readying for an interview for a building surveyor job?


A photo of a woman wearing a hard hat working in the engineering industry
A photo of a woman wearing a hard hat working in the engineering industry

Then read these top tips for making the most of the interview opportunity.

  • Dress neatly and smartly for the interview; a smart suit or dress will give the impression of professionalism.
  • Ensure you know where the interview is, double-check the interviewer’s name, and take plenty of time to get there.
  • Read your CV several times until you are confident about current and past roles and relevant qualifications.
  • Read up on the prospective employers and think specifically about the role being interviewed for.

Also, consider how to tailor answers to highlight the essential qualities the interviewers will be looking for.

9 building surveyor job interview questions.

  1. When did your interest in surveying as a career first start?
  2. What essential skills, beyond technical qualifications, should a building surveyor have?
  3. What would you ask a client the first three questions when engaging on a new project with them?
  4. Can you tell me the most critical safety rules on a building site?
  5. Describe what you envisage as a typical day for a building surveyor.
  6. What is the most challenging element of being a building surveyor?
  7. What would you say will be the fundamental industry changes affecting surveyors over the next few years?
  8. What do you think the most effective ways of measuring the job performance of a surveyor are?
  9. You may also be shown pictures of a building or structure with defects and be expected to comment on the key issues you see.
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interview tips for building surveyor job candidates.

Employers of building surveyors will be looking for people who not only have the qualifications on paper to be able to do the job. But can also practically implement those skills successfully in a pressurised environment.

Think about an experience that highlights successful teamwork, and focus on demonstrating organisation and efficiency.

Interviewees will be expected to be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. They should also demonstrate the ability to multi-task and run several projects simultaneously.

Questions are likely to come up not only about general experience and qualifications but also about job-specific challenges. There should also be an opportunity to ask the interviewer questions.

general interview questions.

  • What would your key strengths and weaknesses in the work environment be?
  • What kind of further career qualifications are you looking for?
  • What are your long-term goals within the industry?
  • What are the key attractions of our company as an employer?
  • What makes you the best person for this job?
  • Are you the deadline- or solution-driven?

scenario interview questions.

  • Describe the most challenging design or repair problem you have worked on.
  • Let me know how you would deal with a situation where the client was unhappy about the plans you had designed.
  • Tell me your most successful project to date - why do you think it was successful?

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