2. Tell me what do you typically find the hardest cost to project?

Maybe weather conditions delays the time frame as well as increase the labour cost.

3. What do you know about our organization as Estimator?

A good organization with perfect management. I heard that in this organization i can gain knowledge and good atmosphere.

If its for a good renowned company then its better to go through the company website and know what's the company profile and what's their achievements/successes and branches & other details.

According to me this is one of the best company. It has a good Environment, We feel good working in companies, which has good growth in the IT Industries. This Organization has all the qualities like good growth, good Environment, maintaining a best level in the IT Industries, etc.

4. Why did you leave your last job as Estimator?

Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

5. Tell me what are your weaknesses for Project estimator position?

Try not to be too critical when answering this question. Instead, pick one of your weaknesses and try to turn it into a positive.

For example, you could be a perfectionist, which means that you sometimes take longer on tasks, but you make sure that they are completed to a high quality. It is important to make a negative into a positive as it doesn't make you appear overly critical and shows you can reflect on your own performance.

6. Tell me have you got any questions?

This is your final opportunity to persuade the interviewer that you are the right candidate for the job. Now is not the time to ask questions about holidays, pay or pensions – all these things can be asked later when you get an offer of employment. Now is the time to ask about any reservations that the interviewer may have about your suitability for the role. You will then give yourself one last chance to persuade the interviewer that you are the right candidate for the job.

Thank you. I think we have covered everything. Before we finish the interview I would like to take the opportunity to ask if you have any reservations about my suitability for this role?

7. Explain me why are manhole covers round?

This is a classic brainteaser, which was reportedly first asked by a Microsoft interviewer. Here's how to "solve" this brainteaser (remember to speak and reason out loud while solving this brainteaser): Why are manhole covers round? Could there be a structural reason? Why aren't manhole covers square? It would make it harder to fit with a cover. You'd have to rotate it exactly the right way. The pipes below are also round, so fitting them might be easier, as might be making them. So many manhole covers are round because they don't need to be rotated. There are no corners to deal with. Also, a round manhole cover won't fall into a hole because it was rotated the wrong way, so it's safer. Looking at this, it seems corners are a problem. You can't cut yourself on a round manhole cover. And because it's round, it can be more easily transported. One person can roll it.

8. What is contingency reserve?

This is a planned amount of money (or time) added to the project cost (or time) estimate to serve as a “project risk” buffer. Contingencies are responses to specific risks which has been pre-identified by the project.

9. What is project management software?

This is often used to graphically monitor the earned value management as well as forecasting a range of possible final outcomes of the project.

10. What is the project cost baseline?

The cost baseline is the information that deals with the amount of money the project is estimated to cost and what time during the project the money would be spent. The cost baseline is the estimate cost of the project plus the contingency reserve. The cost baseline is however constantly reviewed, as it is possible to have several intermediate baselines based on changes that occur during a project.

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11. Tell me what do you enjoy most about being a cost estimator?

Being up to date with market prices for materials and products utilized in projects.

12. Tell me how well do you know this industry?

Yes I complete the seven years in this industry and these industry are market base.

13. Tell me how do you present a new product for a client?

They will want to see your committed presentation in reality. You will have few suitable presentations if you have the experiences in sales. The parts in the industry that you are applying for should be highlighted. Interview is the right time for you to prove your experiences that you have ever had. It is not a serious problem if you do not have experience, your knowledge and your learning attitude can be replaced in this situation- it is sharp to search everything about the industry before you apply for this job.

14. What have you done to improve your knowledge for estimator in the last year?

Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

15. Tell me your salary requirements?

Find out what the salary is for the job is that is possible ahead of time. If there is no salary posted then do some research. Find out what the market is paying and what you are worth. Make a reasonable salary offer based on this information. Do your best to avoid making a salary offer if you can. You can ask the employer if they have a salary range they plan to pay the person in this position.

16. Suppose if you have seven white socks and nine black socks in a drawer, how many socks do you have to pull out blindly in order to ensure that you have a matching pair?

The answer is three: if the first one is one color (say, white), and the second one is the other color (black), then the third one, no matter what the color, will make a matching pair. (Sometimes you're not supposed to think that hard.)

17. What is scheduled performance index (SPI)?

This is a measure of schedule efficiency expressed as the ratio of earned value to planned value. An SPI of 1.0 means that the work actually done so far is exactly the same as the work planned to be done so far. When it is greater than 1.0, project is ahead of schedule meaning more work than planned has been completed and when less than 1.0, it is behind schedule.

18. Do you know what is the most important document when planning cost?

The most important document when planning project cost is the project management plan. The project management plan is the most important document for any project and it contains all the other management plans such as the project time management plan, project scope management plan, project quality management plan, etc. All the information required to plan cost is available in the project management plan.

19. Tell me as a cost estimator, what is your proudest accomplishment to date?

Creating a report that control the daily progress and daily cost.

20. Tell me why do you want this job as estimator?

This question typically follows on from the previous one. Here is where your research will come in handy. You may want to say that you want to work for a company that is X, Y, Z, (market leader, innovator, provides a vital service, whatever it may be). Put some thought into this beforehand, be specific, and link the company's values and mission statement to your own goals and career plans.

21. Tell me in short what are three positive things your last boss would say about you?

It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes. This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone else's words: “My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of humor.”

22. What is cost performance index (CPI)?

This is a measure of the cost efficiency of budgeted resources expressed as the ratio of earned value to actual cost. A CPI of 1.0 means the project is exactly on budget, that the work actually done so far is exactly the same as the cost so far. When CPI is greater than 1.0, it is under the planned cost and when it is less than 1.0, it is over the planned cost.

23. What is reserve analysis?

This is used in monitoring the status of management and contingency reserves so that the project does not suddenly run out of budget.

24. Suppose while a project is ongoing, you realize that an error in your cost estimate of one of the primary resources needed to complete was unaccounted for. What would you do?

Once an error is noticed, you should quantify the impact on the project and report it to the senior management. This error would definitely affect the cost baseline. While we should always try to avoid mistakes, they do occur and it is our professional responsibility to report them to the management especially when it has a financial implication to the project.

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25. Tell me do you have an estimating assignment from the past that you feel you did not complete well?

Well, never faced that worst situation, mayb once when we were in a group and project dead line was so close to submit.