If you are a job-hopper, you will know exactly what different types of interviews entail. But if you have been glued to the same job for the last 10 years, you may have a little trouble determining how to handle an interview when the time comes for you to change career direction, or look for a better job. Job interviews are especially harrowing if you have been “out of touch” for some time. For all you know, the last time you went for an interview, interviewers still asked the now quite archaic question what can you tell me about yourself?
Nope, they don’t ask this question or the likes of it anymore. In fact, interviewers may want to know all about you but will never ask directly. They will confuse you by asking tricky questions and it is up to you to provide the right answer as best as you can. There are no standard questions. For instance, for a construction foreman position, you might be asked some or all of the questions given below:
Why do you feel that you are ready for a construction foreman position?
I have worked as a construction worker for many years and know the work inside out. During the many years that I spent in the construction arena, I have come to understand and appreciate the various aspects of this work. A recent commission as a foreman for a short construction project has also made me understand how to schedule and supervise crew activities so that deadlines are effectively met.
What are the key responsibilities of a construction foreman?
While a construction foreman is usually required to supervise and guide crew to ensure that all construction plans are properly carried out, he also has to ensure that materials and equipment are available on a timely basis, and that any complex project modules are explained and assisted with.
Is a construction foreman responsible for the safety of his crew? How do you ensure this?
A construction foreman is definitely responsible for the safety of his crew. I make sure that I provide them with safety instructions and gear, and supervise their work processes constantly to ensure compliance.
How do you feel about the physical rigors of working as a construction foreman?
The physical rigors are all part of the deal. I am comfortable working in extreme weather conditions and for long hours.
Have you ever been in a situation where you nearly failed in your role as a supervisor? What happened?
I was under immense work pressure and ended up providing incorrect instructions to the construction workers, and did not realize until the end of that day when they had erected part of the building. I had to have the entire structure pulled down and rebuilt on my expense and time. It was quite a failure.
A construction foreman has to be more than just a supervisor. What personal traits should one have?
Flexibility is probably top of the list. When you are a construction foreman, things do not always go as planned. You have to be flexible to incorporate changes. Ability to proactively identify needs and opportunities and a calm manner are also important.