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How to Ace a Construction Engineering Job Interview

Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 7:25 am    

Clearing an interview for construction engineering is no more difficult than doing the same for any other industry sector. Overall, the basic approach remains the same – answer the questions as correctly as you can, don’t ask questions that can make the interviewer uncomfortable (unless it is closely related to the job), and so on.

That said, there are a handful of specific questions, which you need to answer correctly, in order to have a shot at the job. Here they are:

Tell us about yourself

Ah, yes, the quintessential icebreaker question that is also one of the most important ones you will face during an interview. In fact, there are employers who don’t even care what you say to other questions once you correctly answer this one. Focus on your academic qualifications and job experience, mentioning dates of important job opportunities that you took up.

What would you do if…

What-if scenarios are among interviewers’ favorites, since these help them judge the depth of knowledge that a candidate possesses. Watch out for these questions, since interviewers will likely ask about scenarios from their respective fields of expertise. While nobody expects you to be an expert on everything, you cannot answer with rubbish, either.

What do you know about our firm?

This is a tricky one, and requires prior preparation. You need to at least know what the firm does, their core mission and values, names of some of their competitors, and the firm’s present topics of discussion on social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter.

Why do you think we should hire you?

Do not just answer by reciting your academic qualifications once more. They are all in the CV you have already presented. Instead, talk about other skills that you have, which might come in handy to a company. Examples include teamwork, communication, any special soft skill you might possess, as well as specific academic qualifications that you feel might help the firm.

Ask questions yourself too

This is something a lot of interviewees neglect to do. However, the quality of questions asked during this time often make a lasting impression on the interviewers’ minds about the candidate. Ask the how they deal with issues like sustainability, as well as any landmark project they have completed. Follow up by directly asking the interviewer what he (or she) enjoys the most about his (or her) job.

So, go ahead, prepare in the right way and get ready to ace that job interview. Also, stay tuned to our blog for updates on jobs, as well as new facts about construction engineering recruiters New York.