There is something oddly scary about interviews that most of us cannot put our fingers on. During the time of writing and submitting our cover letters and resumes, one usually feels quite confident about one’s ability to contribute to an organization, but when the interview time comes, this confidence often dwindles.
The reason is perhaps the fact that interviews are last stages in the process and can go in any direction – we lose control of the situation at this point. Unless of course, we make a special effort to prepare for it! The following set of interview questions and answers might help you:
What type of duties have you performed in the role of a bricklayer?
My work starts with reading blueprints and designs to determine what type of brick laying activities need to be performed. Once I am aware of what I am supposed to be doing, I select the types of bricks that I need, layer them up according to instructions to build walls, refurbish chimneys and arches, or perform repairing work.
What type of tools are you trained in using?
I have been trained in using cement mixers to create mortar, and a variety of special hand and power tools to cut and shape bricks according to the specifications mentioned in construction plans.
What do you do to make sure that safety is not an issue while at the worksite?
Since working as a bricklayer means that you often have to work in dangerous situations, it is imperative to take precautionary measures. Donning proper headgear and footwear is essential. I make sure that apart from wearing the right gear, I follow all the instructions regarding safety so that no untoward incidents transpire.
Tell us about the skills set a bricklayer must possess to be able to work successfully in this role.
Apart from being able to read and follow instructions properly and possessing excellent attention to detail, one needs to be able to make good use of plumb lines and spirit levels to check the alignment of bricks.
Why did you decide to work in this area of construction?
I believe that one should work in an arena that one is most well-versed in. I find the challenge of working as a bricklayer quite fascinating and like the fact that one has to be accurate as clockwork while laying bricks. Structured work makes me happy.
What is the most challenging work that you have performed?
Oddly enough, it wasn’t a brick laying project that I found challenging but one in which I was involved as a restorer. The owner of an old building wanted the walls of the structure restored without damage and that was one difficult task!