If you're a graduate looking to get into construction and need to get a feel for the kind of questions employers might ask at interview, then make sure you research these graduate construction interview questions below. These questions and answers are taken from real graduate interviews, and compiled to give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare your answers.
Example Construction Interview Questions:
What do you understand the role of a graduate construction manager/building services engineer etc to be?
This question is testing your industry knowledge. If you have prepared thoroughly before the interview, it will shine through when is comes down to these testing questions. This question basically wants you to describe your daily routine, as well as your role within a larger context. An accurate answer would be appropriate here, but try not to make it sound like you are reading the job specification.
Please give an example (either through school, college, employment or outside activity) of when you had to deal with a difficult person. How did you overcome this?
This seems like a general question but is particularly relevant to the construction industry as you will often have to deal with difficult colleagues, clients or suppliers. The best answers will be industry related. If you do not have industry experience then try to thing of an example that relates, e.g. dealing with a supplier in a different industry. Your ability to maintain professionalism, demonstrate diplomacy and communicate effectively will all be assessed here.
What are the three constraints on a project?
This question will require you to display industry knowledge but there is room for subjectivity. The three most common constraints are time, money and resources. But an interviewer may find a different answer interesting if you are able to justify it. Any knowledge you have of the red tape surrounding planning regulations may be highlighted here, and will impress your interviewer.