A job interview can be very stressful. Even the calmest people deal with dry mouth, fidgeting, even forgetfulness, when a job is on the line. Some of it is the pressure of the situation, and some of it is the unknown – concern over the questions the hiring manager might ask. So, we’re here to help you prepare, with some of the most common Fitter Welder interview questions. Remember, the goal of any interview question is to help identify the right candidates for the job. So, keep in mind that they are looking for smart, safe welders, who are willing to listen and learn.
These sample questions are divided into three segments: temperament, leadership/skills, and commitment level. Top candidates should exhibit confidence and competence in all three areas.
- Do you work well under pressure?
- How would your co-workers describe you?
- Whose responsibility is safety?
- Tell us a little about yourself?
- Tell us about a time when you disagreed with a decision that was made at work.
- Tell us about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work and how you dealt with it?
- Have you ever been fired? If so, why?
- Where did you learn how to be a Fitter Welder?
- How do you practice safety on the job?
- What is your greatest strength, and how does it help as a Fitter Welder?
- Describe some of your welding work, in detail.
- Explain a time when you have used your leadership skills.
- How do you deal with co-workers who are not getting their jobs done?
- Do you have any technical experience (e.g. working with iPads or computers?
Level of Commitment
- What are your career goals?
- What was your toughest welding job?
- Why are you the best welding candidate for us?
- Why should we hire you?
- Why do you want this job?
- What is your dream job?
- What other companies are you interviewing with?
People who are being interviewed often forget a key interviewing skill – tell them what you want them to know. As long as it is appropriate, work that information into your answers. People who can tell short, clear, stories, using real-life examples, often find they can keep and hold the interviewer’s attention. Remember, the prospective employer is trying to get a feel for who you are, whether you can do the job, what’s important to you, and whether you will fit into their operation.
What you should wear
Make sure your clothes are clean and you’re well groomed. Nothing wrong with jeans and a casual shirt. You may be asked to do a welding test, so it’s a good idea to bring your helmet, gloves and welding jacket. Show up like you’re ready to go.
Leading companies like LeJeune Steel, which fabricates some 40,000 tons per year at its Minnesota and Wisconsin facilities, require drug-testing. “There are certain physical requirements,” Program Manager, Matt DeMarchi says. “You’re going to be moving some metals around, putting yourself in some reaching and bending positions so you can weld, so we check the stretching and bending abilities.” The company is involved in the construction of some of the most cutting edge steel fabrication projects in the mid-west and they’re looking for the next generation of workers.
Give your answers some thought and practice, because if you can do something as specialized and exciting as welding, why let a few questions trip you up?
For more than 70 years LeJeune Steel has been an industry leader in steel fabrication. Since 1944, we have grown to become one of the largest structural steel fabricators in the Midwest, with more than 40,000 tons of steel fabricated annually by our shops in Minnesota and Wisconsin.