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Professional Service Industries Construction Services Department Manager Interview Questions

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Construction Services Department Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Professional Service Industries (Portland, OR).

Interview

Most candidates submit resume through psi's website which is picked up by a Human Resources representative. Recommend you leave as many options open as possible when selecting locations, willing to relocate, etc. as they may not send your resume on to areas you did not show an interest in.

Feel free to apply to local offices directly as well as sometimes corporate HR does not send your resume to all regions looking to hire...just call the office and ask who the Branch, District Manager or Vice President is as they are likely looking to fill the position and fax your resume to them directly.

If you live out of town from where the position is, they will likely start with a telephone interview but ultimately they will want to meet you face to face and may likely fly you in for a day.

You will likely be interviewed by 1-3 people but each region has its own hiring style.PSI is a profit driven company so demonstrate your ability to run a "tight-ship" in the interview and they will be impressed. If you discuss "long term" or "big picture" management styles, you may lose points.

At some point you will need to provide a copy of your drivers license and sign a form for a drivers license background check and submit to a pre-employment drug screen. If you have DUI's or Reckless Driving or even 3 or more tickets you may be eliminated from consideration.

As a manager, you will be required to be on salary, work a minimum of 50 hours per week, and sign a non-compete "employment agreement" which restricts you from working for a competitor within 50 miles of the psi office you were employed for a period of 1-year after your departure. It wouldn't hurt to verify the laws of your state in regards to non-compete agreements prior to signing as psi will likely pursue legal action if they feel you have violated this agreement.

Interview Questions

  • Interviewer did most of the talking, really wasn't any one question that jumped out...mostly about me and my background.   Answer Question

Negotiation

They will describe the manager incentive (bonus) program with you but understand most departments do not receive bonus' each year and if your department does, it will be prorated the first year based on the date you begin employment. Ask the interviewer to show you the financial performance of the department to date for the current year and calculate out the likely hood of achieving its goals the first year. If the result is borderline or worse, ask for a guaranteed bonus your first year as the current condition of the department is not your doing and therefore you should not be penalized. If they are desperate to fill the role and you are a strong candidate, they can grant this.

Make sure you understand the mandatory time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as you may not have accrued your vacation the first year in time and will be required to take roughly a week off of work without pay...but are still responsible for your department and will likely have to do some work anyway without compensation.

You can ask for a sign-on bonus of $1-5k, relocation help, a week or two in a hotel, house hunting trip(s) for you and your spouse until you get settled, etc. as these are fairly common perks given for key personnel.

Many things will be discussed in the interview as "options" so write each item down that you feel has been offered and make sure they are described in your offer letter before signing. If promises are not in writing, the person who promised them will likely be powerless to grant them unless they are in the offer letter.

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