You can’t afford to get your recruitment interviews wrong. Use our newest blog to compile your construction interview questions list to secure top trade talent.

Do you have construction jobs that need filling? If the answer is yes, then it’s important to spend time carefully preparing your set of construction job interview questions. By asking the right ones, you’ll be able to get a true feel for whether the candidate is a good fit for your business – someone who will be an asset by completing projects on time and with minimal fuss.

To help you with your construction job interview preparation, we have compiled a comprehensive list of interview questions, ones that will accurately reveal how each candidate stacks up when it comes to their skills, experience and ability to work well within a team.

Getting the Right Mix

An interview should cover common question categories to help you to gauge whether the interviewee is the right person for the job, which often include:

  • Skills-based
  • Behavioural and Situational
  • Motivational

It’s a good idea to select a few from each category to ensure you have a well-rounded interview. As you will see, some are variations of the same question, while some are directed specifically at construction workers or Site Managers/Supervisors.

Before choosing your questions, make up a list of the most important job tasks and challenges, as well as the characteristics needed to succeed in the role and within your business. You can then pick questions accordingly to help you uncover this information.

Skills-Based Questions

Skills-based questions seek to uncover whether a candidate’s skillset aligns with your business needs.

The best responses should demonstrate the potential employee has a good mix of both hard (technical) and soft skills (such as communication and being a team player). In the fast-paced construction industry, you also need employees who are adaptable and can work across a range of projects, so look for answers that showcase a willingness to roll with the punches.

It stands to reason you want someone who is technically proficient, particularly with reading blueprints and electrical drawings (or is at least open to asking for help if they don’t have lots of experience). You also need an employee that looks out for their colleagues when it comes to safety and keeping a tidy workplace, especially when it’s time to clock off.

Questions to consider:

  • What types of construction projects have you worked on?
  • What types of construction equipment do you have experience with?
  • How familiar are you with reading and interpreting blueprints and electrical drawings?
  • What types of licenses or certifications do you have?

Behavioural and Situational Questions

As the name suggests, behavioural interview questions bring to light how a candidate has behaved in previous work situations. The answers to these questions can illustrate how they perform tasks and tackle challenges, as well as how they interact with colleagues, managers and clients.

Situational questions are quite similar in what they reveal, but they target specific issues and challenges and are often hypothetical. In answering, you should be able to get an insight into a candidate’s thought and problem-solving processes.

Questions to consider:

  • Describe a time when you disagreed with a supervisor or co-worker on a job site. How did you handle it?
  • You realise your manager has made a big mistake on an important project. What would you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge at work.
  • Tell me about a time you didn’t deliver according to expectations. What did you learn?

Motivational Questions

If you want to find out why the candidate chose your particular organisation, what types of environment they do their best work in, and whether they’ll fit in with the culture of your business, motivational questions can deliver the answers.

The best responses show enthusiasm for the construction industry or a willingness to learn more if they’re an apprentice or new to the field, as well as clearly articulating what type of work they enjoy.

Bonus points if the interviewee weaves company-specific information into their answers, such as an interest in one of your upcoming or previous projects. This plainly shows they’ve done their research and taken the time to consider why they want to work with you.

Questions to consider:

  • Why does construction work appeal to you?
  • What’s your favourite part of construction work, and why?
  • What drives you to do good work?
  • What do you enjoy most / least about your current role / current company?

Further Interview Support

That covers a comprehensive cross-section of construction job interview questions. By selecting one or two from each category, you will be able to gain true insights into each potential employee’s work style, skillset, and values, as well as compare answers between candidates to determine your best fit.

Should you need additional recruitment assistance, whether it’s compiling your interview questions list, extra interview tips or sourcing new construction talent, please let us know. At Employment Group, we specialise in both temp recruitment and permanent recruitment in the construction, warehousing, manufacturing and trades industries across Australia and New Zealand. We’d love to help you find your next valued team members for your open construction jobs.

Author – Employment Group