Tough Job Interview Questions You Should Ask in the Construction, Engineering and Environmental Industry
When interviewing for managerial or professional jobs within the construction, engineering or environmental industries, it’s important to establish a positive rapport with the individual you are interview with.
You need to show that you will be able to work well with others within the firm, discuss your skills and qualifications as related to the position you are applying for, as well as, ask the interviewer a number of questions related to the organization and position you are discussing.
By following these nine suggested questions; although tough ones, they will convey that you have confidence, desire and skills to tackle the challenges of the job successfully.
1. “Why did you choose this company?”
Whether this is a construction, engineering or environmental job, you will want to know more about the particulars of the company making sure it would be a good fit for you. Ask your interviewer about their management style. Will you be managing employees who engage in collaboration or work more individually? Probe a little deeper and inquire whether the interviewer feels excited about his work.
2.. “How would I exceed your expectations on a short-term basis, say, in the first 30 to 60 days on the job?”
By asking this question, you are conveying to your interviewer that you have every intention of showing resourcefulness in approaching your job responsibilities from your first day.
3. “What qualities do your best employees have?”
With this question, you should find out what attributes you need to develop in order to be highly valued in the organization. Are you willing to go the extra mile, show initiative, or collaborate with others? You can ask yourself if you fit into this organization.
4. “Can I clarify any information about my background, former careers or skills?”
This is a bold question to ask, but it will give you an opportunity to discover concerns that your interviewer has about your fitness to do the job. If some of his comments are negative, this gives you the opportunity to clarify some parts of the interview or your resume.
5. “Are there opportunities for professional training and education, mainly in new technology?”
Asking this question will show the interviewer that you are willing to extend yourself and improve your skills by taking training classes and/or obtaining certifications
6. “Does this company encourage entrepreneurial-type projects?”
Employees who are given the opportunity and flexibility to work on projects with limited supervision are generally happier in their jobs.
7. “What types of mentoring programs do you offer?”
You might mention the idea of reverse mentoring – older employees help younger ones with skills like organization and in turn, younger ones can help older employees with technical skills. This also shows you are content having a younger boss.
8. “Is there an option to do contract or consulting work?”
This question would be a particularly good one. Demonstrating your abilities on a project or contract basis will allow you to show you are skilled in performing the work required and allow you to potentially work less hours and probably make more money.
9. “What’s the salary range for this position?”
Asking direct questions about salary, benefits, retirement plans and vacation on a first interview seems a bit brazen, but if done in a subtle way, you can get a general idea.
As you begin to leave the interview, give a firm handshake and show strong body language by using eye contact. Stand and walk straight and tall showing confidence. Don’t forget to write a thank-you note, preferably by hand.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing www.webuildstaffing.com . To learn more about Michael or to follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com