Do you want to become an engineer?
For those who have civil engineer background, they have a chance to get a good job in a big construction or consultancy company. However, being accepted in a big company is not that easy because you need to follow the interview section. There are a lot of interview questions that you need to master and there are some special questions about the civil engineer. This is necessary to test your academic knowledge to know that you deserve to get the job.
What are those questions?
There are 5 top civil engineer interview questions that you should know.
1. What are the tests on Steel Reinforcement?
This is the first interview question that you need to know. All you need is to answer about steel reinforcement test that you have learned when you studied in your college or even from your construction experience.
You may answer “Test on steel reinforcement is a test that is conducted to know the hardness of the steel if the steel is worth to use for a construction. There are some tests that we can conduct to know the steel reinforcement such as tensile or elongation test, bending test those are called mechanical tests. The diameter, length and condition (if rusted) of the rebars, those are called physical test.”
It is enough to answer the question but you can also explain other aspects of steel reinforcement test such as the purpose of the test, the tools needed for the test, the place to conduct the test, and others. You should not be long-winded in answering interview questions and show that you are really worthy to work in the company.
2. What is the Difference between Quality Assurance and Quality Control?
The second question would be about the difference between quality assurance and quality control. What if you get this question when being interviewed? Of course, you may answer the question according to your knowledge. It means that you really understand what quality assurance and quality control are.
For example, you may answer, ”Quality Assurance is defined as “planned and systematic activities implemented in a quality system so that the quality requirements for a product or service will be met while quality control is defined as a part of quality management focused on fulfilling quality requirements. The example of Quality Assurance is the approval of the drawings, approval of Project Quality Plan, approval of Method Statements, approval of Inspection and Test Plan and approval of Material Submittals.”
You may only answer the definitions of both terms or you can also add some other explanations to make it clear and the interviewer will know that you are smart. You can also add some examples of quality control and quality assurance to convince the interviewer.
3. What are the tests in concrete?
The third question is about concrete as the main material for construction. If you get this question, then you only need to answer accordingly. You are recommended to answer academically to convince the interviewer that you really understand about concrete.
What are the tests in concrete?
You may answer, “The tests in concrete are some tests conducted to know the hardness of the concrete if it is worth enough for a construction. These are the compressive test, Durability test which consists of Permeability, Rapid Chloride Ion Penetration Test, Initial Surface Penetration Test and Absorption Test and flexural test for roads and airport taxiway. We need to use some tools to test the concrete reinforcement and it must follow some proper steps to get the best result”.
This answer may be enough to answer the question but you can actually add more explanation to make it clear. Your answer must be clear and brief and you should not be long-winded in answering all of those questions because the interviewers do not only see your answer, but they also see your way to answer each question.
4. What is Site Observation?
The fourth question is about site observation. You may know that observation is something important when you want to build any kinds of building. This site observation will appear during the interview. But, this question is quite easy to answer. So, how to answer it? if you get this question, then you may answer briefly all about site observation.
“Site observation is an observation that is conducted before the construction begins to know if the site or location is good or not. It is needed because not all of the areas can be used to build a big building. Sometimes, we need to know the hardness of the soil in the area. Once we know that is worth, then we can start the construction”. This is a good and simple answer that you can convey but you may add other information about site observation to make it clear.
5. What is Nonconformance (NCR)?
This is the last 5 top civil engineer interview question that you may need to know. It is all about non-conformance report or NCR. How do you answer when you get this question? You only need to answer, “NCR or non-conformance report is a report that is needed when there is non-conformance and how to handle it. This report may be needed when there is a process, product, and procedure which do not follow the specification and or standards or drawing. For example, we may not meet the engineering standard requirement such as workmanship and material and each the NCR must be logged and we need to check and record each action.”
It is a brief answer that you can try when you get this question or you can also add more explanation to make it clear.
In conclusion, there are so many other civil engineering interview questions that you may get but those top 5 questions are the common questions that are commonly given when you enroll a job in a construction company. You may need to be ready for the other questions but at least you know these five interview questions. You need to remember that your interviewers do not only hear your answer but they also see your expression during the interview. You should not be long-winded when answering the questions and you must be confident.
If you are confident when answering the question, then the interviewers will notice that you are really professional and you have enough experience in the field. The last advice is that you need to wear a good dress because appearance is considered as one of the most important things to have during the interview section.