, it can be hard to think of good questions, especially when it comes to jobs in the ever-complex construction industry. But having a few smart questions up your sleeve can help you impress your future employer and land the job you’ve set your sights on. We’ve cracked the code and can tell you exactly what questions to ask in a construction interview. Check them out below!

1. What would your ideal candidate bring to this project?

Interviewers will be impressed by this question because it shows that you’re aware that the company has needs that they’re hoping their new hire will be able to address.

2. How do you measure success in this role and over what timeframe?

Asking this question will signal to your interviewer that you care about performing well and give you the opportunity to confirm that your goals align with theirs. They’ll see that you’re focused on doing good work and are keen to succeed.

3. What would you expect me to achieve in my first 90 days?

Large scale building projects are complex and there are many factors influencing project success. This question demonstrates your intention to achieve concrete goals early on and gain achievements that are commercially astute. You’ll be seen as a driven candidate who plans to make a real impact in your role, not just go through the motions.

4. What are the key challenges faced by the person in this role and/or the project?

This question will show interviewers that you’re willing to face challenges and will actively take steps to prepare yourself for them.

5. What do you enjoy most about working at your company?

Asking this communicates that you’re looking for a workplace that you look forward to coming to every day - you’re not desperate for just any job. This signals that you’re a high-quality candidate who can afford to be selective.

6. What challenges will your company face over the next 12 months?

You’ll be able to play up how your qualities can address these needs. A willingness to relocate for future projects is highly sought after, if you are open to moving to different locations now is the time to make sure your interviewer knows.

7. What landmark projects does your company have coming up and when?

This will show that you’ve taken the time to understand the company and its activity, which will help you stand out from other candidates who may have not bothered to dig into the details. It will also help you scope out if the job’s workload is likely to change, or if there are future projects which excite you and when. 

8. How does your company tackle sustainability?

To the interviewer, this question will demonstrate that you have important values, and a sense of purpose and are committed to upholding these. If the company has dedication to similar values, they’ll see you as a great fit who will be easier to retain and help advance their greater purpose.

9. I read that you were focusing on “X” sector. How is this affecting “Y”?

Such a question will establish that you have commercial awareness and can think about how parts of your role might affect the company at large. It proves that you understand certain events and actions may have consequences for the company, and that these consequences are a big business concern.

10. Do you have any reservations about my suitability for this position that I could address at this stage?

This question displays your assertiveness and interest in securing the position. It also exhibits a desire to grow, that you're comfortable receiving constructive criticism and back yourself in important situations.

Great Questions Could Be the Ticket to Your Next Job

It’s a favourable time to be a construction job seeker in Australia. There is high demand for skills and companies are willing to pay well for talented professionals. Acquitting yourself well during the interview stage will help you stand out from other candidates and give insight which may be advantageous when negotiating your package.

Armed with these questions, you’ll have the tools to evaluate good opportunities, signal your strengths, and display exactly what construction companies look for in interviews.

Are you currently looking for a job in construction? Check out the 7 most in-demand construction jobs in Australia for 2018 here and get in touch with us today! Call us on 02 9188 0315 or email webenquiries@denovo.com.au. 

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