Have an interview for a site manager job coming up? Then read our top tips on how best to approach the interview and have the best opportunity of getting that job.

Always double check when and where the interview is, and make sure there is enough travel time to arrive a little early. Site management may be a step up from a current role, so look the part by dressing smartly. Read up about prospective employers beforehand, as well as researching the specific role and requirements

Take along a copy of CVs and covering letters, and make sure you can talk fluently about the key elements on them, including previous roles, as well as relevant qualifications and other experience. Turn off any phones before going into the interview.

Further information for site manager job candidates.

Site managers are the lynchpin of a successful building project, and as such employers will require someone they can trust completely with large numbers of staff  someone who can be relied upon to deal with staffing and project emergencies as well as organise jobs on a day to day basis. Candidates will be expected to communicate clearly and be able to demonstrate that they are organised, level-headed, and capable of calmly leading a diverse team, so think of past experiences which can demonstrate these skills.

Be prepared to answer some general questions about your background, as well as specific queries about how to deal with problems that site managers typically encounter. Be prepared with some questions for the interviewer too.

Our construction recruiters outline their top interview prep tip here:

Site manager interview questions.

  • Talk me through what you would do if someone had an injury on your site
  • How would you ensure everyone on site was complying with safety best practise?
  • If one of your team asked you a question about a project and you didn’t know the answer, what would you do?
  • Describe how you see an average workday for a site manager
  • What would you say are the most important skills a site manager should have?
  • How would you deal with a team member who was persistently late on the site?
  • What are the most effective techniques to motivate a site team to complete on time?
  • What other practical experience do you have that might be relevant to a management role?

General interview questions.

  • What would your employer say your key strengths and weaknesses are?

  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?

  • Why are you looking for a new job?

  • Why do you want to work for our company?

  • Why should I give you this job?

  • What would you say are the key elements of job satisfaction for you?

  • Do you have any questions about the job or the company?

Scenario interview questions.

  • Give me an example of a time when you have had to think on your feet to solve a problem.

  • Describe a task in which you managed or help manage a team on a site project

  • Can you demonstrate through examples why you believe you are ready to take on a promotion to Site Manager?