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Building Surveyor Job Interview Tips

Posting date: 19 February 2019
Author: Tim Stranks

Building Surveyor Interview Tips

How to answer interview questions and secure the perfect building surveyor job.

In interviews for building surveying jobs, you’ll be asked a range of questions. Tough questions. So you need to do your homework. The interviewer wants to learn about your building surveying experience, skills and your ability to work in a stressful and pressured environment. Can you deliver? They want to understand what makes you tick, what your goals are, and judge if you will fit into the existing team and can help the company get to where it wants to go.

Interview questions for building surveying jobs tend to cover three broad topics: general, technical, and scenarios. Let’s learn more about each of these individually: 

General Interview Questions

These tips will help applicants for building surveying jobs approach the interview with confidence. These tips will help applicants for building surveying jobs approach the interview with confidence. are posed to discover a little bit about your personality, what you may be like to work with, and how the company’s plans fit in with your career objectives. You’ll be asked questions such as: 

What are your strengths and weaknesses? 
What are your long-term career goals? 
Why do you want to work for our company? 
Why should we employ you? 

Technical Interview Questions

Technical questions are designed to test your knowledge. The questions asked will depend upon the role for which you are applying: the discipline and the seniority. The interviewer doesn’t want to catch you out, but does need to assess that you have the grounding needed to do the job required. 

Scenario Interview Questions

Scenario questions delve into how you work, and how you put your technical knowledge into action. These are some of the most important questions the interviewer will ask, as they serve to confirm your experience and that the impression you have given in other questions is genuine. Questions might include examples such as: 

“Describe the most challenging build that you have worked on.” 

“Let’s say that you’re working with a difficult client who keeps changing project specifications. Tell me how you would deal with this.” 

“Tell me about the most ambitious project that you have worked on, and what elements were particularly challenging for you and your team.” 

How do you answer questions at interviews for building surveying jobs? 

When answering questions at your interview, it is important to answer them truthfully. If you don’t know the answer, never try to bluff the interviewer.  

Some interviewers ask questions they don’t expect you to be able to answer – this isn’t a test of your knowledge, it’s a test of your character and acceptance of your own limits. Telling the interviewer that you don’t know the answer (or that you’re unsure) and then pointing out what you would do to find the information needed shows the interviewer that you are detail-oriented and unlikely to make errors. 

Here are a few more tips to help you hone your interview skills. 

Be clear and concise.

Communicate ideas clearly and concisely, especially when discussing specific experiences. There may not be a ‘right’ answer (unless the question is a simple factual test), and the interviewer will be more concerned about your thought processes. Show that you approach problems methodically and handle difficult situations calmly. 

Explain your thinking 

If the interviewer asks a question that shows interest in your analytical approach, take your time to consider the problem posed. If there is more information you need, ask. Once you have what is needed to answer the question, work through methodically and explain how you arrive at the solution. 

Talk less and be heard more 

While your answers should be complete, you should ensure that you don’t witter. Provide answers as briefly as possible, enough to show your knowledge and experience, and no more.  

Be commercial 

As well as your technical expertise, an employer will want to know that you bring commercial awareness to the role. In your answers to scenario questions, discuss the advice you would give to clients; for example, when considering repairs, include a discussion of time and cost factors. 

Show you are a team player 

In your role, you will work with many people. These include planners, local authority representatives, builders, construction workers and other professionals. By including the work that you undertook with these partners and talking through ways you worked and communicated together, you will evidence your ability to be a strong, cooperative and valued team player. 

The ‘off-the-wall’ question 
Every now and then you may be asked an ‘off-the-wall’ question. For example, “How many bricks could you fit in an Olympic swimming pool?” 

The good news is that you aren’t expected to know the answer to such a question. Rather, this type of question is designed to test how you approach problems. Once more, the way to answer is to show that you work methodically and apply the knowledge you do know and ask for confirmation of the information you don’t know. 

In summary 

When interviewing for building surveyor jobs, prepare for questions that test your personality, approach to work, and ability to work with others. You’ll need to show that you have the capability to process your technical knowledge into practical solutions. The best way to do this is to consider the questions that you may be asked and prepare answers that put your previous experiences into the context of the new opportunity. 

When we recommend building surveyors to an employer, we give the candidate the best opportunity to secure the job they desire. We are always confident that the candidate and client are well matched, but understand that the interview is a key part of the hiring process. You can be sure that we’ll help prepare you for the interview, so you have the best chance to secure the position. 

To find your perfectly matched building surveying jobs, contact Macdonald & Company today. 

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